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Get Well Soon (Anna Bloom #1)

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I got a better look at some of my fellow patients in this freak hole, and they all look pretty close to my age. They come up to the check-in desk to get pills. After they take them, the desk people look in their mouths to make sure they've swallowed. It's like something out of The Twilight Zone. Are they going to do that to me?

Anna Bloom is depressed—so depressed that her
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Paperback, 193 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Square Fish (first published October 2nd 2007)
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Ying
Jan 11, 2014 Ying rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I loved it. There were so many hilarious parts in this book. Not to mention the fact that Anna has a kickass taste in music in this book ;]
It's one of those books where you want to know what happens to the character in the future. It's the type of book that you want to keep reading and reading but you've already turned the last page and staring at the smiley face sticking out its tongue at you. Oh well.
I loved this book. I would definitely reccommend it for anyone who wants a good laugh and a g
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Christian C. for TeensReadToo.com

Anna is fat and depressed. She suffers from panic attacks, and has stopped going to school. Her parents, who are totally clueless, decide to send her to a mental hospital. Will that do any good? Anna doesn't think so! Not in this place. Nobody tells her anything, they have the weirdest rules ever, and she's forced to wear these ugly pajamas all day long with no bra!

But as days go by, things turn out to be not as bad as she originally thought. Anna me
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Brooke
Jul 11, 2011 Brooke rated it liked it
3.5 stars, it was good, but not quite 4 star worthy.

Get Well Soon is about Anna, just your average girl who, at her own admission, is fat and depressed. She's no stranger to to panic attacks, bouts of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (in Anna's words - TMI!) and as a result, refused to attend school. After being sent away to a "mental hospital" which she lovingly nicknames "Lake Shit", she comes to the realisation that she is stuck and hasn't a clue how to function in the "real world". When Anna arrives
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Cory
Jan 06, 2012 Cory rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
EDIT: I didn't think this was a bad book, but there's no way in hell I'm supporting the author. She'd probably call me a "beyotch" or "dumb as fuck" for writing a short, negative review. Her words, not mine.

http://juliehalpern.blogspot.com/2012...

http://juliehalpern.blogspot.com/2011...

Matt O was cool, love interest Justin was a bit bland though. The book started out kinda slow but it got better in the middle. It fizzed out in the end though and the narrators voice changed completely. I thought
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Kata Bel Air
So, I decided to rewrite my previous review of this book. I realized that the plot was reasonable, but the whole book revolved around swearing and emo misery. It was not worth spending the three weeks that I spent reading this book just to hear the word s**t in every sentence. The narrator has an extreme bias, and is very sympathetic for herself, which in a main character, I usually find boring repulsive and just not fun to read at all whatsoever. I think the main reason I read this book was bec ...more
Jubilation Lee
I feel like Teen literature gives one a wide, wide spectrum of What To Expect If You’re Locked In A Mental Institution. Because maybe it’s all I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, and you’re wrapped in ice-packs and strapped to a bed while your gods spiral, burning, around you. Or maybe it’s very much Ultraviolet, and when you’re not being sexually assaulted by your peers, you’re falling in love with your (view spoiler) therapist.

Or MAYBE it’s more Get Well Soon, which I re
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McKenzie
Dec 23, 2013 McKenzie rated it liked it
I mean...good premise. I think there should be more books like this, dealing with the "taboo" of mental illness and mental institutions, and I really liked the narrator's voice--witty and humorous, with just a touch of typical teenage drama. It was a fun, easy, quick read, and all the characters Anna encounters are great. ("Great" used because I can't really think of a more positive truthful adjective...) I just don't think it was a very realistic portrayal of depression. At all. Anna cries a lo ...more
Jessica
Nov 24, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one fun book.
Maya Grace
DNF @ pg. 55

I started this book because I wanted to read something I could breeze through. Get Well Soon promised to quick, easy, and funny. Sadly however, was none of those things. I was really struggling to finish this when I realized I never would; so I gave up and DNF'd it. There was no way I was going to finish this book.

The main problem I had was with the writing. I was surprised that this was considered a young adult novel, it felt a lot more like a middle grade, and not necessarily in a
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Angie
Nov 14, 2007 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-uns, ya
I came across Julie Halpern's first novel while browsing the offerings over at Feiwel & Friends. I was so grateful they were publishing Long May She Reign that I grabbed both Carpe Diem and Get Well Soon because if they're publishing Ellen Emerson White books they not only have superb taste, they deserve my undying loyalty. Get Well Soon tells the story of Anna Bloom, a depressed teenager whose parents commit her to a mental institution when her panic attacks get in the way of her going ...more
Najiha Mazlan
Dec 23, 2011 Najiha Mazlan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All teenage girls!!!
Recommended to Najiha by: my gd taste:P
Oy.


Loved this book. Really. Gosh Justin sounds so dreamy lmao and plus Anna thought he was one gorgeous hottie I envied Anna for having her first kiss with him!!! DAMNNNN.


OMG i thought this book was AMAZINGG and Anna has a really witty sense of humor I even laughed and giggled at the way she visualizes things cause' I'm like a typical teenage girl like her too!! I'm so glad I found this rad book because I could relate soo much about Anna's hormonal thoughts to mine!!! :D I also loved the chract
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Claire
Aug 31, 2012 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Get well soon was an pretty good book. Its about a girl and she wakes up in a mental hospital and she doesn't know why she's there. during the time when she's at the mental hospital she has a crush and on her last day at the mental hospital they go on a field trip and the girl and her crush kiss, and I thought it was really sweet because she had been trying to get the kiss for a long time and she finally got it. I recommend this book to a lot of people.
Lois
Feb 17, 2016 Lois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good , can't wait to read number 2 x
Rose Haertl
Oct 16, 2015 Rose Haertl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary:
Due to severe panic attacks and depression, Anna finds herself locked in a mental hospital. She is angry and confused and lashes out emotionally at the staff and to her parents, and to help her through her tough time, she writes letters to her friend Tracy. However, due to her good behavior, she is allowed her own room and meets many other people there as well. There she makes new friends and even finds a lover, and she starts to improve and get better as time goes on.

Recommendation:
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Sakinah
How lovely and hilarious.

It talks about Anna and her experience inside the mental hospital through litters she wrote for her best friend.

It was a fluffy light and funny read. The narrator in the audiobook did an awesome job really.
I enjoyed it sooo much that I am motivated to read more by this author.

5 definite stars fir the author and the narrator.
Sharon
I chose the audio version of Get Well Soon, but I am not sure that was a wise decision. The narrator is too perky and uplifting in the delivery of Anna's words, a young woman who has been committed to a mental hospital by her parents. There is too much of a dichotomy between Anna, severely depressed with anxiety issues, and Anna, the happy teenager who has a crush on a fellow patient named Justin. In my opinion, there needed to be a period of time in which Anna was just as unhappy inside as she ...more
Brittney
Dec 23, 2015 Brittney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:
I enjoyed this book. It showed how some people really struggle without anyone knowing. It also showed how some mental hospitals are in the inside. I really liked how it makes you see your life ain't as bad or there's always a brighter side.
Plot Summary:
Anna always struggled with her body all through out her life. She later in high school became depressed. Her parents finally decided it was time to do something so they sent her to a mental hospital. When she got there she was pu
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Nikinnia Smith garcia
This book was just ok to me. I think the whole concept of Anna writing letters to her friend Tracy could have been executed better. It was a bit weird for me. The book had quite a few funny moments, and made me laugh out loud literally. I like how the kids formed somewhat of a family in the mental hospital. I think it is very sad when a person would rather stay in a mental facility than to go home. I liked the relationship between Anna and Justin, and also the friendship between Anna and Sandy. ...more
Brandy
Read a little better than half of this but don't really care how it ends. Anna is a chatty teen struggling with depression and panic attacks, recovering from suicidal inclinations in a psychiatric hospital staffed by some of the meanest and least-compassionate people available. I can't tell if this is meant as caricature or how Halpern saw the staff in her own experiences (filtered through teen eyes).

But really, I wasn't all that interested in how it turned out. for better portrayals of teens d
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ReD
Mar 31, 2011 ReD rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Comments:
I finished this book in one sitting, which surprised me.The back cover blurb describing the character as 'so depressed' made me apprehensive.
I like teen angst, but I wasn't sure if I could handle listening to
melodramatic whining. It wasn't bad at all.

PROS:
- Amusing, almost witty voice.

- Cast of character is easy to remember and distinguish.

- Melodramatic parts are short and rather amusing.

- Creepy, dehumanizing setting that made the characters all the more
real
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Sarah BT
Jul 23, 2009 Sarah BT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started my job as a teen librarian one of my teens told me she had just read this book and enjoyed it. I always kept it in the back of my head as something to read, but never got around to it. When I found out Julie Halpern was going to be at ALA, I knew I had to read it before then!
I'm so glad I picked it up. Anna gets through her mental hospital stay by writing letters to her friend, so you really get to see the whole experience through Anna's eyes. Some novels work for me in let
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Alex
The Deal: Anna Bloom is depressed. She has been missing school and often doesn't want to do anything at all. And now her parents have shipped her off to a mental hospital.

After almost 2 days spent sitting in the hallway, wearing paper-thing hospital pajamas, Anna isn't off to an auspicious start at the mental hospital and things don't seem to improve when she's finally able to join her fellow inmates. Oh, and her doctor is a bit of an asshole.

Her only outlet is the journal/letters she writes t
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Gatorgal21
May 14, 2011 Gatorgal21 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anna is depressed,she hates school and she feels like she's fat. But still, that's no excuse to drop her in the nearest mental hospital. But that's what her parents do, for three whole weeks. Yet, while these three weeks should have been the longest of her life, they end up being the shortest. Who could have guessed that she would meet a whole bunch of new people, all who seem suspicously nice, and even normal(aren't they supposed to be crazy?), a cute boy named Justin (who seems to like her bac ...more
Alexa
Nov 14, 2011 Alexa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13 and up
Shelves: ya
Funny, poignant, relevant. Complex ideas are presented without a heavy moral hand, and without sacrificing the YA tone. Nothing here is remotely inappropriate for teen readers, even young teens, and yet it is a genuinely good read for an older audience as well.

Anna is an amazing protagonist. Her voice is pure YA. The book jacket says that Halpern wrote the book based on her own struggles as a teen, and I don't doubt it. It's like she has a direct line to adolescence. There is nothing forced abo
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_giovannard
Jan 11, 2016 _giovannard rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I really liked this book. There’s only two things I would change about it.

She would have stayed in the hospital a bit longer.
The book would be maybe 100 to 150 pages longer.
Other than that I really enjoyed the book.

Anna is very funny. She is a real teenager, with real teenage problems like any other girl her age. Mentally I know she is not like every other girl, but there are things going on in her head that many girls/women in general deal with on a daily basis, Like not feeling good enough or
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Amy
Nov 26, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna can't stop crying. She's in a psych hospital, in a bed in the middle of the hall and she doesn't belong. During her stay, she meets other teenagers with different problems, including a cute guy Justin. But could a guy like that ever fall for a girl like her?
Narrator Anna has a distinct, comical approach to telling her story of anxiety, depression and low self esteem. For the most part, this is a fast paced, enjoyable story with interesting characters. Unfortunately, the book is poorly resea
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Corinna
Sep 26, 2015 Corinna rated it it was ok
2.5 Hmmm. I didn't dislike this. It's not a bad book by any means, and parts of it were quite funny and enjoyable.

But there were so many 80s/90s references in this, which, in combination, were completely unbelievable for the main character. I just found them really distracting, and all they accomplished for me was making the author's age very obvious.

Just not my cup of tea, I guess.
Erica (Elle) Lessie
I really couldn't get myself invested in the main character, sadly. I just wasn't feeling it. I know it's only the first book in a series but I didn't think enough really happened in this first book to care enough to see how it all progresses. It wasn't awful, and there were some parts I liked and laughed at and moments I enjoyed, but for the most part I went through the story sort of on auto-pilot. It was just 'okay'.
Eleni Angelakopoulos
Get Well Soon was a great read that I really enjoyed. I read it in a day because I couldn't put it down. It's about the author's experience in a mental institution but written in a witty way that makes you laugh. You really get a sense of Anna as a character and how self-conscious you can be to what people think of you. Anna has no idea what the rules are at the institution or how to contact people at home. For the most part, she was shy until meeting a couple of great friends and making the bes ...more
Renee Ketner
Jan 08, 2016 Renee Ketner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern was a great book. It was hilarious, smart, and honest. The main character, Anna Bloom, is a funny, music lover, that cracks jokes guaranteed to get a little chuckle out of you. I'll admit, at first it's difficult to really get into the book, but towards the middle of it, you find yourself not wanting to put it down. My one little critic for the book is for being in a mental hospital, the book doesn't talk TOO much about Anna's depression which I found slightly disa ...more
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JULIE HALPERN is the author of five young adult novels and one picture book for young readers. Maternity Leave is her first novel for adults. Prior to her life as full-time mom and author, Julie was a school librarian. In her imaginary spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching television for grown-ups, and eating baked goods. Julie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, author and illustr ...more
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