The Burn Journals (Paperback)

The Burn Journals Cover Image
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days


I don t want to get out of bed.I m so stupid.I did so many things wrong.I don t know what to do.I m going to be in so much trouble.What am I going to do?I m completely screwed.In 1991, fourteen-year-old Brent Runyon came home from school, doused his bathrobe in gasoline, put it on, and lit a match. He suffered third-degree burns over 85% of his body and spent the next year recovering in hospitals and rehab facilities. During that year of physical recovery, Runyon began to question what he d done, undertaking the complicated journey from near-death back to high school, and from suicide back to the emotional mainstream of life.In the tradition of Running with Scissors and Girl, Interrupted, The Burn Journals is a truly remarkable book about teenage despair and recovery.

About the Author

Brent Runyon is a regular contributor to public radio s "This American Life," where portions of this story first appeared. The author lives on Cape Cod, MA. "From the Hardcover edition.""

Praise For…

“[The Burn Journals] describes a particular kind of youthful male desolation better than it has ever been described before, by anyone.”  -Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon

“A fascinating account of the mending of a body and mind, told with the simple and honest sensibility of someone too young to have endured so much.” —Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha

"Runyon has, perhaps, written the defining book of a new genre, one that gazes...unflinchingly at boys on the emotional edge ." -Booklist (starred review)

"A taut, chilling account of the author's attempt to commit suicide...a must-read for teenagers struggling with self-doubt."-The Denver Post

“An excruciating, brilliant book...WOW.” —A.M. Homes, author of Things You Should Know

Product Details
ISBN: 9781400096428
ISBN-10: 1400096421
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publication Date: October 11th, 2005
Pages: 325
Language: English