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The Other Side of the Window: Complete Novel (Windows Series) by [Berg, S.Z.]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1387 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006UH2BE0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,017,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Other Side of the Window tells the fascinating story of a young woman who battles the debilitating effects of a psychological disorder. It is an absorbing tale, very well-written, fast moving, and extremely enjoyable.

The story centers on Savannah, a reporter for a small-town newspaper who has an obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is told from her viewpoint, often in the first person. It is difficult to write an entire book in this mode, but Berg succeeds. I cannot imagine that the story would have been nearly as effective or as entertaining if told in any other way.

I wish that I could describe the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorders to my psychology students half as well as Berg presents them in her story. People today use "OCD" much too loosely. They apply it to a person who wants the house to be in order or who wants some task to be performed in a certain way. Obsessive compulsive disorders are much more than this, and the author presents us with a vivid picture.

We watch Savannah, for example, as she repeatedly washes her hands, scrubs her body, opens doors with a paper towel, and consumes multiple glasses of wine, all to protect herself from germs. We see her perform actions in sets of threes. We see her standing in the ball field, repeatedly hitting the ball and running the bases because It insists that she do it. We see that Savannah is very aware that she has a disorder, and she desperately wishes that she could be different

Toward the end of the book, the author makes it clear that she does not think highly of either psychotherapists or pharmaceutical companies, and she proposes an unconventional theory for the origin of at least some psychological disorders.
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The Other Side of the Window is a suspense-filled story about a young woman who, for some inexplicable reason, is suddenly experiencing symptoms of OCD. Savannah's struggle to overcome her compulsions while trying to maintain her professional life as a journalist are well drawn and compelling. Readers will be kept on the edge of their seats wondering if her stalker is a figment of her imagination or all too real, what dark truths are hiding in the small town and whether Savannah will finally be free of her torment.
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I picked this up on a free day so I am out nothing but time. I have attempted to read this twice since picking it up a few months back. The writing is well done, I did not find any irritating grammatical errors. I just could not mesh with the main character or fit my mind to any positive pattern or flow of a storyline. Many people do enjoy this book it seems, so check out the other reviews and see if this may fit your interests. I suggest that if a sample is available you read that before deciding to purchase.
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I really enjoyed this book, I read it over 2 days, and found myself thinking about when I wasn't reading it- I enjoyed the perspective of Savannah's inner struggle to calm the compulsions. It was not a perspective I had ever really given much thought to- about what drives OCD. The underlying information was all very well researched and presented in the story telling. The colorful characters, and their flaws and quirks, leaves you wanting to know more about them, to dig more into their stories too! I loved the subtle points made through out the book- quietly, but they will haunt you long after the story fades: The problem with big Pharmacy romancing doctors into writing scripts; just turn on the TV- I bet you can recite the warnings to Viagra, Cialis, Cymbalta! Advertising so people rush in to see their doctors and beg for the newest script to cure their worldly pains. The real "problem" that drug companies do not make money curing a disease- they make money when you are dependent on the medicine! I loved the other major point- that the research is not being done into understanding what the triggers or causes are for mental illness- the germ factor- is there a connection to viral or parasitic illness and mental illness? I Do recommend this book!~ the story will haunt you long after!
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I love books like this one because I have found that life doesn't follow a plan or a map. I thought it was very well written, but didn't follow the stringent guide lines many try to impose. instead of a cookie cutter novel it is a strong original story that everyone should read.

Imagine waking up one day and feeling like a stranger had taken over your brain. Forcing you to do things you know make you look crazy. Imagine how that would alter your life and how others looked at you. How would you cope? Who would you tell? Imagine if no one believed you. Savannah Bloom lives an idyllic life in the small town of Saddlebrook. Working as a journalist in a town where nothing is out of the ordinary she writes human interest pieces on the quiet towns folk. Until the day she becomes the story. Driven by OCD everything in Savannah's life changed almost overnight. Using her journalist skills and the wonder of SmartAss.com to help her find answers, she fights to regain her free will. Will anyone listen to her? Or will she end up like her poor Aunt Martha, locked away and forgotten?

I enjoyed this book because Savannah is a very interesting character in a very unusual situation. To wake up one day and be compelled to do things you know are not normal is quite mind boggling. Her struggle to be believed, to find a working treatment and to regain her life takes you on a spiraling ride into one woman's mental disorder. Intertwined in her story are the wonderful stories of the town's people that she writes about. The author does a magnificent job of weaving all of their lives together and wrapping it around the main character.

Take a chance to be on the other side of the window looking in as Savannah's life unravels, her story will stay with you and make you look at those around you with a little more compassion and understanding, and maybe even a little more paranoia!
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