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A tragic kind of wonderful /

by Lindstrom, Eric [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.Edition: First edition.Description: 278 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780316260060; 0316260061.Subject(s): Manic-depressive illness -- Fiction | Grief -- Fiction | Love -- FictionSummary: "A sixteen-year-old girl living with bipolar disorder learns to balance romance, friendship, and grief"-- Provided by publisher.
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In the vein of It's Kind of a Funny Story and All the Bright Places , comes a captivating, immersive exploration of life with mental illness.
For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm's length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel's compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst--that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she's been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?

In A Tragic Kind of Wonderful , Eric Lindstrom, author of the critically acclaimed Not If I See You First , examines the fear that keeps us from exposing our true selves, and the courage it takes to be loved for who we really are.


"A sixteen-year-old girl living with bipolar disorder learns to balance romance, friendship, and grief"-- Provided by publisher.

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Horn Book Review

Almost-seventeen-year-old Mel Hannigan's life has become a precarious balancing act. On top of schoolwork, an afterschool job at a retirement home, and a thorny falling out with her friends, Mel has an uncommon form of bipolar disorder that causes her moods to shift rapidly--and dangerously--between mania and depression. She's learning to manage her mental illness with a complicated "cocktail" of medications and a novel system for monitoring her moods. Mel keeps tabs on her inner Hamster, Hummingbird, and Hammerhead--three animals that represent her thinking, energy levels, and physical health. The state of Mel's combined "Hanniganimal" appears frequently as a chapter header, drawing attention to how Mel's illness affects her everyday interactions with friends, family, and a budding romantic interest. She chooses to keep her disorder private, but secrecy leads to isolation; and when Mel's moods destabilize--characterized by unnervingly frantic narration--she'll need help from others in order to stay safe. Behind a cynical exterior, Mel is a thoughtful, resilient teen with a dry sense of humor. Although the exchanges between Mel and her therapist can be too jargon-y and lecture-y ("You were having your onset and this stressor made it bloom into a manic episode"), Mel's struggle to take her condition seriously without letting mental illness define her life is heart-rending. jessica tackett macdonald (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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