My Friends Are All Strange
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
My friends are all strange.
Right now I’m living at Brookside, a place for people like me. I’ve met a kitty girl, a brooding beautiful boy, one who can’t be touched, and others. My new friends. Strange people. People like me.
I’ve always been different, but lately, more so. My hands sometimes don’t seem to be attached to the rest of me. I cut up all of my clothes. I’m hot, so hot, all of the time. If I sleep, a wizard haunts every dream. I don’t sleep. Sometimes I want to run, but where do you run to when you’re trying to escape your own mind? I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same. I’m smart. I’m nice, sometimes. I just want to be normal(ish). But, right now, my friends are all strange… Like me.
Dark, funny, snarky, seventeen-year-old Becca struggles to cope with mental illness in My Friends Are All Strange, the gripping contemporary young adult companion novel to Normalish.
Every once in awhile, I find a book that just knocks my socks off. My Friends Are All Strange did just that.
Let me quickly summarize. Becca is struggling with a serious mental illness that lands her in a mental health facility after a stunning meltdown in her school cafeteria.
I come from a healthcare background and have some experience in the care of people with mental illness and I have to say, this book was a shockingly accurate portrayal of mental disease. Becca is a complex character who will tug at your heart. I felt for her and what she was going through. I appreciate the care that Lesh took in writing Becca and her illness.
This is a definite must read and one of my top reads of 2016!
California native Margaret Lesh lives in a narrow canyon populated by herds of wild burro and packs of coyote. The canyon is also populated with her creative, handsome husband, her feisty mother-in-law, her not-brave-at-all Border Collie, Echo, and sometimes her son (who is away at college. And she is not quite sure how that all happened so fast).
She writes books to entertain young and not-so-young readers as well as herself. She believes tacos are magic.