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My friends are all strange.Right now I'm living at Brookside, a place for people like me. I've met a kitty girl, a brooding beautiful boy, one who can't be touched, and others. My new friends. Strange people. People like me.I've always been different, but lately, more so. My hands sometimes don't seem to be attached to the rest of me. I cut up all of my clothes. I'm hot, sMy friends are all strange.Right now I'm living at Brookside, a place for people like me. I've met a kitty girl, a brooding beautiful boy, one who can't be touched, and others. My new friends. Strange people. People like me.I've always been different, but lately, more so. My hands sometimes don't seem to be attached to the rest of me. I cut up all of my clothes. I'm hot, so hot, all of the time. If I sleep, a wizard haunts every dream. I don't sleep. Sometimes I want to run, but where do you run to when you're trying to escape your own mind? I don't know if I'll ever be the same. I'm smart. I'm nice, sometimes. I just want to be normal(ish). But, right now, my friends are all strange... Like me.Dark, funny, snarky, seventeen-year-old Becca struggles to cope with mental illness in My Friends Are All Strange, the gripping contemporary young adult companion novel to Normalish....

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My Friends Are All Strange Reviews

  • Michelle
    2018-12-31 15:10

    With its great striking book cover, and theme focused on teen mental health and wellness: "My Friends Are Strange", by California author Margaret Lesh who specializes in writing YA Fiction. This is the follow-up to Lech's well received "Normalish" (2015) that highlight the ordinary lives of two sisters that live in Southern California with their widowed mother and attend an unnamed high school.Becca, a senior in high school is determined to get into her first college choice: UCLA. Studying for the college SAT's hasn't been easy, and when she cuts the arms out of all her clothes while sitting on the floor of her room, her mother and sister are concerned. At school, with her devoted boyfriend Roman nearby, Becca has an emotional break-down in the school cafeteria. As quickly, Becca is admitted to Brookside, a mental health facility and started immediately on a routine of medication and therapy. At Brookside she encounters new set of friends that really look well and appear quite normal until they act and speak.They aren't at all the "worried well" Becca realizes, and is able to mature as she manages her way back towards mental stability.Teen emotional problems and mental disorders are portrayed with a tremendous amount of skill. Lesh illustrates that mental health issues can happen to anyone and help is available. While Becca made an unwise decision while at Brookside that could have led to disastrous consequences for herself and another resident, there is nothing really overdramatic in this believable, realistic, and memorable storyline.

  • Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
    2018-12-21 12:48

    **** 4 Cranky Stars ****I found the first few chapters of the book strange and silly and suspected that the author might have been on some kind of mind altering drug, until I realized that she was describing the leading character's mental breakdown...17 Year old Becca maintains a 4.6 GPA as well as being Chief Editor of her school paper, besides that she still has not fully processed the death of her father two years previously. The pressure becomes too much and she suffers a mental breakdown in the high school cafeteria. She awakens to find herself in Brookside, a psychiatric care facility specifically for teens and young adults with psychiatric issues.This is the story of Becca's journey to wellness and the relationships that she forges with other residents of the facility.Aimed at YA I strongly recommend that this book be read by teachers and parents who place pressure on young people to achieve more and more. This book was an eye opener for me.I award 4 stars to this offering.

  • Lynda Dickson
    2019-01-06 15:02

    Becca is a high school senior who crumples under the pressure of school and the weight of her insomnia. She has always been a little off. As she herself says, "It's just one of those things. You don't know you're different for a while." But her father's death two years earlier and the absence of his reassurance has finally sent her over the edge. After an incident at school, Becca is admitted to Brookside, a psychiatric care facility, where she unexpectedly befriends some of her fellow inmates: Kat, the Hello Kitty-loving perpetual child with a tragic past; the seemingly normal Bobby, who lashes out unexpectedly; and Carrie, the germophobe. While they seem to have no real desire to leave Brookside, Becca looks forward to resuming a normal life at school and with her boyfriend Roman, who remains her staunch supporter throughout. But, just what is "normal"?This book gives us an eye-opening glimpse into the lives of the young inmates of a mental care facility. They don't all have psychiatric disorders, but are people not unlike you are or me, who are under undue stress, have made bad choices, or are the victims of circumstance. It poses the question: "Are our mind's problems sometimes an escape from the terrible, traumatic things that happen to us in real life?"Ultimately hopeful, this book is a good tool for starting a conversation about mental health with the young people in our lives. I received this book in return for an honest review.Full blog post (29 November): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.co...

  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
    2019-01-02 07:55

    I was very impressed with My Friends Are All Strange and think that this novel is far more than just Young Adult fiction. Narrated by seventeen year old Becca, it relates her mental breakdown in a school cafeteria and resultant stay in a Californian mental health facility. Reading this novel from Becca's point of view allowed me understand exactly what she was experiencing, her confusion and fear, and her anger. We get to know Becca well and I liked Lesh's rounded depiction of the other characters too. Kat's situation is particularly poignant. This book doesn't get anywhere near as dark as The Bell Jar, mostly due to the facility having a far more enlightened approach to mental health care! However there are disturbing moments and strongly portrayed characters that I became emotionally attached to as I read.See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits

  • Fajriy
    2019-01-11 07:02

    The hardship of school, plus lack of sleep lead Becca into Brookside, a psychiatric hospital. She learns not only to control herself, but also answers to her questions which guide her into self-discovery.The beginning of the story gave me the feeling of It's Kind of a Funny Story, and then TFIOS. What happens to Becca is something I can relate to. I cried and laughed with her. I fell in love with Roman. I couldn't help but yell at Troy.This is a really interesting coming-of-age story with a little adventure and romance. Just the process every teen experiences, in different ways.I highly recommend this book for YA fans.

  • Ayah
    2019-01-11 14:56

    I received a review copy in exchange with an honest review.The story begins with Becca, a high school student and our MC, taking her clothes off in her school's cafeteria. All of the school stress, sleep deprivation because of her insomnia, and having a wizard that is always talking to her in her head, lead to that mental breakdown. She is directly admitted to a psychiatric facility to begin her recovery journey. She meets and befriends other people, Like Kat who had a tragic past that makes have a short span memory, and Bobby, who might seem to be normal, but tends to have sudden outbursts .How Becca thinks and feels is done in such an exquisite way, that you are able to connect, feel, and kind of understand the weight of "what does it mean to struggle and live with Mental Illness."After being admitted to this facility, Becca begins her road towards self-recovery. I like how Margaret was able to show how this is an extremely bumpy road; how after doing well for so long, a person could be sucked back in. It is a continuous battle to take; how getting up every time you fall is hard, yet very crucial. I, myself , am struggling to work on this book review because I feel so low right now, but I can't give up. I, at least, need to try and yell no to the negativity that is creeping inside my mind.There was also a point were Becca realized that she isn't normal, nor are her friends in this facility. They are all strange people who look okay from the exterior. But being strange isn't a bad thing, it simply means that MUNDANES might not always understand why they are acting like that. Yet still, there are people who truly love them. Love them the way they are, and not who they want them to be.The author also touched on how sometimes being strange could be a burden to the people they love. Low Self-Worth and and feeling like they are selfish, intertwine when it comes to this Matter. However, every relationship is a two-way street. Don't assume that you are not worth fighting for just because this is how you feel. It might surprise you how many people are not just willing, but wanting to fight these battles with you, for you.The only thing that pissed me was how a girl who was abused by her boyfriend was working on an Afghan in one of the scenes. It is as if saying" You know, because Afghanistan is such a barbaric country". I doubt that this was the author's intentions, but wordings these days are everything. Like how many people think terrorism when the hear the word Islam.I am wondering if we are going to get a sequel, or at least companion novel that revolves around certain characters who were with Becca in the Facility.This was an emotional ride for me. I give it 4/5 stars

  • T.H. Hernandez
    2019-01-04 06:48

    This book is quite different from most young adult novels I've read recently. While there is a bit of a romance that plays out, it's not the primary plot nor even a major subplot. Instead, My Friends Are All Strange is about a teen girl dealing with mental illness. When seventeen-year-old Becca has a mental break in the school cafeteria, she's whisked off to Brookside, a juvenile mental health facility. As she struggles to deal with her own sanity, she meets other kids like her, dealing with their own personal hells. At first, Becca resists interacting with the other residents, but before long, she's drawn into their worlds, making friends, and realizing that mental illness isn't a one-size-fits-all disease. She's forced to not only face her own demons, but realize that she can't fix anyone except herself.PlotThe plot centers around Becca's struggle with her sanity. M.C. Lesh did an outstanding job of showing us the inner workings of mental illness. We feel Becca's fear, anxiety, frustration, and even her tenuous grasp on reality at times. The subject matter is handled with both gentle, loving care and a huge dose of reality. Nothing is glossed over or treated in a light-hearted manner.CharactersBecca is exceptionally well developed as is her Brookside friend, Kat. Roman, Becca's boyfriend, is well rounded, too, but the rest of the cast is a bit sketchy. I never got a complete sense of Bobby or any members of Becca's family.World BuildingThis is where the book really shines. The author has created the world of Brookside with nurturing staff and realistic inhabitants that deal with their issues in believable ways.EndingThe ending is a satisfying conclusion, but fell a little flat. This isn't a book that's going to stick with me for months or even weeks after I finish it.What Didn't Work for Me1. Lack of a traditional climax. There's a big build-up to something between Bobby and Becca's sister that doesn't materialize in the manner promised, and there's no real rising conflict or dark moment.Top Things I Enjoyed About My Friends Are All Strange1. Roman. One of the best book boyfriends ever. I love how his devotion to Becca never wavered. He's always there for her.2. Dante. Becca's dreadlocked therapist is the perfect foil, forcing her to view her demons in a different light.3. Mental illness. The author handles this touchy subject with heart and just the right amount of humor.Bottom LineA wonderful story of teenage mental illness and one girl's struggles with her own mind.DisclaimerI was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Stacey at The Bookish Loner
    2018-12-24 07:11

    Originally Posted At:www.thebookishloner.com*I received this book through Xpresso Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review.*My ThoughtsThis was not my first book involving mental illness but it is definitely one of my favorites on the subject. Becca is such a relatable main character that even though we only get a short time with her I was instantly attached. When I say we don’t get much time with Becca I mean we literally don’t get much time with her due to the entirety of My Friends Are All Strange taking place over two short/long months. Although it’s a short time span Becca still takes quite the journey both mentally and emotionally. She has put a lot of pressure on herself and it seems that has caused her to have a mental break, though it seems that she had some warning signs throughout her childhood leading up to this big break. At the end of the book there was an excerpt talking about a companion book titled Normalish which I had not heard of. It left me thinking maybe I should have read it first, though the summary makes it seem like both books take place during the same time, but I’m wondering if I would have gotten more background information if I had read it in reverse order.Overall the story moved incredibly fast, and I was enthralled until the very end. It’s always interesting to read about things that I personally would have no way of experiencing for myself. I enjoyed watching Becca learn how to master her “demons” by finding ways to cope and I seriously plan on picking up Normalish in order to learn more about Becca and her sister Stacey. I also hope Mrs. Lesh plans on expanding on the story to include some of the side characters and what their futures hold.

  • AK Mama Reads
    2019-01-13 07:05

    Wow, what a refreshing and most unique reading experience.  Many books deal with mental illness, but so few really take you into the mind of the person living with it.  I really appreciated the authors use of first person pov in this instance, and the fact that all the chaotic mess was really a great way to show just how difficult your mind can be when it's not working properly or as one might say, normally.  There are some very odd people Becca comes to love, but it all makes the more sense as they start to get to know one another and open up about their experiences.  I haven't read Normalish and yet didn't feel like I was missing anything.  This stands perfectly well on its own.  My Friends Are All Strange takes you down the often crooked path of poor mental health, building back up as the narrator/mc starts to have more and more clarity, until we're given a rather satisfying resolution, even if it is bittersweet.  Real life doesn't have one hundred percent happily ever afters so it's kind of a nice change of pace for a book to reflect this.  I'd absolutely recommend this for my ya fans, and anyone who appreciates a well balanced story dealing with the emotional struggles of adolescents and mental illness to boot.My thanks to the author and tour host for the review opportunity!

  • Dawn Nicole Costiera
    2018-12-20 15:11

    4.25 stars.My Friends Are All Strange by Margaret Lesh is definitely a gripping read that sucks you in. As soon as I read the synopsis I was intrigued... I am so happy I decided to give this book a chance. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. It's a perfect book for a YA lover. It's a bit dark but overall inspirational. I loved the endearing yet strange characters and unique plot. 17 year old Becca is literally losing her mind! Lack of sleep and school pressure has lead her to have a mental breakdown. After having an embarrassing and traumatic breakdown in school, she ultimately ends up in a mental institution. Surrounded by "Strange" teens like herself. I loved all the kids. Each of their stories tugged at my heart. Becca slowly realizes it's ok not be "normal." Her road to recovery is not easy, but it is eye opening. Lesh totally takes us in to the mind of a mentally sick teen and shows us just how easy it is to lose control. Becca's story is so relatable because it could happen to anyone. Margaret Lesh's writing is very descriptive and captivating. I can not wait to read more from her...

  • Joli
    2018-12-27 12:06

    The title MY FRIENDS ARE ALL STRANGE grabbed my attention and I just knew this was a book I needed to read. MY FRIENDS ARE ALL STRANGE captures Becca's experience - one experience and her relationships with the people she meets. Nothing is simply explained - the doctor's aren't quick to diagnose. She can't be categorized and easily understood and this scares Becca more than anything. Her wellness is a process - without a quick fix. One of the most touching things about this MY FRIENDS ARE ALL STRANGE is Becca's realization that the people she meets are worthy of friendship and of love. Their illnesses aren't easily explained and yes it affects their behavior, but that doesn't make them any less deserving of companionship. And she realizes it doesn't make her any less deserving either. I found MY FRIENDS ARE ALL STRANGE to be touching and moving with moments of joy and happiness. When I started reading it, I didn't realize that it was a companion novel to the book Normalish about Becca's younger sister Stacy. I enjoyed this book so much that I'll have to check out Normalish too. A great read!

  • Tina
    2019-01-03 13:09

    Much like the main character, this book is quirky and interesting. I haven't read Normalish but I did enjoy this companion novel fully. Becca is struggling to keep up with the demands of senior year and coping with the loss of her father. Add in some anxiety and a wizard and you end up at Brookside.I didn't know quite what to expect upon reading the first few chapters, but I found myself turning page after page until it was complete. Becca's perspective on her time in an institution is both intriguing and endearing. Her empathy for the other patients and her resolve to move forward with her own life are both a vital part of her story.If you've ever struggled with any kind of mental illness, I would recommend this book. It tackles some hard to discuss topics while remaining lighthearted. Not everyone gets a happy ending, but that's a part of life.

  • Bobbie
    2019-01-14 07:51

    This was a wonderful book. I really loved it! What I liked best about was the quirky yet endearing characters of Becca, Kat, and Bobby. Becca is quite a complex character, yet easy to relate to probably to those who are teens or young adults, but also to those like me who remember what it was like to be finding your way and learning who you are during those years. I highly recommend it to the goodreads reading community. I liked Becca as the protagonist, but I particularly liked Bobby and found him intriguing, wondering what would happen to him in life. I look forward to reading more of M.C. Lesh's books, and plan to start Normalish about Becca's younger sister soon. You should get a copy and read My Friends Are All Strange.

  • Sue Holmes
    2019-01-08 14:03

    A realistic and entertaining account of a young girl coping with a mental illness. An excellent step towards creating awareness and shattering stigmas.

  • iamnotabookworm
    2019-01-11 11:01

    My Friends Are All Strange is another psychological fiction. I have been reading a lot about crazies lately. This is my third book. This talks about a strange girl named Becca. Becca is a senior in high school. Due to lack of sleep and pressure for the SAT and college applications, she had an episode in the school cafeteria. She took of her shirt because she felt too hot. Her mom brought her to Brookside to allow her to sleep and get back her normal sleeping habits. Also to manage her condition which is still to be known.While in Brookside, Becca met new friends who are like her suffering from some disorder. Will Becca be able to overcome whatever is plaguing her mind? Would the doctors be able to diagnose what is really wrong with her brain?I signed up to read the book because the title is very intriguing. I was thinking what kind of strange friends? I thought there was a hint of paranormal or horror but it wasn't. It was all about the strange workings and disorders of the mind. Some may be in the genes, others caused by a tragic or traumatic event and the mind has its own way of coping, strange as it may. I was not so taken by the book. I admit Becca's character is weird but is endearing in some ways. I just expected more. I was a bit deflated when I found out that the strange friends were just people with mental and behavioral issues. I was expecting something else. Probably, some special traits other than the love for Hello Kitty and skills in playing pool. I guess, the book is reminding everyone to not forget our mental health. To always get enough sleep and to try to manage the different stresses of daily life. Whether they are emotional, social, physical and psychological. All these problems, no matter the size could always have an impact to our health -physical and mental. The best takeaway I could get from it all is to always get enough sleep. Sleep could always cure everything. For me, sleep has always been my go-to remedy. If I am unhappy about something, I will try to sleep it off. To at least give my mind and heart some rest. And when I am depressed, I would prefer to sleep the whole day. And if something is really off, consult a doctor. Early diagnosis could mean a lot. Early intervention could spell a better quality of life for that loved one. Above all, an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure. It would also help if you have a very good support system of friends and family who will always be there for you, no matter the state of your affairs. I give the book two and a half stars. Thank you Margaret Lesh for the eARC.Release date: October 18, 2016.Ebook copy from author through Librarything.com.Full review on http://iamnotabookworm.blogspot.com/2...

  • Cheap and Lazy
    2018-12-20 12:59

    Not Your Run-of-the-Mill YA. Sure, there’s plenty of angst, but it’s the deep, gritty pain and fear of losing your mind—and actually losing it. I read about Becca’s breakdown in Lesh’s “Normalish” (which is about her sister, and also a great read). Becca’s story takes center stage here. This author has a way of drawing you into a character’s head—kinda scary in this case, as Becca’s suffering is terribly realistic. Yet it’s not a depressing read. Becca’s wit is sharp and incisive, and if you’ve ever felt like you’re on the outside looking in, you’ll appreciate it as much as I did. And really, this is a book about healing, about accepting one’s weaknesses and treasuring our own uniqueness. Becca’s boyfriend, Roman, deserves a mention as a wonderful romantic interest and all around good guy. I also enjoyed hearing Becca’s side of her sister’s attraction and relationship to one of the patients in Becca’s facility. There are other patients we get to know, one in particular who broke my heart, and I loved Becca for trying to help her. As a fan of Margaret Lesh, I was lucky enough to get an ARC (yes, it pays to be vocal fan :>)), but I liked it so much I bought a copy of the finished product.

  • T.C. Booth
    2019-01-14 08:53

    My Friends are all Strange is written from the point of view of seventeen year old Becca. This story gives the reader a first-hand look inside the mind of someone suffering with mental illness. The readers gain an understanding of how difficult it is for those who struggle with these issues to navigate the stresses of every day life. I immediately felt a connection to Becca and rooted for her throughout the entire story. I liked the voice and personality of her character. Despite the seriousness of the situation, the writer wove in humor through Becca’s unique personality. She is smart and witty with funny internal dialogue.After a breakdown at school, Becca is sent to a facility called Brookside to receive the help she needs. Becca learns the triggers of her struggles and strategies for coping. She also develops friendships with “people like her”.The story was so well written that I felt like I knew Becca and her friends personally. I recommend this story for middle school age on up. Adults of any age would also enjoy it. I give it a strong five stars!

  • Emily Shaw
    2018-12-18 09:52

    Although this was only a 3-star read for me, I did thoroughly enjoy this book. Becca ends up a mental hospital after stress and hallucinations begin to get to her. There, she meets some strange new friends will trying to get better. The plot to this book was good, but the characters felt very lacking to me. Becca was very flat and boring, and then other characters just lacked development, like Bobby and Roman. I would've appreciated more back story and details. Doing multiple perspectives might have even been beneficial to this story too. I also felt as if the ending was rushed, and that there could've been more plot development. It was an enjoyable book, I just believe it could've been written better.Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book to read and review!

  • Sara
    2018-12-19 08:54

    5/5 Stars!!Every once in awhile, I find a book that just knocks my socks off. My Friends Are All Strange did just that.Let me quickly summarize. Becca is struggling with a serious mental illness that lands her in a mental health facility after a stunning meltdown in her school cafeteria.I come from a healthcare background and have some experience in the care of people with mental illness and I have to say, this book was a shockingly accurate portrayal of mental disease. Becca is a complex character who will tug at your heart. I felt for her and what she was going through. I appreciate the care that Lesh took in writing Becca and her illness. This is a definite must read and one of my top reads of 2016!

  • Bobbie
    2019-01-10 08:48

    I really liked this book. The characters are full of life and quite believable. I especially like Becca the main character, but I also found that I drawn to her "strange" meaning in a different in the most positive way. Whether you are a young person or even if you're not, I'm sure you can relate to Becca's feelings of never quite fitting in. I know I can. Check it out, I highly recommend it.

  • Edmund Davis-Quinn
    2018-12-20 09:03

    Good read. I very much wonder if she knows someone that has been hospitalized. It seems like an awfully long stay to me. The wizard in her head is very odd too. Extremely readable though.

  • Tonja Drecker
    2019-01-01 08:03

    YA contemporary, especially such which deals with more serious topics, usually isn't my first choice. But there was something about the blurb which made me want to take a chance on this one. I'm glad I did.Becca is a high school girl with tons of potential, but something flicks the switch. Before she knows what's happening, her life has spun out of control, and she finds herself living with a group of kids who no longer fit into any normal social drawer. Now, she needs to figure out if she's stuck in this predicament as well or can manage to return to 'normality'.The first chapters greet with Becca's nose dive into insanity. The world and her actions rattle past in a mumbled-jumbled spin, held together by a strange voice named Troy, the Wizard. The author does a great job of bringing across Becca's predicament through Becca's eyes with all the confusion the girl experiences and without ever spelling out exactly what is going on. It's a bit confusing and shattered, but as reality finally draws in a few chapters later, the pieces fall beautifully into place. Becca, although out of sorts, comes across pure hearted, honest and raw. As the reasons behind her situation unfold (even to her), everything begins to make sense. Her 'strange' friends offer wonderful companionship and contrast, adding to the richness of the story without every heading off in skew directions. It's the simplicity and, at the same time, subtle complexity of the plot which makes this a grabbing read. The truth sinks its teeth in and hits deeper issues without ever really hitting them at all. It's something teenagers will easily sympathize with and are sure to see tiny bits of themselves reflected in not only Becca but the other characters as well. Despite the 'depth', the story flows easily, making it a quick read, which feels lighter than it is. If book two is anything like this one, it's sure to be a great read.

  • Aurora (Whoo Gives A Hoot)
    2018-12-25 10:10

    *Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot*I generously received an ARC from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review...My Friends Are All Strange by Margaret Lesh was certainly different from any of the other young adult books on the market today. This book is about Becca, a high school senior who’s life is suddenly spinning out of control. Mental health is something that receives very little recognition. I think that this author does an extraordinary job writing this book and you can clearly tell that she’s put a lot of time and effort in making sure that she was properly repressing the mental health community.I read this book in one sitting and I have to say I can’t wait to share this book with my younger sister who has suffered with mental health since the age of 13. Growing up I watched both my father and sister struggling to come to grips with their mental health. My father was 24 years old when he was diagnosed with Bipolar/Manic Depressive Disorder and my sister was 17 when she was diagnosed with BPD. This book was a very real and heart aching read. I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to check out what else Margaret Lesh has released!I strongly recommend this book for anyone that has experienced any problems with their mental health in the past or currently. However, I do advise reading with caution and would probably encourage Young Adult readers maybe age 15 and up.

  • Irene
    2019-01-07 06:53

    I felt it a little soft, if that makes sense. If I'm honest, I had high expectations with this book. All the reviews are positive and the blurb was interesting. But, the secondary characters (Kat, Bobby and Roman) were more intriguing than Becca, I wanted to know more about them, about their lives.I understood Becca. And I loved the style: how the beginning is a great confusion that perfectly reflects Becca's fragile mental state and how she tries to get better in Brookside. The chapters are short and easy to read. But this isn't the first book I read about mental illness and psychiatric ward/hospital. So, even when it is an enjoyable book, it's a little simple with the explanation of Becca's trouble.*Note: I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Melanie Thompson
    2019-01-06 10:14

    Becca is a high-achieving, goal-oriented, focused high school senior. She seems to have it all going on. Until, that is, she cracks up. In the middle of the school cafeteria. During lunch. She is taken to a residential care facility to recover. While there she makes friends with a girl who can't form short-term memories, a boy with anger issues, and other teens with a variety of problems. Becca must learn to control her thoughts and adjust to her mental illness while navigating her relationship with her boyfriend from inside a mental institution. The story is well-written and the characters interesting. I felt that often the story skates right up to the edge of danger without really crossing the line. It's a very safe story. If you are looking for an introspective YA coming of age read that is clean and safe, consider reading this one.

  • Laini
    2018-12-28 11:09

    Having read the precursor to this volume, I can definitely say I liked "All My Friends Are Strange" better than "Normalish."If you ever want to know what's going on in the head of someone suffering through a mental breakdown, here ya go. It's a rollercoaster of a ride, with richly imagined, realistic characters and some serious food for thought about intelligent kids who may be saddled with too much (Honors classes, family drama, significant other). I'm not a big YA reader, but I do love Margaret Lesh's books. She knows how to tell an involving story.

  • A. Musquiz
    2018-12-23 13:58

    Review coming soon