Lonely is a well-written and well-researched book. Emily White advances the cause for loneliness being a bonafide condition, and not merely something a person should be able to "snap out of." She meticulously puts forth study after study that documents that loneliness causes ill health, can be genetic, is experienced by multitudes more than we suspect, and is not a self-indulgent state.
I'm glad that White wrote this book, as I suspect it will provide, if not relief, then a launching pad for anyone experiencing loneliness, whether long or short term. As she says, knowledge is key–knowing and accepting one is lonely is important in order to tackle it. Loneliness is not depression, is not anxiety (though those conditions can accompany it), and requires specific methods of treatment.
The book includes the words of other lonely people, but it doesn't really give the reader a sense of their experience. The book nicely incorporates both personal story and psychology, but I felt it needed other voices to be truly a definitive book on loneliness. Perhaps, selfishly, what I really wanted was to feel empowered by seeing the words of lonely people finally tacked to a page. This is more a comment, than a criticism.
**This post is part of TLC's Lonely blog tour. I received a review copy from TLC in exchange for an honest review.