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Book Review: The Girl in Between #1 {A MH book that hits close to home}

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” That was one of the worst things about being sick. Someone was always waiting on you, which meant disappointing people was inevitable.”

As a person who has mixed headaches ( Migraine + Tension headache), I almost cried upon reading the quote above. I missed out on a lot of University events because of my headaches, which obviously made me upset. But then I have to call someone to apologize about missing an outing,etc..Now that always made feel so much worse. I remember missing out on our senior photoshoot day because I literally couldn’t get out of bed, and the number of people who called me, or asked me the day after why didn’t just come…. Ugh, it makes it so much worse because now guilt, that is not supposed to exist, takes over my thoughts and emotions for a while.

So this is a story about Bryn, a girl with KLS ; aka, Sleeping Beauty Syndrome. When she is sleeping (not the type of sleep that we usually have because yes, she can also sleep like everyone else), she lives in a house that is created from her memories. No-one but her goes to that place. When she is awake, she is torn between hustling all of the schoolwork that she missed, and visiting her Dr & trying new treatments. Oh, and she has to deal with her annoying on-again- off-again ex boyfriend.

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Okay, but what is KLS?

A rare sleep disorder characterized by persistent episodic hypersomnia and cognitive or mood changes.

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But then someone ends up on the shore of her memory land, a boy who doesn’t remember anything. Scary Shadows begin to follow her. Is her KLS getting worse, and will she fall in love with boy that lives in her dreams? Maybe…

The book is for free on kindle by the way, so if this sounds like your cup of tea, then get it. Beginning this series would cost you nothing.

I like how MH was integrated into a Fantasy novel. I believe that we really need more MC with Mental Illness that participate in all sorts of genres.

The book doesn’t ignore how the illness is probably going to affect Bryn as she grows up. The Discussion of applying for college, and enrolling as a college student was done in a really good way.

Having high hopes isn’t healthy; being realistic is the best thing to do, but never stop trying or dreaming . This is me summarizing that part of the book, and it hits close to home.

When I finished this, I didn’t feel like I read a MH book. But as I write this review, I can see how strongly this book has affected me.

I was disappointed to know that the rest of the series almost completely ditches the MH concept, but I am still interested to see where the story goes.

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Girl in Between #1 {A MH book that hits close to home}

  1. This sounds super interesting! I’m with you on integrating fantasy and mental health. I suppose it’s a very hard line to tread, because it necessitates an attachment to reality that isn’t always usual for the genre, and has a pretty huge risk of using MH or disability as a plot device. I’m sure there is some amazing writer out there working on it though!

    I read a book a little while ago called After Alice – a reimagining of Alice in Wonderland – in which the main character had some kind of disability. It was set in the 19th century so it was never named, but I think she probably had cerebral palsy. I thought that was a really great placing of a disabled person in a fantastical context. Highly recommend 🙂

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    1. True, it could be very risky, but it isn’t impossible. I just want to see more of MH rep. Why can’t we have princesses, superheroes, etc that have MI…..

      This sounds very interesting, I am definitely going to check it out.

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