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You Will Never Be Normal is a work of nonfiction in the memoir, autobiographical writing, and mental and physical health subgenres, and was penned by author Catherine Klatzker. The work is intended for the general adult reading audience and contains references to trauma, abuse, self-harm, and mental health issues that some readers may find distressing. In an incredible up-close account of lived experiences, the author discusses her journey with DID (dissociative identity disorder) and the subsequent breakdown in her mental and physical health caused by it, as well as experiences before and after this moment in relation to her trials and triumphs with the condition. What results is a fascinating and engrossing real-life experience that is sure to keep readers turning the pages from cover to cover.
Author Catherine Klatzker has crafted a detailed, raw, and unapologetic work of nonfiction with plenty of insight, bittersweet truths, and cold hard facts to offer readers. One of the features I found particularly impressive about this piece was the author’s narrative style and her sense of honesty because I think it’s a really tough thing to discuss one’s past traumas and the daily struggles we go through as people with medical and mental health issues. The work is well organized and worded to help those unfamiliar with the condition understand what is going on and is also sensitive to the need to be accessible and realistic at the same time. What results is a fantastic factual account and, overall, I would highly recommend You Will Never Be Normal to fans of real-life memoirs, deep-thinking discussions of mental health, and for anyone interested in learning more about dissociative identity disorder from within the experience itself.