Secrets for the Mad, Dodie Clark: Book Review

Obsessions, confessions and life lessons.

Secrets for the Mad Dodie Clark Book Review
Secrets for the Mad Book Cover Secrets for the Mad
Dodie Clark
Adult Nonfiction
Atria
2017
Paperback
248

When I feel like I'm going mad I write.

A lot of my worst fears have come true; fears that felt so big I could barely hold them in my head. I was convinced that when they'd happen, the world would end.

But the world didn't end. In fact, it pushed on and demanded to keep spinning through all sorts of mayhem, and I got through it. And because I persisted, I learned lessons about how to be a stronger, kinder, better human - lessons you can only learn by going through these sorts of things.

This is for the people with minds that just don't stop; for those who feel everything seemingly a thousand times more than the people around them.

Here are some words I wrote.

This review contains quotes from the book.

*Special thanks to Atria for allowing us to read Dodie Clark’s Secrets for the Mad.

Dodie Clark wrote Secrets for the Mad as a memoir with her stories; lessons she has learned with photos she’s taken.

Clark has been able to write whenever she is feeling scared or alone. She sometimes feels scared, especially so since she became a popular British vlogger, Doddleoddle. During these times, she learned how to get past her fears and become a stronger person. She learned how to be kind and a better human in general. She feels that these lessons were learned because of her fears and the fame she received from vlogging.

She wanted this book to be for the people whose minds will not stop running. She also wanted it to be for the people who feel way more than others do.

“The light switch is flicked off and the door is closed. I wait a few more seconds, pull the wand I bought out of my pocket, and stare into the flashing lights, making shadow friends on my ceiling, inviting them into my duvet cave and chatting to them about the magic powers I was born with.”

-excerpt from Dodie Clark’s Secrets for the Mad

This book is unlike anything I have ever read before. Clark starts each section of her book with song lyrics she wrote. Then, she goes into a story about her life. These stories either have drawings she created or pictures from her childhood. She emphasizes her song lyrics because she is a musician from London. These lyrics showcase who she is as a songwriter and artist.

Clark started with vlogging because she wanted to share her life through her music. Since she started in 2011, she has established a fan base of one million subscribers. She has also been on tour in the UK, USA and Australia promoting her songs to her fans. Her talent is clear and now her fans get an inside look into other lyrics that connect to different parts of her life.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves Clark and wants an insightful look into who she is as a person and musician. Clark wrote a unique memoir by including family pictures, illustrations and lyrics to highlight each chapter. I loved Clark’s lyrics the most because it helped me to see how talented she is.

Jessica Duffield
the authorJessica Duffield
Contributing Writer
I am a junior in college. Books are my passion and I hope to work in book publishing once I graduate from journalism school.