(Seriously, if you need the loo or whatever, go now and come back, because once I've started I'm not stopping.)
The truth is that everyone's problems affect them differently, and that sometimes conditions combine to have a joint effect on someone's life.
There's just a lot of heart to this book, y'know? And that's great.
- mental health problems
- low self-esteem
- implied OCD
- selective mutism
- anonymous threats
- animal cruelty/violence to animals
- attempted suicide
- physical abuse from a parent
- implied domestic abuse
As it is? I don't think she understands enough to be writing these things in. #SorryNotSorry.
This is disappointing, because there is good mental health rep here, but there's also poor mental health rep:
- Megan's implied OCD is never addressed - we don't know if this is something she had prior to the traumatic event or not, and it just peters out as the story goes on.
- [Luke's] mental health problems are both skirted over, and scapegoated. Everything's fine because we shoved [him] in a psych ward! The other crazy person did it! Not the 'good' crazy person. *Sighs*
- Her psychologist acts like a douche. I don't mean just pushes her to explore her problems. I mean he intentionally upsets her. And somehow acting that out of line is ok, and he's some kind of saint in comparison to her 'out of order' response. The message this sends is... troubling.
- Love cures mental health problems. Ugh. So sick of this. Love is not all you need guys, sorry.
- Selective mutism is rarely a result of traumatic events*, and certainly the way in which Megan's mutism descends at the event, fully formed, and stays more-or-less stable until Jasmine shows up...? I have a limited knowledge of mutism, but this seems reductive and unrealistic to me. Please correct me if I'm mistaken; like I said, my knowledge of this is limited.
- Sometimes the impression is given that Megan could speak if she wasn't trying to hide what actually happened. This isn't clear-cut, but is definitely something to keep an eye on. 👀
*where it is the result of traumatic events, it's usually a symptom of PTSD. PTSD is never mentioned in the book, and if this was the author's intent, then I don't feel it was put over clearly enough.
Look, part of me was just really connected to a queer girl with mental health problems... please don't judge me for that.
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