31 Confessions Any Book Lover Will Understand--I actually feel the opposite. A good book doesn't take anything away from you; it rounds you out and makes you whole. Because now you get to be a part of the ideas and characters from the story that you completed :) And that's not losing yourself; that's becoming aware of who you really are.
Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies.