A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Expected publication: February 5th 2019
Genres: YA, Mental Illness
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
Only when she’s locked away does the truth begin to escape…
Four walls. One window. No way to escape. Hannah knows there’s been a mistake. She didn’t need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at her summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figure out that she isn’t a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year. In the meantime, she is going to use her persuasive skills to get the staff on her side.
Then Lucy arrives. Lucy has her own baggage. And she may be the only person who can get Hannah to confront the dangerous games and secrets that landed her in confinement in the first place.
This was incredible. I don’t really know what I was expecting when I first started it, but it wasn’t this, this was way better than I imagined… It was hard, powerful and emotional. I just couldn’t put it down!
Hannah is the best unreliable narrator I’ve read about… For the first time someone is more unreliable than Yaz from Things We Have in Common and I freaking love it! I adore reading about unreliable narrators and Hannah was just amazing. I don’t wanna give too much away about this book because I think it’s the perfect book to go blind into. But as you might have guessed already, it’s developed around a particular mental illness, and I can’t really be specific about which one. But I do have to talk a bit about Hannah. She is an incredibly strong, intelligent and not very likable person, really. She was the type of person one would think “she must think she is better than me” and that is normally not likable, right? Well, no matter what, I actually really ended up liking her anyway! She might not be likable but the more you get to know her, it turned it impossible for me not to grew attached to her.
That said, Hannah is a character you will slowly start to like and understand and it’s 100% worth it! This book is quite emotional, realistic and utterly sad, but it made me see things in a new light. Not that I see things differently now (no pun intended) but because I actually never thought about a person going through something like Hannah is going through. It’s scary, it truly is, and I could feel that. Mental health is not something to take lightly, and this book talks about a particular mental illness that I’ve never read about, and to be honest, a really interesting one. It’s just so complex and different! But if you wanna know more, you will have to read the book, because that’s all I’m gonna say.
I found this book really captivating and gripping and I absolutely loved the theme and how the story was written. It shows how a lot of people take metal illness like something stupid, or wrong. But on the other hand, it shows that anything is possible even if you have a mental illness – it might be difficult, but it is possible to achieve as much as you want in life (at least in some cases). It’s a hard book for how realistic it is, but it’s also helluva exciting and quite a fast read. I would definitely recommend it!
Have you read this yet? What do you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!