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Hope is an illusion meant to convince the broken to keep on living. That’s me. Broken.My father pays heaps of money for doctors at the Norfolk Psychiatric Center to fix me. I’ve spent six months of my prime teenage years at this residential facility – a place for teenagers who’ve gone mental.That’s me. Mental.Just when I begin to feel myself fade away, a boy with a wolfishHope is an illusion meant to convince the broken to keep on living. That’s me. Broken.My father pays heaps of money for doctors at the Norfolk Psychiatric Center to fix me. I’ve spent six months of my prime teenage years at this residential facility – a place for teenagers who’ve gone mental.That’s me. Mental.Just when I begin to feel myself fade away, a boy with a wolfish smile and mischievous eyes reels me in. Julian is broken too, but he believes in me enough for the both of us. Through him, I begin to experience this thing called hope. Doctors can’t fix me, my parents can’t either, but maybe it’s not me who needs fixing.After all, mental is only a state of mind. It all depends on who’s doing the thinking....

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mental Reviews

  • Sophie
    2019-01-31 09:16

    You can find this review along with many others on my blog Seamless Reader!After a baptism accident when she was a little girl, Lucy lives in fear of things like the colors red and orange and the number 6. She suffers from schizophrenia and is a patient in a psychiatric ward. She is trying to get better but things just aren't that easy. She feels like a constant disappointment to her parents and feels guilty for the things she has put them through. It was very intriguing to read from a character with schizophrenia's point of view. Lucy, was such an intricate character with so many feelings suppressed inside of her. Every word of hers was riddled with pain and It was very easy for the reader to see that. She suffers so much because of her own mind and it's sad to see how not many people understand her. Especially her parents. I found them to be a little bit ignorant and insensitive toward her daughter's illness. To me they could have been a bit more open minded. As for the romance in this book, which did play a big part, I found that it didn't really work well. I mean, the romance itself was fine, it's just the way in which it happened that didn't really appeal to me. Primarily due to the fact that it was sort of an insta-love situation. Julian just happens to show up in the ward and calls Lucy pretty once and they instantly fall in love. It just didn't feel all that genuine to me. However, I did like the fact that Julian really tried his best to help her and he seemed to have her best interest. Lucy really grows as a character. Especially towards the end. She realizes that, while it is important to have support from others in order to make the best out of her recovery, she can't rely on other people and depend on them. She accepts the fact that the only one who can save her is herself. And to me that was one of the most important things. This book turned out to be very moving. The writing was lyrically beautiful and fluid. And it portrayed this terrifying circumstances in a very real way. It really gives you a sense of hope. I really hope that this book doesn't go unnoticed because it deserves appreciation.

  • Mia
    2019-02-06 08:19

    THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MIAINNARNIA.BLOGSPOT.CO.UKTHIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO ME BY XPRESSOBOOKTOURS.COM IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW, THANKYOU! THIS DOESN'T EFFECT MY OPINION IN ANY WAY.3.5/5Mental caught my eye because it is told from the POV of a girl with schizophrenia, which isn't something I'd ever read about before but knew would interest me. I love books that give me some kind of insight into other people's lives, especially books that teach me about different illnesses, and I love books where you can't always quite trust what the narrator is saying. On that front, Mental was brilliant. Lucy's POV was fascinating to read from and it really did give me some insight into what it could be like to live with schizophrenia. I thought the author did really well at showing that perspective and I'm sure she must have done a lot of research to make it seem so realistic. It was short but sweet, and it only took me an hour or two to read. If you need to get your goodreads count up, or you just want to read something that you can get through really quickly, this would be a great book for that. Because it's so short, however, I did feel like some parts of the story felt a little bit rushed and the relationships and characters could have done with more development.This book does definitely have a case of the dreaded insta-love, and that was one of the things that I didn't like about it. There just didn't seem to be any build up to the romance it all and I didn't really understand why Lucy and Julian seemed to love each other so much when they'd only had a few short conversations. The setting of the mental hospital was very interesting to read about (although if you do want to read about that setting, I massively suggest you read It's kind of a funny story by Ned Vizzini), even though it did creep me out a lot. I have an irrational fear of any kind of medical facility and yet I'm fascinated by books set in mental hospitals, it doesn't make sense.I really liked the writing style in mental. Aside from portraying the mind of a schizophrenic girl it was easy to read, fast paced and flowed well. No complaints there! I thought Lucy and Julian were both complex characters and interesting to read about individually even though I didn't enjoy their relationship because it was so sudden. The one big problem I had with this book was that I just didn't think it was very memorable. Unfortunately, the story line was very simple and predictable and it was exactly how you'd expect a love story between two teenagers in a mental hospital would go. It was still enjoyable and entertaining over all, but apart from the interesting POV I didn't think there was anything to set the story apart from similar books. This is a totally random thing, but I really liked that there were epigraphs at the start of each chapter (epigraph = a quotation at the beginning of a book or chapter used to suggest it's theme). I love epigraphs in any book, but the fact that there were so many of them just made my little nerdy heart happy.IN CONCLUSIONMental was a quick and very intriguing read which gave an interesting insight into life with schizophrenia, however the romance was far too sudden and it didn't really stand out above other books I've read pertaining to the topic of mental illness.

  • Irene
    2019-01-26 13:19

    *Copy provided by Xpresso Book Tours*Likes:• I don't know what it's like to be schizophrenic, but thanks to this book, I think I have a pretty good idea now. This book tells us all the ugly details, and let me tell you it's not pretty. It's very realistic though, which is this book's biggest strength. It goes into detail with hallucination, medication and thoughts about said medication, friendship (or lack of same), youth etc. It does it's job really well• I loved Jesse, I would've loved to hear more about her. I liked all the characters, but Jesse's story really caught my attention. Funny enough, she didn't really have a big role in this book and it seemed that she was just there to show that life goes on with or without you at an institution - there will always be people needing help. Sort of. I'm not sure how to explain...Dislikes:• I would've loved more details such as how did Lucy get that bad, what happened? It felt like the book kept refering to a specific event, but I never found out what it was about. I could be wrong though.• The ending felt a bit rushed, it just seemed like the easy way out.

  • Tequila
    2019-02-03 09:05

    This is an amazing book that everyone should read. I instantly fell in love with the main character Lucy and could so relate to how she feels. This is a book that will make you experience so many different emotions and make you fall in love with the story. This is a phenomenal first novel for Justice Serai and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

  • Cynthia Austin
    2019-02-10 10:56

    *I received this ARC from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*“I don’t go crazy. I am crazy. I just go normal from time to time.” With quotes like that sub-lining each chapter, how can you not understand accept this poor girls struggle?The story is a first person narrative told through the eyes of sixteen year old girl, Lucy Oakman. She’s sort of accepted the fact that she is mental and has long ago given up on the hope of friendships-let alone boyfriends. Norfolk Psychiatric Center is where she lives now and also where she feels safest.Immediately, I was awe struck learning how Lucy’s mental condition transpired. She blames it on the day of her baptism, two years prior, when the glass Jacuzzi shattered and flooded the church. It was probably just a coincidence but since the baptism happened at six o’clock on June sixth, she couldn't ignore the bad omen of 666. She began obsessing over religion, insisting there was a war being waged between good and evil. Most people she interacted with, she suspected were demons who secretly worked for Satan attempting to steal her soul. As Lucy continues to explain her mental illness, she is well aware that she has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, she is learning to live with it and very accustomed to her daily routine at the facility. She doesn’t have any friends, but it doesn’t seem to bother her. Then one day she meets a new patient, Julian, and boy do things start to change!"Julian becomes an obsession that gets me through my morning routine." I love this line because it acknowledges that Lucy is still capable to feel the same human emotions as everyone else. She's not as crazy as she thinks she is. She is not some ruined human-being taking up space, unlovable and untreatable as she believes. Mental or not, everyone needs hope and Julian is Lucy’s hope.Without going too much into the details about this book, I would just like to say I feel that this book isn't getting the recognition that it deserves. Sure there are some grammatical errors and can probably use another clean up but still, the story itself is so riveting that it engulfs me. It consumes me the same way Lucy’s demons consume her and I can get lost for hours in this book. An Ecopy isn't enough. I need a physical copy to gift to all my friends! I need to hold and feel this book and make sure it's real. Anyone who has known or suffered bouts of mental illness should read this book. The author did an exceptional job pulling the reader into Lucy’s struggles and detailing her slipping into her traumatic episodes. She’s usually trapped in her own mind getting lost in deep thoughts and hidden fears before someone pulls her back into the real world. But she never stays for long, her schizophrenia always seems to win. Is Julian going to be enough to save her?Julian is by far the best hero I have read about in a long time and I would really love to see this book as a movie one day. Girl Interrupted has nothing on this!

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    2019-02-11 05:55

    There are fashions in everything right? Lately its been a trend in Step brothers being written about, now I have read 4 books in succession with Mental Health patients. LOLI am trying to not compare one with another and take each on its own merit.THE STORYWe have Lucy who is in Norfolk Psychiatric Center who suffers with schizophrenia. We have Julian with his own Mental Health needs too.They meet up in the Norfolk Psychiatric Center.We have a love story.We have discovery and we have the beauty of healing.My Thoughts:As with a mental health disorder such as Schizophrenia, its a complex disorder that has similar characteristics between each patient that suffers with it. And we have Lucy's POV which was well portrayed, but if you have someone who is going to be written into a story with Schizophrenia we need to see some bad with the good. We see in the Hospital how antipsychotic medicines and cognitive behavioural therapy is used which I thought was a good take.Split personality disorder, hallucinations, and self abuse were touched on. This is not a medical book, its a novel, but bringing in those aspects would be part of Lucy's treatment whilst in the facility. Her parents were paying a huge amount of money to "fix" her.As most of us know, there is no FIX there is just 'management' of the illness.Sometimes no amount of medicine can help, but a good support system in place, which Lucy found in Julian. He was her aide, her confidant and she grew to love him.I loved the romance between Lucy and Julian blossoming, but, I did find it a 'love at first sight "instant" love' which was perturbing as well as unsettling.Yes Yes I know its a novel, but, as I always say, its got to have credibility and a little more added here and there to the story would widen out the credibility of it.On the whole, I enjoyed the book. I loved Lucy and how she was portrayed, but wish the author has expanded her illness more to readers who have ignorance of this illness or fear of it.BOTH Julian and Lucy were very complex people and a need for expanding would have been great :)Gradual 'love' blossoming too, not this 'instant' love. I couldn't digest that bit. Justice Serai writes well, its easy to follow and get into, just a few issues for me with the story, but it IS my personal take on it.

  • Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~
    2019-01-29 05:05

    "Sometimes sanity is overrated." "I don't go crazy. I am crazy. I just go normal from time to time."This book does a really good job at showing us what it is like to be under schitzophrenia's evil thumb. It's hard to put yourself in the shoes of a person suffering from a mental illness. With this book I found myself going through the gamut of emotions that i can only assume a schitzophrenic feels on a daily/ hourly/ momentary basis. I felt anxious, depressed, manic, paranoid, and even emotions I have no clinical name for. Things like time stretching out even though no time in the outside world has passed and time jumps/skips/ or mental blackouts."Time works differently when you’re mental. I call it Crazy Time. In Crazy Time, things don’t have to make sense, yet I accept them anyway. I feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland, only I stopped questioning long before she did. When at the Mad Hatter’s tea party, it’s best to just keep drinking."Ultimately this is a beautifully crafted first person tale of finding oneself after being lost within oneself for a very long time. It is also a tale of finding love even where it is least likely to blossom. "Two love-sick idiots in a mental institution. It's like some twisted fairy tale." "He sees me and I see him in a way no one else can. We’re broken and crazy and imperfect together. Two Cheshire cats at the Mad Hatter’s tea party."The characters are robust and how can you not root for/ fall in love with Julian?? Yes, ultimately the story is a feel good story but having been on the journey alongside Lucy it is a well fought battle to happiness. All in all, Mental was a quick read with lots of emotion.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-14 09:55

    In An Oyster Shell- Mental is terrifying and riveting. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested on seeing first hand experience the turmoil of mental illness and the joy of recovery.The Pearls –This book starts out set in a mental hospital, with a girl that is resigned to be there. A contemporary novel at it's best dealing with one of the most prevalent issues we face today, mental illness. The concept was interesting and you could tell from the beginning this story came from the author's heart. It was an interesting concept that was executed well.A full review is availabe at Writing Pearls

  • Esperanza
    2019-01-23 13:21

    Mental by Justice SeraiPublication date: April 7th 2015Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Hopeis an illusion meant to convince the broken to keep on living. That’sme. Broken.Myfather pays heaps of money for doctors at the Norfolk PsychiatricCenter to fix me. I’ve spent six months of my prime teenage yearsat this residential facility – a place for teenagers who’ve gonemental.That’sme. Mental.Justwhen I begin to feel myself fade away, a boy with a wolfish smile andmischievous eyes reels me in. Julian is broken too, but he believesin me enough for the both of us. Through him, I begin to experiencethis thing called hope. Doctors can’t fix me, my parents can’teither, but maybe it’s not me who needs fixing.Afterall, mental is only a state of mind. It all depends on who’s doingthe thinking. Let me first start this review off with some facts about mental illness. Some disorders can be genetically inherited and others can develop from some sort of trauma experienced in life. Often times mental illness in general is misunderstood in the mainstream population. Many people are quick to disregard their loved ones and completely ignore and or cut them off from their lives. But, in this story the main character was extremely loved by her family and appreciated daily. Love has a way of helping to heal those suffering or at least provide a shoulder and a space for trust and soul baring. The author Justice Serai did an excellent job of bringing a touchy subject to the mainstream population and discussing it with vigor and giving the reader a first hand look at one that is suffering with mental illness and family members and the reaction of real friends. I enjoyed this book and was delighted to see this hard to talk about subjects pop up in her book. The reader will feel completely engaged in the main character's life, and realize the pain of mental illness and the suffering that those who are plagued with the disorders/diseases experience while institutionalized. My heart strings were definitely pulled in this fast paced novel and I definitely felt satisfied in reading this wonderful novel. It is a super charged page turner! I rate this book a full FIVE Stars and recommend to those that want to understand more about the life of a teen plagued with mental illness. * I received the book MENTAL by Justice Serai in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine and I was not compensated for them.  Ifmy name weren't enough to doom me to nerdville, my love of all thingsdark and weird would. Inspired by stories of hopeand perseverance throughout history, in my own life, and inthe lives of people I know, I strive to write authentic YAfiction for the oddball in all of us.I want to makepeople think deeply, feel wholly, and laugh and cry, just as Ihave.I'm no stranger to tricky topics such as LGBTQissues, adoption, disabilities, and mental illness, and I hopeyou come to love my characters as much as I

  • Amanda Rogers
    2019-02-03 09:10

    Schizophrenia is such a puzzling mental illness and Justice Serai absolutely wrote on the subject without embellishing the facts; untrue sadly for almost every other book concerning this topic. Not only did she correctly nail the diagnosis but she couldn't have written more truthfully about life within a psychiatric facility. To note, also, Serai didn't portray either of these as a haunting life long devastating fact of life but instead brought light into every corner with an optimistic outlook that strength rises inside of us; that all situations are subject to change and only we can change our situation. On this alone this book rates 5 stars from my point of view, "Mental" was well written and the story line was captivating; not everyone gets an inner look at schizophrenia or what it really is like to live with mental illness caged in a facility. It's no life at all, I've been there myself, but the work comes within our core to escape the prison that is our mind. Would recommend this book to others, wholeheartedly. Lucy's 17, on paper she's schizophrenic, and her residence is away from her peers and family in a strange psychiatric hospital; where everything functions on schedule. Yet on the outside, Lucy, doesn't quite feel that she fits in with others; the other patients have trouble identifying with her therefore they've written her off as a freak. She finds friendship in a boy named Julian, who served numerous firsts for Lucy. With parents concerned with her inability to be fixed or glares to snap out of an episode, Lucy doesn't quite see all that benefits her in having parental care. We often take the love for our parents for granted, and find faults; exactly as Lucy did when her father wanted her away from Julian. Although he became the striking bolt of lightning that made her rise from ashes real instead of a seemingly hopeless dream.

  • K.J. Farnham
    2019-02-16 10:00

    **4 1/2 STARS**Mental by Justice Serai provides readers with a look inside the mind of Lucy, a teen with schizophrenia. Her thoughts are confusing, shocking, scary, creepy and heart-breaking. I had to backtrack a few times because I didn’t understand what I was reading, but in hindsight, the confusion was necessary for authenticity. After all, the thought process of a schizophrenic surely isn’t always easy to follow. In addition to Lucy’s battle with mental illness, this story is also about how she falls for Julian, a young man with a disorder of his own to deal with. I really enjoyed this part of the storyline but felt that their relationship developed a bit fast, especially in light of the fact that they meet in a psychiatric facility. But despite the instalove, Lucy and Julian’s relationship is sweet and touching.I was immediately hooked by the opening scene. Lucy’s parents are visiting her in the Norfolk Psychiatric Center, and her dad is screaming at one of the doctors. He wants to know why Lucy isn’t “fixed” yet even though they pay a lot of money for her treatment. Make no mistake, her father’s question made me cringe; however, I can understand how coping with a loved one who has a mental illness might lead to frustration and impatience. Throughout the book, Serai does a great job of continuing to show how Lucy’s disorder affects not only her but everyone around her.I have seen mental illness up close, so this book stayed with me after I finished it. My heart ached for Lucy and those who live with disorders that must be managed rather than cured. But I also felt a sense of optimism, because Serai illustrated that it is possible to persevere when faced with a psychological disorder.When I read e-books, I like to highlight quotes so that I can share favorites when I write reviews. Never before have I highlighted so many quotes! This is a testament to Justice Serai’s ability to touch a person’s mind and soul with the beauty and depth of words.More than a few of my favorite quotes from Mental:“Recovery isn’t the same thing as a cure. It’s learning to manage your illness the best way possible.”“Sometimes, the more fancy degrees a person has, the bigger their ego. Egos can’t listen. They can only talk.”“But when you see suffering firsthand, when it’s in your face and you watch it, live it, breathe it, something changes you irreversibly. Some might call it cynicism, but to me, it’s more like opening your eyes for the first time. I think most people’s eyes aren’t attached to their brains. sometimes I wish I could go back to being that blind.”“He holds my face in his hands gently, and I picture him cradling my heart in the same way.” (LOVE this one.)“I don’t go crazy. I am crazy. I just go normal from time to time.” –Anonymous“I stare at the wall. The pictures there make me shudder. They look haunting and unfamiliar. But I know they’re mine. They come from a place deep inside. A place buried by medication and logic. The untapped part of a human’s brain. Sane people can’t access it. Few can, but the beauty in the creation is hardly ever worth the pain.”“Schizophrenia is only ever whispered about. It’s the seedy underbelly of mental illness. There’s commercials about depression and bipolar – women standing in front of lonely windows, looking sad and contemplative. There aren’t any commercials about how the homeless lady who talks to herself on the street corner is now married and in the banking business after taking whatever pharmaceuticals paid for the advertising slot.”“He kisses me deeply – like he’s reaching inside and pulling out every piece of me and demanding I give it to him.”*Thank you to the author for providing me with a complimentary review copy via Xpresso Book Tours.

  • Sage Knightly
    2019-01-22 13:23

    **This is also posted on Library of Books.Mental is about a teenaged Girl, Lucy, who has schizophrenia and is a patient in a psychiatric ward. Due to a baptism accident when she was a young, Lucy lives in fear of the colors red and orange and the number 6. She fears the Devil is out to get her and that God has left her. This is a tale full of love, recovery, and hope. And crazy. I'll start off with the characters because I like pretty much all of them. They are all very different but each are supportive and played a part in Lucy's life. Julian, mostly. He is the one who gave Lucy hope, who let her see that there are things in life worth living for. He's the one she fell for and who fell for her. Love in a crazy place. It's bound to be a ride, eh? But anyway, all the doctors and therapists are there to help Lucy, and even when she loses her shit they're still there to support her and help her. Which is good. But at times she is selfish. She doesn't really appreciate her family until near the end when Julian is discharged and he tells her how lucky she is to have such loving, supportive parents. She used to believe the staff were out to get her, and when she had an episode she even accused them of being on the Devil's side. She just never saw that they were trying to help her. Other then that though, she's a very likeable character. She does grow and she appreciates everything her parents and Julian and the staff did/do for her, so that's partially why. The writing flowed well, and the story was very interesting. I especially love how hazy and confused Lucy was when she has her episode, because you could feel it through the writing. It was brilliant. But I will admit, I had a few problems with the pacing and the insta-love. I get that she's inexperienced and after so long being surrounded by doctors and therapists that she would love the attention from the other sex, but really? She looked into his eyes and was pretty much like, 'oh he looks into my soul with those deep eyes and oh my heart, it's beating so fast! Is this love?'. And I feel like her recovery should have taken longer. It took hardly a day before she was over her episode and back to normal and I feel it should have taken longer. Overall though, I like the plot and the characters and the writing. It was an interesting read and I wouldn't mind reading more from this author. I recommend this to anyone who likes, well, institutes and romance and a little bit of crazy. d:

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-28 07:00

    Justice Serai’s Mental is young adult novella that examines the life of a teen girl committed to a residential psychiatric facility for the daunting diagnosis of schizophrenia. Lucy is an artistic, religious girl, the pride of her successful and well-off family, until she undergoes a schizophrenic break. She’s now in a prison of her own mind, afraid of the color red, the devil’s influence, and even venturing outside. When she meets the enigmatic and attractive Julian, she realizes that life might not be so hopeless after all. I read Mental in about 2 hours flat. Lucy’s character is very well fleshed out, from her experiences as the only child of a high powered family, to the details of her break, to her experiences on the inside of a psychiatric facility. I have personally (as an observer) spent a fair amount of time in a state-run institution such as this, and I really have to give credit to the author for portraying the experience realistically for the outsider. The ups and downs of Lucy’s life here were emotional and difficult to read, but I think a very valuable read for anyone looking to understand mental illness. Julian becomes her savior, the bringer of hope in the future. Until meeting Julian, Lucy feels she will never feel what “normal” teenagers feel. To experience new love through her eyes was really well done. Julian remained a bit of a mysterious character for me, not fully fleshed out. I’m not sure if this was the author’s intention or not, perhaps to make us feel what Lucy feels, but I do wish we had his perspective throughout the experience, to have the details of his placement in the facility explained better. It took me some time to warm up to him and trust him. I believe readers will be happy with the outcome. Was expecting something dark, but you should now this is not a dark novel, despite its title and mood. It’s actually a story of hope. This was a great read for me in between my usual fare (which almost never includes teen fiction). I would recommend it to anyone looking to understand serious mental illness better, but need a ray of light to keep them going. Copy provided for an honest reviewPosted at

  • Autumn
    2019-01-31 07:01

    I received this book to give an honest review. I don't know what it is but I have been pretty much enjoying all the books that I have been reading about mental health. I am not sure because the author does such great work of describing how it is inside the mind of someone with mental health or the plot. With mental the blurb is what got me to want to give this book a try and I am glad I did. We are taken into the life of Lucy who is a young girl that has been put into a treatment facility because she is schizophrenic, she has dealt with this since she was very young. It all started when she was six and she was getting baptized then it just went down hill for her. Fast forward a bit and we are where she is in the facility to try and get help. Lucy doesn't talk to anyone, keeps to herself, she eats a certain kind of food and she loves to draw. Dr. P wants her to draw a mural on the wall for all to see and so we get to see her put her talents to the test. Then a young man named Julian comes in and it is like love at first sight well mostly when he sat beside her and started talking to her. Now these two fall head over heels with each other pretty quickly and over course you know the staff can't let that happen too much as they would get into trouble. But Julian is good for Lucy and we get to see this on not only his road to recovery but hers as well. We see Lucy get strong and want to get better even if that means she needs a daily routine and what not. This is pretty much a H.E.A book and I do enjoy those but I wanted to know how Lucy was doing afterwards. Was everything okay? Did she adapt well? I did enjoy the little quotes at the top of each chapter they were insightful so to speak and different. The plot was simple and it does have insta-love which was okay but to be expected. The characters were interesting even though I did enjoy Lucy I felt as though there was something left out that happened big in her life. Looking for a quick read I say pick this book up I do plan on looking for more books by this author.

  • Jess (the cozy reader)
    2019-01-21 05:55

    This really was a straight forward and poignant story about a girl's struggle with mental illness. It takes you into the mind of a schizophrenic, where you see their inner battles, darkness of this disease and how affecting it really is for everyone. I am so glad that I bought the audiobook version because this narrator really gave Lucy (our main character) a true voice. I felt her fears, lingering doubts, and her hope to get better. I definitely think Lucy is warrior in her own right. "It's okay to be afraid sometimes," he says, pulling away so I can see his face. I can tell you've been through a lot. But you're still here, and you still know how to smile. That's pretty brave, Lucy." ~ Julian It's in the hospital treatment facility where Lucy meets Julian. They are both admitted for different reasons, but they share a common goal to get healthy again. Yes I did think it was very insta-love, but it was pushed aside when I saw how much they cared and helped one another. The road for Lucy was not an easy one, but with the love and support from the people in her life she was able to look forward to a bright future."When I start to slip, I have people to pull me up and set me right again. And if I takes a while, they'll love me through it, knowing the real me, the one who's full of love and life and potential, is still there, fighting to get free from the darkness. When I come out of the haze, broken and afraid, they'll be there to hold me until I'm on my feet again. Then, with hope like the wings of a phoenix, they'll help me fly. ~ Lucy

  • A
    2019-01-27 08:09

    There are books that temporarily change your life and then there are ones that you know will stay with you forever. This is a book that will stay forever with me. Mental illness has always been in my life, whether it was me or those around me. My dad was and still has Schizophrenia. I have others with Asperger's, bopolar, manic depression, etc. The way this story is told is amazing. While I don't have Schizophrenia, I do suffer from other things that sometimes extremely overwhelming and those who are around you want you to to just stop being that way or they try to help not knowing why or how. It's hard when your different and when it's because of mental illness. You get the looks and whispers that are shown perfectly in this book. Everything in this book I could relate to or understand in some level. It's hard seeing those you love feel powerless because they can't help. But it's also hard to over come when you seem to always fail. I read this book and went omg, I haven't felt a book affect me like this since "Go Ask Alice". The romance was interesting, at first I thought Oh no this could be awful. Is he a predator that just thinks Oh she's crazy, easy manipulation, because it does happen. Instead he becomes the light to the shadows and darkness in her mind. When she takes the moment and goes I control me not my illness, it was amazing. I would recommend this to everyone. It's easy to say well it's just in your mind you can stop it at anytime, lies. This book gives light to what it means to have your mind full of fear and darkness.

  • Leigh-ann Brodber
    2019-01-25 06:16

    Lucy Oakman is 17 years old, and has lived in a mental hospital for nine months, battling Schizophrenia. She’s been constantly attacked by her disease; she sees things and hears things that aren’t really there. She feels as if the walls of the facility are protecting her from the “demons” that try to steal her soul. She believes that she is safe in the institution and is resigned with the fact that she’ll never get better or ever make her super rich parents proud of her.Then, Julian shows up. The guy with the wolfish smile and the ability to make Lucy feel as if she’s not broken. At times, she believes that he’s only a figment of her imagination because of how perfect he seems. However, Julian has his own demons to deal with.Throughout the rest of the novel, this unlikely couple pair up together to battle their insecurities and troubled past together in this unembellished and insightful story on what it really means to live with an incurable disease. Read the full review on The Young Folks:

  • Lori Clark
    2019-02-08 06:59

    **Copy graciously provided by author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review**I really wish I could have given this book more stars, because I love books about crazy. I just couldn't get into this one as much as I had hoped. The writing wasn't terrible. The main character, Lucy, she was even a believably written girl suffering from schizophrenia. I found myself skimming a lot of the book after the halfway mark just to get through it to see what happened. It kept me interested enough to see what would happen to the characters, but it didn't really pique my interest enough to devour every page. The book does have a lot of good reviews, so in all fairness, you read it and decide for yourself.

  • Eva
    2019-02-15 05:02

    This book gives light to what it means to have your mind full of fear and darkness.For full review of this, check out my blog post: https://booksboozeandbdsm.wordpress.c...

  • Nancy L. Rotondi
    2019-02-16 08:08

    UpliftingI gave this book a five star rating because it was a book about hope, and the struggle of the human spirit. It was also a reminder that love is humanities greatest triumph.