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Review: Barbed Hope

Review: Barbed Hope

BARBED HOPE REVIEW: There are some books that, if you were to read with a highlighter, you would have to highlight every single line. This is one such book. The last time I felt so involved with a book is when I read Chimamanda’s Half of Yellow Sun.

I didn’t know much about Bonnie Henna (Mbuli), a popular South African actress and presenter. While reading a copy of True Love magazine, I came across the book recommendation section where Eyebags & Dimples was being hailed as true and candid tale on depression and its effects. The title of the book was eye catching enough that I bought the book. 

Barbed Hope

Bonnie Henna narrates her story in a way that is so personal, with no holds barred. She talks of a difficult childhood hugely influenced by her mother’s’ undiagnosed and untreated post natal depression which, coupled with constant suicidal thoughts, led to a difficult mother and daughter relationship. Additionally, growing up in apartheid South Africa resulted in both the home and outside environments being unwelcoming and confusing. After being spotted at a bus stop, Bonnie was introduced to the entertainment industry that brought mixed results of success, challenged and controversy in both career and personal relationships. After a difficult time in America, Bonnie tells of how through chance, she learnt to accept and acknowledge the dark cloud of depression which had forever been looming in her life. She chronicles the journey to recovery with hard truths on both a personal and medical perspective.