★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My opinion in three sentences:
Why is this book not a bigger deal in the YA community? Lord presents a beautifully written novel (with some terrific quotes) that offers a realistic portrayal of bipolar disorder and depression. It’s a joy to read and the world would be a better place if everyone handled such serious themes with the accuracy and sensitivity of this book.
(Without ruining anything) the best bit:
The accuracy. The portrayal. However you want to put it, Lord puts into place some serious research and personal experience surrounding bipolar disorder, and it really shows in how true-to-life Vivi and Jonah are as characters. I cannot stress enough how great this book is in showing best practices in dealing with mental health in YA fiction. If you want to know more about bipolar disorders, this book is it.
A warning for the book:
There’s a romance element, and it’s rather instantaneous, love-at-first-sight, but it doesn’t ruin the characters. It’s the only bit of the book I felt a bit iffy on in parts, but it does work in other parts, so it’s not just thrown in to attract the readers. Everything else I can think of is really well done, so don’t let this put you off too much!
Recommended for fans of:
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
- There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones