BC: Still Me was a good book with a good message but I couldn't relate much. I chose this book quickly without looking it over, it was truly a book I had to learn to like. The book was very emotional, raw and could be seen as very influential and inspirational. I related to Reeves in a few instances but I think, for people like him who suffer from a type of paralysis would see his book as very inspirational and almost as an outline to recovery. However for me I'd say I can't fully respect and comprehend the entirety of the book because I haven't experienced his pain.
FC: Christopher Reeves Still Me
1: Matthew, Alexandra and William. Reeves' children were his lifeline when he was in the hospital. Especially his youngest Will who was about 7 at the time. His family was what motivated his recovery. | Dana Reeve Reeves loved his wife dearly. Reeves describes his time in the hospital and admits that he had thoughts of suicide. He felt it might be better for everyone if he died but his wife, Dana, said, “You're still you and I love you.” This support made him decide to put aside those thoughts. He realized that he loved his family and wanted to be with them.
2: Most of the story's setting took place in the hospital. However even while dealing with the turmoil of the present(1980s - 2005) there are often time jumps that span his entire life.
3: 1994, Reeves is at the height of his career as a professional actor. | 1995, during a horse race Reeves' horse hits a barrier and Reeves' damages his neck & spine on impact. | Reeves is put on a ventilator and hospitalized for months where he meets many people and falls into a depression. | After Reeves learns that his family is key to his recovery he is still very and angry and sad but he begins a very pensive stage where he begins to question himself and what truly matters in life and what will ultimately make him happy. | Finally back at home Reeves starts to assimilate and becomes frustrated with his handicap. However his old world had not forgot him and asked him to several events to speak. These events helped him in his acceptance of circumstance and down the road of recovery.
4: One of the best aspects of the book was how he explained and expressed his depression through his writing. It was very realistic and I would assume, quite rateable to someone in that sort of situation. It was uncensored. It showed the good and the bad. | Another reason I liked the book was because it wasn't just about his depression and accident it also was about his life and personality and family. The book linked his personal and professional life. BEST PARTS OF THE BOOK
5: CRITICISM OF THE BOOK I think this book had a lot of unnecessary details, much of which I didn't understand and soon forgot. The time jumps were nice but there were far to many and the book wasn't in chronological order ever, by any means. | The book talked about way to many people. There would be a new character every line. However each new character was referenced to one or two times the whole book and would show up randomly which only served to confuse me.