For 16-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 conceal her diagnosis by keeping everyone at arm's length. But 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.
Mel Hannigan doesn't have it easy. Mourning the death of her firework of a brother, trying to fit back into a school she's been conspicuously absent from and struggling to deal with the loss of three friendships that used to mean everything. Struggling to deal with a condition that not even her closest friends know about. So Mel tries to lock away her heart, to numb the highs and lows, to live quietly without hope - but also without pain.
"I’m getting married. He’s perfect! It’s a disaster." Meet Lily Wilder - the luckiest woman in the world. She has a dream job, friends who adore her and a total catch of a fiancé. Lily is also completely incapable of being faithful to just one man. Will loves Lily, but does he really know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.
August 1881: Mabel Todd arrives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband, David. Mabel soon fall passionately in love with Austin Dickinson, a married man with three children, and he with her. October 2013: Alice Dickinson takes time off work to research a screenplay on a story that has fascinated her since her college days, when her love of Emily Dickinson's poems began. The story is the illicit love affair between Austin Dickinson and Mabel Todd.