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A Danger to Herself and Others

Narrated by: Devon Sorvari
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
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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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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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Hopeful

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<br />

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

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I can relate in some ways

this is a great book. you get to see into the mind of a teenage girl who is struggling from differentiating what's real from imaginative. just listening to this book makes me wonder if having her imaginary friends is better the returning to reality.

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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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Page 338 (EXTREME SPOILER ALERT)

I like to skip ahead and reading the last sentence on Page 338 (the story ends on Page 336) brought it all home.

Truth - loads of triggers for the claustrophobic so stressful due to the subject matter (granted, I'm a flight person in the fight or flight definition) and still waited for Hannah to do a Shawshank or MacGyver or Natty Gann and find a way out of her court-ordered captivity. She is very bright for a high school senior and no doubt instead of measuring the floor for the 1,000th time (8 steps by 7 steps) she could figure out a way to leave, and does - or did she. Escaping would make the story an adventure and more readable, but that's just me.

Then there are her wealthy parents - rude, arrogant and spoiled - and make it clear their daughter's illness is interfering with their jet-set lifestyle. I hated them (good writing is to blame - lol).

It's plain Hannah hates them for raising an only child in 5-star hotels, and perhaps the reason for her crisis that my guess could be resolved without the pills but with intense therapy, but I'm not a psychiatrist.

Then there's the last sentence on Page 338 - sneaky of the author to leave it for the few who would skip ahead...