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A Danger to Herself and Others (edició 2019)

de Alyssa Sheinmel (Autor)

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"A compelling and beautifully told story."--Kathleen Glasgow, New York Timesbestselling author ofGirl in Pieces Four walls. One window. No way to escape. Hannah knows there's been a mistake. She doesn't need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at that summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figureout that she isn't a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year. Those college applications aren't going to write themselves. Until then, she's determined to win over the staff and earn some privileges so she doesn't lose her mind to boredom. Then Lucy arrives. Lucy has her own baggage, and she's the perfect project to keep Hannah's focus off all she is missing at home. But Lucy may be the one person who can get Hannah to confrontthe secrets she's avoiding--and the dangerous games that landed her in confinement in the first place. Packed with intrigue and suspense, A Danger to Herself and Othersis great for readers who loved Suicide Notes for Beautiful Girlsby Lynn Weingarten and Two Can Keep a Secretby Karen McManus!… (més)
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Títol:A Danger to Herself and Others
Autors:Alyssa Sheinmel (Autor)
Informació:Sourcebooks Fire (2019), 352 pages
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Valoració:****
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A great, straightforward example of an unreliable narrator. It was hard to put down. ( )
  Duobond | Jun 27, 2021 |
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Original Post: I may come back and revisit this one, but for now I'm calling it at 33%. Maybe I just don't like unreliable narrators? But the main character seemed like a sociopath and it was really hard for me to get into any of it. That being said I didn't hate it, and I'd like to see the outcome of everything. I just have too many other books to read right now to force myself to finish this one.

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I came back and finished this because the audiobook version was available through Overdrive and I needed a book to listen to. The outcome was and wasn't what I expected. This is definitely a bit of a psychological thriller - you're not sure what to trust, and just when you start to figure things out, you realize there's a chance none of that information is trustworthy either. I'm glad I finished it but I don't think I'd have missed anything if I hadn't. ( )
  zombiibean | Nov 20, 2020 |
A Danger to Herself and Others is a deep-dive character study with a strong psychological component.

So... wow. This book. Let me find the words. Oh, here they are: Read it.

I'm not telling you anything about the plot, because everything I want to say would be spoilers.

Expectations are important. Be aware that this is absolutely not a thriller, as some readers expected. The pace is slow, intentionally so, but I was never, not once, bored. I didn't wish for speed. This story is about getting to know Hannah, about the building tension and the things she - and we - learn along the way. It's about perceptions, relationships, expectations, and the mystifying aspects of the mind.

The writing is perfection. Really. And I don't say that often.

*I received a copy via a giveaway from Sourcebooks Fire.* ( )
  Darcia | Apr 14, 2020 |
A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa B. Sheinmel is an intriguing young adult novel.

Seventeen year old Hannah Gold is certain she has been placed in a mental institution by mistake. She had nothing to do with her roommate and friend Agnes Smith's accidental fall out of a window. But Agnes' parents are convinced she is guilty of harming their daughter, so a judge orders Hannah into an institution for further evaluation. At first, Hannah refuses to discuss anything of value with her therapist, Dr. Lightfoot. However, the arrival of her roommate Lucy Quintana is a turning point for Hannah as she finally realizes that in order to earn "privileges", she has to be honest with Dr. Lightfoot. With Hannah divulging the events that occurred in the weeks preceding Agnes's accident, Dr. Lightfoot makes a shocking diagnosis that completely upends Hannah's view of herself. And with the hearing into her role in what happened to Agnes and Hannah's reunion with her parents fast approaching, is she prepared for how everyone will react to her unexpected diagnosis?

Hannah is an extremely intelligent, high achieving only child. Her parents have always treated her as an adult, so she is quite mature and very composed. Hannah is very fixated on not falling behind in school but Dr. Lightfoot wants her to concentrate on her therapy. Initially, Hannah is positive that she did not harm Agnes, but after she is placed under observation, self-doubts begin to creep in. But why would she have wanted to harm her best friend?

Lucy's arrival provides Hannah with a distraction from her own problems. The two girls hit it off fairly quickly and they are soon swapping stories and finding ways to pass the time. Once Hannah realizes Lucy has earned privileges that provide her with a modicum of freedom, she becomes more open with Dr. Lightfoot. But will her gradual self-awareness prepare Hannah for the doctor's diagnosis?

A Danger to Herself and Others is a thought-provoking young adult novel with a somewhat unreliable narrator. The majority of the story takes place mainly in Hannah's room at the institution so it is easy for readers to empathize with her as she tries to come to terms with her current situation. Despite a bit of repetition, the storyline is interesting and the characters are relatively well-developed. Hannah comes across as a typical teenager, so Dr. Lightfoot's diagnosis will catch readers off guard. Alyssa B. Sheinmel deftly handles the subject of mental illness with sensitivity and provides insight into a misunderstood disease. An engaging young adult novel that I recommend to older teen and adult readers. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
3.5 Stars

Touted as a mix of We Were Liars and Girl, Interrupted, A Danger to Herself and Others caught my attention immediately. The blurb immediately lets us know we're dealing with an unreliable narrator in an institutional setting. Hannah knows how to make friends with anyone, but when her roommate from summer school is in a coma fingers start pointing in her direction. It's just a matter of time, of putting up with the dingy green walls, and making friends with her roommate, everything should clear up no problem. Except the days have turned into months and Hannah's not even sure what day it is or if she's any closer to freedom.

Hannah seems to be, by all accounts, a totally normal teen girl. She's smart, focused on school, and cares an awful lot about what others think of her. She wants friends, she wants a boyfriend, she wants to make it through the summer outside of the four walls she's trapped in. As things start to slip for her I began to realize I didn't know Hannah at all, that we'd been fed half truths from a fictional character. It's an interesting concept, one that allows the reader to look into the head of a character with a mental disability.

I loved the premise of this book, I have been wanting to read a fictionalized story in an institution, but Hannah's story is difficult to process. Hannah is, in fact, difficult to like. It isn't her illness, it isn't her desperation to leave, it is her willingness to use everything and everyone to her advantage. She's selfish and her repetitive thoughts, though obviously explained, gets old. Everyone has a use, everything is a stepping stone, and even when medicated she's focused on where she'll get to next and what she can do to make it go her way. Of course, there are times when I was sympathetic, but it was quickly pushed aside by frustration over her willingness to just continue doing the same. I could've seen this being played in more length and maybe changing my mind about her as she spent more time with her diagnosis. We just spent a bit too much time in her thoughts with very little else going on. All that said, I still couldn't put this book down, Alyssa B. Sheinmel has quite a lot of talent and kept me hooked even when I rolled my eyes.

I recommend this book for readers looking for a pretty accurate representation of teen mental illness that isn't glossed over.

Goodreads and I need to have a serious talk about this disappearing review BS. ( )
  CarleneInspired | Jun 14, 2019 |
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"A compelling and beautifully told story."--Kathleen Glasgow, New York Timesbestselling author ofGirl in Pieces Four walls. One window. No way to escape. Hannah knows there's been a mistake. She doesn't need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at that summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figureout that she isn't a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year. Those college applications aren't going to write themselves. Until then, she's determined to win over the staff and earn some privileges so she doesn't lose her mind to boredom. Then Lucy arrives. Lucy has her own baggage, and she's the perfect project to keep Hannah's focus off all she is missing at home. But Lucy may be the one person who can get Hannah to confrontthe secrets she's avoiding--and the dangerous games that landed her in confinement in the first place. Packed with intrigue and suspense, A Danger to Herself and Othersis great for readers who loved Suicide Notes for Beautiful Girlsby Lynn Weingarten and Two Can Keep a Secretby Karen McManus!

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