In a way, Everything is an Emergency by Jason Adam Katzenstein isn’t what I expected it to be. I guess when I requested it I was really just looking for something that would be relatable. As this is more a life story that happens to be about a man with OCD than anything else, I often found myself dissociating a bit from the work as a whole. In general, a fantastic autobiography, Everything is an Emergency didn’t really stick with me in the end.
I think everyone experiences mental illness in their own way. Jason’s way doesn’t quite align with mine, but then I certainly don’t have the level of OCD that he has. The important thing here, though, is that this is a very real and personal account of something that the author has lived with his entire life. Told in a series of adorable and, at times, hilarious comics, Everything is an Emergency immerses its readers in a world they may never have experienced otherwise.
This was a read I deeply appreciated. Autobiographies are incredibly important stories to those who author them. In the case of this book it is a constant uphill and downhill battle of finding out who you are and how to manage your life. Perhaps the most relatable piece of this entire book was the regular instances in which the author is pushing the rock up the hill and then following it back down.
The ups and downs of life are different for everyone and it was nice to get a look at this one.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.