One can only wonder what would lead someone to not know of their mother’s passing until such a long time after the fact. And then you read this story.
It touches you, and it moves you. It makes you angry, and hopeful. You do not feel sorry for the main character, you just feel sad. Sad that someone would have to go through such a difficult situation. Sad that someone was robbed of a loving mother due to an illness that affects so many, and is yet so hard for most to talk about.
The author is not looking for sympathy, or anyone to feel sorry for her. She does not have a “woe-is-me” attitude. She made the best out of a very tough situation, and persevered; succeeded; beat the odds when so many others would have given up.
Have you felt true fear? The type of fear that comes from within you and makes every nerve in your body alive as if electrified over and over again? This is the sense of fear you feel as you read about a girl whose mother went to school with her every day, convinced someone was going to harm her. And she was the only one harming her. Calm and normal one minute, angry and physically violent the next.
Running away from home, living on the streets, knowing true hunger not for days on end, but for months on end. This was still better than living at home.
This is a story of mental illness, strength, and unending determination. A story about what one young woman did to survive when she had no other choice. It is a story about a disease that is only talked about behind closed doors, with only the closest of relatives. This was a subject you did not want your friends and neighbors knowing about. But of course they did know. How could they not?
If you have ever experienced mental illness in your personal life, you do not want to pass up this story. It is an easy read, not full of medical jargon that has you reaching for a dictionary. I have been witness to this type of behavior in a loved one, and the effects can be truly devastating to a family. It is time to start talking about mental illness, and stop ignoring it. It does not go away. It will not go away.
Look for this story on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N0WYHDQ/
Find further information on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23275192
Reblogged this on Lori Schafer's Short Subjects I Feel Like Writing About and commented:
“It touches you, and it moves you. It makes you angry, and hopeful. You do not feel sorry for the main character, you just feel sad.”
I love what Angela had to say about my book – it definitely goes beyond what you normally see in a book review. Thoughtful and eloquent.
Great review and it makes you want to read the book. This subject is truly one people don’t address, but just look on the streets of any city and you will see the results of a nation that has not yet found a good solution for mental illness.
Outstanding review. Very detailed and thought provoking.
What a wonderful review. I have only recently come across Lori’s blog and now follow. As a memoir writer myself, I find many common threads with fellow memoirists, and many of us seem to have endured a lifetime of ‘disturbed’ mother issues. Nice to find this blog. 🙂
It was a wonderful, yet heartbreaking story. Thanks for visiting my blog!