- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Book and Quill Press (July 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615509231
- ISBN-13: 978-0615509235
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,592,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Nell Gavin was raised in Chicago, spent a number of years in Texas, and now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is married with two sons, and is the author of THREADS: THE REINCARNATION OF ANNE BOLEYN, which was a William Faulkner finalist for Best Novel.
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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
Hang On is a novel built on shaky ground; the ground of mental illness known as Borderline Personality Disorder. This is a broad spectrum of mental illness' which still lacks clear defining lines. BPD has been described as Bipolar, only worse. It's as if the subject feels emotions in either black or white. Things are either all good, or all bad, and they can swing from one to the other in a matter of minutes. BPD is marked by intense rages and "burned bridges" in terms of relationships, jobs, etc. It can also be characterized as having peri-suicidal behaviors (such as cutting oneself or having risky sexual encounters), which are outward manifestations of enormous inner pain.
The heroine does not know what is wrong, she only knows that it is; that there is something inside her that does not fit into a tidy psychosis and, despite seeing a psychiatrist, she largely must fight her inner dragons alone.
Gavin is to be congratulated on her courage in writing this groundbreaking novel. Furthermore, she does it without copping out and label the heroine as “suffering from” (or even “living with”) Borderline Personality Disorder. Indeed, BPD, or any other mental illness, does not lend itself to storage in neatly labelled bins. It is more than the sum of it's symptoms. Gavin takes BPD and gives it a face and a soul and a future. But the book is not about mental illness. It's about a boy and a girl and a band.
Holly Salvino does without--without parents, friends, approval, love, and at times, even food. She's a bit off center. Men want to use her and women exclude her. Holly's just too beautiful. She's too smart. Nobody gets her.
The isolation is crushing but it does not defeat her. Something is wrong with her and she must figure it out. Nobody knows about her internal commotion. That is her secret.
Trevor the roadie for a famous rock band, enters her life, turns up the volume and shatters her loneliness. Finally she connects. She realizes all that she's missed. But the timing is off...
For the first time, I found myself not wanting the heroine to do the right thing. I wanted Holly to trash her code of integrity. I wanted her out of her dismal apartment and her bleak job. But love forces tough choices and life goes on for those who Hang On. This book will not leave me. Enjoy.