Fans of More Happy Than Not, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story will cheer for Adam as he struggles with schizophrenia in this brilliantly honest and unexpectedly funny debut.
Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't.
Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.
"I mean that cancer patients don't frighten anyone. When you have cancer, people are sympathetic. Thy feel something for you and people even hold races to raise money for your cure. It's different when people are afraid of what you've got, because then you get some of the sympathy but none of the support. They don't wish you ill, they just want you as far away from them as possible.
Cancer Kid has the Make-A-Wish Foundation because Cancer Kid will eventually die, and that's sad. Schizophrenia Kid will also eventually die, but before he does, he will be overmedicated with a plethora of drugs, he will alienate everyone he's ever cared about, and he will most likely wind up on the street, living with a car that will eat him when he dies. That is also sad, but nobody gives him a wish because he isn't actively dying. It is abundantly clear that we only care about sick people who are dying tragic, time-sensitive deaths."
"Respect your elders, when shouldn't it be, respect everyone?"
"I'm not asking for fair, nobody gets fair. And who says it's up to you to decide what I can handle?"
"They contradict each other, like everything else in life, I guess. You'll hear one thing that gives you hope and another thing that takes it away. Be who you are. But not that. anything but that."
Labels: 4 Stars, ARC Review, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult