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I read compulsively & often can't remember a book days later. This book will stay in my heart for a long time.
The other issue I had with this book was that there seems to be research thrown in without really knowing what they are even talking about sadly. Please do more research on the subject of mental illness if you are going to try to write a book about it because this was just horrible
While Holly finds escape in the rigmarole of backstage rock n' roll life, there is no escape from her past (so she finds out the hard way). In love, but not blind, Holly tries to search for the answers that surround her mentally ill mother's suicide. She is afraid, however, that she too has the same illness that will eventually lead her down a familiar path as her mother.
Nell Gavin's Hang On is not some book about blind-sided love, but about survival. Gavin uses Holly to discuss an issue that affects more women than men: depression. Holly serves as a reminder that this often-silent disease affects more women than once realized; and her mother, for that matter, is reminder of the dangers of this disease going untreated.
Gavin portrays Holly as an escape artist and Trevor is the escape. Holly believes her life on the road is better than a low-paying job, killing cockroaches, and sleeping away hunger. However, Holly is crumbling inside from fear that she too may suffer from depression. The reality is that her new, temporary life just opens her up to her "own social limitations."
Holly's secret depression becomes increasingly difficult to hide and comes out in rage and anxiety. What is going in her head? Her search becomes more about putting together her past and trying to save herself from the same ending as her mother.
Gavin writes about acceptance and Holly's character looks for just that. While Trevor is an important character, he acts as movement around Holly's life and serves as a type of co-dependent relationship throughout the book. Readers will become enchanted with Holly's many dimensions, and will find comfort in the fact that Gavin suggests that despite illness, love is possible. In the end Holly doesn't need to know whether Trevor really loved her or not, she just needs to accept herself.
Reviewed by Loren Kleinman for IndieReader
A feeling I've had for a long time is that one of the best things about a good book is that it puts you in someone else's skin as a way to work through what life might be like for the character and, by extension, friends and family with some of the same characteristics. This was one of those books.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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Hang On is a novel built on shaky ground; the ground of mental illness known as Borderline Personality Disorder.Read more