Room 23: Surviving a Brain Hemorrhage by Kavita Basi
Thank you to the author for my free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Goodreads Synopsis: Kavita Basi had a wonderful life—a job she enjoyed, a wonderful family, and seemingly perfect health. Then an unexpected event took place and turned her entire world upside down.
In Room 23, Basi chronicles her time suffering from a subarachnoid hemorrhage—bleeding in the area of the skull surrounding the brain. With this diagnosis, Basi went from being healthy and happy to battling a condition with a 50 percent mortality rate. Following her challenging journey through near death and recovery, this memoir takes an exciting, interactive approach, using QR codes within the chapters so readers can transport themselves to the timeline of what Basi was doing at each moment of her experience, either linking to an Instagram post or video blog—bringing her struggles, and ultimate triumph, alive.
Review: Working in the health field, I’ve helped to take care of many patients that have suffered a stroke/hemorrhage. I’m always interested to learn more about different diseases and conditions. When Kavita asked if I would review her book I immediately said yes. Brain on Fire is probably my all time favorite nonfiction book, so I’m always on the lookout for similar memoirs.
It’s a quick read and completely unique with its QR codes, making it the first digitally interactive book that I’ve read. The QR codes bring the reader to a variety of different media, including youtube videos and Instagram photos. I enjoyed being able to see the photos of her and her family and the videos taken while in recovery. Some of the videos felt a little repetitive with what the reader had just read in the corresponding section, but I understand that this is purposeful for the readers that may have difficulty with comprehension (especially if they have also suffered a hemorrhage).
I would have liked to see more of the science/medicine behind the hemorrhages and recovery themselves, but I recognize that this was more of an inspirational/personal memoir for the author. There is no question that Kavita is a strong, inspirational woman. Some of the links are of her giving talks to a variety of different groups, and she is an excellent, motivational public speaker. I applaud Kavita for having the strength and determination to share her story.
10% of profits will be donated to the Brain & Spine Foundation.
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Page Count: 256
Overall Rating: 4/5