By: Eric Lindstrom
Location: FIC LIN
Genre: Young Adult- - Mental Health
In A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, Eric
Lindstrom, author of the critically acclaimed Not If I See You First,
examines the fear that keeps us from exposing our true selves, and the
courage it takes to be loved for who we really are.
In the vein of It's
Kind of a Funny Story and All the Bright Places, comes a captivating,
immersive exploration of life with mental illness.
For sixteen-year-old Mel
Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle
is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her
instinct to keep everyone at arm's length. And when a former friend
confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended,
deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky
As the walls of Mel's compartmentalized world
crumble, she fears the worst--that her friends will abandon her if they
learn the truth about what she's been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to
risk everything to find out?
I like how Larry from Goodreads describes this book:
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
is beautiful, heartbreaking, and so accurate in its portrayal of
the many shades of bipolar disorder. Eric Lindstrom so perfectly
captured Mel's voice through her ups and downs (the downs, which
manifest them as ups, are eerie and so candidly portrayed), and how each
person in her family deals with her condition. The book also captured
the teenage attitude and dialogue without being overly precocious—you
can hear these characters saying the things they do in the book without
wondering if there really are 25-year-olds inside of them.
is a book about realizing your problems are too big for only you to
handle them, and the importance of trusting people and letting them in,
but at the same time recognizes the value and necessity of
self-protection. It's a book about letting ourselves feel, and not being
afraid to admit how and when we're hurting. And this is an important
book for those struggling to understand just what mental illness can do
to a person.