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However, a friendship turns into obsession for Derek and Brooke. This was an okay book. Some of it was cliched which was why it got a Meh from me. Dec 22, Khadija Sesay rated it liked it. I could go on and on about my grievances with this book, but they could all fall under one phrase.
This book had so much potential and so much promise that it failed to deliver. I was so ready to just dump this book and quit it. But I stayed. I had to see it through. The writing, although very stripped down, offered something for me. And toward the middle, I felt something for the book. Maybe the book I could go on and on about my grievances with this book, but they could all fall under one phrase.
Maybe the book will be good, I thought. It's getting better. And then the book spat in my face with such a painfully average ending. Look, if the author's goal was to write an average book that talks about suicide and abusive relationships, then in that regards, they have succeeded. And there's nothing wrong with that at all. Every book needn't be the greatest book ever written. But what hurts me about this book was the promise of a better book. This could have been a better book and could have provided a much better story. Although it is a trend on the decline, this book could have been a startling commentary on finding strength in yourself instead of relying on a person to make you feel better.
And don't even get me started on the characters. We have the bad boy, the gay best friend who although I loved more than anyone in this book, could have literally anyone else , the angsty sarcastic bratty teenager, the absentee parents, the all-knowing psychologist, the cruel unforgiving high school.
Where have I seen this before? Even the progressively creepy boyfriend vibe failed. Sure there were moments, i. A bad boy with an abusive dad does not equal character development. You need to go further into the backstory. Show me more. The same goes for the gay best friend Ducky. I love Ducky who was easily my favorite character but I felt that his only attribute was that he was gay.
Seriously, look at his plot. He likes a guy and isn't sure that the guy likes him back. Ducky isn't the main character, but come on. You can't give us a gay character and not give us anything else to work with. All we know about him is that he's gay. Which there isn't anything wrong with that. But, like the bad boy, being gay isn't character development. Which I felt we would get some with his discussions to the main character about her attempt at suicide.
But it wasn't enough.
And I saved the best for last: the topic of suicide. Now I do not know much about the kind of someone who is depressed, so I gave some leeway to the main character on that. But at some point, I felt that the main character just became, well, bratty. Now some of it was well deserved.
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Her parents didn't really listen to her, and her prinicipal and classmates didn't really help. But she really came off as stuck up and pretentious toward the people who really did care. Overall, the book was just average. Everything hinted at something mire, but it just fell flat or got tied all nice and neat in the ending, which although it was fitting, came way too soon for me.
What about the main character really talking to her dad about her attempt how he feels? What about the mom' s feelings?
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Why did the main character fall in love with the bad boy so much? Wasn't she reserved from everyone else? Why did we need to know about the psychologist's problems? Why was bad boy's dad abusive? Why did the bad boy's mom leave? I felt the book touched upon so many potentially topics but never got into any of them.
The book just never went far enough. And don't tell me that this is supposed to be 'left to the reader's imagination' or anything. There is a difference from leaving food for thought and being lazy. The ending left stuff to the reader to think about. Not much, but something. The loose ends I brought up earlier were not. I hate how much I hated this book. It could have been so much better, but I feel that to make it more accessible, a lot was cut out from it.
For what it did, it was definitely was good. I only wish that it did more. Oct 03, Hilary Evans rated it really liked it Shelves: ebooks , owned. I gave it four stars, instead of five, because she decided to save that jerk. Seriously, he tries to kill her, and she keeps him from dying. I'm very empathetic with people suffering from mental illness, and I've had severe depression most my life.
However, if a stalker decides to drown us both in a river, I would just let him drown. Jul 16, Julie rated it liked it. I enjoyed it but it was interesting to see that there were trigger warnings. I enjoyed the therapy sessions mostly. But I felt like I was in the pretty in pink movie because one of the characters was named duckie. There was mention of breakfast club and the cure. I agree that pretty in pink was a good movie, but the name distracted me from the story. With the name duckie I always thought of Candance from phin and Ferb and her love of duckie.
Other than this distracting name and the ode to pretty in pink i liked it. Nov 10, Michelle rated it it was ok. I wanted to like Madness but I have some concerns with it. If you are writing a story about someone who is depressed and suicidal make sure you do your research. I felt some points of the book were just tied up too neatly.
The one thing that turned this to a 2 star book to me was view spoiler [why on earth would the parents let their daughter go visit the guy who tried to kill her? I'm sorry but in no way was this believable. May 20, Read InAGarden rated it liked it. At the beginning of the novel Brooke has just left an inpatient facility after treatment for a suicide attempt. Her parents and her best friend, Duckie, are worried about her and her lack of a zest for life.
As time progresses Brooke gradually begins to see hope in her life. And things get even brighter when she meets Derek, a fellow suicide survivor. But the more s Brooke falls for Derek the more she realizes that Derek may not be in the same mental space she is. Nov 08, Ricky rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-adult , why-isn-t-this-a-bloody-movie-yet. Does Uncle Z ever fail? I say no, and this latest, perhaps his darkest novel to date, is no exception. Me, I do have such issues, though perhaps more mildly than most and my depression is only self-diagnosed, but there's really no diagnosis to make suicidal ideation sound more "official" , which Does Uncle Z ever fail?
Me, I do have such issues, though perhaps more mildly than most and my depression is only self-diagnosed, but there's really no diagnosis to make suicidal ideation sound more "official" , which means while Madness was a painful read - and probably the only book by Uncle Z I'd only ever read once - it was nevertheless a powerful one.
It's also a strong continuation of the style of Z's previous dark contemporaries, The Cemetery Boys and The Blood Between Us , with strong undercurrents of psychological nastiness and a lot of thriller twists right at the end that totally overturn the story and leave you gasping for breath. I also saw a lot of myself in Brooke - though I've never engaged in self-harm and I still credit that, to this day, to having written that into my own books , I completely relate to how she describes her own depression. No discernible source, no obvious trauma behind it all.
It just Maybe if I were to find myself a therapist, they'd help me further manage it before it ever gets to the level Brooke experiences. And then there's Duckie's story, which keeps this story from getting too deep into the abyss, and makes me think a tad bit more of Becky Albertalli than Z Brewer. Duckie makes me think a bit of how my high school life would have been if I were a little less afraid of my own queer self at the time - and if I'd had the sort of parents who didn't make me afraid. Brooke's parents, though, are more like mine, pushing Brooke into extracurriculars as they do - and acting like her mental problems are less from illness and more from toxic, attention-seeking behavior.
Oh, and Derek. But if I say too much about him, here there be spoilers, so I won't say too much. Let's just say even if you're a student of Uncle Z like I am, even if you appreciate him as a deconstruction of the "bad boy" archetype, you'll still not see a lot of what he does coming. Like I said, this is probably the one Zac Brewer book I'll only ever read once.
But that once is enough for such a masterpiece as this, what only Uncle Z can give us. Jan 04, Jessica Gilham rated it liked it. I literally didn't know anything about this book before I read the first page and within the first 5 pages or so I'd read, I was like WOAH, okay - this is getting deep. It was so uncomfortable too, which I guess was the point but it was so realistic that I was literally squirming whilst I was reading. Suicide is such a hard thing to read about, to talk about and even think about, and with the numbers rising all over the world, it hits really hard.
I think, even though it was the whole point, how uncomforting it was is the reason why I can't give this 5 stars. It probably deserves 5 stars, but personally I can't give it that. One thing that I should say though, is that although there is a lot of character growth in this book, the majority of this book is really, really dark. So, if you aren't in the right mood or frame of mind, this is not something you should be reading. Aside from that, I did have a few tiny issues with this book. We don't get to see much development of his character which is frustrating because every person, whether the protagonist or not, is just as important.
What is it about this kind of character that just attracts nearly every single female YA character? I get that it ties in with the protagonist's storyline in a sense, but in general this is a trope that just infuriates me to no end. And also, we never hear about what Derek is actually like at school and how he interacts with others there. If he was so attractive and such a bad-boy, wouldn't he already have friends or people interested in him before he met Brooke?
Anyways, yeah. Not quite sure what I think about this one. Not something I'd re-read, but definitely a interesting book that I can see sparking some very important conversations. It starts with the mc Brooke leaving a inpatient hospital. She has been there for 6 weeks because she tried to drown herself in the Black River. She is thinking of a way to kill herself again. Brooke has a best friend named Ronald aka Duckie.
He is gay. They both like theatre and hanging out watching movies. Madness was really depressing. It brought back memories for me when I was in the 5th grade and attempted suicide. I battle depression as well so reading this was pretty tough. I could have stopped reading but I wanted to see Brooke get better. Once Brooke had sex with Derek things started going downhill. Derek started to be controlling questioning her every 5 minutes. Lashing out. The ending of this book was just insane. The Sisters Brothers. Patrick deWitt. Those in Peril. Wilbur Smith. Go Set a Watchman. Harper Lee. The Paris Wife.
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Alone in the Classroom. Sweet Tooth. Ian McEwan. How the Light Gets In. The Edge of Lost. Kristina McMorris. Station Eleven. Yes, there was a TV movie based on this book that starred Sally Field as the much-maligned title character, who suffered from an extreme case of dissociative identity disorder also known as multiple personality disorder.
Sybil a pseudonym for Shirley Ardell Mason manifests sixteen distinct personalities throughout the narrative, each one an expression of various aspects of Sybil's primary, "true" self. There have been more than a few holes punched into this narrative , with many suggesting the author also Mason's therapist implanted false memories in her patient in order to make a more compelling book; others still theorize the entire narrative was fabricated by Mason and Schreiber. Whether true or not, this tale taps into the universal fear of losing touch with one's own identity, and for that it remains a classic of the psychological drama genre.
You knew this one had to be coming. I mean, Norman Bates's line about everyone going a little mad has been referenced three times in this column now, and if we're talking about iconic fictional madmen, Bates takes the cake.
Like so many other titles on this list, you might be more familiar with Alfred Hitchcock's stellar film adaptation, but Bloch's original novel is equally worth checking out, not the least because it offers a more thorough window into Norman's twisted mind. The first chapter alone features the character reading a description of a cachua dance, whereby Incan warriors would flay the skin of an enemy, stretch the stomach and beat on the organ as though it were a drum, the sound emitting from the corpse's gaping mouth. Bates finds such macabre delight in the image.
The lone non-narrative title on this list, Asylum features photographs of deinstitutionalized and abandoned mental health facilities across the nation—the places where madness not only dwelt, but where it was treated, for better or worse. From the book's description via Amazon : "From the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth, over institutions for the insane were built throughout the United States; by , they housed more than a half million patients.
The blueprint for these hospitals was set by Pennsylvania hospital superintendent Thomas Story Kirkbride But in the second half of the twentieth century, after the introduction of psychotropic drugs and policy shifts toward community-based care, patient populations declined dramatically, leaving many of these beautiful, massive buildings—and the patients who lived in them—neglected and abandoned. Christopher Shultz writes weird, dark fiction. At times, he dabbles in digital art and photography.
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