meredithmc's review against another edition
dreamofbookspines's review against another edition
- Plot- or character-driven? Character
- Strong character development? Yes
- Loveable characters? It's complicated
- Diverse cast of characters? No
- Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
Graphic: Mental illness and Panic attacks/disorders
Minor: Sexual assault
Oscar is a classic example of someone not addressing their true issues, opting instead to drown them under drug use. Alba is suppressed under a "well-meaning" father, having had mental instability for most of her life. Is this an inherited sickness from her mother, or a side effect of not being able to truly live? Oddly enough it appears that Oscar and Alba need each other to be able to finally face their demons once and for all.
Mary was a patient at the asylum many years ago when treatments were more torture than helpful and she was locked away by an unloving husband and was never allowed to see her children again. Her story and ultimately even the story of her son is a sad one, and from it Alba learns to see a bit of the truth in her own situation.
This is the story about two rehab patients who meet while struggling with their respective problems -- alcoholism and combination of manic depression. Interwoven throughout is the discovered letters of a patient from decades earlier, forming a love story between mother and child.
It is a powerful story of overcoming the evils your mind puts upon you, and therefore resonates deeply with me. Highly recommended.
And I am determined to be Lisa Carey when I grow up.
This book was not quite what I expected as I got further into it. Alba and Oscar are both very real and interesting characters, but I found the story's strength in the intertwining narrative of Mary X. At first, I was put off by what I saw as an intrusion in the story of Alba and Oscar but soon, I changed my tune. The Mary X story was incredibly unique and interesting and, I think, ended up a stronger story than that of Alba and Oscar. I was happy that Alba stumbled upon Mary X's story and used it to propel her own story further. Well done, but lacks some polish. Will probably read other Lisa Carey in the future.
debnanceatreaderbuzz's review against another edition
Nevertheless, in spite of all their problems, perhaps because of all
their problems, Alba and Oscar meet at the mental hospital and fall
I like books about mental illness. I like books about redemption and
healing. And I like books with a little romance in there somewhere.
This book has all of these.