How I Made It to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story
How do you know if youâ€™re on the verge of a nervous breakdown? Â For seventeen-year-old Stacy Black, it all begins with the smashing of a window. After putting her fist through the glass, she checks into a mental hospital. Â Stacy hates it there but despite herself slowly realizes she has to face the reasons for her depression to stop from self-destructing.Â Based on t
I mean, I liked the concept, I figured it would be interesting to enter the mind of someone ...more
This is a pretty straight-forward story, but that's no ...more
The art is White's typically minimal, yet deeply evocative, style. A lot of emotion lies underneath a few ethereal brush strokes. She also inserts four of Stacy's friends into the story who give their observations of events during different parts of the drama as it unfolds. In the process, they tell as much about themselves as about Stacy. ...more
Everyone who thinks that they had an unusual life, always makes a grapic novel memior. Her life isn't all that glamorous or even that different. With so many people thinking similar things, I've read this book so many times before. This really seems to be an occurring theme with me lately.
Kind of interesting with lots of disappointment piled on a very normal life.
I'm glad she got the help she needed, but ma ...more
While this is a fantastic book, it doesn't leave much to the imagination. For this reason, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who may be set of ...more
Also, I found myself confusing some of the minor characters, and I wish the accounts of her friends were in a different font. The font that was used hurt my eyes, so I skimmed those parts....
I like the layout and design. The subject is highly relatable to me. But I wish the characters (based on real people) were more dynamic and the narrative more fully explored. I feel like this book could have had another hundred pages of thoughtful detail.
This book is put forward as the "mostly true" story of Tracy White's stay in a psychiatric hospital. The book deals with White's depression, eating disorder, drug addiction, and anxiety. It shows multiple sides of the issues with "input" from her friends, mother, and hospital records in regards to her health and the issues that she is meant to be dealing with while she in in the hospital.
I really did not l ...more
This is the author's memoir of when she had a nervous breakdown when she was 17 and checked herself into a mental institution. She admits freely to taking artistic licence with the truth for the sake of the story but as the title states it is mostly true. Told from the point of view of Stacy Black, 17yo high school graduate with no intentions of going to college she has moved out on her own ...more
As previously stated, realistic fiction is my jam and one of the sub-topics I read a lot in realistic fiction is psych ward business. It started when I first read Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern (Which I highly recccomend) in middle school, and I was really fascinated with this new idea that you could be so depressed that you had to go to a hospital.
A couple years later I was put in a hospital program for the first time and I obsessive ...more