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Cameron and the Girls

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  332 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
“Mad crashes into happy and sad bounces off of guilty until they all live in a big smoky heap in my mind.” Fourteen-year-old Cameron Galloway of Lexington, Washington, understands that he has schizophreniform disorder and needs to take pills to quiet the voices in his head. But he likes the voices, especially the gentle, encouraging voice of The Girl. Conflicted, he turns ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Clarion Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jennifer
May 10, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Summary:
Cameron is a 14 year old boy that is just going through puberty and discovering he is changing in ways he is not sure about. If that wasn't enough, he also has a schizophreniform disorder. This is must like schizophrenia, but the episodes are shorter. This disorder has basically been the focus of his entire life. He is on medication for it, in a special class for students with Emotional Disturbances, and his parents focus way too much attention on him. Up until now, he is gone along with
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Alex Baugh
Jun 29, 2013 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
Cameron and the Girls is one of those rare books I chose to read without knowing anything at all about it - I was simply attracted to the cover and the title. I expected the story to be about a boy torn between two girls - and it is, but not in the way you would think.

Cameron Galloway is a 14 year old boy in the Emotionally Disturbed Program at the local junior high school. He has been living with schizophreiform for a while now, which is an acute form of schizophrenia that cause temporary break
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Jenni Frencham
Cameron has schizophrenia, but he's only in junior high, so he and his family are hoping that his disorder will disappear as he grows up. Cameron decides to quit taking his medication; soon, his head is filled with various voices. He doesn't like all the voices, but he does like one of them, and he wants to know if he can keep that voice.

I do not think this is a good book for kids. Cameron and his buddy from school don't have any redeeming qualities at all. She encourages Cameron to skip school
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Owen
May 04, 2016 Owen rated it it was amazing
Cameron and the girls is a store that deals with schizophrenia and a IGF (imaginary girlfriend)

Cameron is experiment with not tacking his pills that brings downs his voices. He is doing this as a experiment to here some nice voice. The three voice are like drugs. One is a voice that say smart things, the other is a girl that is like a Girlfriend, and the last one is a voice is the on who try to get in to trouble or go over the edge. Cameron see the two good voice as some thing good but other pe
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Cathy Blackler
Jan 27, 2013 Cathy Blackler rated it really liked it
"Something is breaking down inside my head, and I can almost see my miniature self up there, running around with timbers and a hammer, keeping the walls from caving in. I get one edge secure and hear the crumbling of another. I'm exhausted without even leaving my mind." So says 14-year old Cameron, suffering from schizophreniform disorder. Averett has written an emotional story of the weight of mental illness. Cameron struggles to take charge while his family struggles to protect him from himsel ...more
Mrs. Palmer
May 28, 2013 Mrs. Palmer rated it really liked it
A story about a boy with a severe mental illness and his struggles. It was a very unusual book, and I particularly enjoyed the epilogue, as well as a discussion of the main character's illness. This is not a book that trivializes or makes light of mental illness. While I can't speak to its accuracy, it did feel real to me, and the narrator's voice seemed authentic.
Bookish Jen
Nov 06, 2013 Bookish Jen rated it really liked it
Adolescence. It sucks. And it sucks even more when you’re struggling with a mental illness. Meet Cameron Galloway from Edward Averett’s young adult novel Cameron and the Girls. He’s 14 years old and suffering from schizophreniform disorder. Schizophreniform is a subset of the more serious Schizophrenia. Cameron has brief moments of hallucinations that he tries to control with medication.

Cameron takes special classes at his school that are designed for kids with mental health issues. It is here w
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Zara Brumana
Sep 17, 2013 Zara Brumana rated it it was amazing
(4 1/2 Stars) - Imagine if Chuck Palahniuk wrote a book for Young Adult readers and you have the general vibe of what's going on within Cameron & The Girls.

In the interest of full disclosure, I read the majority of this book while high on marijuana, making it all that much more fascinating a read. Young boy of 14 has an offshoot version of schizophrenia which causes him to hear voices when he makes the decision to stop taking his medication. In the meanwhile, he begins to not only succumb t
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Kate
Jan 17, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing
Holy cow. This was amazing. Edward Averett needs to write more books, stat.

A lot of people had problems with not liking Cameron and Nina. I didn't either. But I don't think you have to like them to like the book. I think that disliking the characters was part of it: you can see what the disease does to them. Cameron goes from a nice kid with a loving family to someone who pushes people away, skips school, and is generally a difficult person to deal with. The sympathy aspect is a little difficult
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Heather
Cameron Galloway is a nice enough kid living in Washington state with his parents and older sister, Beth. The only problem is Cameron has a form of schizophrenia called schitzophreniform disorder (it's real; there's a note in the back of the book about it), which can come and go with short episodes of visual hallucinations, hearing voices and/or delusions. Cameron generally hears voices but he has responded well to medication, much to his mother's relief. Except Cameron really loves the voices w ...more
Hannah
Cameron Galloway is 14 years old and he in not any ordinary teenager. His reality is not ours. People think he's crazy just because he talks to people who he can hear that nobody else can. One of the voices is the Professor. He spouts out a bunch of facts that are meant to help Cameron in different situations., but now there is a new voice. The girl that talks to him wants to be his girlfriend.But, there is a third voice, the other guy, who tends to be violent. At school Cameron has learned that ...more
Miss_Nelson
Cameron Galloway is a nice enough kid living in Washington state with his parents and older sister, Beth. The only problem is Cameron has a form of schizophrenia called schitzophreniform disorder (it's real; there's a note in the back of the book about it), which can come and go with short episodes of visual hallucinations, hearing voices and/or delusions. Cameron generally hears voices but he has responded well to medication, much to his mother's relief. Except Cameron really loves the voices w ...more
Mehsi
Actual rating 1.5 stars.

I was kind of looking forward to this book, and I can say, I am disappointed.

Cameron was a really annoying kid, I really didn't sympathise with him. He was treating his disease as if it was just all nothing, something you can experiment with. Messing with his medicines, messing with his own head. I just felt repulsed. I know medicines might numb you, till the point that you don't feel anything, and I can imagine that sucks hard, but come on, those pills are made so you d
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Bekah Stogner
Mar 25, 2015 Bekah Stogner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Mad crashes into happy and sad bounces off of guilty until they all live in a big smoky heap in my mind."

Cameron Galloway is a 14 year old boy living with a disorder very similar to Schizophrenia in that he hallucinates and hears voices, although he is a high functioning child. He begins to stop taking his antipsychotic medication as he hears the voice of a sweet young girl in his head: one that he begins to fall in love with. A lot of the reviews on here bash this book for having unlikeable ch
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Peg
Fourteen-year-old Cameron suffers from schizophreniform disorder, a milder and sometimes temporary form of schizophrenia. Without telling his family or doctor, he decides to go off his meds and in a matter of days starts hearing multiple voices, including one of “the girl” of whom he becomes quite fond. He also makes a new friend with Nina, a new student in his class who suffers from depression. It doesn’t take long before the line between the two girls blends and Cam isn’t sure who is real. Cam ...more
aavisa.
Oct 27, 2014 aavisa. rated it it was amazing
Amazing.
I just finished reading this and I was blown away.
I was blown away at the wonderful descriptions of the sentences. How close they hit home and how perfectly they fit in every situation.
Cameron's character was very intriguing. The author did a very good job at molding him into life.
The way the book was written was excellent. It truly felt like home.
Plus, each saying that was carried out, really did define perfect emotion and realism.
The ending was very good too. It didn't leave you hang
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Morgan
Despite high hopes, this one fell a little flat for me (I have an affinity for YA/kids' books that deal with mental health issues so, admittedly, I can be kind of picky about them). Beef #1: I felt that Averett didn't dig enough into Cam's family issues or spend enough time developing his characters; Cam's family/Nina felt like rushed, cliche stereotypes. Beef #2: I would have liked a bit more background on the origin/particulars of Cam's disease. Beef #3: Even at Cam's darkest and most manic mo ...more
Kelly
Apr 14, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
This quick read follows our 14 year old protagonist, Cameron, who has a form of schizophrenia. Cameron has decided to stop taking his medicine, just an experiment. The results are, perhaps, not what he expected.

Cameron meets a new voice, whom he names "The Girl." He thinks he may love The Girl. He also meets The Other Guy, who worries him. The Other Guy is mean and dangerous and Cameron worries he is getting too strong. But he knows if he takes his medicine, he will lose The Girl, too, and he ca
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Cam has schizophreniform disorder, a neurological condition similar to schizophrenia except that it can come on at any age in life and it can go away. Cam has had it for awhile and he wants more than anything to not have it, to be normal; so he decides to stop taking his medicine. Slowly, he starts to hear different voices-- a voice he calls the professor who is a logical voice of reason; a voice he calls, "the other guy" who is mean and doesn't take no for an answer; and "the girl", who flirts ...more
Nicole
Jun 05, 2014 Nicole rated it liked it
I think this book was a good demonstration of accepting people for who they are sort of like because the boy, Cameron, he had to take pills so he wouldn't act up and he stopped taking them so then he started to hear a girl voice and he got to attached to this voice that it made him loose his mind and get to into this voice while another girl was supposedly liking him as well. I don't know that part was confusing. But this book demonstrates about just be who you are, don't change. Like the boy, C ...more
Sonja
May 07, 2013 Sonja rated it really liked it
That was something very different than I expected. I had anticipated a book about a boy torn between crushes on two girls, having difficulty navigating the tricky waters of middle school.

Which it was ... except that for Cameron, he is struggling between on flesh-and-blood girl who has severe depression and another, perfect girlfriend who lives only in his head as the result of his mental condition - schizophreniform disorder.

Cameron knows he has a mental illness, but he likes some of the voices
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Laura
Jul 21, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010s
I'm still unsure what I had read, but I absolutely enjoyed it. Its about a boy who has a type of schizophrenia. It was interesting, especially since it was written in the first person point of view. Then again, I highly doubt it would've done well because this is a disease in the mind. I can't remember specifics, since I am more a generalist type of person than detailed when it comes to reading. Overall though, it was great.

I do remember though how he only wanted to be normal, and because he had
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Ami
Much like Cameron, my younger brother Robb suffered from the often debilitating mental disease of Schizophrenia for most of his young adulthood before choosing to end his battle too soon about six years ago. This book really hits home as an peephole inside the inner world of someone with his type of illness. While we can never really fully understand the workings of another's brain and mind it's good to know there are people out there who are truly trying to help. If you know of someone in distr ...more
Nancy
May 26, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
Fourteen year old Cameron is suffering from schizophreniform – a temporary form of schizophrenia. Medication helps but leaves him feeling flat and disconnected. When he doesn’t take the medicine, his inner companions include two male voices – one compassionate and logical, the other more dangerous who goads Cam into actions that may get him into trouble. And lately, there has been a third voice – a female who Cam is falling in love with. If he takes his meds, his inner voices are gone and so is ...more
Brichimt
Apr 04, 2013 Brichimt rated it it was amazing
Heartbreakingly funny, Edward Averett's book takes a look at schizoform disorder from the point of view of 14 year old Cameron Galloway who describes his disorder with such a genuine sincerity that it's hard for the reader not to fall in love with the main character. Schizoform disorder is similar to schizophrenia except that the episodes are shorter. Cameron has been hospitalized twice and has to be in special classes and put up with people making fun of him. According to Cameron, the voices in ...more
Mckayla Collins
Feb 12, 2015 Mckayla Collins rated it it was ok
I personally think this book was not that great. It starts out with 14-year old Cam. Cam has schzophreniform disorder, and he hears voices. He starts out with one voice, the professer. The professer tells him facts and such. Then Cam is greeted by the girl... to Cam the girl is the perfect girl and ends up "dating" this voice. Then he meets up with another voice which is a rude unruly voice that is demanding and rude, about everything. Sounds like an OK for the right person, but then comes the l ...more
Jeff Raymond
Contemporary YA being a genre that is filled with a glut of issues-related books, I didn't have incredibly high hopes for Cameron and the Girls, which comes across as having spun the Fiction Topic Wheel of Ailments and settled on schizophrenia. The great news is that the book is very short, but wastes no time getting to the point as well as giving a really well done, real-feeling portrait of a teen with schizophrenia. I can't speak for its accuracy, but it feels authentic, which is really what m ...more
Lindi
Jul 16, 2013 Lindi rated it really liked it
The author puts the reader inside the mind of a 14-year-old with a schizophrenia-type disorder. Cameron takes medication to stop hearing the voices in his head, but he just wants to be himself, voices and all. A wish that intensifies when he stops taking the pills and meets The Girl, a new voice. If only there was a way to pick and choose among the voices, but that's not the way his disorder works.

Edward Averett is a clinical psychologist and understands Cameron's challenges better than most. Th
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Jacquelyn
Jul 09, 2016 Jacquelyn rated it it was ok
Although an interesting concept, there was not nearly enough substance for me to enjoy this book. I felt as if his whole condition was treated as a joke (at least by him) and it was very repetitive and predictable. The main character seemed extremely young and immature for his age. At least it was quick. However, I think the short length of it may have been one of its downfalls. I don't usually like short standalones because there is usually never enough substance or information to truly connect ...more
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