Book: My Friends Are All Strange
Author: Margaret Lesh
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
My friends are all strange.
Right now I’m living at Brookside, a place for people like me. I’ve met a kitty girl, a brooding beautiful boy, one who can’t be touched, and others. My new friends. Strange people. People like me.
I’ve always been different, but lately, more so. My hands sometimes don’t seem to be attached to the rest of me. I cut up all of my clothes. I’m hot, so hot, all of the time. If I sleep, a wizard haunts every dream. I don’t sleep. Sometimes I want to run, but where do you run to when you’re trying to escape your own mind? I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same. I’m smart. I’m nice, sometimes. I just want to be normal(ish). But, right now, my friends are all strange… Like me.
Dark, funny, snarky, seventeen-year-old Becca struggles to cope with mental illness in My Friends Are All Strange, the gripping contemporary young adult companion novel to Normalish.
My rating: 4 stars
A gripping, visceral experience.
I don’t read a lot of contemporary YA, but this one is a winner. I was intrigued by the synopsis, both by Becca’s voice and by her situation. This book is a realistic, heartbreaking and entertaining (at the same time, somehow) look into one girl’s experience of mental illness and the process of getting better.
I was immediately drawn into Becca’s world and her experience by the fast, short chapters that are populated with snappy sentences and paragraphs. This pacing helped me, as a reader, feel Becca’s anxiety. The pacing changed throughout the novel in a way that made me journey with Becca throughout her time at Brookside.
As for Becca – I love this girl. I want to be her friend. Margaret Lesh has created a character who is real, who has a huge heart, and who despite her problems loves her family and her friends so much and wants to do whatever she can for them, even if it hurts her. I want to be like Becca. I want her heart. The other characters in this cast are hilarious and interesting and layered.
This novel is a brilliant first-person experience of mental illness, friendship, family, and the journey to wellness.
If you’re interested in reading a funny, quirky, solid novel about the experience of living with mental illness during some of the hardest years of life (hello, high school drama), My Friends Are All Strange might be a good read for you.
Enter to win an ebook of My Friends Are All Strange!
Xpresso Book Tours and author Margaret Lesh are generously offering one free ebook to a reader of trishajennreads! To enter, complete the rafflecopter form below. Giveaway runs from Dec. 2 to Dec. 15, 2016. Winner must respond to my email within 48 hours to claim either a mobi or epub copy of the book. The prize will be sent out after December 21, 2016.
I received this book as part of a blog tour with Xpresso Book Tours. To read more posts in the tour, check out the tour schedule.