Hello Me, Its You is an amazing little book of letters from sufferers of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues to their younger selves. A lot of these letters are really heartbreaking (especially the ones that say “I hate to tell you this, but it gets worse) but ultimately there is an awful lot of positivity.
I think that this book could really help someone who was suffering from mental health issues. It gives a voice to those who have already been through incredibly difficult times and shows that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
One minor criticism was that I did find it a little repetitive and without knowing any of the back story of the authors some bits were a little cryptic. I think if there was more information about the people writing the letters then it would have allowed the reader to engage more – but I know that wasn’t the purpose of the book and obviously the participants in the project had to remain anonymous.
Overall, I thought that this book was brilliant. There were moments of humour, loss and regret but ultimately there was an overriding message of hope. It’s not often that you get to read such authentic accounts of such a difficult topic area. Honest, raw, occasionally difficult to read but utterly inspiring, I hope this book can be used to show people that there is a way to live through depression and to not give up.
Overall rating 8/10
Please note that I read this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Netgalley! I also read this book as part of the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 #3 Read a book of letters.