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Publisher's Summary

The fascinating, shocking, and ultimately quite hopeful story of one teen's downward spiral into mental illness by the best-selling author of Tweak.

Miles is the ultimate unreliable narrator - a teen recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown who believes he is getting better - when in reality he is growing worse.

Driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother, Teddy, and wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing, Miles is forever chasing shadows. As Miles feels his world closing around him, he struggles to keep it open, but what you think you know about his world is actually a blur of gray, and the sharp focus of reality proves startling.

Written by the New York Times best-selling author of Tweak, Schizo is the fascinating, and ultimately quite hopeful, story of one teen's downward spiral into mental illness as he chases the clues to a missing brother. Perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and It's Kind of a Funny Story.

©2014 Nic Sheff (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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More please Nic Sheff!!!!

This novel is a true story for so many people, my heart is full of emotion by how far we have come with mental illness. I have been through and around it my whole life. This is a bittersweet story that will make you cry tears of sorrow and joy! I just finished "Tweak" before this which is the memoir of Nic Sheff, as soon as I finished that I rushed to get this. There is one more audio book that I have found but I definitely want more by this smart and sensitive author!!! The narration is just wonderful and even though I am 56, it seems like yesterday that I have been through such sadness. I just want to tell all young people that if you just hang in there, get help and put aside such unnecessary shame...I promise you will be happy. The road is long, but so worth it, it is so amazing to WANT to be alive!!!!

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I had hopes

I hoped this book was going to be good, I read the reviews and thought, well, this is either going to suck or be great, and I had an idea of what the ending might be even before I started the book, and though it was predictable it was really enjoyable.
The way it’s written helps the story, because it halos you focus on what the character is focusing on bringing with it a real sense of how he sees the world.

Lastly and delving a bit into spoiler territory, it ends in a hopeful note, which as someone who deals with mental illness in his family is a good thing to see, or hear.

In any case I would really recomend this book for anyone, but specially for people dealing with any mental illness, either themselves or as family or friends.

(Sorry for the messy review, it’s my first time writing one)

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Good story

Michael Crouch did an excellent job as usual! The story was good, not great. The "twist" I had figured out around page 53, so not much of a twist for me. But all in all it was an o.k. read/listen. I'm not sure if I'd try another book by this author, but I LOVE Michael Crouch's narration! I actually bought this because he was the narrator.

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awesome

great story and immediately drawn into the characters and their lives, a great read for all

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Well-researched, Predictable, Solid Narration

The plot was interesting enough, albeit predictable. I felt that the author tried too hard to make the book relatable by dropping random curse words. as a person who curses a lot, you're doing it wrong..

On the plus side, Sheff did his homework on Schizophrenia (at least from what little I have read in the subject). He kept the internal struggle somewhat grounded rather than making Miles seem completely out there, like many people assume schizophrenics are. Even the triggers Miles experiences are true to the disease.

The narration was well-done. the voice is exactly how I expected the protagonist to sound. Good choice there!

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A good read

I really wish this book was longer! Other than that it's a interesting depiction of a disease that it's talked about very much.

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Predictable, but interesting

This is an interesting take on schizophrenia. The plot itself was predictable, but the narrator is good and fits the character. I enjoyed listening to it, though some may find the YA nature under stimulating. I wouldn't say this novel is profound, but I think the author writes a believable character that the reader or listener can relate to.