It’s not often I read a book that I like, and then tell you not to read it. But that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
But to be fair, even the author tells you not to read her book. And then the person doing the introduction tells you not to read the book.
I’ve never seen an author include such an intense trigger warning before. We talk about them in reviews and in comment sections, but they usually aren’t actually included in the narrative. But Melissa Water understands triggers better than most. Water has severe anxiety–some of the worst I’ve ever read about. That anxiety makes her self-harm, and she has destroyed her body.
Melissa kept constant journals while being hospitalized for her mental illness, and Lady Injury is the narrative of those journals. This memoir is bloody, devastating, and painful. There were parts of it that all but had me curled up in the fetal position. It definitely made me anxious–if I were a cutter I am not sure I would have been able to resist. Melissa puts the written stop sign at the beginning for a reason.
I am so proud of her for telling her story, though. As hard as this book is to read, I’m sure it was harder to write–and nearly impossible to live through. Water’s voice is one of many that needs to be heard.