Review of Where am I Now? by Mara Wilson

4 of 5 stars

As a gifted and talented and anxious child who grew into a gifted and talented and anxious adult, I connected with this book deeply. That being said, I had to meander through it because sometimes reading about other people’s anxious moments triggers my own anxiety.

This book felt like a series of essays, each one focusing on a piece of Mara’s life like her experiences with OCD or her complicated relationship with the concept of sex. Maybe that’s how autobiographical books usually are? This is only the second one I’ve read and enjoyed, so I’m still learning. Her dry, sometimes morbid sense of humor shines between moments of raw honesty. Matilda was one of my heroes as a child, and now Mara is one of my heroes as an adult.

I would recommend this book to folks with anxiety and/or OCD (with the caveat mentioned above; be safe with yourself), folks who related to Matilda, and folks who like a good autobiography

Author: SeeOwlRead

They/She. I’m a queer reviewer and librarian.

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