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Book Report: So Sad Today

June 29, 2016
I read So Sad Today by Melissa Broder and it made me think about my anxiety-inducing relationship with the internet.

I found out about So Sad Today courtesy of the internet. After reading excerpts online and seeing the cover posted on Instagram, I started falling for this thing that I knew nothing about. Very late to the party, I followed her super famous Twitter account and consumed her book whole.

In the chapter, “Love Like You Are Trying to Fill an Insatiable Spiritual Hole with Another Person Who Will Suffocate in There,” Broder recaps on how she fell in love with a man who was a fan of her Twitter account. She uses transcripts of exchanged online messages with him, that led me to also fall in love with what seemed like the most clever and endearing dude. The book includes several hilarious sexts between them, catering to every internet gurl’s wet-dream with promises of pleasure while liking three of your tweets. Which, let’s be real, is the ultimate form of flattery! Please jump to page 41 to the “Perfect Sext” that captures the sad sense of romance only our generation knows too well. Internet boy eventually becomes a not so endearing character, but don’t worry the metaphor ended a long time ago, so this book isn’t like him!

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Photos by Victoria Pandeirada

So Sad Today can be found in the self-help section of your book store, and it encourages the reflecting of your own ideas and decisions without the new age-y or pushy attitude that a self-help book usually comes with. This book serves some excellent advice on how to get over someone like talking to your eccentric friend who is bad at relationships and makes you grateful that you’re not her.

As well, the book also deals with the author’s lifelong struggles from food disorders to addictions to basically everything. There is a particularly helpful chapter that stresses the importance of meditation and shutting out the committee of voices in your head that are against you. Usually shouting stuff about our constant needs and material surface level obsessions to act on impulse, or obsess over past decisions.

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So Sad Today was honest, beautiful, and strange. The book highlights our generation’s relationship with the internet and how it causes a series of anxieties. Not only that, but it also opens opportunities up to discuss these anxieties. Go read it and be so sad today.