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Fall Girl Paperback – June 7, 2011
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"Excellent beginning, well written ... [The] story is about all the things in Annabelle's life that make her feel like the fall girl, not just her brother's illness [making it] much more accessible to a larger audience that may not relate to the illness aspect. All teens feel taken for granted and misunderstood." -ABNA Expert Reviewer
About the Author
Marybeth Smith is a perpetual perfectionist living out her daily life as an imperfect mother of three little ones. In 2010, she founded the website www.askabipolar.com, where she and a group of authors suffering from bipolar disorder answer reader’s questions about mental illnesses. In her spare time she writes, blogs and designs websites. Fall Girl is her first published novel, and she hopes that one day, through this book and her website; she will be able to help bring an end to the stigma surrounding mental illness. To learn more about Marybeth visit www.marybethsmith.com or www.askabipolar.com. You can contact her via email at email@example.com.
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Note: The editing is terrible. Some reviews note that it has been fixed, but I read this recently and I still noticed many errors.
Annabelle’s parents were the worst characters in the entire book, but Annabelle’s friends came in a close second. They were just so unrealistic characters, especially Annabelle’s mom (who I have no idea how she managed to get passed childhood, she seemed that immature). Her friends were too much of a high school drama type characters that I honestly had no idea how Annabelle could even stand to be around them. And Annabelle herself was just a total pushover with no personality of her own.
Then there was the whole bipolar situation. Now, I’m not an expert or anything like that…but I do have some experience with bipolar and I felt as though Smith was off the mark in the way she portrayed Annabelle’s brother. It would have been more appropriate had this book been written several decades before, when treatment options were different and not as effective as they are today…but in today’s setting it was way over the top.
Based on the summary, I did think this book had good potential but the more I read, the more I realized it was just a bad teenage drama. I might as well spend time watching old episodes of Dawson’s Creek or something.
It's a story of teenage drama - every small thing is turned into a huge life-altering experience. The underlying story, however, is one of codependence - how family members enable and clean up after others in the name of "love" when in reality it allows the one with the problem to never take responsibility for their actions.
I'm ambivalent about whether I'd recommend this book. It's a cute story, but adults may find it tedious.