“I have recently begun to become proud of it”
Title: Boys Don’t Cry
Author: Tim Grayburn
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
For nearly a decade he kept his depression secret, it made him feel so weak and shameful he thought it would destroy his whole life if anyone found out.
And Tim is not alone.
After finally opening up he realised that mental illness was affecting many men around the globe – and he knew that wasn’t ok.
A brutally honest, wickedly warming and heartbreaking tale about what it really takes to be a ‘real man’, written by one who decided that he wanted to change the world by no longer being silent.
This is Tim’s story, but it could be yours too.
Boys Don’t Cry is an important book. I’m really not usually one for non-fiction but reading this book was amazing. I am very passionate about mental health and the stigma around it, and as you may have been able to tell – this book mainly deals with mental health in men.
This is about a man called Tim Grayburn and how learns and lives with his diagnosis of chronic depression and anxiety. It’s completely told in the first person, from the perspective of the author of course. (Although, you do get a few lines from another person in his life). The fact that this is essentially a biography really gives you a different and much more personal insight to his life.
It was extremely insightful to see how Tim viewed his mental health, to begin with, and how that developed as he aged. You’re able to see how having a mental illness as a male affected him and all of the struggles that stemmed out from that.
As well as his mental health I really enjoyed seeing how his general life was affected as well. His relationships, his job, his personality – mental health is different for everyone.
I loved him and Bryony’s romance it was really cute and honestly pretty amazing. It was also very interesting to see how having a child affected his outlook on life and helped spur on his recovery.
This is a comedic, yet somewhat serious book telling the world how hard it can sometimes be to be male and have a mental illness. With all the pressure from society and the people around you to be on top of everything all the time – sometimes it gets a little too much and that was something that was tackled really well in this book. I really enjoyed reading this and think I’ll probably start delving into the world of non-fiction a little more now!
HOPE YOUR NEXT READ IS GREAT!
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.