Published: August 7, 2012
Source: TLC Book Tours
Recommended for readers interested in memoirs about mental illness
From the age of 13, Eric Nuzum was haunted by a little blonde girl (known as Little Girl) who would appear in his dreams. Either as a result or because of this haunting, Eric ends up on a self-destructive road that ultimately ends in a mental hospital. Through this, only one person stands by Eric--his enigmatic friend Laura. Yet, just as Eric starts to escape the haunting of Little Girl, he is haunted by something else--the death of Laura.
As an adult, having successfully emerged from his traumatic youth, Eric is still dealing with a fear of ghosts. In an effort to conquer this fear, he begins a tour of some of the most haunted places in the United States. This journey brings him full circle and forces him to confront the ghosts of his past.
This all sounds very spooky and, in some ways, it is. I am someone who tends to have vivid dreams about whatever I was watching or reading during the evening and it only took one night for me to know not to read this book before bed. However, while Giving Up the Ghost is a ghost story, it is not one in the conventional sense.
I will admit that I did not relate with Nuzum--only because my own teen years did not resemble his in any way whatsoever. And, frankly, I think not being able to relate to Nuzum made this book all the more interesting. A story of a descent into, and recovery from, a madness is a hard road and I'm not sure it would be one I could handle if I had experienced it myself.
In the midst of all this, there were times in this book that caused me to laugh out loud. Such moments were necessary for this otherwise heavy book. The one thing about this book, though, is that the end feels incomplete. While that would be an unforgivable crime for me in most books, I think it is actually the point in this one. It leaves the reader unsettled, as if they are haunted as well.
The Pubisher and TLC Book Tours is generously giving away one copy of this book to a West Metro Mommy reader. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this message with a book that you would recommend to others. Entries will close on August 24th at 9pm Pacific Time. Unfortunately, this giveaway is open only to residents of the United States and Canada.
Want to know what others thought of this book? Visit the other blogs on the tour (links go to the blog, not the specific review):
August 7: Just Joanna
August 8: Forever Overhead
August 9: Twisting the Lens
August 15: Bewitched Bookworms
August 16: Chaotic Compendiums
August 20: Gone Bookserk
August 23: So Simply Sara
August 24: Peeking Between the Pages
August 27: Colloquium
August 28: Jenn's Bookshelves
This review is part of a blog tour by TLC Book Tours. I received a copy of the book to read and review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are mine, and mine alone.
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