Warning: this book & review contain references to suicide.
Student of an X-men-like school, Bo struggles for control of his time powers and accidentally traps his girlfriend in the past with near-impossible odds of getting her back. Or so he believes. In reality, Bo is at an inpatient school diagnosed with delusions, and girlfriend Sofía has committed suicide. Will Bo realize the truth before it’s too late? Or will he fight for Sofía and lose his mind in the process?
This book kept me on my toes with Bo’s illness. I constantly felt myself rooting for him to find the truth and aggravated (in the best of ways) when he was blinded by his illness again. The plot of the book entranced me, and having his sister Phoebe’s chapters thrown in helped me gain a well-rounded view of what it’s like to have a sibling in a mental hospital, from both sides of the equation.
For mental illness rep, this book was phenomenal. It detailed Bo’s delusions and paranoia accurately while maintaining interest, and Phoebe’s reception of this mental illness was accurate as well. I was highly impressed with the whole novel’s treatment of mental illness, and felt at peace with how well it depicted both sides.
I mark this book as a PLEASE READ to everyone, but especially to anyone curious about how delusions and psychosis function and how family reacts to it. All in all, I loved this book and am glad to own it.