A review by megsib
I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki, by Baek Se-hee

reflective medium-paced


This was quite different from what I usually read. At first the transcripts between the author and the psychiatrist are interesting and insightful. I read the Kindle version borrowed from the library, and what intrigued me most were how many people connected with certain parts of the text and underlined the same passages. These underlined passages tapered off about halfway through and the last third of the book didnt have any multiple underlined sentences. This reflected my experience with the book. By the halfway point, I was ready for it to shift. 

It doesn't shift which makes sense. This is a person trying to work through some things, and it doesn't happen in unrealistic, dramatic ways. It just goes on. She captured the frustration with that really well. I found myself admiring her courage to write so unabashedly about all of her thoughts and insecurities. 

I was impressed with the psychiatrist throughout the transcript section of the book (about 2/3 of the book, I think?) and later in the book is a note from the psychiatrist commenting on what it was like to be recorded by the author during their sessions. That note was my favorite part of the book, and where the fantastic title comes from.