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Blurn (from Goodreads):
Honest, nuanced, and bittersweet, The Form of Things Unknown explores the shadows that haunt even the truest hearts…and the sparks that set them free.
Natalie Roman isn’t much for the spotlight. But performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a stately old theatre in Savannah, Georgia, beats sitting alone replaying mistakes made in Athens. Fairy queens and magic on stage, maybe a few scary stories backstage. And no one in the cast knows her backstory.
Except for Lucas—he was in the psych ward, too. He won’t even meet her eye. But Nat doesn’t need him. She’s making friends with girls, girls who like horror movies and Ouija boards, who can hide their liquor in Coke bottles and laugh at the theater’s ghosts. Natalie can keep up. She can adapt. And if she skips her meds once or twice so they don’t interfere with her partying, it won’t be a problem. She just needs to keep her wits about her.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a contemporary story about a girl who had briefly been admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
Natalie was an okay character, and it must have been hard for her to worry so much about whether she was experiencing hallucinations all the time. She should maybe have made more of an effort to take her pills correctly though.
The storyline in this was about Natalie taking part in a theatre group, with a little bit of mystery over exactly what happened to her to land her in a psychiatric hospital. We also got a little bit of romance between Natalie and a boy who she had met in the hospital, a grandma with schizophrenia, a gay brother who hadn’t come out to his parents yet, and possible ghosts in the theatre. I did find my attention wavered at around the 40% mark though, and the book seemed to drag a bit from there.
The ending to this was okay, and it was nice that the truth came out in the end.
6 out of 10