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nonfiction book review: I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki

I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki  by Baek Sehee Overall: 4  This book absolutely took over my Instagram feed for a while, likely because of the release of the unabridged English edition, which came out in 2022. It's an eye catching title, and I'm always one for well illustrated covers, so I placed a hold and waited for it to be delivered to my library account.  In a relatively succinct 200 or so pages, the book gives a glimpse into a series of Sehee's therapy sessions during a difficult period of her life. She discusses self esteem, anxiety, constant, low grade depression, ADHD, binge eating disorders, and body dysmorphia in these sessions. As the sessions progress, following a generally similar formula each time, a different significant quote or overriding issue is discussed as the focal point of the chapter. Each chapter leads with an introduction of the topic or issue in a few pages followed by the actual therapy transcript recorded by the author . Then, there&