28 January 2015


Author: Nick Sheff
Genre: YA fiction
Published: 2014

Brief Overview: Miles is a teenager diagnosed with schizophrenia after an episode that happened to him on the beach, but he is managing with the help of therapy and medication. His younger brother is also missing and since it happened at the same time as his first episode, he holds himself responsible and embarks on a mission to find him.

What to Read Next: A Beautiful Mind (Sylvia Nasar), Its Kind of a Funny Story (Ned Vizzini)

Impressions: (Spoilers)

I was fascinated by this book. The author paints a picture of a young man who is supported by his family and receiving treatment. Although I did consider early on that Miles could be an unreliable narrator, he seems at first so well managed that I was surprised when - you guessed it - this book goes all A Beautiful Mind on us. First I was caught up in the action of Miles trying to find his brother, but the end of the book is absolutely heart wrenching when he learns that his actions were a result of his delusions. Nic Sheff gets the reader so thoroughly into Miles'  brain that you have no choice but to empathize with him because you feel that you have gone through it with him. The writing is smart and brash, vulnerable and honest, as is the character of Miles.

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