Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

I'm sorry, did someone say there's a book, an actual piece of literary fiction, about being a Pisces? 

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet, because there's not much to say except that if one of these four options apply to you, you should read this book now:
  1. You have anxiety (or you go to therapy)
  2. You enjoy reading offbeat, erotic merman narratives
  3. You like the beach, but hate Los Angeles
  4. You are a Pisces
The Pisces by Melissa Broder is not book for everyone, but definitely a book for me. This was raw, relatable, and brutally honest. I applaud Broder for crafting a character so self-absorbed that we can't help, but look within ourselves and wonder, "Am I this judgmental as well?" We all have inner critics that tell us we're disgusting, that we can never achieve what we desire most (to be loved). At the same time, our inner critic is what causes the egotistical obsession over our own idealized self-image. The anxious overthinking, the neglect of a pet, the belief that the thesis she's been working on for years is complete bullshit—Lucy is her own worst nightmare. Broder reminds us that we are our own worst nightmares as well. 

After reading The Pisces, follow so sad today, which is Broder's angsty Twitter account about the woes of modern day existence. You will not be disappointed.

Rating: 5/5