Get Well Soon (Anna Bloom #1) by Julie Halpern
Genre: YA, Realistic Fiction, Mental Health
Publisher: Feiwes & Friends
Rating: 3.5 stars
Summary: Anna Bloom is depressed, so depressed that her parents have committed her to a mental hospital with a bunch of other messed-up teens. Here she meets a roommate with a secret (and a plastic baby), a doctor who focuses way too much on her weight, and a cute, shy boy who just might like her.
But wait! Being trapped in a loony bin isn’t supposed to be about making friends, losing weight, and having a crush, is it?
My opinion on the book:
When i picked up this book i don’t know what i was looking for, but i gotta admit that i found so much more than what i was expecting.
Anna has been committed to a mental hospital because of her depression and now she is living in this different kind of world (figuratively). All she wants is to go back to her normal life and while waiting for it, she writes letters to her best friend.
From the letters she writes, this is an epistolary book, we learn about her life in the hospital, the people she meets there and how is she feeling.
Never before i picked up this book i’d read about a mental hospital and it was such an eyes opener. The things that happened in the ward brought me back to the time i myself was hospitalized because it was so much like it. So many times while reading i wanted to stop Anna and explain to her why the things were like they are… Looking at it from a different point of view and time made me realize a lot of things i didn’t when i was in the hospital myself and it felt sort of cathartic.
I ‘ve to admit i didn’t like much the characters and to be completely honest though i remember some of the plotlines i don’t remember even the names of the different characters.
Personally, i didn’t like the main character, Anna, at all… she was annoying and too self-involved. Maybe i saw traits of myself i don’t like in her and that’s why.
But the thing that after all this time stays with me is how much it reminds me of my times on the psychiatric ward.
The book is written pretty straight forward, it’s just a teenage girl writing everything that happens to her to her best friend, and that’s how it feels, nothing out of the ordinary.
Overall, it was a weird book to read… and by this, i’m talking about the uncanny resemblance to my time on the hospital.. i wonder how many people who read this felt the same as me or if their experience was so different this feels fake to them. If you really want to know my story parallels more than 50%-50% to what happens on the book.
‘Til Next Time 😉