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This is How I Find Her Hardcover – September 1, 2013
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I guess what really grabbed me about this book was the how real Sophie’s voice was to me. This was a girl that desperately wanted to reach out for help, but had been scared for so long, that she almost didn’t know how to accept kindness from people. Her mother wasn’t physically abusive or emotionally abusive. It was the burden of mental illness that rested not only on her mother’s shoulders, but on the shoulders of Sophie, which drove her to act in ways that confused people. Sophie’s painstaking journey back to a place where she could even start to trust those she used to be close to, was riveting. I think that anyone who has had to deal with mental illness or has had to care for a mentally ill loved one will immediately feel a kinship with this book.Read more ›
I love this book. It made me cry countless times. Much more than a story about living with a family member's bipolar disorder, it's about figuring out when it's ok to give and give and give to someone who really needs help, and when it's time to start taking things for yourself and step back from being the pillar that person leans on. Because it's really heartbreaking that Sophie has had to take charge of someone else's problems when she was as young as 11, and that she was never able to have a normal teenage life because of it. Of course, her aunt should have been there and she made some very bad choices herself, but even her aunt shouldn't have to deal with it, which by the end of the book everyone, including Sophie's mother, realizes. The other characters' interactions strengthen this idea, both Sophie's cousin Leila and their friend James. The most heartwrenching moment, though, is when some kids present an English project that should never have been approved, because regardless of whether anyone in the class has dealt with suicide, making jokes about such serious subjects is disgusting. This book has so many subtle (or not so subtle) "lessons," aside from telling a deeply compelling story about a young girl's journey to find herself and climb out of the debris that has been her life up till then.
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Loved this view of bipolar disorder told from the perspective of the daughter. Nothing overly deep or amazing - but a good story about perspective & a family learning to overcome... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pololvr
I felt that the protagonist was
in touch with her feelings only towards the end of the story, which seemed quite honest and realistic. It was a very engrossing read!
slow, predictable, waiting for the book to pick up or even find anything meaningful. I grew up with a bipolar mother who makes this mother look like a lamb and i made the mistake... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was an amazing book could not even put it down!!! It was so so so very awesome. This bookPublished 14 months ago by C. L. Center
Ok found this book to be a bit too young for me. It is not the type of book that I usually read however it was a good story.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
I did enjoy this book, but it took me a while to really get into it. There is a lot of narration in it. The more I read it, the more I wanted to continue reading. Read morePublished 21 months ago by penny
Read it in one night. couldn't put it down. amazing story made me cry on the 2 train :) .Published 21 months ago by Abica
[This is How I Find Her] by [Sara Polsky] was a different take on dealing with mental illness for YA. Read morePublished 22 months ago by christine hooker