- File Size: 1204 KB
- Print Length: 186 pages
- Publisher: Swoon Romance (June 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 13, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071KT11JS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The D.B. List Kindle Edition
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While being in the Lovely Soul Institution Ellie makes friends and enemies. She forms deep, possibly lifelong, connections. Visiting hours are torture at first, but then she meets two guys who cheer her up. One of them is the brother of one of the other residents and the other is a resident himself. Are they good guys? Can Ellie trust her own judgement and will she be able to learn from her past, even though reliving it is one of the hardest things she's ever done?
The D.B. List is an impressive story about mental illness. Ellie feels broken inside because of several things that happened to her. My heart ached for the girl who was just looking for love, but received something completely different. Even though Ellie wanted to give up at first, she's trying to become stronger now. I admired her courage to face the most scary and painful moments of her life. It's something incredibly hard and she keeps trying to make progress. She's a sweet and talented girl, someone with so much promise, but due to people who were bad for her she couldn't see the good parts of herself any longer. Reading her story and knowing that many (young) people feel the same way brought tears to my eyes.
I loved how Rebekah L. Purdy writes about Ellie's struggle in a realistic, honest and raw way. Being in an institution isn't easy. There are rules, not every patient will improve, not every situation is a good one and getting better requires a lot of hard work. Even though the subject matter is heavy Rebekah L. Purdy makes sure there's enough lightness in her story as well. There's love, friendship and hope, which is what makes Ellie's stay bearable in the first place. Her story immediately grabbed me and didn't let me go. I read it in one sitting and loved every single page. I highly recommend The D.B. List, it's a beautiful must-read.
In an Oyster shell – A refreshing read that embraced the good and bad that life has to offer.
The Pearls – I like the idea of a mental health patient as the star of the book. The funny thing about Ellie is she was saner than most. I don’t usually like journal entries as a vessel to carry the story, but I didn’t mind it in this book. It really worked. Rebekah L. Purdy is a very talented author and it shows in this book. If you can make me like something that I don’t usually like that attests to the talent of the writer.
The characters were well defined and distinctive. Ellie was a compelling character. She had a lot of compassion and as the reader, you could give that to her in return. Ellie’s roommate was a great supporting character that added depth to the story.
The theme of the book is finding your inner strength and standing up for yourself. Ellie does this well in the book. She also leads other characters to do this for themselves.