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Cameron and the Girls

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“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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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...more
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...more
Alex Baugh
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...more
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...more
Cathy Blackler
"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
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
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.
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...more
Ami Squirrel Girl
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
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
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
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
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
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
Zara Brumana
(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...more
Bookish Jen
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...more
Arean White
it was kind of a good book but it wasnt what i thought it was going to be. it wasnt all that interesting but the cover caught my eye. half was through the book i wanted to stop reading because it stopped interseting me. the book is about a boy who is not very popular with girls and he stops taking his medication. he hears voices and that part when he hears the voices is the only part that interests me.
Interesting take on mental illness in teenagers. I really like the first person narrative of Caeron and seeing how his schizophrenia affected him. describing the aural, visual, and tactile hallucinations was fascinating. All of the characters in the book are pretty unlikeable (including his parents) but I still wanted to see where the story went. This was more of a 2.5 but still not bad.
Madeline Lloyd
I picked this up at the library just to try it out and before I knew it, I was already finished with it.
It was a very easy read and entertaining in some parts. There was a part when Cameron stole a car and drove it with ease. That part was not very believeable.
None of the characters had much depth so I had no emotional connections with the book.
Overall it was okay.
Mar 10, 2014 Gaby8c rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I liked this book. I thought that it was very well thought out and the characters were very prominent and memorable. The plot was original and the wording was mature and easy to read. I don't recommend this book who does not enjoy realistic mental illnesess.
Julia Camacho
Camron and the girls is a fast paced read without you even realizing how fast it goes. Heart felt and funy it's a perfect read for a rainy day and a cup of coco (or coffee? Tea?) A re-reader and a great attition to your book shelf
Jul 21, 2014 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Bess and Morgan The Bookends
I’ve never studied schizophreniform disorder, so I can’t say how apt a representation this is, but on one particular level I found it fascinating. In the front flap description, it asks the question “who gets to make your decisions when you’re trying to lead your own life?” Despite being under 18, Cameron is legally old enough to decide whether or not he wants to take his medication, so when he chooses not to, there’s nothing his family can do. But when that choice snowballs and renders him inca...more
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
Very readable and interesting, but I found something lacking too--it was hard to follow what was going on towards the end. Also, I didn't find Cam very sympathetic.
An embarrassingly ignorant novel about mental health. Unrealistic practitioners, unlikeable patients, and undeveloped characters result in an unreadable book.
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
This YA story about a boy with a form of schizophrenia does an excellent job of exposing the difficulties and frustrations of mental illness.
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
I loved this book so much. I got sad when i came to the last pages because i did not want it to finish.
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I was born in the Pacific Northwest, in southwestern Washington State, but we moved around a lot when I was young. My father had migrated from the Oklahoma dustbowl to California in the 1930s, and migration never seemed to leave his blood. Adjusting to new schools, sometimes a few a year, was hard.

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