Saturday, 14 January 2017

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks and NetGalley.
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The heart-rending and inspiring novel from the critically acclaimed author of NOT IF I SEE YOU FIRST.

How can you have a future if you can’t accept your past?
Mel Hannigan doesn’t have it easy. Mourning the death of her firework of a brother, trying to fit back into a school she’s been conspicuously absent from and struggling to deal with the loss of three friendships that used to mean everything. Struggling to deal with a condition that not even her closest friends know about.

So Mel tries to lock away her heart, to numb the highs and lows, to live quietly without hope – but also without pain. Until someone new shows her that it can be worth taking a risk, that opening up to life is what can make it glorious…

And that maybe, Mel can discover a tragic kind of wonderful of her very own.


A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars



A Tragic Kind of Wonderful “Dr Jordan told me everyone with bipolar disorder is different – endless variations of moods, emotions, intensity, frequency, reactions, episodes, delusions, breakdowns – but even so, according to him, I’m unusual.”


This was a YA contemporary story, about a girl with bipolar disorder.

Mel was an okay character, although I found it quite hard to keep up with the way she tracked her moods. The author did do a good job of showing her ups and downs though.

The storyline in this was about Mel coping with her bipolar disorder, and also trying to deal with her grief over her older brother’s death. We did get a few twists thrown in, and I really did not see some of them coming. The pace in this was a little slow though, and I wanted answers faster than we got them.

The ending to this was okay, although it was clear that Mel still wasn’t really thinking straight.



6.5 out of 10

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