Publisher: Self Published
Source: Blog Tour
Release Date: May 31st, 2013
After a devastating turn of events, seventeen year old Tally Baker is admitted to Mercy Psychiatric Facility where she is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. She has come to a place where she honestly believes that her life is over. Her mind tells her that she will never smile or laugh again, that she will never be normal again. It is in this unlikely place that she meets two people, different in every way, yet both critical to helping her realize that she has so much more living to do.
Candy, a cantankerous sixty year old Mercy Psychiatric patient, is hell bent on driving everyone as crazy as she is. Candy shows Tally that, regardless of her diagnosis, the ability to push on and live her life to the fullest is her choice and hers alone. In the midst of Tally’s oftentimes humorous, sometimes heart-wrenching, escapades with Candy, a new patient is admitted to Mercy—a native American woman named Lolotea. Along with this new patient comes a daily visitor, her son, Trey Swift.
At first glance, it is obvious to Tally that he is incredibly handsome and unbelievably caring. But what she learns through her second glance, and many thereafter, is that there is much more to Trey than he ever lets on. It is during these daily visits that Trey and Tally build a friendship far deeper than either of them truly realize. With Trey, Tally feels for the first time since being admitted that someone is looking at her as a person and not as a disease. Trey begins to make it clear that he wants more than friendship, but she knows that she can never give him more. How can she, when she won’t even give him the truth? Tally doesn’t tell Trey that she is a patient at Mercy, and she doesn’t ever plan to. Her plans go up in flames when she finds out that Trey is a new student at her school, the school where her brokenness was found out in the floor of the girl’s bathroom in a pool of her own blood.
One of my biggest praises for this novel would be the way Tally’s Bipolar Disorder was treated. I found the representation to be very true to reality, and I really felt her frustrations with her disorder and could relate since I, myself, have anxiety issues.
Tally Baker is spending the last month of the summer before her senior year being treated for Bipolar Disorder in a mental facility. She has been recovering, but when a boy name Trey finds himself there visiting a family member, he becomes the last step in Tally’s journey to heal herself.
The romance was very cute but unfortunately it progressed very fast, with love being declared within a week. I am a fall of letting relationships develop slow and over time. There was a great twist with Trey not knowing Tally was a patient at the hospital and I enjoyed watching Tally try to dance around the truth.
The characters personalities took some major adjusting to, and I had to frequently remind myself that one was over sixty years old when she sounded more like fifteen. It was a bit off-putting, but reminded me of the way Jennifer Armentrout writes her characters: with humor and personality.
If you are a fan of fun contemporary novels with depth, check this out!