One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.
As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives — a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can’t stop hooking up with the wrong guys — she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.
With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is revolutionary in its candor, offering a deeply personal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly revealing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them.
Mini Review – ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
I enjoyed this book, but it’s not my favorite ever or one I will be jumping to reread. It’s also super slow, which I had expected going into a nonfiction about therapy.
The writing and the stories of all these people kept my attention because you get to see all of them grow and even the therapist seeing a therapist grew. The book went into detail about therapy and how we interact with each other and how sometimes someone is an asshole to protect themselves from being hurt.
So while this wasn’t my absolute favorite read this month, it will stick with me for a long while. I learned to think things out before reacting. To also wonder if someone is being mean or rude because of me or if there trying to protect themselves from being rejected or hurt.
Overall I give this one a 3.5 and please go into it in the right head space because there is talks of death, cancer, grief, suicide, depression and so much more.