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Turn the World Upside Down Paperback – October 20, 2016
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Nyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop. She couldn't live without books-reading or writing them. Oh, and chocolate. She's slightly addicted. She gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It's icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh too. She's a proud romantic and has a soft spot for flawed characters who make mistakes, but also have big hearts. Whether she's writing young adult, new adult, or adult you can always count on a healthy dose of romance from her books. She likes to tackle tough subjects, and believes everyone needs to see themselves in the stories they read. Her novel, The History of Us, was a 2016 ALA Rainbow Book List Recommended Read Nyrae is living her very own happily ever after in California with her gorgeous husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two incredibly awesome kids. Find her online at: Blog: www.nyraedawn.blogspot.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/nyraedawnwrites
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Yes, I cried, but I also laughed. I morned the downs and I cheered the ups. I was there, right along with the characters in this book. I love a well written coming of age story and Nyrae is so good at it. This is the kind of book that will break your heart and put it back together, stronger than ever. Buy it! Read it! Love it! Recommend it to your friends!
TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN takes an interesting premise, a brother's guilt over his sister's abuse, into a mostly clichéd story with characters you'd find in every story about psychiatric treatment. The residents include: a bulimic, a suicidal self injurer, someone with anxiety and a bully. Incidents include: a LGBT romance, bullying, a suicide.
I never felt like Nyrae Dawn added any originality to the plot and while a few characters had interesting backstories, there was nothing I hadn't read in other similar books. I also didn't feel like she did much research into the mental illnesses or treatment other than basic googling or knowing someone or suffering with a particular condition.
I did enjoy Dawn's very readable writing style.
TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN is a decent, but unoriginal story.
Each character had a different problem, which I could believe and each took time to open up and some dealt with things better than others. I felt for them all, for differing reasons and could empathise with them, though I'm likely old enough to be at least ten years older than these guys' parents/responsible adults.
I was very glad that Hunter found his way to Better Days, that he matured there, learned to open up, learned to understand that two wrongs don't make a right, learned to listen and to make sense, despite the confused messages that his mind was giving him, and that he found the courage to open up and speak out when something bad happened, rather than following the unit's residents' unspoken Omerta-like rule. I think that he grew up in there, going from a not unreasonably - at his young age and given his experience - slightly Me, Me, Me type, to a guy who'd endured, who'd been hurt by someone he should have been able to trust without reservation, but who hadn't been irretrievably broken; one who was able to find his worth and to make positive steps for his future life. That he found happiness with Stray/Jeremiah, was sweet, but not the focus of the tale.
ARC courtesy of Harmony Ink Press for my reading pleasure.