Author: Spencer Hyde
Date Started: 17/05/2019
Star Rating: DNF
I was sent this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads
Addie loves nothing more than curling up on the couch with her dog, Duck, and watching The Great British Baking Show with her mom. It’s one of the few things that can help her relax when her OCD kicks into overdrive. She counts everything. All the time. She can’t stop. Rituals and rhythms. It’s exhausting.
When Fitz was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he named the voices in his head after famous country singers. The adolescent psychiatric ward at Seattle Regional Hospital isn’t exactly the ideal place to meet your soul mate, but when Addie meets Fitz, they immediately connect over their shared love of words, appreciate each other’s quick wit, and wish they could both make more sense of their lives.
Fitz is haunted by the voices in his head and often doesn’t know what is real. But he feels if he can convince Addie to help him escape the psych ward and everything will be okay. If not, he risks falling into a downward spiral that may keep him in the hospital indefinitely.
This book just wasn’t for me. I found so many things that I just didn’t like I had to DNF it at 46%
I just don’t think the doctors or the orderlies were acting as a doctor or an orderly would act.
At one point the doctor is described by Addie, as having a gaming console under his desk with a headset and mountain dew/Cheetos, no doctors on a psychiatric ward would ever have a gaming console set up for gaming whilst on the ward.
Also, Addie’s medication was making her gain weight. when she questioned her mom about this her mom’s reply made me angry
“Well I knew you’d be growing up here,” said mom, leaning back from the table and looking down at my stomach “I just didn’t expect that you’d be growing out”
As much as she did mention that she looked great and she was getting better. That quote just made me so angry. I have a family member going through some mental health issues at the moment and has just come out of the hospital and I could never imagine saying anything like this to them.
another thing that bothered me was Martha who is an orderly on the ward. Didi (compulsive liar and diagnosed with Torrettes) is telling a life story none of which is true. Example, he describes that Doyle owes him for holmes. Martha an ORDERLY at the hospital is laughing at him and asking if she can record him saying all of the stories again later. Like what NO!
I can’t really comment on the representation of OCD or schizophrenia, as I have no experience personally with any of these illnesses, and as the author has experience John Hopkin’s hospital for severe OCD I am hoping the representation is well done.
I just couldn’t carry on with this book which I am gutted about as I wanted to like this one.
If you have read this please let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.