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Obsessive, Intrusive, Magical Thinking: A Life Lived Obsessively

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Part self-help book, part diary entry, the wellness genre demands neat resolutions and the elimination of excess – even for the most profoundly devastating and chaotic of health experiences. I’ve lived with it (and probably autism too) for my whole life and I find that one of the worst things about it is struggling to communicate the horrors of it to other people; other people don’t know what OCD is and they don’t care to try to understand it. I was particularly interested in the distinction between healthy and unhealthy obsessions and their differing effects on the author’s life and health. That is the only way I can think to express my thoughts on this book, and I don't care to try writing this review again. the essays will leave readers feeling secondhand joy and maybe even encouragement to own their love for their own less-than-cool favorite things.

I felt very seen by it, but a lot of the essays fell very flat for me and I wanted much more from them. Tenses would abruptly change for no reason, same or similarly-worded context would be reiterated multiple times throughout a piece, and, although stronger at the beginning, depictions of her conditions were 'told-not-shown' in rambling, disorganized lists (and not in a meta-mania way, which would have been really cool - like, take us inside! It's truly a joy to be able to read something like this and know other people also have weird brains and what that looks like for them. It was less comedic than 'Pure', the only other OCD-focused memoir I have read; but I really enjoyed the tone and the author's personality through her words. Whilst reading the first chapter I struggled to keep the tears from falling because I just felt so intensely seen and validated, and I must have highlighted the vast majority of every single page because the author kept hitting the nail right on its head perfectly over and over again.Ahh I wanted to like this, as someone who has OCD and loves ouroboroses, essays, and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

While she claims “it’s impossible to gracefully tell the story of obsession”, the pull of “grace” is everywhere in the book, as struggle gives way to the inevitable triumph of wellness: the mental health epiphany. Obsessive, Intrusive, Magical Thinking is a culmination of a life spend obsessing, offering a glimpse into Marianne’s brain, but also an insight into the lives of others like her. Marianne Eloise's debut novel "Obsessive, Intrusive, Magical Thinking" is a series of essays about being neurodivergent and living with OCD. I liked the fact that she doesn't only explain how her OCD diagnosis (and her autism, but the essays focus more on the obsessive compulsive thoughts) affects her, she also shares her obsessions, lovingly writing about her favourite rides and her favourite parts of LA, her regular trips to California.

I was, sort of, enjoying this at the beginning as I felt like bits of me were scattered here and there.

Purely because when I read I want to get lost in the world of the book and not be reminded of real life, which is my own personal preferences! This is a book that I believe nearly anyone could enjoy, whether you are familiar with the topics she deep dives into or not (Disney, The Occult, Los Angeles, Medusa/mythology), the deeper themes of self acceptance, family and chosen family, and a sense of home and eternal.

i didn’t realise it was just a memoir in which the author recounts (a lot of actually quite unrelatable) times in her life such as countless days spent at disney world etc etc, as these are her obsessions.

That said, I still recognised much of myself and some of my loved ones within her experiences and thought processes.i liked this book to some extent, there were some parts that were very relatable as a fellow obsessive thinker.

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