A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

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In the vein of It's Kind of a Funny Story and All the Bright Places , comes a captivating, immersive exploration of life with mental illness.
For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm's length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel's compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst--that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she's been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?

In A Tragic Kind of Wonderful , Eric Lindstrom, author of the critically acclaimed Not If I See You First , examines the fear that keeps us from exposing our true selves, and the courage it takes to be loved for who we really are.

Publisher: New York : Poppy, Little, Brown and Company, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780316260060
Characteristics: 278 pages ;,22 cm.

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Cheryl_JHL Oct 19, 2017

Bipolar is not a black and white "highs and lows" sort of disorder - it has a spectrum. The main character's journey through her diagnosis and her path to self discovery are enlightening. I love her journalling exercise and how she breaks down the different parts of her moods/energy level/state of physical being so that she can keep track of where she is.

I am grateful to read a book that helps defuse the stigma attached to bipolar and break down the elements of it so that it is easier to understand.

The story itself is a good story and the character is likable. It also could be a good lead-in to reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

AL_KELSEY Jul 13, 2017

If you don't know much about bipolar disorder, and what it looks like before it's diagnosed, this book is perfect for you. It's a little difficult to get through, because of some tough topics, but if you stick with it, you will be enlightened!

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