Review: Brain on Fire- Susannah Cahalan

Title: Brain on Fire

Author: Susannah Cahalan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Pages: 266

Rating: 3/5

In all fairness, I liked the book, but didn’t love it. Towards the beginning of the book the author had my interest piqued, but towards the middle it just started feeling repetitive, and being as she was a journalist, her writing resembled that of a journalist. I didn’t get that feeling I usually get when I read a memoir or biography. They’re my absolute favorites.
We start off with the author telling us about her awesome new job at The Post and her new relationship. But, she notices something is wrong with her. She starts noticing all these symptoms and weird things happening to her. When they finally get to diagnose her with a rare auto-immune disease known as: “anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis”. She takes us through her journey dealing with this disease as well as her journey to healing. It was written very well. Using medical terminology and lingo to describe what was going on. I will not deny the book was very good, just wish it had the little bit of umph that I usually get when reading a memoir as I stated earlier.

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