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- Print Length: 288 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 30, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006UH2BE0
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,017,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book very much. This is the second book I've read where the main character suffers from OCD. I found the story fascinating. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Pamiam
Is there such a thing? Accurate fiction? Being someone from the healthcare business, I found myself seeing from the other side of the fence, the patient's. Read morePublished on August 19, 2014 by Anne
This is written well and keeps you wanting more,knowing whats next. I had no problem envisioning the characters in my mind,which is how I judge a good book. Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by Mrs.Krach
S.Z. Berg's "Mind Games" is just the kind of book that we need today. It's the story of newspaper reporter Savannah Bloom, whose life is slowly taken over by obsessive-compulsive... Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by Sharon E. Cathcart