Mental by Justice Serai #Review

Mental by Justice Serai 
Publication date: April 7th 2015 
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Hope is an illusion meant to convince the broken to keep on living. That’s me. Broken.

My father pays heaps of money for doctors at the Norfolk Psychiatric Center to fix me. I’ve spent six months of my prime teenage years at this residential facility – a place for teenagers who’ve gone mental.

That’s me. Mental.

Just when I begin to feel myself fade away, a boy with a wolfish smile and mischievous eyes reels me in. Julian is broken too, but he believes in me enough for the both of us. Through him, I begin to experience this thing called hope. Doctors can’t fix me, my parents can’t either, but maybe it’s not me who needs fixing.

After all, mental is only a state of mind. It all depends on who’s doing the thinking.

I love this book! For anyone who doesn’t understand mental illness, please grab a copy of this and read it. It shows that any kind of mental illness is not something to be taken lightly and that someone can just “snap out of”. This book is specifically about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and paranoia. There is a lot of negativity towards these illnesses mainly because most people do not understand them. 

I love that Mental is told from the point of view of a 16 year old girl who suffers from all three illnesses. I think it gives more understanding about the struggles that people face when dealing with these. I also love that there is a love story involved. Julian is such a great character for giving Lucy the hope she needs to believe that things can get better. 

I highly recommend this book! 

Rating: 5 stars 
  • Haven't heard of this one before but I'll make sure to add it to my goodreadsTBR. I haven#t encountered a single YA novel that portrays mental illness realistically so far.

  • You should definitely read Mental then! Thanks for stopping by!

  • You should definitely read Mental then! Thanks for stopping by!