Wednesday, July 25, 2018

#tbt: Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern

Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern. 208 p. Feiwel and Friends, October, 2007. 9780312367954. (Own)

This epistolary novel consists of the thoughts of sixteen-year-old Anna Bloom, who has been involuntarily committed to a mental hospital. She is having panic attacks that prevent her from going to school and, well, generally functioning. While there, she falls into a routine of dysfunctional but oddly funny group therapy sessions. She also develops friendships and a experiences a crush before being released to her parents care. Will she be alright out in the real world?

This short novel is a quick and compelling read. Anna is snarky, bright and often quite funny. Get Well Soon was the author's debut. She wrote a sequel, Have a Nice Day, in 2012.

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