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  • Writer's pictureHargun Sachdev

Book review: I Want to Die But I Want to Eat Tteokbokki

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

What this book is:

  1. A part memoir, part self-help book

  2. A book translated from Korean to English by Anton Hur

  3. A book where the author, Baek Se-Hee, is being as vulnerable as one can be while knowing it may not be well received

What this book is not:

  1. A good-feel book

  2. A book that feels complete (because it’s not fiction but the ongoing journey of the author)

  3. A book that will make you feel comfortable throughout

To me, I Want to Die But I Want to Eat Tteokbokki felt like free therapy. That’s because the format of this book is essentially the transcription of the therapy sessions of the author, Baek Se-Hee, and her psychiatrist. And then some thoughts the author has on the themes spoken about during the sessions. So, a very different kind of non-fiction book. It also felt like free therapy because one of the issues the author talked about during her sessions was thinking in extremes. An issue I struggle with as well.


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