Her narration was rather bland, lacking a distinctive voice. After 911 has been called and the house cleaned up, Sophie packs her things and heads to her aunt's house. James was someone she could talk to and trust, but when they started sixth grade, Leila took James away with her, of so it seemed to Sophie. I do feel as if the author did represent bipolar disorder in an honest way. This book was so well written. Instead I found this novel to be more quiet and thoughtful.
Finally, Sophie's Mom Amy , kind of played a lesser role in the novel. It can be difficult to find a woman if you only know her maiden name. Obviously this book is about many things, mental illness being the main focus. At first sullen and withdrawn, Sophie begins to open up, make some old and new friends, and to imagine having her own life instead of trying to manage her mother's. Length: I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest. 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.
. The more I write about this book, the more I realize how much I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the scene where Sophie was able to impress Dr. I wish that she had played less of a role and more of a character. Something happened that started a gap between them, one that's now so wide that Sophie can't even talk to her cousin an Sophie's been the caretaker for her mom since she was eleven. This book is raw, devastatingly emotional, and beautiful. Why You Should Buy It This is a book that has the potential to change lives.
Only you and the people listed below can view or edit. After managing to call 911, she finds herself in a daze, riding in the ambulance with Mom, sleepwalking through the intake process and eventually winding up back at the apartment. Welcome and entertain them all! Mental illness has been taboo for so long, but talking about it and dealing with it out in the open takes away some of the power it can hold over a person. Sophie is sent into a tailspin at the thought of her life reverting to her central role monitoring her mother. I've been trying to figure out why I like Polsky's writing style so much and why it doesn't bore me like some other books. This is how I find her is one book in a trend of books about teens who are coping with broken parents.
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. Everyone needs support from others to grow stronger and it was nice to see how Sophie slowly progressed out of her isolated world and realized she cannot bare all the blame and responsibility of taking care of her mother and handling her illness, as she is only one person and we all need others to relay on such as family or good friends to get us through difficult times. Thankfully Sophie's mother is successfully revived at the hospital and prescribed Depakote to help try to balance her mind again. All in all, every once in a while I did wish that there was more going on plot-wise, but Polsky's writing was strong enough to keep the novel moving despite that. Four days after she starts her junior year, Sophie comes home and when she doesn't find Mom painting in her basement studio, an awful feeling hits her. The other characters' interactions strengthen this idea, both Sophie's cousin Leila and their friend James. Verdict: Genuine and sincere novel about a parent with mental illness; incredibly strong and elegant writing by Polsky.
Over the years, I somehow found out about Mike Hirst and now have a ton of his music. At the beginning of her junior year in high school her mother overdoses on her pills and ends up in h This was a compelling and gripping read. Weve all had heart-stopping moments when we couldnt find our kids, or when. Sophie's feelings of isolation and not wanting anyone to find out felt real to me, as well. Frankly, I think this book deserves a far higher average rating here on GoodReads, and I would love to see it promoted--as it is, I only picked this up from surfing the eBook titles available from my library. Sophie has always lived her life in the shadow of her mother's bipolar disorder, monitoring her medication, rushing home after school to check on her instead of spending time with friends, and keeping her mother's diagnosis secret from everyone outside their family. And if a teenage reads this book, it will really open their eyes and put them in the shoes of Sophie.
When the doctor tells her that Amy is almost ready to be discharged, Sophie is horrified to find herself thinking that, maybe, she'd rather not have her mom back at home. They made you put yourself into the characters situation. I cannot stress just how much I recommend this book. Just when she's adjusting her mum is on the mend and needs her help again. The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
Throughout the story we truly get to see the ramifications that mental illness has on an entire family, not just the person who is dealing with it. At school, she's hard pressed to focus on classes because of her worries about Mom, and when she's paired with James and Lila for an English project, she feels like the proverbial deer in the headlights. The journey back is hard and not without pain, but the end result is well worth it. Sophie's love for her mother is obvious and palpable, but later revelations about her mother's behavior make one wonder why no one stepped in earlier. But as her mother gets her medication stabilized, the possibility of her coming home looms. It also has a girl trying to come to terms with who she is, all while trying to navigate high school.
I cannot imagine taking on the daily responsibilities that she holds! That being said, I think This is How I Find Her did a few things really well that I appreciated. At first, Leila seems a little put out having her cousin around so much again but the constant close proximity to one another forces the girls to hash out their grievances and find common ground once again. I really enjoyed that Leila learned to advocate for herself as well as her mother. I read this in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. The mania phase if the disorder probably focused to extreme incidents for dramatic effect, rather than less outwardly blatant characteristics. The litany of questions Sophie asked herself, one after the other, conveyed the sense of panic she was feeling in a realistic way and I wished so many times that I could reach through the pages and give her a hug. I absolutely loved this This book should be promoted far more than it is.
Then she heads to the only place left, Lila's house. While that book deals with suicide of a best friend, there are many parallels to be drawn. While the resolution may seem a tiny bit too convenient, the road to the resolution is not short or easy. However, what comes up must also come down as they say. After a suicide at This book grabs your attention right from the start! Sophie's lost what friends she had, notably her cousin Leila, who was like a sister when they were younger.