A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
by Eric Lindstrom
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars
In the vein of It’s Kind of a Funny Story and All the Bright Places, comes a captivating, immersive exploration of life with mental illness.
For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.
As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst–that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?
In A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, Eric Lindstrom, author of the critically acclaimed Not If I See You First, examines the fear that keeps us from exposing our true selves, and the courage it takes to be loved for who we really are.
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of A Tragic Kind of Wonderful for an honest review.
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful is a moving story filled with tragedy that is then healed by love. The book is about a young teen who has to cope with her bipolar disorder. It is from the POV of Mel Hannigan. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful holds great lessons about relationships between friends and how important these relationships are.
Mel deals with bipolar disorder. She has lost close friends because of this and has many broken relationships. Because of this, Mel tries to keep her disorder to herself and keep distance from people trying to get close to her. She is afraid of getting close to people and being pushed away.
How will Mel cope with her relationships? Will her disorder keep her from progressing her relationship with David?
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful was a fast pace read that I finished in one sitting. I would recommend this book if you like 13 Reasons Why, All the Bright Places, or If I Stay. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
In addition to writing Young Adult novels, Eric Lindstrom has worked in the interactive entertainment industry for years as a creative director, game designer, writer, and usually combinations of all three. As Editor and Co-Writer for Tomb Raider: Legend he received a 2006 BAFTA nomination for Best Video Game Screenplay, and then as the Creative Director for Tomb Raider: Underworld he received a 2009 BAFTA nomination for Best Action Adventure Video Game and a 2009 WGA nomination for Best Writing in a Video Game.
He has also raised children, which led to becoming first a school volunteer, then a substitute teacher, then a part time kindergarten teacher, then getting a credential to teach elementary school, and most importantly the discovery that YA literature is awesome. It’s pretty much all he ever reads, and now writes, in his house near the beach on the west coast, with his wife and, yes, cats.