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Mental Review

Mental ReviewMental by Justice Serai
on March, 20 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 218
Source: Xpresso Book Tours

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Hope is an illusion meant to convince the broken to keep on living. That’s me. Broken.

My father pays heaps of money for doctors at the Norfolk Psychiatric Center to fix me. I’ve spent six months of my prime teenage years at this residential facility – a place for teenagers who’ve gone mental.

That’s me. Mental.

Just when I begin to feel myself fade away, a boy with a wolfish smile and mischievous eyes reels me in. Julian is broken too, but he believes in me enough for the both of us. Through him, I begin to experience this thing called hope. Doctors can’t fix me, my parents can’t either, but maybe it’s not me who needs fixing.

After all, mental is only a state of mind. It all depends on who’s doing the thinking.

In ” An Oyster Shell- Mental is terrifying and riveting. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested on seeing first hand experience the turmoil of mental illness and the joy of recovery.

The Pearls –

This book starts out set in a mental hospital, with a girl that is resigned to be there. A contemporary novel at it’s best dealing with one of the most prevalent issues we face today, mental illness. The concept was interesting and you could tell from the beginning this story came from the author’s heart. It was an interesting concept that was executed well.

The story is seen and told through the POV of Lucy. It’s really a fantastic view that gives you the first-hand experience of the turmoil a mental patient goes through. I really felt for her. I really enjoyed her as the main character. She had great opening conflict and developed well throughout the story which made for a great read.

The writing was decent and had a good pace. The plot was steady with a couple of conflicts her getting better and figuring out relationships, which really came down to her trying to figure out what was real or not.

The Sand – The pacing of this book could be a bit off in places. Some of Julian’s reactions were a little bit intense to the point of distraction. Other then that it was a good book.

All in all, I give this book 4 Pearls.

4 Stars

About Justice Serai

If my name weren’t enough to doom me to nerdville, my love of all things dark and weird would. Inspired by stories of hope and perseverance throughout history, in my own life, and in the lives of people I know, I strive to write authentic YA fiction for the oddball in all of us. I want to make people think deeply, feel wholly, and laugh and cry, just as I have. I’m no stranger to tricky topics such as LGBTQ issues, adoption, disabilities, and mental illness, and I hope you come to love my characters as much as I do.

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