ROMANCE DOES NOT CURE MENTAL ILLNESS!!!!

Worked on this post with Tash from ConfessionsFromRomaholics we both had a big deep and meaningful chat on this topic and decided to do our own posts on this with our own personal experiences read Tash’s post here

Lately I’ve found a massive trend that has started in the book world where books that have such a meaningful message of mental illness in there, where the cure of the main characters illness seems to be to have a lover and find love. While love itself can be very life changing, can it actually cure mental illness?

I myself have suffered pretty severe anxiety and let me tell you that finding romance and love for someone has not cured me. Many books never seem to focus on the factors that do actually help a lot of mental illness suffers such as medication to ease the illness, seeing councillors to talk about thoughts and feelings and the constant battle of self doubt that takes time to get rid of.

Instead of reading a book that is about loving another person to make a mental illness to go away, I would love to read more where the main protagonist begins to find love for themselves as that is another key thing that isn’t seen a lot in books about mental illness and it isn’t an easy thing to achieve.

In saying all this, I am not in any way trying to say that people with mental illness don’t deserve love, I’m just trying to get say that books that have the trope of love ‘curing’ mental illness is unrealistic in my opinion and there are many other things that people with mental illness go through as well as just find love = being cured and free of mental illness.

Despite loving books that do have this trope, I would in the future love to see some change and hopefully more books that show the character going through their illness without having a life changing romance that cures them, I would love to see more stories where the main characters don’t rely on love, and begin to love themselves. I want to see more stories that I can relate to because as a person that suffers from mental illness, I find that it can be very unrealistic to see characters just falling in love and not looking back at ever having an illness because they are ‘cured’.

BOOKS I FOUND WITH LOVE BEING ‘THE CURE’/BOOKS THAT ROMANTICISE ILLNESS:

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES BY JENNIFER NIVEN

THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS

MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES

MADE YOU UP

WHEN WE COLLIDED

A BOOK THAT I HAVE FOUND HAS NOT MADE LOVE ‘THE CURE’:

GIRL IN PIECES

Comment down below your thoughts and feelings on this trope below, I’m interested to know all your thoughts and feels on this too! (Also don’t feel bad if you loved some of these books that have this trope, it is completely fine we all have different opinions and connect to things differently)

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STARGAZING FOR BEGINNERS BOOK REVIEW!!

STARGAZING FOR BEGINNERS BY JENNY MCLACHLAN BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:

Science geek Meg is left to look after her little sister for ten days after her free-spirited mum leaves suddenly to follow up yet another of her Big Important Causes. But while Meg may understand how the universe was formed, baby Elsa is a complete mystery to her.

And Mum’s disappearance has come at the worst time: Meg is desperate to win a competition to get the chance to visit NASA headquarters, but to do this she has to beat close rival Ed. Can Meg pull off this double life of caring for Elsa and following her own dreams? She’ll need a miracle of cosmic proportions …

Fans fell in love with the warmth, wit, romance and fierce friendships in Flirty Dancing, Love Bomb, Sunkissed and Star Struck, and Stargazing for Beginners has all that and galaxies more. This is the best kind of real-life fiction – with big themes and irresistible characters, it goes straight to your heart.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was one of those ones that was short and sweet and you can easily read in one sitting. This book for the most part I found very entertaining and even found myself laughing out loud while reading at some points.

The main character Meg’s dedication and love for science and space is a really big aspect of the book and I surprisingly loved it even though I don’t like those topics myself I genuinely liked learning new things from Meg and I think that Meg as a character in general was just really interesting and something a little different from the usual.

The plot of this book was also very cool and something I’m not usually into however when my friend read and adored it I just knew I had to check it out for myself as she said that I too would love it, which I really did!

The only little problem that I had with this book was with the adult characters of the book being a little unrealistically irresponsible, Meg’s mother just dumped her kids who are under aged well and truly without making any plans for them to stay with anyone and the Grandfather I found to be just as worse. I also don’t really understand how the nursery and school didn’t see through Meg’s lies as they were not the most believable in my opinion.

However overall, apart from the small roles of the adults in this book, I found it to be a really fast and easy read that was pretty enjoyable and bittersweet. I think that anyone that adores space should pick this book up!

STAR RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/search/Stargazing-for-Beginners-Jenny-McLachlan/9781408879757

THANK YOU TO BLOOMSBURY AUSTRALIA FOR SENDING ME AN ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

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THE MEDORAN CHRONICLES BOOK TAG!!!

HEY GUYS, TODAY I WAS TAGGED BY KAYSIA FROM BOOKSKAY TO DO THIS COOL TAG THAT HER AND JENNA FROM JUSTALITTLEBITRANDOM CREATED FOR THE RELEASE OF DRAEKORA, HERE ARE MY ANSWERS TO THEIR QUESTIONS:

1. Medora: Alex steps through a doorway and ends up in Medora. If you had the chance to step through a doorway, which fictional world would you want to end up in?
I would LOVE to visit the Night Court from A Court of Mist and Fury because I love the night sky and I would just love to see it especially since Rhysand also lives there and I wanna see him too ahah.

2. Akarnae: Alex and friends attend Akarnae Academy. Which fictional school would you like to attend?
A fictional school I would like to visit would have to be Vampire Academy because I would SO love to hang out with Rose and become as kick ass as her and maybe even meet a cute vamp.

3. Alex, Jordan & Bear: Alex, Jordan and Bear have the best friendship. What is your favourite pair or group of platonic friends?
I would have to say for this one it would be Simon and Clary as they have such a unique friendship that is just so loving and caring in such a friend way and they are always there to guide each other through tough times.

4. Potential Pops: Classes at Akarnae are ranked by a person’s potential in that particular area. Which typical, perfect, YA protagonist would be in Epsilon – the highest rank – for every class?
This would have to be Mia from Nevernight, she is seen to be the best of the best especially when it comes to combat and being an amazing assassin.

5. The Library: The Library at Akarnae is sentient and is always giving Alex advice. Which fictional character would you like to be there to give you advice when you need it?
I would love for Charlie from Girl in Pieces to be there to mentor me because she is such a strong and independent person that I feel doesn’t know in her head what to do all of the time but her heart pulls her to do the right thing, and she always makes some really tricky decisions but in the end she made the right choices.

6. Raelia: Raelia is a crossroads where people have to make a choice. If you were forced to chose only one genre to read for the rest of your life, which would it be?
This is a hard one, I sometimes struggle reading a lot of fantasy in which I love but if I had to read one thing it would probably have to be contemporary because I could read that all day every day and I wouldn’t get brain fried from taking in so much information as I need to when I read some fantasies.

7. Kalex: We’re all die-hard lovers of Kaiden and Alex’s slow burning romance. What is an OTP that took too long to happen?
JACE AND CLARY OH MY GOSH. My heart hurt for those first few books, the tension was insane and I just wanted to push them towards being with each other but also that um plot twist.

8. D.C.: We all know D.C. as the character with the secret past, who we eventually come to love. Name a shady character you ended up loving.
For me this 100% was Rhysand, from the ACOTAR series, he was so shady in book one and I wasn’t sure about him at the start but then book two came along and then all the feels for him began to start ahh.

9. Meya: Meya is the lost city. What book have you lost that you would love to find.
I can’t seem to locate where my copies of A Series of Unfortunate Events is and I REALLY want to re read them after I saw the netflix series on them because I loved it and now it looks as though I’m going to need to buy new copies

10. Predictions: What is one prediction you have for Draekora?
ITS AMAZING AND GOING TO BE A HEARTBREAKER (already read it before this tag oops)

I TAG:
BEC: https://rebeccagough.wordpress.com/
LISSA: https://joysofbookworms99.wordpress.com/
DANIELLE: https://thechroniclesofdanielle.wordpress.com/
CASEY: https://adoptabookaus.com/
KELLY: http://www.divabooknerd.com/

MY REVIEWS FOR LYNETTE’S BOOKS:
AKARNAE: https://molliethereader.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/akarnae-book-review/
RAELIA: https://molliethereader.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/raelia-book-review/
DRAEKORA: https://molliethereader.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/draekora-book-review-screams/

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INTERVIEW WITH GABRIELLE TOZER

Hey Guys!
Today I bring you a special author interview with the amazing Gabrielle Tozer! Her book is out today which is called Remind Me How This Ends and you can pick it up at any place that sells good books (links to buy at the bottom of the interview). I hope you enjoy Gab’s answers as much as I did!

SERIOUS QUESTIONS:

What inspired you to write Remind Me How This Ends?
So many things: feeling lost and stuck in limbo, the blurry line between friendship and something more (and how we don’t always say what we feel to the people we care for most), the ongoing nature of grief (especially when you didn’t get a chance to say goodbye), and life in rural and regional Australia.

Did you use any of yourself or anyone you know as an inspiration for any of the characters in Remind Me How This Ends?
Absolutely. Like all my characters, Milo and Layla are a part of me – just like Josie Browning was in The Intern and Faking It. It was a tough book to write because it was tapping into weird, wobbly feelings for people I probably shouldn’t have had weird, wobbly feelings for – nothing like a bit of unrequited love to kick-start the creativity, right? Milo wasn’t based on one particular guy that got away – but his interactions with Layla are absolutely grounded in real emotions that I’ve felt before. That’s why it was such a tough book to write… it brought all of those emotions flooding back to the surface!
Have you got something new and exciting coming out after Remind Me How This Ends? Any hints on it if yes?
I sure do! I have a 10,000-word contemporary YA short story called ‘The Feeling From Over Here’ in HarperCollins’ Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology. The premise? Two teens reunite on an overnight coach from Canberra to Melbourne and are forced to deal with a painful incident from their past.
My first picture book, Peas and Quiet, is out this year too! It follows two peas, Pip and Pop, who live in a teeny-tiny peapod in the vegie patch behind the garden gnome and they just can’t get along. It’s wacky, outrageous and pretty damn sweet – I can’t wait to share it! Sue deGennaro’s illustrations are simply stunning. I’m also tinkering with a middle-grade novel and am brainstorming a new YA contemporary so watch this space…

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What’s the main message you want readers to get from Remind Me How This Ends?
That it’s alright if you haven’t got everything figured out yet. Just keep going. You’re doing your best.

Who is a writer that inspires you most to be the amazing author you are?
Authors like John Marsden, Melina Marchetta, Morris Gleitzman, Paul Jennings and Margaret Clarke inspired me to read books, which then inspired me to write books. Their books are a mixture of warm, quirky, dramatic and full of heart, and they make me laugh and cry and scared and feel things (so many things).

What tips do you have for aspiring authors?
Break down the writing process into manageable and specific steps so it’s not too overwhelming. So, tell yourself, “I am going to write this specific scene today” or “I’m going to play around with some ideas for half an hour” rather than, “OH MY GOD, I NEED TO WRITE MY BOOK TODAY”. (Can you tell I’ve learnt things the hard way?) Also, don’t get carried away with fantasies of book signings and world tours and J.K Rowling fame – focus on your writing and aim to tell the best story you can. The rest of it is beyond your control for now. Last but not least – and this is very important – once your first draft is finished, put it aside for a few months. When you come back to it, bring a red pen and edit it like you’re editing your worst enemy’s manuscript. Writing is rewriting, so the first draft is just that: a first draft. It took me multiple rewrites, self-editing and professional editing sessions to nail downRemind Me How This Ends.

FUN QUESTION ROUND:

Guy crush?
Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Gosling, Riz Ahmed, Jon Hamm, Ryan Reynolds and… I could keep going but I refuse to answer anymore on the grounds that I may incriminate myself.

Fave book?
This question is too hard! (I tried to narrow it down but felt guilty about leaving so many other favourites off the list.) I’ll say this, even though it’s technically cheating: I adore the original Harry Potter series and always will.

A place you REALLY wanna visit?
All the places. The Amalfi Coast in Italy. The Maldives. Mexico. The Whitsundays. Vietnam. But right now, I REALLY want to visit my family and friends in Wagga, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Newcastle and New York. We’re too spread out and I don’t get to see them enough. (Oops, I’m cheating again. Sorry)

Last book you read?
I just finished re-reading Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach and I am halfway through Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and Catherine Deveny’s Use Your Words. My TBR pile is about to topple off my bedside table, but I can’t wait to crack into Nicole Hayes’ A Shadow’s Breath and Angie Thomas’The Hate U Give. (Still cheating. Still sorry.)

If you could be an animal, which one would you be?
Being someone’s spoiled pet Labrador would be pretty nice – those gorgeous pooches seem happy all the time! Why wouldn’t you be? You get lots of pats, naps, treats, trips to the park and playtime with other dogs. Sign me up.

MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION:
PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA: YES OR NO??
Hawaiian pizza is my favourite so… YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES.

FIND GAB HERE:
Author | Freelance editor, journalist + copywriter

THE INTERN and FAKING IT are out now via HarperCollins
REMIND ME HOW THIS ENDS and PEAS AND QUIET out 2017
gabrielletozer.com
Instagram and Twitter: @gabrielletozer @gabrielletozer
Facebook and Tumblr: hellogabrielletozer hellogabrielletozer

BUY REMIND ME HOW THIS ENDS:
http://www.booktopia.com.au/remind-me-how-this-ends-gabrielle-tozer/prod9781460751688.html (AUS)
https://www.bookdepository.com/Remind-Me-How-This-Ends-Gabrielle-Tozer/9781460751688 (INTERNATIONAL)

READ MY REVIEW HERE:
https://molliethereader.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/remind-me-how-this-ends-book-review/

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THE 100 CHARACTERS BOOK TAG – ORIGINAL

HEY GUYS!
TODAY I DECIDED TO CREATE MY OWN TAG, I DONT THINK ANYONE HAS MADE ONE LIKE THIS BEFORE IF THEY HAVE IM SO SORRY LEMME KNOW, BUT AS YOU KNOW I JUST RE WATCHED THE 100 AND FELL BACK IN LOVE WITH SO MANY CHARACTERS AGAIN SO I DECIDED I WOULD GO AHEAD AND CREATE THIS TAG

CLARKE GRIFFIN – CHARACTER THAT IS ALWAYS LOSING LOVED ONES:
I think one of the most obvious answers to this would be Katniss Everdeen, without naming them all I think those that have read/watched the movies would know that she lost a lot of people she loved throughout the course of the story.

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BELLAMY BLAKE – CUTE FICTIONAL GUY THAT CAN BE AN ASSHOLE SOMETIMES:
So many characters fit into this category (LOL) but the one I am going to say for this will be William Herondale because lets be real he was a bit of an ass throughout the Infernal Devices series.

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OCTAVIA BLAKE – STRONG INDEPENDANT LEAD CHARACTER:
One character that reminds me a lot of Octavia would be Charlie from Girl in Pieces, she isn’t in the same genre as Octavia and probably doesn’t have the same sort of meaning to strong too but in a way they are very differently and the same at the same time.

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JOHN MURPHY – UNDERRATED SIDE CHARACTER THAT IS FULL OF SARCASM:
A character that I think is very underrated and also very sarcastic just like John would have to be Johanna Mason from Catching Fire, especially when people didn’t see her in the movie before she was even casted I feel she was very underrated and most people went after Finnick when he was introduced more than Johanna.

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JASPAR JORDAN – HERO THATS ALWAYS HEARTBROKEN:
A hero that I find to be always heartbroken would be Mor from A Court of Mist and Fury, I feel as though she has been through a lot of trauma in her time and she is always helping and saving the ones around her before herself.

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RAVEN REYES – DIVERSE CHARACTER THAT DESERVES MORE LOVE:
A character that I find deserves more love and is also a sufferer of prosopagnosia which is where the person affected can not put peoples faces into their long term memory therefore not letting them recognise anyone even their loved ones, Jack from Holding Up the Universe suffers from this and I think that it was very interesting to learn about this illness he has as I had never heard of it before.

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FINN COLLINS – AKA SPACEWALKER, A CHARACTER FROM SPACE:
Of course I’m going to say David from Fire in the Woods because it is basically the only book I can tolerate with an alien in it because the topic of space and aliens kinda weirds me out and I just don’t really like it but David is from space and I do for the most part like him.

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HEDA LEXA – A CHARACTER THAT IS MADE TO BE A LEADER:
A character that I always see as a leader would be Alex from the Medora Chronicles, she’s always very good at making fast decisions and she always seems to be the independent thinker of the group that is always saving her and her friends when she needs with her fast thinking and leadership qualities.

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MONTY GREEN – CHARACTER THAT IS GOOD WITH TECHNOLOGY:
Penny from Girl Online is very good at technology as the book is about her making and writing on her blog and she also emails and texts people a fair bit in the book too which shows that she is pretty good at a wide range of technology.

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ABIGAIL GRIFFIN – A CHARACTER THAT IS A HEALER:
Primrose Everdeen is the very obvious answer for this question, she was a growing healer as she was growing up after Katniss was in the games and she also helped her mother heal Gale after his back was whipped and she was just made to be a healer in her blood.

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I TAG:
DANIELLE: https://thechroniclesofdanielle.wordpress.com/
BEC: https://rebeccagough.wordpress.com/
SARAH: https://writtenwordworlds.wordpress.com/
PIERA: https://www.youtube.com/user/pieraforde4
SAM: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdFgf3BNHDRsF2Rk5_pol_Q
ALEX:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoCjs2cTT2r5Tfkdj2cByiA
CASEY: https://adoptabookaus.com/
ANNE: https://booksbootsguacamole.com/
ANGEL: http://angelreads.com/
LISSA: https://joysofbookworms99.wordpress.com/
TASH: http://www.confessionsfromromaholics.com/
KELLY: http://www.divabooknerd.com/

 

DRAEKORA BOOK REVIEW *SCREAMS*

DRAEKORA BY LYNETTE NONI BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:
(BEWARE SPOILERS FOR BOOKS 1 AND 2 IN SYNOPSIS)

“I swear by the stars that you and the others slain tonight will be the first of many. Of that you have my word.”

With Aven Dalmarta now hiding in the shadows of Meya, Alex is desperate to save Jordan and keep the Rebel Prince from taking more lives.

Training day and night to master the enhanced immortal blood in her veins, Alex undertakes a dangerous Meyarin warrior trial that separates her from those she loves and leaves her stranded in a place where nothing is as it should be.

As friends become enemies and enemies become friends, Alex must decide who to trust as powerful new allies—and adversaries—push her towards a future of either light… or darkness.

One way or another, the world will change…

MY THOUGHTS:

Wow, Lynette didn’t think I would love any of the books more than the others but this one certainly left me in a worse of mess than even Raelia did which I did not think was possible. I also have a very strong need for book four like right now ahh!!

Without turning this review into a spoiler fest, because lets be real we do NOT want that, I just want to make this review very simple and it may sound very standard but just know that on the inside I’m dying to go into more detail trust me.

The characters are still as amazing as they were in the previous books but some other new and interesting characters are introduced into this book that I think a lot of people are going to be intrigued about. There are also dragons in this book which alone was SO COOL, I myself have never read a book with dragons in it and Draekora was a pretty good start if I do say so myself.

The world building in this book also keeps getting better and better and I have so many vivid imaginations of all the beautiful places that Alex and co went to and I just wanna visit them myself (cries to self because they are not real).

Overall, this book was full of twists and turns and magic and full of an amazing set of characters in which I adore to pieces, this book will break your heart and soul but will also make you laugh at some points to with Alex’s usual sarcastic comments. This book will also leave you hanging at the end (typical Noni style). I recommend this book to everyone of all ages.

STAR RATING: 1 MILLION OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE:
http://www.booktopia.com.au/draekora-lynette-noni/prod9781921997686.html (AUS)
https://www.bookdepository.com/Draekor-Lynette-Noni/9781921997686 (INTERNATIONAL)

HUGE THANKS TO PANTERA PRESS FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE OF AN HONEST REVIEW

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5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD READ GIRL IN PIECES

DISCLAIMER: IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO THE TOPIC OF SELF HARM AND DEPRESSION I WOULD GO INTO THIS BOOK VERY CAREFULLY AS IT IS A VERY RAW AND DEEP ONE AND IF YOU ARE EASILY TRIGGERED BY THIS I MAY EVEN AVOID, THESE OPINIONS ARE MY OWN IF YOU SEE YOURSELF FIT TO READ THIS BOOK I DO HIGHLY RECOMMEND IF MY REASONS SOUND VALID ENOUGH

REASON #1: CHARACTERS
The characters of this novel are not your average ones in a sense that it was so raw and you really get a sense that they were real humans instead of fiction because everything about them just felt so real unlike some characters you get in novels where they really just stand out as fiction because you cant really relate to the characters to real life. I also loved the character of Charlotte or as she is known in the novel as ‘Charlie’ I found her development throughout the novel to be so inspiring and something that I’m sure a lot of people that have been through self harm or depression would relate to, also all the ups and downs that she faced throughout the journey really was a great thing to see as well because the road to new beginnings is not always perfect as some books make them out to be.

REASON #2: THE MESSAGE
There were a few amazing messages that this book brought out to me and each of them are things that I too strongly believe in, the first being that just because you are ‘toxic’ or ‘broken’ it does not mean that you cant be unbroken and fixed and you can be okay in the long run, it just takes a little bit of self care and time and eventually one can become a better version of themselves. Another one is that, it is okay to be you, no matter what you have been through or done no one is going to care about the past and if you just be yourself then thats what people are going to love and if they don’t, thats their own problem and they are missing out on something wonderful.

REASON #3: AUTHOR
This book would you believe is actually a debut author and also the author has been through a hell of a lot throughout her time writing this novel and honestly she is one of the people I admire most because I can tell you it is evident in the writing of this book that the author is filled with so much passion and love for this book and the characters and you can almost sense that she herself has been through something similar to some of the characters which makes the book just so raw and emotional and just so breathtaking that a book could be so close to this authors heart and I just want to hug Kathleen and tell her how much this book truly means for me although I don’t think that there are enough words to even begin to explain it.

REASON #4: NO ROMANCE
One of the big things that I find these days is that a lot of books that have mental illness in them, seem to have the romance as the key sort of ‘cure’ to the illness and that the character then lives happily ever after essentially with their lover without another worry in the world about their illness. I love how in this book their really isn’t a romance that cures Charlie. I love that you see the realness of Charlie’s recovery and how she simply doesn’t need a romance like many other books it seems to cure herself from her suffering and for that I truly admire, its hard to read a book now days if the ‘cure’ of an illness is made out to be love when they just ignore all of the deeper things that actually help the characters like medication, therapy, self help.

REASON #5: WRITING STYLE
The way that this book is written is truly unique and unlike anything I have ever read especially on the topic of depression and self harm. The story was written in a very raw but also very poetic way that just flowed so beautifully and made it such a realistic and relatable story that I believe a lot of people could relate to. The book almost felt as though Charlie was a real person and you were reading her biography. The development of the characters throughout the book were all so inspiring and some even saddening, this book really made me laugh, cry and sob all in one and for that I’m very grateful because it really does as I wrote earlier show the true ups and downs of mental illness and shows that there are good days and that one day you can be healed and unbroken.

OVERALL:
I think this is a must read for anyone that wants to read something either really relatable or something inspiring, heartbreaking and beautiful all in one. This book is one that I still can’t stop thinking about even months after I finished it and a book that I will always treasure and hopefully some day soon re read. However if you are a little sensitive with the topic of depression and in particular self harm I think this book probably isn’t for you as it is very raw and emotional however I can tell you it is very amazing if you think you can read it. I’m so beyond excited to read more of Kathleen’s work and she will for sure be an auto buy author that I will continue to support throughout her author career.

YOU CAN READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE: https://wordpress.com/stats/day/molliethereader.wordpress.com?startDate=2017-03-15

MY INTERVIEW WITH KATHLEEN HERE: https://molliethereader.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/interview-with-kathleen-glasgow/

BUY THE PRETTY HARDBACK EDITION HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Girl-in-Pieces-Kathleen-Glasgow/9781101934715?ref=grid-view

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