Friday, July 22, 2011

Finding Alice by Melody Carlson

Finding Alice by Melody Carlson is one of those books that will always remain on my bookshelf. She is one of my favorite authors and am always looking forward to reading more from her. This book is what I call an 'issue book' as in it deals with a certain difficult subject, in this case the issue is paranoid schizophrenia.

The main character in this book is Alice Laxton tells her story through a first person narrative. Alice is a senior in college when she begins her slippery slope into paranoid schizophrenia when she finds herself more stressed than she has ever been. She compares her slide to Alice in Wonderland which provides a great comparison. As the reader, I learn of struggles through various therapies and views that are placed on her. In the end, Will Alice grab hold of reality?

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in mental illness, or enjoys a great read. This is a fast paced book, that you will not want to put down.

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