It was a good read, but the author's demonization of Casey's parents got unbearable after a while. What to expect of a psychiatrist... of course he blame it all on the mother (in this case, Cindy Anthony). Anyway, that aside, I was able to understand Casey's behaviors and crazy lies a little better.
I am not a buddhist, even though I'm interested in buddhist "themes": impermanence, emptiness, mindfulness, loving kindness, death and dying, etc. I've read a number of authors of many different traditions (Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, etc.), and Stephen Batchelor was the only one I felt wasn't speaking in riddles or trying to convey a sense of mystery that I never felt was necessary. And here I don't mean, for instance, Zen koans or Zen stories - I mean the convoluted and pasteurized speech of some Western buddhist teachers.
As an atheist, this is as close as I'll ever get to a real experience of spirituality. Wonderful book.
We need more books like this one. And we need to discuss death and dying more openly. This book did just that, without the melodrama and the easy appealing to spirituality lots of other books about the same subject tend to show. I loved it.
Well. I won't say I didn't enjoy the book - I did. But the two main characters are completely unrealistic. The no internet-no cell-no technology thing fits somewhat nicely into the plot, but please... There are no 17 year-olds that mature and wise, it's just simply too unrealistic to expect teenagers to have the reactions and conversations that these two have.
Also (without revealing too much and spoiling the book), the excuses for the things some of the characters do are sexist and lame. Very sexist, as a matter of fact.
Anyway. It was a reasonably fun listening, but filled with sexism and cliches and unrealistic characters. Worth my time but definitely not worth 5 stars.
I don't understand why people seem to like this book so much. I found it absolutely ridiculous. The characters, the "mystery", the whole thing is just ludicrous. I kept listening because I couldn't believe a book this bad could have elicited such great reviews.
I disliked this one deeply. It's filled with ludicrous "truths" and platitudes, and it annoyed me to no end that they used so called Zen teachings for writing this. No, didn't convince me.
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