The Friday 56 (3)

The Friday 56 (3)
The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

This week I chose page 56 of A Tragic Kind of Wonderful from Eric Lindstrom. 

Even on normal days I can only socialize for so long without needing to recharge”

It’s such a simple line, but rings true for so many struggling with mental illness. The main character in this book has Bipolar Disorder, which is what initially drew me to it.

I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder two and a half years ago. It completely rocked my world. I was embarrassed and ashamed. Most of my friends and family still don’t even know. The stigma attached to mental health disorders is still strong, even with all the progress we have made in recent years. One friend I told responded with “But you don’t seem that crazy”…… -_- I’m hoping that books like A Tragic Kind of Wonderful will help to end the mental health stigma. I haven’t finished the book to report on how Bipolar Disorder is represented, but I will review it on the blog sometime this weekend. 

For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst–that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?”

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8 thoughts on “The Friday 56 (3)

  1. Sounds like a fascinating story. I hope you find that the book dealt with bipolar disorder in a realistic and compassionate way.
    My Friday post features The Other Daughter.

  2. I can totally relate to that 56! I’m a bit of a hermit. Happy weekend!

  3. I’ll echo Sandra’s comment, and hope that the author represents bipolar disorder in a way that is accurate and compassionate. And also in such a way that the writing doesn’t feel didactic. Happy reading, yo.

    -eli @ the (book) supplier

  4. I can relate too. And I know some people who struggle with it on a very deep level. I should read this.

    My Friday 56 from Odds and Ends

  5. Oh, that is a powerful line. I live with anxiety and depression. On top of that, I am an extroverted introvert so I push my socializing limits and then crash. This is recharge weekend.

    Thank you for being open about your mental health.

  6. That line rings so true for me too. I have anxiety and depression and the reactions I get from people are often a lot like yours (along with the ever present “you cant be depressed I’ve seen you smile” and “why don’t you just cheer up”) – thanks for sharing!

  7. Yes to all of this. I’m glad we’re seeing more books deal with mental health. Representation is vital to every marginalized group. Thank you for sharing.

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