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I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki: The cult hit everyone is talking about

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Yes, I once had a therapist tell me that I should eat more kimchi and get a girlfriend and stop being gay. I’m devastated if someone I like doesn’t like me, and devastated when someone does end up loving me; either way, I am looking at myself through the eyes of another. El libro es asombroso, a pesar de que no llegó con envoltura, estaba en muy buen estado, lo enviaron muy bien. Inhaled this book this weekend morning and I am so glad I decided to pick it up after getting frustrated by my recents reads turning out to be either DNFs or very disappointing ones.

The depression is disruptive but not so debilitating that she does not still want her favorite foods, such as tteokbokki, a spicy rice cake popular in Korean cuisine. This didn’t feel like I was reading someone’s memoir, but more so an account of their experience in therapy. Throughout her account of this kooky, messed-up, enviable, and often thrilling life, her humility (her sons "are true miracles, considering the gene pool") never fails her. It is virtually impossible for everyone to agree on any one perspective/topic, let alone one that’s so personal to the author.

I immersed myself in the conversation so deeply that it felt incredibly intimate, as if I had experienced her situation firsthand.

This book will comfort anyone who's ever been depressed, anxious, or just frustrated with themselves. She holds nothing back, to the extent that she often comes across as rather annoying, and she betrays an inability to see what she’s doing at the time she does it. And to conclude, this Freudian bale of hay ultimately validated my feelings (of not being the right reader for the book). They (their gender is never revealed) give advice which in my cultural environment would be highly unprofessional (not to say that it isn’t helpful at all): “Just tell yourself, ‘I won’t drink so much next time’” or “Try to enjoy the present” or “Don’t think about the future too much.Any "Author Information" displayed below reflects the author's biography at the time this particular book was published.

Baek Sehee] uses months of (real) transcripts from her therapy sessions to explore her own depression and anxiety, always tiptoeing toward something like self-awareness. I think as someone who has been through many therapists in my life this seemed far too easy and effective. Biography: Born in 1990, Baek Sehee studied creative writing in university before working for five years at a publishing house.

The author claims to have learned several things - she understood that she can let herself be, that she can let herself feel whatever she feels, that she interprets events in her life depending on her mood. But if she's so hopeless, why can she always summon a yen for her favorite street food: the hot, spicy rice cake, tteokbokki? Therapy, especially when this was originally published, is not something that’s considered normal in South Korea.

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