Wednesday, 30 November 2016
My Friends Are All Strange by M C Lesh + Giveaway
My Friends Are All Strange by M C Lesh
First published in America by Story Rhyme in October 2016.
Buy the ebook from Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk
How I got this book:
Received a review copy via Xpresso Book Tours
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
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.
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Books by M C Lesh / Young adult fiction / Books from America
And now for the Giveaway!
This week's Giveaway prize is an ebook copy of My Friends Are All Strange by M C Lesh. The ebook is available in the winner's choice of epub or mobi format. Each blog on the Xpresso Books Tour has been awarded a copy to give away so check out all the tour stops to increase your chances of winning!
The Giveaway is open worldwide and previous Literary Flits giveaway winners are welcome to enter. Entries must be submitted through the Gleam widget below by midnight (UK time) on the 7th December and I will randomly pick a winner on the 8th. If the winner does not respond to my email within 7 days, they will forfeit the prize and, yes, I will be checking that entrants did complete whatever task they said they did.
If you'd like the chance to win My Friends Are All Strange by M C Lesh, here's the giveaway widget:
My Friends Are All Strange ebook giveaway