ARC Review: A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel

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   Published : 05 / 02 / 2019

       by SourceBooks Fire

   Genre : 
    Young Adult Fiction || Contemporary || Mental Health

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Agnes fell out a window. And it isn’t Hannah’s fault. It isn’t her fault that Jonah isn’t the perfect boyfriend, or Lucy can’t be as skinny as she needs to be a dancer. Is it? No one believes that Hannah didn’t push Agnes. Hannah can’t even be sure herself. Locked away in an institution where she doesn’t believe she needed to be, Hannah starts to realize everything she thought were real may not be, and the boy she wanted can’t want her back. Her friend Lucy has just disappeared, after everything Hannah did to help her. But how can someone disappear if they never really existed?
Thank you to the publisher for a free galley in exchange for an honest review 
~ No compensation was given for this review ~ 

I found Danger to Herself and Others a very very interesting read. it was great to see and feel as Hannah did when she met Lucy, the confusion and hope that perhaps they were letting her broaden and ‘heal’. It is no wonder that Alyssa Sheinman is an NYT Bestseller with amazing novels like these.

I did find that this novel was a really good book to read when just trying to wind down. It was easy, fun but not boring. The characters were all extremely well developed and they progressed with ease and grace, but in some areas, I felt that the emotion Hannah was feeling wasn’t expressed as well as it could have been. One minute she had curled her fingers because she was upset and the next she was being sedated. This does concern me as I wonder what treatment to patients is like in horrible circumstances. If the emotion had been further explored or perhaps the plot twists were sprung upon the reader and not built up to, so we didn’t expect it.  

I definitely recommend this book to YA readers who are interested in Mental Health and love a good suspenseful novel. Keep an eye out for this book coming out in 2019, February the 5th! Until then, read some of Alyssa’s other works, such as The Beautiful Inbetween, R.I.P. Eliza Hart and a few others!

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Post published 31 // 01 // 2019

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