A Tragic Kind of Wonderful is an absolutely stunning book coming out in January. It chronicles the story of sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan and her struggle to separate herself from her bipolar disorder. She wants nothing more than to life a normal life, where her disorder and her social life are kept separate. But life can never be as compartmentalized as we’d like it to be, and as she enters unfamiliar territory with romance and old friends, the walls she has so carefully built begin to crumble.
Eric Lindstrom creates an incredibly humbling story that addresses fears, truths, the struggle of being one’s self, and the uncertainty that sharing that self with your friends can bring.
I really loved how real the characters were in this book. Lindstrom creates these quirky, lovable characters with such real and heartfelt depths to them. There isn’t a single character or storyline that I felt was cliché or stereotypical, which, in this case, is a really incredible feat. When writing about topic such as mental illness, it can be difficult to keep it an honest story without getting all of the societal and political issues of our current world wrapped up in it. Lindstrom really does a fantastic job and I would highly recommend this for anyone who has struggled with mental illness, knows someone who has (or is) struggling with mental illness, or is simply curious and thinks a good fiction novel could be the way to learn a tiny fraction of what someone could be going through.
This is a young adult book, perfect for any high school or middle school student, maybe even college. Of course, any adult can read this too, but this story is really about having courage to expose our true selves, and is written in such a way that it is really relatable for young adults who are going through an identity struggle of their own.
I read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy which is the pre-publication edition of a book sent out by publishers for review and publicity. The reviews I leave here are my honest opinions of the books I’ve been reading and have really enjoyed. I’m not payed to say any of this, I just liked the books! If you liked the review, let me know! If you have any particular requests for genres, authors, or titles, I’d be happy to oblige. Keep your eyes open for more reviews like this coming soon, there are some great books coming out in the next few months!