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72 Hour Hold
72 Hour Hold
Author: Bebe Moore Campbell
In this novel of family and redemption, a mother struggles to save her eighteen-year-old daughter from the devastating consequences of mental illness by forcing her to deal with her bipolar disorder. New York Times best-selling author Bebe Moore Campbell draws on her own powerful emotions and African-American roots, showcasing her best wr...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781400040742
ISBN-10: 1400040744
Publication Date: 6/28/2005
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 44 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 0
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Helpful Score: 4
Great book! As a professional I work with individuals who are mentally ill on a daily basis but it was great to see the perspective and frustrations from the parent's point of view. Very well written and hard to put down.
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Helpful Score: 3
Loved this book. Especially coming from a family with a lot bipolar disorder. Must read for those in similar circumstances.
suspenseprincess avatar reviewed 72 Hour Hold on + 51 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This book is very well written. They story was alittle slow for my taste, but the author did a good job of detailing bipolar disorder and how it takes a hold of not just the person but also the family. I suffer from bipolar disorder and the details were right on for someone that doesn't take her medicine consistently.
cammie1975 avatar reviewed 72 Hour Hold on + 17 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This was a really good book that gave a look into what parents go through when an adult child is sick. Also shows that parents will go to any length to protect their kids.
5ducksfans avatar reviewed 72 Hour Hold on + 92 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
True mental illness is something not easily understood unless you have experienced it in your life. The late author Bebe Moore Campbell does a stunning job conveying the ups and downs, the hopes and tragedies, the emotional roller coaster, and the heartbreak of dealing with her daughter, who has a very serious case of bipolar disorder.

This is one of the most well-written novels I have read on this subject. I highly recommend it.
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nuttmeg avatar reviewed 72 Hour Hold on + 29 more book reviews
I read this book with relish because thus far it is the only book I've found that talks of the difficulty (impossibility at times!) of getting loved ones treatment for a mental illness. An illness that makes them look, and even at times, sound like "normal" people, yet they have a disease that affects their behavior and judgement, one that wreaks havok if untreated, in the lives of both the patient themselves and everyone around them.
This book disappointed me in that it went off into a total fantasy about an underground, parallel treatment possibility that so many of us wish existed but does not.
No one but the relatives and loved ones of the mentally ill will be interested in this book and it gives us no hope, or even mild entertainment, really, though at times I identified with the mother and cheered her on.
I was saddened by Bebe Moore Campbell's death as I looked forward to mature work from her.
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Great author! Story started off a little slow but upon take off this is definitely a book that you curl up with when it's raining outside..
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A good book with the main character suffering from bipolar disorder.