Life Is But a Dream by Brian James
Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced that it's the world that's crazy, not them. But when Alex starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries she'll lose hold of her dreams and herself.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I don’t know about that ending; It felt too neat and perfect for such a touchy topic. Now, before the book’s end, most everything in it read possible, sad and accurate. But her world, and it most definitely was her world, is so different. It’s certainly unique, both beautiful in imagery… but a little scary too.
The topic is touchy, but I think it was dealt with accurately here. The circumstance of them meeting was both good and bad. For her, he was this one safe place; for him, she’s a kindred spirit. Only, were they really those things for each other?
Couple her mental disease and her way seeing things with his outlook, and we’d come to a negative for that question … yet with them together things felt so much easier for her. And this I admit despite feeling moments of being angry at him and feeling that what he did actually did make things worse for her. Indeed, the how and the where of them meeting was sad, but it’s also their coming together that’s sort of fortunate because they understood each other to a certain degree; but only to a certain degree because her problems really were much different from his… not worse, because he too had problems.
The brief glimpses into who she was before being in the wellness center were all quite heart wrenching to see. And the things is there was no process to her becoming what she was. There was no process, just hints at what she had in her. And the realization to that was a very slow to take place; thus, when what was wrong was apparent, such realization was just a little more painful to witness.) Her memories paint a picture of a girl growing up and trying to be like everyone else, but feeling at odds with what she was supposed to be. With her friends (friend, really) out pacing her socially, physically and emotionally and with her parents (along with everyone every one else ) who just could not figure her out, it was a sad thing to see just how different/special she was. At the beginning of the story, she talks of labels and it was this girl who could call these out that I wanted to know more of. Her story is sad, their meeting the both lovely and sad.
Thank you Netgalley!
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