Book review: A danger to herself and others by Alyssa B. Sheimanal

Genre: YA

Rating: 5 stars

Plot: 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.

My verdict: I devoured this book in a day, it’s so addictive and it definitely changed some of my preconceptions of mental health treatment centres. The writing was realistic and sensitive at the same time, the characters felt so real and you can identify something in common with each character. A must read if you want to know what it’s like to need treatment for mental health issues. I loved Hannah; the sarcasm and pride in her intellect thinking that she can outsmart those trying to help her and the shocking twist at the end. It goes to show that your early years play a part in your later life. Get a big mug of tea and comfy seat because you’ll be on the edge of your seat all night until you finish it. Another stunning book from Sheimanal

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