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A story that begins where too many others end, Girl on the Line is an essential #ownvoices tale of love, loss, and hope for fans of All the Bright Places and Girl in Pieces. Life’s tough when you didn’t expect to be living it. But now that Journey has a future, she apparently also has to figure out what that future’s supposed to look like. Some days the pain feels as fresh as A story that begins where too many others end, Girl on the Line is an essential #ownvoices tale of love, loss, and hope for fans of All the Bright Places and Girl in Pieces. Life’s tough when you didn’t expect to be living it. But now that Journey has a future, she apparently also has to figure out what that future’s supposed to look like. Some days the pain feels as fresh as that day. The one with the pills, the hospital, and the end that didn’t come. Her parents don’t know how to speak to her. Her best friend cracks all the wrong jokes. Her bipolar II disorder feels like it swallows her completely. But other days—they feel like revelations. Like meeting the beautiful Etta, a community college student who is a world unto herself. Or walking into the office of the volunteer hotline and discovering a community as simultaneously strong and broken as she is. Or uncovering the light within herself that she didn’t know existed. Perfect for fans of Challenger Deep and Mosquitoland, Faith Gardner’s stunningly written and unflinchingly authentic #ownvoices novel unspools in heart-wrenching detail and shows how Journey finds a way to see another day.


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A story that begins where too many others end, Girl on the Line is an essential #ownvoices tale of love, loss, and hope for fans of All the Bright Places and Girl in Pieces. Life’s tough when you didn’t expect to be living it. But now that Journey has a future, she apparently also has to figure out what that future’s supposed to look like. Some days the pain feels as fresh as A story that begins where too many others end, Girl on the Line is an essential #ownvoices tale of love, loss, and hope for fans of All the Bright Places and Girl in Pieces. Life’s tough when you didn’t expect to be living it. But now that Journey has a future, she apparently also has to figure out what that future’s supposed to look like. Some days the pain feels as fresh as that day. The one with the pills, the hospital, and the end that didn’t come. Her parents don’t know how to speak to her. Her best friend cracks all the wrong jokes. Her bipolar II disorder feels like it swallows her completely. But other days—they feel like revelations. Like meeting the beautiful Etta, a community college student who is a world unto herself. Or walking into the office of the volunteer hotline and discovering a community as simultaneously strong and broken as she is. Or uncovering the light within herself that she didn’t know existed. Perfect for fans of Challenger Deep and Mosquitoland, Faith Gardner’s stunningly written and unflinchingly authentic #ownvoices novel unspools in heart-wrenching detail and shows how Journey finds a way to see another day.

30 review for Girl on the Line

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Girl on the Line is an impactful story about a depressed high schooler struggling with her mental health. After Journey attempts suicide she has to learn how to be happy again. Journey is struggling with her mental health diagnosis. I really enjoyed being in Journey’s head. It wasn’t always a happy place to be, but it was interesting to see how she felt and why she reacted to certain things. Journey tries to leave everything from her old life behind which is hard on her best friend. Her boyfrien Girl on the Line is an impactful story about a depressed high schooler struggling with her mental health. After Journey attempts suicide she has to learn how to be happy again. Journey is struggling with her mental health diagnosis. I really enjoyed being in Journey’s head. It wasn’t always a happy place to be, but it was interesting to see how she felt and why she reacted to certain things. Journey tries to leave everything from her old life behind which is hard on her best friend. Her boyfriend broke up with her and she is dealing with still wanting to be with him but also dealing with their lost friendship. Journey volunteers on a crisis hotline where she helps others. She does a great job and makes new friends with the other volunteers. She makes a mistake that goes against the hotline rules which causes her to feel like she is losing everything. Journey doesn’t think about how her choices affect others but is always trying to help people in need. Journey meets a new love interest which allows her to embrace her sexuality. She has a difficult family situation but great friends. She needs to learn how to let people in. Journey is a great character and I really enjoyed reading about her working through her struggles to become happy. Journey seemed so relatable. She made a lot of mistakes and felt guilty whenever she realized how her mistakes affected others. I recommend Girl on the Line for fans of books focused on teenagers struggling with their mental health. Thank you Harper Teen and Edelweiss for Girl on the Line. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  2. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    1.5 STARS I adored Faith Gardner’s THE SECOND LIFE OF AVA RIVERS so I’m especially disappointed to dislike GIRL ON THE LINE as much as I did. Gardner did a good job writing about Journey’s noncompliance with meds and her resistance to her bipolar diagnosis, although Gardner never had her main character develop insight that her needs didn’t supersede those of others in her life. Here are a few examples of why I rated the book so low and why I’d never refer it to one of my clients (I’m a child psych 1.5 STARS I adored Faith Gardner’s THE SECOND LIFE OF AVA RIVERS so I’m especially disappointed to dislike GIRL ON THE LINE as much as I did. Gardner did a good job writing about Journey’s noncompliance with meds and her resistance to her bipolar diagnosis, although Gardner never had her main character develop insight that her needs didn’t supersede those of others in her life. Here are a few examples of why I rated the book so low and why I’d never refer it to one of my clients (I’m a child psychologist). -Journey gets a volunteer job as a crisis call center months after attempting suicide. The hotline apparently did no vetting for volunteers because she didn’t have to go through an interview process that discussed her own history with mental health to see if she’s fit to do the job, which she clearly wasn’t. She had no boundaries and couldn’t separate her own issues from the callers. -Speaking of no boundaries, Journey has none. She tries to manipulate her boyfriend with suicide talk then won’t respect his boundaries and blames him for having boundaries because he doesn’t want to get back together with her. Even with her best friend, Journey doesn’t understand that her suicide attempt impacted those around her. Journey gets angry because her best friend won an essay writing about the impact of Journey’s suicide attempt. I appreciate that Gardner was trying to show Journey’s journey to better mental health, it didn’t work for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    This took about an hour for me to complete and for good reason as it lacked substance. The problem I had was with the constant discussion of suicide, bi-polar disorder, sexual orientation, and then seeking employment w/o vetting. To further alarm readers Journey our main character is seeking to overcome past suicidal attempts but never fully recovers and in fact goes so far as to then encourage her own boyfriend to attempt to do what she had done w/o respecting his own boundaries or setting her o This took about an hour for me to complete and for good reason as it lacked substance. The problem I had was with the constant discussion of suicide, bi-polar disorder, sexual orientation, and then seeking employment w/o vetting. To further alarm readers Journey our main character is seeking to overcome past suicidal attempts but never fully recovers and in fact goes so far as to then encourage her own boyfriend to attempt to do what she had done w/o respecting his own boundaries or setting her own for her well being. As someone who councils others from having experienced toxicity via malignant narcissism and domestic violence -I can't imagine handling such sensitive issues- in the manner in which we see displayed here. It's quite alarming that this book was portrayed in this manner and in this fashion especially being a genre geared towards young teens and or adults.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    You might have noticed by now that I like my YA emotional, it is the best YA. Here I want it real, and heart wrenching. Journey tried to kill herself. She had a hard time before, she had ups that were high high, and lows that were bottomless. She was in an accident. She fell in love and was left. What really is going on is hard to know, some just want to give her pills and a diagnosis. It takes place before and after, until we get to a time when we can go forward. And yes it feels real and sad, s You might have noticed by now that I like my YA emotional, it is the best YA. Here I want it real, and heart wrenching. Journey tried to kill herself. She had a hard time before, she had ups that were high high, and lows that were bottomless. She was in an accident. She fell in love and was left. What really is going on is hard to know, some just want to give her pills and a diagnosis. It takes place before and after, until we get to a time when we can go forward. And yes it feels real and sad, she is struggling so much. At times she is going forward, but then she falls into that dark hole where her thoughts plague her again. She has a loving family, she has her best friend, but she can't tell them of these things. And do not think there is some happy ending, she is not suddenly cured, but at least I can tell you that it did not make me cry, so you know that she will make it. I think I can spoil that. We need some hope. And her hope is that she starts to see that she can get better, but she will never be fully hole. I liked it. The sad and hard truths that were her life. But never going into really sad, it was life, she was human. We all have flaws. I liked the narration, she had a great young voice for Journey, and distinct voices for all. She brought emotion into her narration

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jane Gilmore

    Did I read the same book as those people who gave it three stars? I definitely didn't read the same book as the person who left the profoundly unhelpful one star review. I'm also a bit perplexed by the child psychologist who wouldn't recommend the book. Of course Journey makes mistakes - that's what great characters do! And the mistakes she makes are relatable regardless of whether or not you suffer from PTSD or bipolar disorder. That's what makes this book so great - it is real and raw and beau Did I read the same book as those people who gave it three stars? I definitely didn't read the same book as the person who left the profoundly unhelpful one star review. I'm also a bit perplexed by the child psychologist who wouldn't recommend the book. Of course Journey makes mistakes - that's what great characters do! And the mistakes she makes are relatable regardless of whether or not you suffer from PTSD or bipolar disorder. That's what makes this book so great - it is real and raw and beautifully crafted. I started this book after work one day and read it through to the end. You would think that a book that starts with a suicide attempt would be difficult to read but I laughed out loud more often than I cried. The prose is absolutely stunning and poems are woven throughout in a way that enhances the meaning of the text without disrupting the flow. Here's a quick one: "I don't miss him / Like a fire misses its spark / But he misses me / Like an arrow misses a mark." How gorgeous is that?! I also personally loved the setting since I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, which Gardner captures perfectly. And Journey is a remarkable protagonist who is representative of many teenagers (I teach high school for a living so I know many of them). There's a great moment in the book when Journey is struggling and she asks a character what she sounds like and they respond, "You sound human." This is exactly the normalizing message we need to send to teens who are struggling and to those who know someone who is struggling. I cannot recommend this book highly enough; this is an important book that everyone should read and all English teachers should have on their shelves.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Zane Carey

    I really vibed with this book

  7. 5 out of 5

    Faith Gardner

    Hi all, today the book is officially out in the world, and I'd like to share the author's note that opens the galley copies along with some content warnings. *** Dear reader, Even though this book is a work of fiction, it’s based on my story. In high school, some unexpected events and my own mental health issues converged in a perfect storm, leading to a breakdown, or several breakdowns. Honestly, in some ways, that time of my life felt like one long, ongoing breakdown. It wasn’t all bleak—I exper Hi all, today the book is officially out in the world, and I'd like to share the author's note that opens the galley copies along with some content warnings. *** Dear reader, Even though this book is a work of fiction, it’s based on my story. In high school, some unexpected events and my own mental health issues converged in a perfect storm, leading to a breakdown, or several breakdowns. Honestly, in some ways, that time of my life felt like one long, ongoing breakdown. It wasn’t all bleak—I experienced some of the highest highs, met some of my favorite people (one of whom I later married), and discovered the true power of music, writing, and art to turn the things I most hated about myself into things I could embrace, celebrate, and eventually love. But that time period also included the lowest lows; I spent a lot of time convinced I wasn’t going to survive. Sometimes, I really didn’t want to. Like I said, this is my story. Your story might not look like mine, and that’s okay. No one journey is the same. What I do hope we can share is this: the understanding that there is no shame in seeking the help and support you need and the diagnosis and treatment that fit you. Even at your loneliest, you are never alone. Reach out. Lean on people. Call a hotline, see a therapist and/or a psychiatrist, seek your doctor’s advice, follow your treatment plan, do whatever feels like it’s right and healthy for you—and know you will get through this. Lastly, no matter who you are and what your story may be, I’m so glad you’re here. Faith *** CONTENT WARNINGS: suicide attempt, suicidal ideation, depression, mental illness

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julie Swearingen

    The back and forth timeline of the first part of the book took a minute to get into but once I did this book was amazing. I struggled with anxiety and depression as a teen--I just didn't know it. I think this book would help anyone from 15 to 75 understand what it's like for a teen, twenty-something, and beyond to be told they are "too much" and their feelings are "too big." Too big for who? You? Well, they are pretty big for us as well. I really enjoyed Journey and her dark humor. This is a mus The back and forth timeline of the first part of the book took a minute to get into but once I did this book was amazing. I struggled with anxiety and depression as a teen--I just didn't know it. I think this book would help anyone from 15 to 75 understand what it's like for a teen, twenty-something, and beyond to be told they are "too much" and their feelings are "too big." Too big for who? You? Well, they are pretty big for us as well. I really enjoyed Journey and her dark humor. This is a must-read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book was a very good read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Funny & messy, this novel reflects how non-linear healing can be. It was really relatable, and one of the better representations of depression I've read. Great queer rep as well! Funny & messy, this novel reflects how non-linear healing can be. It was really relatable, and one of the better representations of depression I've read. Great queer rep as well!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zzyzx Matrix

    Amazing. Thank you for sharing your very layered existence.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teenage Reads

    Plot: *Trigger Warnings: suicide, self-harm* In the recent past, like a year ago, Journey Smith tried to kill herself. Taking pills by her favorite lake, she dreamed that the sky would be clear, she would smell the flowers, as she drifted peacefully into a forever sleep. When in reality the sky was a dull grey, there were ants everywhere, and her body rejected the pills. Discovered by dogs looking for their tennis ball, Journey was rushed to the hospital, stomach pumped, and met the eyes of her gr Plot: *Trigger Warnings: suicide, self-harm* In the recent past, like a year ago, Journey Smith tried to kill herself. Taking pills by her favorite lake, she dreamed that the sky would be clear, she would smell the flowers, as she drifted peacefully into a forever sleep. When in reality the sky was a dull grey, there were ants everywhere, and her body rejected the pills. Discovered by dogs looking for their tennis ball, Journey was rushed to the hospital, stomach pumped, and met the eyes of her grief-stricken divorced parents. Diagnosed with bipolar, and forced to take medicine, two days in the hospital, Journey was back to being, well Journey. She always had these “big feelings”, always had mood swings where she could be facetime her friends till 3am, or not getting out of bed until 4pm. To her friends and family, Journey was always extra, and believed in her diagnoses, even when Journey told them she was not bipolar, nor mentally ill. Determined to get her life on track, Journey started seeing her therapist, Wolf, going to City College to get some credits for both university and high school, got a job to save money to move out on her own, and stopped taking her pills. To Journey, the pills established that she was mentally ill, where she did not feel any different from when she was undiagnosed and found the pills changed her into a Journey she did not know. Knowing her signs of when she becomes suicidal again, Journey works through her relationships from her best friend, sisters, parents, to her ex-best friend and boyfriend who thought “space” was what they needed when she needed him most. Journey is also determined to help people, as a counter for a crisis hotline, Journey knows what it is like to be on the other end of the line, willing to help those so they do not end up like her a year ago: stomach full of pills waiting to die. Thoughts: Faith Gardner story tells the tale of an eighteen-year-old Journey who failed at dying. Gardner divided the book into three parts, with no chapters besides distinguishing between the past (last year) and present (what is happening now). Ye,t this only happens in part one, as by the end you pretty much learn about Journey’s past suicide attempt, making parts two and three all about the present, and two very long chapters. Therefore, making the first part kind of confusing because you are switching between the present and very recent past, but do progress the story as past Journey struggles and you know the current Journey is okay. The title comes from being on the phone to a crisis hotline, something Journey has both used and worked at, centering around the idea of Journey who once needed help, can now give the help and the overall benefits of having a crisis line. A fun character development that Gardner added was Journey discovering she’s bisexual, having her long for her ex-boyfriend for the first half of the novel, to realizing she wants to be more than friends with Etta in the second half. Gardner made it not a big deal (as it should be), allowing her friends, family, and even ex-boyfriend to accept it as one of Journeys quirks. Where the writing was slow at times, as not a lot happened in Journey’s life between her volunteering, work, Etta, and school, Journey was a good character to have a point of view from, as she truly believes she is not bipolar, despite doctors saying otherwise. This made the plot tedious and oftentimes hard to get through because the main plot (of Journey and her mental illness) cannot happen overnight, thus the day by day (or chapter by chapter) was often a snooze fest. The best part of the novel was when Gardner had Journey off her medication, and where her signs of being bipolar were not spelled out like Journey was irritated today, but more implied with the conversations she was having with other characters and herself throughout the story. Basically allowing you to see the signs of her suicidal episode showing up, without having the character acknowledge it in any way. Thus, showing off Gardner strong writing skills with both the plotline and Journey as the character. Overall, this novel is worth the read for those looking for a contemporary happy ending mental health novel that has a little bit of a leaving high school vibe, and some boyfriend/girlfriend, family, and friend drama sprinkle in.

  13. 4 out of 5

    heather - NightlyReading

    I was actually surprised at how very much I have enjoyed this book! Every once in a while, I need a great serious read. Journey knows that there may be something wrong with her. She has very “big feelings” and has always been like this. Normally, she would not think anything of it until her boyfriend brings it to her attention. He tells her that he needs some space and this sends her on a downward spiral. She ends up by the lake, swallowing a bottle of pills and feeling disgusted with herself. Sh I was actually surprised at how very much I have enjoyed this book! Every once in a while, I need a great serious read. Journey knows that there may be something wrong with her. She has very “big feelings” and has always been like this. Normally, she would not think anything of it until her boyfriend brings it to her attention. He tells her that he needs some space and this sends her on a downward spiral. She ends up by the lake, swallowing a bottle of pills and feeling disgusted with herself. She realizes shortly before she passes out that she doesn’t really want to die. Being a parent myself, I can completely understand where her parents are coming from. They are scared to death that Journey will try again and succeed. They also wonder what they had done wrong to lead to this. They just want their daughter to go back to normal and know everything will be okay. Journey just wants everyone to forget. She often thinks that she will have this one horrible mistake hovering over her head for the rest of her life. I really liked Journey as a character and watched her develop into a strong young women. I loved her growth and the fact that you see her developing right before your very eyes throughout the book. I like that she owned up to her mistakes and learned to move on from them. I liked that she became independent and learned how to rely on herself and not others. I loved that she finally learned how to stick up for herself and tell others what she needed and not just what they wanted to hear! I really enjoyed the incoming of the character of Etta and Journey’s first experience with bisexuality. Having worked in mental health for youth in the past, I cannot tell you how correct this book was when it came to therapy and psychiatry visits. There are some really great doctors and then some not so great ones. Prescribing of meds is a puzzle and it really is finding the right combination for the individual. I felt that the writer either had personal experience in this aspect or did a ton of research to be this spot on. Overall, I thought this was a fantastic read. I would love to have this as a duology just to see where the road leads for Journey afterwards.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dusti Falgoust

    Girl on the Line is an own voices read that follows Journey, a teenage girl who is struggling with her mental health and relationships. I think first and foremost it's important to remember that there are different kinds of books with different kinds of purposes. This book isn't here to be an example of how to treat people or how to handle your mental illness. This book exists to give many of us out there who struggle or have struggled with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder, a charact Girl on the Line is an own voices read that follows Journey, a teenage girl who is struggling with her mental health and relationships. I think first and foremost it's important to remember that there are different kinds of books with different kinds of purposes. This book isn't here to be an example of how to treat people or how to handle your mental illness. This book exists to give many of us out there who struggle or have struggled with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder, a character that we can relate to. And if that truly was the purpose, this author succeeded. From the very beginning, I saw so much of my teenage self in Journey. She is lost and confused and handling things the best way she knows how. She is incredibly imperfect and does not-so-great things due to her mental illness. That doesn't make what she did okay, but that just is sometimes how things happen. I think the author did a great job of showing a flawed, struggling character who is trying to figure all of this out without necessarily making her actions seem okay. There are definitely flaws to the book, like how a suicide hotline is letting volunteers who just attempted suicide work it. And I wasn't completely happy that Journey didn't recognize her mistakes with Jonah, but I recognize that is often the case with life. Not everyone is going to suddenly wake up aware of every mistake they've made. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I really wish I would've had this book to read when I was a teenager. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a good contemporary YA or wants to get a peek at what it's like to have bipolar disorder, especially as an adolescent. 4.5/5 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Catie LeMar

    Journey is a high school senior who seemingly has it all, but feels, as most teenagers do, that she doesn't. She's has had a series of emotional gut punches that culminate in her trying to kill herself. The book goes back and forth between that time and the present, as she deals with the aftermath of her attempt. She undergoes a sort of metamorphosis as the book continues on. I had some difficulty relating to the character at times. Sometimes, it felt as if she was a typical teenager throwing a Journey is a high school senior who seemingly has it all, but feels, as most teenagers do, that she doesn't. She's has had a series of emotional gut punches that culminate in her trying to kill herself. The book goes back and forth between that time and the present, as she deals with the aftermath of her attempt. She undergoes a sort of metamorphosis as the book continues on. I had some difficulty relating to the character at times. Sometimes, it felt as if she was a typical teenager throwing a temper tantrum because life wasn't going her way. Other times, the character showed such depth beyond her years. It took me longer to read this book than I anticipated because of that, I think. Overall though, I liked the book and would recommend it. Thank you to #NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC. All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 3.5 Stars This was a story about a young woman, her suicide attempt, and the fallout she had to deal with. It's a rather sad book, as one would assume, but it felt real in terms of how it is to live with mental illness. How it's an ongoing battle. How there isn't a magic pill, and it's not easy to diagnose. How it affects everyone in that person's life, and how it can be hard to accept. I appreciated all the different sides of it Gardner explored, and at least the ending was hopeful. BLO Rating: 3.5 Stars This was a story about a young woman, her suicide attempt, and the fallout she had to deal with. It's a rather sad book, as one would assume, but it felt real in terms of how it is to live with mental illness. How it's an ongoing battle. How there isn't a magic pill, and it's not easy to diagnose. How it affects everyone in that person's life, and how it can be hard to accept. I appreciated all the different sides of it Gardner explored, and at least the ending was hopeful. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    The novel opens with what could be the end...at least the end for Journey. If you read the description though, the reader knows that's not the case, and thus the story begins to unravel as to how she got to that point. Thought-provoking, and deeply moving, this own voices narrative brings the reader through the past and the present, showing how one can be taken by the shadows in their mind, and not see a way out. This novel addresses the stigma of talking about mental illness, and gives Journey The novel opens with what could be the end...at least the end for Journey. If you read the description though, the reader knows that's not the case, and thus the story begins to unravel as to how she got to that point. Thought-provoking, and deeply moving, this own voices narrative brings the reader through the past and the present, showing how one can be taken by the shadows in their mind, and not see a way out. This novel addresses the stigma of talking about mental illness, and gives Journey her platform, when she wants it. There is a constant struggle of what "is normal", and how our actions affect those all around us...is this being selfish, or being selfless. A definite read to open up discussion about suicide, and mental illness for kids at an age where no one takes them seriously.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Forever Young Adult

    Graded By: Stephanie Cover Story: Yawn BFF Charm: Shrug Swoonworthy Scale: 2 Talky Talk: In A Dark Place Factor: Getting Help Relationship Status: It’s Complicated Read the full book report here. Graded By: Stephanie Cover Story: Yawn BFF Charm: Shrug Swoonworthy Scale: 2 Talky Talk: In A Dark Place Factor: Getting Help Relationship Status: It’s Complicated Read the full book report here.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amber Ballard

    Girl On The Line Girl On The Line by Faith Gardner So this book wasn’t so much like I suspect it would be. It was a great book but just seems to me she could have done more with he sister and stuff. It just seemed to say the same stuff over and over again to me 3 1/2 Stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Really I’d give this book 3.5 stars. I enjoyed following Journey on her path to self discovery, this book is not for the faint of heart, and there are definitely some triggers. Full review to come.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alvaro Garat

    WTF, go home

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. good

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tory

    I dunno. It didn't really hit me in the right spot. *big shrug* I dunno. It didn't really hit me in the right spot. *big shrug*

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    3.5 stars I don't believe I can share my SLJ review here but I did enjoy this book. If you are looking for books tackling Mental Health and/or featuring LGBT+ characters, I'd add this one. 3.5 stars I don't believe I can share my SLJ review here but I did enjoy this book. If you are looking for books tackling Mental Health and/or featuring LGBT+ characters, I'd add this one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    3.5

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Reviewing for professional magazine, see review there.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I appreciate that this book can help someone going through a similar situation as Journey, or help someone better understand a loved one who has harmful thoughts, and tell stories from all sorts of viewpoints. It was just rough to get through right now when I think many of us are already feeling mentally fragile. Definite trigger warnings. See my full review at Forever Young Adult. I appreciate that this book can help someone going through a similar situation as Journey, or help someone better understand a loved one who has harmful thoughts, and tell stories from all sorts of viewpoints. It was just rough to get through right now when I think many of us are already feeling mentally fragile. Definite trigger warnings. See my full review at Forever Young Adult.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thindbooks

    *This e-arc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* This was an emotional but amazing novel. This story is about Journey who takes too many pills and ends up at the hospital where now her parents and friends see her differently. Her bipolar ll disorder is taking her personality away but she tries to exist by meeting Etta and joining the hotline. This was a wonderfully and beautifully written book. The author wrote this book with so many emotions that the readers can fe *This e-arc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* This was an emotional but amazing novel. This story is about Journey who takes too many pills and ends up at the hospital where now her parents and friends see her differently. Her bipolar ll disorder is taking her personality away but she tries to exist by meeting Etta and joining the hotline. This was a wonderfully and beautifully written book. The author wrote this book with so many emotions that the readers can feel. The writing of the book was good but I felt that the plot got a little deconstructed but not much. The pacing was well-paced and it's written from Journey's past POV also her present POV. The main character Journey is going through so much that no one understands including her family and friends. She believes she doesn't have bipolar but her therapist, doctors, and family makes her think she does. I love how this character was written because you can tell how much she wants to live and the way she developed. There were some great supporting characters in this book like Etta and the hotline group. There is also lgbtq+ romance in this book but I wouldn't say it's the main theme. I enjoyed this book and it was very emotional. This book didn't have the ending I wanted but it was a happy mental health ending. With the way the book ended, I would love it if the author could write Journey's current stage or how she is doing. Overrall I think this was a great novel and that it's a must read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    p

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gina Fontenette

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