I was sent a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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I decided to go non-spoiler for this review because I'm still kinda processing what happened...
This book very much teeters on the edge between total genius and total crazy. Your opinion on this book would completely depend on which way you fell.... and, honestly, I'm still on the fence getting splinters up my backside.
The first chapters were a little hard to get into but once you push through, you can truly appreciate the exploration of mental health issues. This book draws on a variety of different life experiences which is what makes it such an insightful read.
The story didn't shy away from subjects that are usually 'untouchable' in literature; child abuse being a main topic. At times, this was disturbing to read and could get a little heavy and intense for the reader but it's poignant and eye-opening at the same time.
The characters are extremely well-rounded and, most importantly, flawed. In so much fiction the characters are often displayed as all too perfect but the opposite case is created in this novel. The flaws and detail put into the characters makes them feel beautifully and tragically human.
The storyline of this book is completely unique and the ideas throughout are intertwined very deeply- maybe to a point where confusion creeps in and some ideas aren't completed.
As a whole, this book was mind-boggling... I'm still organising my thoughts on it all and processing all that happened. It was thought-provoking and wildly inventive.
Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment your thoughts. Stay amazing!