An excellent read! Alice is slowly slipping into schizophrenia and her life has some strong parallels to Alice in Wonderland which fuels her delusions. I both laughed and cried while reading this. Some of the writing was so vivid and real I found myself thinking I was right there struggling alongside Alice. A *must* read!
The first couple of chapters were a little bizarre for me, and I almost put the book down. I'm glad I didn't because things greatly improved once Alice began living on the streets and other characters like Faye, Simon, and the homeless boys were introduced. I could have done without the annoyance of Amelia, though I understand why she was a huge part of the book because of Alice's illness. Overall, a satisfying read.
Young Alice is in college and begins experiencing schizophrenic symptoms. This book chronicles her experiences in first-person narrative. It is a good book that makes you think about our societies attitude and treatment of individuals with mental illnesses. It also shows how God is a part of everything.
I just finished this book it is a story about a young girl with schizophrenia. I read it just because I wanted a credit and wasn't looking forward to it...I have had it maybe 2 years..AWESOME read. What a great account of a person struggling with mental illness and how it affects them internally and externally....I found it to be funny and times and tragic. Very real.
Certainly a good book with some really deep characters that you cling to. The story did not seem that original and it reminded me greatly of Elizabeth Flock's Inside I'm Screaming, but nonetheless it is what appears to be an honest look at psychiatric illness and what happens when someone thinks that are "doing what is best."
You either will really like this book or not as it takes you into the mind of a menally ill young person. Her feelings & experiences are completely real as to what many menally ill persons experience & reading this book will give you a good understanding of the mental workings of the mentally ill. I found it very illuminating & encouraging but some readers might find it more than they can cope with. It certainly made me reconsider my responses to those I have encountered with mental illness & gave me an understanding of their behavior. Judgement was replaced with compassion for me through this book.