My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Published: September 4th, 2018 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Recommended Age: 15+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Adult, Graphic Novel, Memoir, Mental Illness, Society, Drugs
In her early twenties in New York City, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Rachel Lindsay takes a job in advertising in order to secure healthcare coverage for her treatment. But work takes a strange turn when she is promoted onto the Pfizer account and suddenly finds herself on the other side of the curtain, developing ads for an antidepressant drug. She is the audience of the work she’s been pouring over and it highlights just how unhappy and trapped she feels, stuck in an endless cycle of treatment, insurance and medication. Overwhelmed by the stress of her professional life and the self-scrutiny it inspires, she begins to destabilize and while in the midst of a crushing job search, her mania takes hold. Her altered mindset yields a simple solution: to quit her job and pursue life as an artist, an identity she had abandoned in exchange for medical treatment. When her parents intervene, she finds herself hospitalized against her will, and stripped of the control she felt she had finally reclaimed. Over the course of her two weeks in the ward, she struggles in the midst of doctors, nurses, patients and endless rules to find a path out of the hospital and this cycle of treatment. One where she can live the life she wants, finding freedom and autonomy, without sacrificing her dreams in order to stay well. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: August 8th 2017 Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Slow Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Bisexuality, Contemporary, Bipolarity, Siblings, Romance
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.
But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse. Continue reading →
My rating: 1 of 5 stars Received: ARC Publication Date: April 5th 2016 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 13+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Illness
We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…
Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.
Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.
Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.
In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever. Continue reading →