As someone with Bipolar Disorder, this book was very interesting. It didn't match the way that I feel but I could still understand the struggles this girl faces. There are not nearly enough books written about mental illness! A must read for anyone interested in mental health...very insightful.
I had to force myself to finish this one. It is an interesting story but kind of drags. Also, the author doesn't clearly explain the progression of the main character's disease which I found frustrating. She got really ill in certain parts of the book without giving enough context around why that happened; jumping forward in time in huge leaps.
Although it has some problems with addressing all of the facets of the main character's mental illness, this book accurately depicts the turmoil and emotional upheaval a family endures when a member suffers from Bipolar Disorder. Although I have Bipolar Disorder, myself, I found bits and pieces of Angie's manias unbelievable. Most of the description of the thoughts and the actions, though, were dead-on. The writer didn't explore Angie's depressions well, either. That part seemed to be omitted, completely.
This novel's strength lies in the telling of the effects of mental illness on those who love and care for the patient. This is the story of a family slowly and methodically torn apart in different ways. One character never moves on with life, another moves in a direction completely unexpected, another prefers to deal with the situation by maintaining the status quo. The main character, herself, learns to accept and deal with it in a courageous and eventually responsible way.
This is enjoyable and moves at a moderate pace. The writing is extraordinary at times.
I was really excited about reading this book. I thought it was pretty good, but it was not one of those that I couldn't wait to get home to. I feel like the author could have tied up some loose ends at the end of the book. . . Maybe there should be another book that follows up with the Voorster family?