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Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael  Greenberg
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Oct 10, 13

Read in September, 2010

This began as a compelling read, but became less interesting as it went on. It's the story of a father's response to his teenage daughter's first psychotic break. It's told with poignancy, but it's mainly the author's feelings that we get to know, which I found disappointing. It would have been far more interesting if he'd explored more deeply, the feelings of other family members and friends re Sally's illness, and especially, Sally's own perceptions about her mental illness.
This is not too much to ask, given that the reader is informed of how Sally's life continued several years after the episode which the book describes. Perhaps other parents who are coping with the onset of a child's mental illness would be more appreciative of Greenberg's story, especially because he focused largely on his own possible part in causing her illness, and how he came to understand that it wasn't his fault.

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