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When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding out on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life. Since childhood, she has heard from him only rarely, just enough to know he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness. But lately, there has been no word at all.

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Washington Square Press (first published February 1st 2012)
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Ann
As children we search for absolutes, black or white, but no gray. But most of our lives are spent in the gray area, and we soon learn to search out our own truths with compassion and tolerance. “Outside The Lines” is one of the most compassionate, honest books I’ve read in a long time.

Amy Hatvany takes on the huge subject of mental illness in her second novel. The story of a father and daughter, David and Eden, is told by alternating between their two points of view. The novel begins with Eden...more
Dee
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I rarely write a review for a book as soon as I finish it because I want to let my thoughts sit and mold in my mind for a few days. So i’m actually not sure why I am writing this review right now – but it just feels like I need to write about it. Maybe it is just me, but there seem to be so few fiction books that deal with mental illness as a topic, that when I find one I want to savor it. Which I did with Outside the Lines. Normally a book of its length would take...more
Amy
If you had a parent that was constantly unreliable and then one day disappears altogether, would you spend your precious time searching for him? This is exactly what Eden does, and ends up encountering on the way much more than she ever expected to.

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When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding out on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life. Since childhood, she has heard from him only rarely, jus...more
Denise
Like my sister, Deanne, I wish I could rate books in half rather than whole stars. This book was an okay plus. I liked it fine. On the "okay" side, it definitely had characteristics of simplistic chick lit with the all "too good to be true" romance between Eden, the damsel in distress, and Jack, her knight in shining armor. All of their banter made me want to say, "oh, please", or as my sister, Donna, used to say, "Spare me". I kept waiting for Jack's dark side to come through. If it had, the no...more
Diane S.
Another emotionally wrought novel by Hatvany. Ten year old Eden watches her father give in to his mental illness, not willing to take the medications that make him feel drained and artistically incapable, he does the only think he thinks he can do to quiet the monsters. At the age of thirty, she tries to find the father she loved and thought abandoned her. Told in alternate voices, Eden's and her dad's, we trace this journey, also hearing in his own words how his illness made him unable to live...more
Vanessa Montês
E estes sentimentos, de filha e pai, foram tão bem explorados, que haviam partes que apenas apertavam o meu coração e ficava mesmo sem palavras para o que estava a ler. Nesta viagem, pela descoberta do seu pai, Eden descobre-o não só a ele, mas a si mesma, ao amor da sua vida e sobre o que quer para o seu futuro. Foi um livro super enternecedor e até mesmo profundo.

Adorei-o, foi um dos livros que mais prazer me deu em ler nos últimos tempos e sem dúvida alguma que o recomendo a todos, sem qualqu...more
T. Greenwood
Amy is a friend of mine, and I have been reading her novels for years now. She consistently delivers flawed but lovable protagonists who struggle with credible and meaningful issues, and her latest, Outside the Lines, is no exception. This novel tells the story of Eden West, a young woman whose artist father is waging a losing battle with mental illness and substance abuse. When she is ten years old, her father's failed suicide attempt ends in her parents' divorce and his departure from her life...more
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There is a hole in Eden West’s heart, an empty spot aching to be filled with the love of her father. Growing up Eden had loved and adored her father, David. She had been the apple of David’s eye…his reason-- his hope in his dark world of depression and bipolar. Twenty years have gone by since that fateful day when David left her, abandoned her…without as much as a word. After her mother battles breast cancer, Eden realizes she needs to find him. She begins...more
Elif Yılmaz
Nasıl ağladım ya. Kıza da yazık babaya da. David için kesin bir şey söylenemese de bunalımda olduğu çok açık. Bence en başta yapılan hata onu anlamaya çalışmaktansa onun üzerine gitmek olmuş. Lydia onu severek kurtarmaya çalıştığını söylüyor ama bana hemen sevmekten vazgeçmiş gibi geldi. Ayrıca onu ilaçla tedavi edecek bir doktor bulmak yerine ilk baştan konuşarak tedavi edecek birini bulabilirlermiş. Psikologla Psikiyatrist arasında ki fark bu işte. Her neyse ben David i hem sevdim hem de ona ç...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
With it's intimate portrait of mental illness, Outside The Lines is a compelling and thought provoking novel. Eden was just ten when she last saw her father. Her childhood was marred by his strange behaviour as he battled an undiagnosed mental illness, refusing the medication that stabilised his mood but silenced his creative muse. Now in her thirties, triggered by her mothers bout with cancer, Eden is searching for her father, desperate to reconnect and determined to save him.

Told in chapters t...more
Laurel-Rain
Throughout Eden West's childhood, she fiercely loved her father David, with whom she had a special bond. He taught her to cook, the two of them planted a garden together that they dubbed The Garden of Eden, his paintings often featured Eden, and the special moments between them were like treasures. Especially since, for all of their years together, David also struggled with mental illness: an excruciatingly debilitating mood disorder that defined his interior world through voices, confusing thou...more
Allie Smith
4.5 stars. This was a really good story. Heartbreaking, but satisfying. Oh, the father daughter relationship….so important and so complicated. The author addresses the possibility that a woman’s relationship with her father, lays the foundation for all future relationships with the opposite sex. Sounds plausible. But if the relationship was messed up – look out.
Eden adored her father, and her father, David, adored her. David, however, suffered from bi-polar disorder. As a little girl, Eden did e...more
Jodie
Apr 28, 2012 Jodie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A touching story about the lost relationship between a father and daughter that is nicely told between shifting narratives and time frames.

When Eden is 10 her father, David, tries to commit suicide and she finds him -- what could be worse on her already delicate psyche? The narrative of David was by far my favourite. His overwhelming sense of worthlessness was brilliantly brought to life through Ms Hatvany's words. His longing to just be; his own complete and utter loss as to why he can't get i...more
Milissa
I. could. not. put. this. book. down.

I might be more fascinated than most when it comes to "the human mind." The ability to think is amazing...and something people just take for granted. So a story that involves mental illness is interesting by itself. The author gave this character a real voice...not just narrative about what others think regarding this character...but she describes the character's actual thoughts and struggles. Hooked.

The story was believable, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I wa...more
Lori
Expertly done! The novel divides your time between a father struggling with mental illness and the daughter he walked away from, both then and now. Two voices, two time periods, and never a misstep. Ms. Hatvany not only kept my attention, but had me rooting for both characters to find happiness. Great read!
Kristine
This was a very easy book to read. I love the fact that it was told from the view point of both Eden and her father David and went back and forth from 20 yrs prior and present day. It made the story flow while giving readers a full understanding of the complications in their relationship. I reaaly enjoyed it.
Rita
1/2 way through. Story of mental illness at it's worst! Interesting book!

Finished reading-- worth reading. If we listen carefully through the book we can learn a bit about dealing with the mentally ill. So many times we expect them to magically reside in our world, when it is impossible. Good read!
Brandi
Once again Amy Hatvany has sucked me right into the lives of her characters. She has this great ability to make you care about her characters. I love that she tackles real life issues just as they are without feeling the need to sugarcoat or tie everything in a neat little bow. Great read.
Rhonda
May 13, 2012 Rhonda added it
This is a really great book about a relationship between a daughter and her father. It was a great page turner and I am ready to read more of her books.
Sheena

I'd give this a 4.5 Great novel. This is the first book I've read my Amy Hatvany, and I loved it! Looking forward to reading more by her
Wendy Hines
Eden loved playing with her father and he was a great teacher in an unorthodox way. She knew he had a mental illness but was optimistic that he would get better. Sometimes he had bad days and sometimes he had good days, but she was just grateful that he was there.

David had huge mood swings, from anger to depression to elation, as well as voices talking in his head. He tried to be the husband and father that his family needed, but it was just not him. He wanted to be who he was without conformin...more
Shonda
Outside the Lines is a book that grabs the reader from page one. Early on I was invested in Eden and her search for her father. I wanted Eden to reconnect with David in order for her to heal from the void his absence had created. With each new clue to his whereabouts, I found myself filled with emotion: excited that she may see him again, but yet fearful that David's story may not have a happy ending.

Hatvany tells the story of David and Eden in both their voices, which was the strength of the no...more
Kristin
When I saw that Amy Hatvany's newest book had finally been released I rushed to the library to get my hands on it. While there were parts of Best Kept Secret that I didn't LOVE, I just couldn't seem to get enough of her writing. Outside the Lines more than surpassed my expectations. This novel was gripping and so utterly realistic that there were times I had to walk away because I could not handle the reality of the story.
Ms. Hatvany has this ability to take you to the deepest and darkest place...more
Sheree
Best Kept Secret was one of the select few 5 star reads on my favourite read list in 2011 so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of Outside the Lines. In trademark style Amy once again tackles an issue loaded with prejudice and judgement with honesty and compassion.

This author truly has a gift, her writing is heartfelt with a depth of understanding that takes your breath away. As Eden begins the search for her father, Amy seamlessly guides the reader back and forth in time, through the...more
LemonLinda
The book adreeses the problems of mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder, and how trying to live with mental illness impacts the patient as well as family members. David is the patient, a talented and creative artist who struggles with his demons, he voices in his head, trying to take meds, hating himself on the meds, self-medicating with alcohol and finally willingly choosing to live a life of homelessness on his own. Eden is the daughter who adored Howe father as a child and is now sear...more
Cocktails and Books
"It’s incredibly hard to write about this book without giving too much away, so I’ll try my best! This is a tough and extremely emotional subject, and the author has written it beautifully. My heart broke for each and every one of the characters as their stories tragically unfolded.

Eden is a strong and courageous character who has been through so much in such a short amount of time. Her father attempted suicide, which led to her parent’s divorce and her father disappearing. Her mother is diagno...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A book where mental illness takes center stage, but the reader gets a full picture with this read - from both the person fighting the illness to the family that is affected by the highs and the lows of the disease. The format of this book was a perfect way to share the story both what is currently happening to the full story of the past.

From the beginning we meet Eden who has been severely damaged by her father's battle with a mental illness. She has struggled with her romantic relationships and...more
Melinda
There is something about Amy Hatvany’s books that I don’t like—the fact that I am a walking zombie during the time I’m reading them as I can not put them down at night!

The first of Amy Hatvany’s books that I read was The Best Kept Secret and I became an instant fan. I pre-purchased Outside the Lines as soon as I could, but was only able to start it recently.

Eden last saw her father, David, when she was 10 years old and he was being taken away by the medics after a suicide attempt. In the 20 year...more
Melanie Goodman
The last time Eden saw her father there was blood everywhere. At ten years old, Eden was familiar with her father’s ups and downs. Her life was shaped by whether or not he chose to take his medication. He could be playful, creative, and charismatic, or he could be sullen, withdrawn, and moody. All the same, he was her father, and despite the pain of listening her parents’ arguments about his mental illness and lack of responsibility, she loved him. And she was not prepared to see his nearly life...more
Shannon White
Outside the Lines is a fantastic book club choice. Guaranteed to foster some heated discussions and engage your club long enough to finish off those excellent bottles of wine that you ordered at the start of your evening!
As published in Localiez magazine (www.localiez.com)


The novel opens with 10 year old Eden discovering her father's botched suicide attempt. This event proves to be the final strain in the marriage and Eden's parents divorce soon after.

Years later, Eden is now a young career wom...more
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Amy Hatvany was born in Seattle, WA in 1972, the youngest of three children. She graduated from Western Washington University in 1994 with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs – some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist. In 1998, Amy finally decided to sell her car...more
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