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Hannah knows there's been a mistake. She doesn't need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at that summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctor and judge figure out that she isn't a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year - those college applications aren't going to write themselves. But until then, she's determined to win over the staff and earn some privileges so that she doesn't lose her mind to boredom. 

Then Lucy arrives. Lucy has her own baggage, and she's the perfect project to keep Hannah's focus off all she is missing at home. But Lucy may be the one person who can get Hannah to confront the secrets she's avoiding - and the dangerous games that landed her in confinement in the first place.

©2019 Alyssa Sheinmel (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Total disappointment

So here's the deal... I rarely ever write reviews after listening to books on Audible. I've always been one to let people decide for themselves based on their individual tastes and interests. However, after finishing this book, I felt compelled to issue a warning. The first two-thirds of this book is fantastic. The story flows well and the depiction of mental illness is pretty spot-on. It's a bit of a head trip figuring out what's going on. However, the last third of this book is a total snooze fest and falls completely flat. While you're waiting for something dramatic or a twist to happen, all you get is a long several hours of repeat storyline, annoying prose, and the same old tired rants of the main character. Literally nothing happens! The book ends without even the slightest of mystery or surprise. It just ends... Honestly, the last few hours of the book ends as if it's an autobiography of somebody in the throes of mental illness instead of what's supposed to be a fictional suspenseful thriller. Huge disappointment!!

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OUTSTANDING story & Narration

The narrator did an awesome job and the story was great. I couldn't stop listening.

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Outstanding

When I started this book, I was looking for something to take up some time. Something that I could listen too as I did my normal tasks. But it totally swept me away from the very beginning. This book makes your heart grab onto a character with many faults. With faults, just like the rest of us. It told a story of mental illness, and the fear that rides along with it. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a deeper understanding to people that are dealing with mental illness, to realize that they are just like everyone else, but with added problems they can’t control. An overall outstanding book.

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Don’t invest/did appointment

This story was good until about half way through when literally NOTHING happened all the way to the ending.

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This book was fantastic! A definite MUST read/listen!! It brings mental health/illness into a light from the view of someone who is suffering & battling mental illness. It takes you along a path from diagnosis to treatment. It touches on the feeling's of the one whom is diagnosed, as well as her parents who, are less then happy to learn this is a life-long struggle. However, I love how it gives the reader insight into a disease that for a very many years, and even today, is one that carries a heavy stigma. This book was written so well, that you can picture the book, as if it were a movie, in your minds eye. It also, is such an honest account of the internal struggle with the person who finds out they have a serious mental health disorder. To the struggle their family may go through to learn to accept that it is a life-long battle. However with proper medication & treatment someone can, absolutely live a "normal" productive life. This book was amazingly well written, the type of book that can start the "conversation" that so desperately needs to be, not only started, but continued.
I love how the author did absolutely amazing showing how "Hannah" was affected learning of her diagnosis & trying to understand "what is reality & what is not". And how, her illness is cunning into making her think, she is fine. And her medication "is no longer needed". As alot of mental illnesse disorder's do.
I will absolutely be listening to this book again! As well as referring it to other's. Definitely, a great way to a conversation!
And that is HUGE!

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Best book

And every day was really good, I love the book so far, it's the best book I've read

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More than YA

A sympathetic look at mental illness. Although it's labeled as YA, even an adult reader ( like me) would find this compelling. I appreciated that the author didn't gloss over the consequences of Hannah's actions, and didn't write a HEA. Very good narrator.

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Surprised by this book

I enjoyed this book. I was honestly a little annoyed by the main character and her point of view but soon understood why she spoke like she did. well written well thought out

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a book that lures you in

the best book i have heard and read in the year of 2019. well done

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Inaccurate representation

Hospitalized against her will, Hannah struggles to figure out why her doctor thinks she’s “a danger to herself and others.” Hannah’s roommate lies comatose in another hospital following an accident that led to both teens’ hospitalizations. Hannah needs to tell the judge keeping her is a mistake, but she’s not allowed phone privileges, even to call her parents. When the truth of that night comes to light, Hannah’s life will never be the same.

Alyssa Sheinmel crafted an intriguing story about psychosis and mental illness, which unfortunately doesn’t come close to resembling how psychosis actually works. Sheinmel’s research seems to have been primarily reading, but diagnoses look different on people than they do in books and articles. Having studied schizophrenia, I thought I understood the diagnosis. It wasn’t until I did an internship at a state hospital and witnessed the different ways patients manifested the illness did I truly get it. Auditory, visual and tactile hallucinations are products of a disorganized mind with misfiring synopses. Patients don’t create new people with fully fleshed out personalities who are constant companions. The voices and visions are usually people in their lives of historical figures. Sometimes patients think they are someone else. We had a few Jesuses and the Dali Lama among others. Sufferers hear voices in their head or ears. Many books and movies go with hallucinations as an actual “normal” person until the big reveal. Sheinmel did do a good job equating physical and mental illness. I wish she had interviewed practitioners and patients with psychotic diagnoses to get a better handle on the disorder. Reading as a sole means of research gives a one dimensional understanding of conditions.

DANGER TO HERSELF AND OTHERS is a slow read, more character study than plot. I did like Hannah’s acerbic wit and voice in her narration. Sheinmel’s word building was clever and enjoyable. The story ended with a whimper rather than a bang.

Because of the positive representation of mental health, I do recommend DANGER TO HERSELF AND OTHERS with the caveat of the unrealistic representation of psychosis.

ETA: the audiobook elevates story.