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Before My Eyes Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Claire's mother had a stroke and is in a rehab hospital, but the insurance money has run out. She's been stuck taking care of her six year old sister Izzy all summer, while her father practically lives at the hospital. While she loves Izzy, she really wants to be a teen, not an adult and it might be nice to have someone care about her, too.
Max has been stuck working at the Snack Shack all summer, instead of having fun like all his preppy friends. It was his father's idea because it would make the family look good during Dad's re-election campaign for the state senate. It doesn't help that his back is killing him and he's had to resort to stealing his father's pain pills, nor does working with Trish and Peter help his self-esteem. Communication at home is pretty bad and he feels adrift.
Barkley also works at the Snack Shack, but doesn't interact much, or fit in at all. He spends most of his time in his head, listening to a voice that urges him to act on an impulse that's really scary. He was expelled from the local community college after attacking a teacher. His days involve avoiding bathing or drinking water, playing violent video games on his computer and sending letters and emails about environmental issues.
Told in alternating chapters, the book takes readers inside each of the three main characters' heads as they move toward a terrible event on Labor Day. By the time the story reaches its climax, you have a very good understanding of all three characters as well as most of the minor ones. Developmentally disabled Peter and overweight Trish become both likable and very sympathetic players near the end. Part unusual love story, part portrait of a person succumbing to a serious mental illness, this is a griping read that has moments of violence that might make younger teens very uncomfortable. For everyone else, it's a very well-crafted and hard to put down read.
A political rally. A gun. A twenty-one year old paranoid schizophrenic. A plan that only makes sense in his jumbled mind. Shots.
BEFORE MY EYES starts off with a literal bang. We know that Snack Shack worker Barkley brings a gun to the reelection rally of his coworker, sixteen-year-old Max's state senator father. Arriving at the rally just in time for the rally, Claire, Max's crush and the object of Barkley's obsession.
Told in the POVs of Barkley, Max and Claire, Carolyn Bock has created three very different characters who interact over Labor Day weekend with tragic consequences. I was drawn into the story immediately, curious who had been shot, who lived and who did not survive. I connected most with Claire, who has spent the summer watching her energetic six-year-old sister after their mother's stroke. Although she presented a depressed and weary POV, her voice seemed appropriate. Max was my favorite character, the most complex who had the most growth over the long weekend. Having worked with paranoid schizophrenics as a psychologist, I thought Barkley's chapters showed too much organized thinking for someone on the cusp of a psychotic break. He showed almost no clinical paranoid that was mentioned. His chapters should have been shorter and more disorganized or perhaps written in 3rd person with his jumbled thoughts in italics. I also thought Barkley should have either been obsessed with Claire or with making his political point to be more clinically accurate. Most unmediated schizophrenics in his state wouldn't be organized enough to switch back and forth between focuses. Bock did a good job explaining that the mentally ill aren't more violence that the general population (if fact, they're more likely to be victims and perpetrators of violent crimes). My biggest criticism is that Barkley's parents were caricatures of old stereotypes of parents who were thought to have caused their children's mental illnesses.
BEFORE MY EYES held my interest from beginning to end. I cared about Max and Claire and their journeys. I couldn't connect to Barkley, but I think that was Bock's idea, to illustrate his difficulty relating to others and developing relationships.
Themes: schizophrenia, mental illness, parent and teen relationships, drug abuse, bullying.
I recommend BEFORE MY EYES as an interesting, quick read, but not as a primer for understanding schizophrenia.
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Each character narrates their own story. Claire's mother has had a stroke. This has left her disabled and in a rehab facility.Read more