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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Everything about Jonah is unexpected. On the first day of school, he sits next to April, when he could have chosen to sit with the popular girl. He turns down an invitation to join the school team and declares he'd rather paint. He encourages April to develop her musical talent and shrugs off the bullies that torment them.
April isn't surprised to find herself falling for Jonah. The unexpected part is when he falls for her too.
But the giddy happiness of their first romance begins to fade when Jonah's unpredictability begins to take a darker turn. April understands that her boyfriend is haunted by a painful memory, but his sudden mood swings worry her. She can't explain his growing fear of cellphones, electric keyboards, and of sounds that no one else can hear. Still, no matter what happens, April is sure that she'll always stand by him.
Until Jonah finally breaks and is committed to a psychiatric ward.
Until schizophrenia changes everything.
Though everyone urges her to let him go, April stays true to Jonah. But as the boy she adores begins to disappear in front of her, she has to face her worst fear: that her love may not be enough to save him.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
“I can’t take it anymore. I’ve had enough of their advanced academics and brain control.”
This was an interesting story about one girl’s brush with mental illness as her boyfriend started displaying signs of psychosis.
Poor April got a bit of a poor deal in this story, she not only had to look after and defend a boyfriend who was clearly hearing voices, but she didn’t even get thanks for it, and had to deal with people at school bullying her for being the psycho’s girlfriend!
“My life at school is over, I thought bitterly. I’d be the girlfriend of ‘crazy boy’ forever, long after they forgot about him.”
The storyline in this was pretty good, although the pace was a little slow in places. Jonah started to show clear signs of psychosis, and paranoia, and it seemed pretty obvious what was going on, even though April continued to try to defend him.
The romance in this story wasn’t really overt, but it was more in the way that April stood by Jonah even when things got tough.
“Nothing I could say would make him see that he was wrong. To him, everyone else was crazy; he was the only sane one in the world.”
The ending to this was a bit sad, and April once again got a bad deal really.
6.5 out of 10