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Banana Kiss

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A ferociously sharp comic romance about a love affair between a schizophrenic and a manic depressive who meet in a psychiatric institution.
Paperback, 236 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Porcupine's Quill
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Derek. Derek. Bo-berrick. Banana-fana-fo Ferek. Mi-my-mo Merrick. Derek.

Having been introduced to the facile writing of Bonnie Rozanski in reading her second novel, the very successful study of autism and other variations of normal called BORDERLINE, picking up BANANA KISS to invest time and thought in Rozanski's meticulous, sensitive ability to explore yet another aspect of the atypical aspect of life at large was at once daunting and exhilarating. Finishing this 'first novel' this reader is le
Great concept with a not-so-great execution.

Rozanski starts right in the drama, leaving you to figure out Robin's story through a series of present and past recollections. At first, this works. I was confused and wanted to know more because Robin is such a unique character. Not only does she hear voices, but she thinks she's God.

But the story spirals downward at an alarming pace. The pairing of Robin and Derek is so spontaneous, so random, that I never expected it to carry through the rest of t
I received this book for review and was really excited because it's nothing like what I read. The name kinda through me off, but it did make me smile when I learned it's significance.The story is about a girl that has schizophrenia and the author did an incredible job of making me feel like I was right inside Robin's head too. It was interesting to experience it through her eyes and see her interpretation of people and life. On most days she believed she was God and that she made things exists b ...more
There are voices in her head, voices no one else can hear. They tell her not to believe Whitecoat, not to believe anyone but them. They tell her she is God and they are right. She is God. She created the world, by observing the world she allows it to exist, and yet people do as they please without her commanding them. But this too is her doing for she created free will.

Whitecoat tells her that the voices in head are not real, that they do not exist. But if they do not exist, if they are not real
In “Banana Kiss,” Bonnie Rozanski has created an indelible and tragic hero, a protagonist as deeply flawed and fully human as any you’ll come across.

Robin Farber, to use a term that would certainly get one kicked out of the pc club, is crazy. The circumstances by which she became that way appear to us gradually; we have inklings throughout, but only as Robin herself both confronts and simultaneously denies and recoils from these emerging truths, do we discover the full nature of her condition.

This book was strange and yet good. Are we all a bit crazy? I kept thinking, what am I reading? Then it slowly started to come together for me. Was Robin really crazy or was she gifted and nobody knew how to cultivate her gift? Or maybe I'm crazy? I had a lot of thoughts going on while reading this book. The telepathic communication was interesting...I don't know...a fragmented mind is a painful thing.
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Bonnie is an author and prize-winning playwright currently living in New Jersey. Born in Queens, New York, she has lived in Hong Kong, Canada, and all over the US. With degrees in Psychology and Artificial Intelligence, always fascinated by the human mind, Bonnie writes on matters touching on consciousness and the human condition.

BANANA KISS, Bonnie's debut novel, told from the point of view of a
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