I was chosen to be part of the blog tour for this book through YA Bound Book Tours and sent the book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Edge of Brilliance
Author: Susan Traugh
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Finch Books
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | Kobo
Genre: YA contemporary; fiction; mental health
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.33 / 5 Stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥
Volatile and unstable, Amy stands at the precipice. Will she fall into the chaos and despair of insanity or ascend into brilliance and redemption?
Amy Miles is fifteen and crazy. Or, at least that’s her greatest fear. Her severe bipolar disorder, with its roller coaster manic and depressive episodes, is ruining her life. Yet in Amy’s mind it is accepting the pills and therapy—not the disease—that will brand her as ’crazy’.
When Amy lands in a residential psychiatric program, she befriends take-charge Mallory and the two create family and try to salvage the shards of their broken minds. There, Amy discovers that her illicit drug use has robbed her of her ability to dance and she is forced to weigh how hard she is willing to work to reclaim her lost talent and potential. But, despite a promising beginning, when Amy falls back into denial, the tragic consequences cannot be undone.
Amy is left to decide whether to give up altogether or accept her diagnosis and the tools she needs to battle her disease, to learn to dance again and forge a new and improved version of herself. Will she step up to the edge of her brilliance and shine?
I requested to be a part of this blog tour because I thought that it had been a while since I had read a book on mental illness, so I thought that I would try this one out.
We follow Amy, who is a teenager suffering from Bipolar Disorder. She doesn’t take her medications, she takes illicit drugs and her life is slowly spiralling out of control. That is until she ends up and Green Acres Academy – a residential psychiatric hospital/school for girls. There are a lot of rules and Amy doesn’t want to know, all she wants is to go home, but she can’t. As she struggles through the academy, she needs to face her fears and decide whether she is going to change her life or give up.
I enjoyed this one. Don’t get me wrong, Amy’s character got on my nerves at times, but as someone who suffers from a mental illness, I understand that sometimes you are not responsible for your emotions, and sometimes they get the better of you. But Amy was so set against taking her medication even though it helped her and she could see the strain her behaviour was having on her family, she did not intend to stop. That was until she took a pill that she reacted to, and next thing she knew, she was in Green Acres and not able to go home, until she got herself under control.
Going on Amy’s journey was tiring, as there were so many emotions. But as she improved and got closer and closer to ‘graduating’ from the academy, you couldn’t help but be proud of her and her accomplishments, and sad for her when she hit trouble or when tragedy struck. I did manage to connect with her at times, not through the whole book, but in most parts. All of the other characters were well written and complex in their own way.
I liked the writing style that Traugh used, it was simple and easy to follow. She also didn’t let things drag on, the whole book was fast-paced, and to the point (it was also quite a short book).
This book had joy and sadness, and there were some scenes that were confronting. But I think all in all, it was a good read and I enjoyed it.
Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for allowing me to be part of this tour
About the Author:
Award-winning author, Susan Traugh, has been writing for over thirty years. Her Daily Living Skills workbooks are used in classrooms all over the world and her stories have appeared in periodicals nationwide along with several stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul. With husband, Steven, Susan won Learning Magazine’s Teacher’s choice award for Mother Goose Brain Boost.
Now, Susan is venturing into the world of young adult fiction. Her latest novel, The Edge of Brilliance is an exploration into the heroes found within struggling young people. The manuscript was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards. Today, Susan lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and daughters, a cat, dog, fish and near her grown son who doesn’t visit enough.
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