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Schizoaffective disorder: a mental illness in which a person experiences a combination of mood disorder and schizophrenia symptoms.I know about this illness—very well—because I suffer from it. It’s been four years since my diagnosis, and ever since, I’ve been living in a dark hole. Voices constantly invading my thoughts. Hallucinations. All of which force me to question if what I’m experiencing is even reality. But here I am, still hanging on, still breathing and living through it. That is, until he stumbled into my life. Logan Reed. I don’t want any part of him. I’ve pushed him away, but he isn’t easily deterred. I’ve told him I’m different, but he doesn’t care. He’s trying to slowly break me down. I’m trying just as hard not to let him. He doesn’t know how truly damaged I am; what will happen when he does? I know the truth—he’ll never be able to look at me the same way again. Just like everybody else. MY REVIEW:
Have you ever read a book that you could not find the words to describe how deeply it touched you? That you were afraid to write a review for because you knew there was no way you could do it justice? This is that book for me. So here is my wholehearted yet inadequate attempt...
Jenna is a beautiful, funny yet scared and withdrawn girl. She recently lost her sister, she is nothing but a painful reminder to her mother and is all but invisible to her father who busies himself with work as a form of avoidance. Jenna is sick and lonely. The only person she can rely on at all is her friend Charlie (oh how I LOVED Charlie).
Enter Logan. Oh Logan is a hottie. He works for his uncle whose company is contracted to build the guesthouse on Jenna's family's property. He's kind of a womanizer and he oozes charm. One less than graceful meeting, a water rescue and deceptive kiss later and they are thrust into each others world. Jenna tried to stay away but what could it hurt to partake of some summer fun and flirting? She could use the distraction and normalcy. So with a little push from Charlie, Jenna starts to open up and she and Logan form a friendship. They are able to relate to each other and share because of the tragic circumstances they have both lived through. Just friends. All they can ever be is friends. Until it's more. Can Jenna trust Logan enough to tell him all her secrets? Can he get past his own fear and prejudice? Can you love someone enough to make the hard decisions? Could you break their heart to help them heal?
Truth is we have all been touched by mental illness is some way. Ourselves or someone we know and/or love has suffered from depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, Alzheimer or worse. It is hard to sit by and watch them be tormented by something that is very very real to them even if we can't see, hear or feel it. It's frustrating for both them and the people who love them. I think Ms. Montes does an excellent job of showing us what it's like from the inside out. Jenna and Logan's is a beautiful, heart wrenching, enlightening and perfectly damaged romance.
I highly recommend this book. I dare say it is one of my top picks for 2014.
"Don't push away the ones who care because in the end, there might be no one left, and you'll have exactly what you always wanted - to be alone. Sometimes the best thing you can do is just let go. If you don't, you'll never experience what you could've had. Instead you'll wonder what if."