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Fall Girl Paperback – June 7, 2011
"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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Plenty of cuss words flying, but no R-rated action.
I kept my rating to 4 stars because of the poor proofreading. I'd have thought that an author could distinguish between "site" and "sight," "your" and "you're," and certainly "to" and "two." And even a low level spellcheck program would have flagged "distain" as incorrect. I'm guessing spellcheck was the only check done because most of the problems were with homonyms. (I noted all the misspelled words, if anyone connected with the book wants the file.) The rewrapping/reflowing of lines and the paragraph breaks get rather muddy in the dialogue passages, so it's not always clear who's speaking.
Aside from technical issues such as those, though, it was a very enjoyable, 5-star book.
Other than that, I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it.
Note: The editing is terrible. Some reviews note that it has been fixed, but I read this recently and I still noticed many errors.
And, yes, I'll admit I'm a grammar-nazi, and I am very apt to notice misspellings, misused punctuation, etc. But this book wouldn't have made it past even the WORST editor! Okay, maybe the WORST! At times it was hard to read, the text was so error-ridden.
Add the fact that I'm 33 and I suffer from Bipolar Disorder should explain the rest. This book is obviously geared toward the teenage/perhaps-young-adulthood phases of life, but I couldn't relate to any of it. Not even in the author's aspect, of being an observer of someone with Bipolar Disorder. I know quite a few people with the very disorder, myself included, and the content of this book just didn't seem to fit with anything. It all seemed very forced. The situations, the relationships, the resolutions, etc., all were very mundane.
Anyway, long review, short: I wouldn't advise anyone to read this book. I would have stopped reading it after chapter 1, but I have this unwritten rule with myself that if I start reading a book, I MUST finish it. I only got this book because it was free on my Kindle. But, yeah, NOT recommended.
As a senior bipolar, diagnosed 35 years ago, I thought that I had read most of the info on my disorder! Marybeth Smith brings a new aspect - how living with a teenage sibling, suffering with Bipolar Disorder, affects the life of his younger sister. She finds her own identity and releases much of the responsibility she has always felt toward her brother and his illness.