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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  12 reviews
University of Pittsburgh law student, Maggie Hovis, battles an enemy she cannot escape-her own brain. Her family calls her a drama queen. Her fiance, Sam, moves out after she throws a shoe at his head. Maggie knows there is only one way to get him back-control her moods. So she takes the step most of her family is against: therapy. After a diagnosis of Bipolar II Disorder, ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published April 6th 2014 by Black Opal Books
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Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: Yes.

Defective is a brilliantly written, vividly descriptive, and painfully honest look at mental illness from the first person point of view. One particular exchange involving main character, Maggie, really touched my heart:

“We were really young. I don’t think either of us could have comprehended mental illness.”

“You’re right . . . but what I did understand was the pain I saw in your eyes. Maggie, you cried from your soul.” It gives me chills again as I type the words.

Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a difficult story to rate because it covers so many things.

Following Maggie's struggles with Bipolar 2 and unwrapped the unspoken of her family we see the ways mental illness has touched the family.

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Amanda Meredith
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful, wonderful story!

I received a copy of Defective in exchange for an honest review.

I give this novel 5 out of 5 stars.

Usually, when I'm reading for a review, I nit-pick the entire thing, making notes as I read it. Not the case with Defective. I could not put it down. From page one, I connected with Maggie, feeling her pain, fears, and despair. I wanted to find answers with her. I felt relief when she did. And her happy ending felt like MY happy ending.

Susan has written a touching story
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I did very much enjoy this book, but it doesn't quite reach a 4 for me for various reasons. I did very much appreciate getting insight into what it's like to be bipolar from someone who has first hand experience.

I have my ups and downs and have struggled with depression from a young age, and so though I'm not bipolar a lot of what Maggie goes through is still recognisable from my worst periods of depression.

The author's note at the end is touching. She says she didn't realise that most people
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There’s a stigma about mental illness that is like no other. When people are physically ill, everyone around them wants to help. When people are mentally ill, everyone around them wants to run away. In Defective, Susan Sofayov tells the story of Maggie, who not only was unaware she had Bipolar 2 until in her 20s, but that many others in her family were similarly afflicted. Defective is the story of her journey toward acceptance of herself and during the process teaches her family that this unfai ...more
Douglas Thornley
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is why I love Goodreads, it gives me a chance to discover beautiful gems like "DEFECTIVE.' From the beginning I learned a wealth of information about people who suffer from a Bipolar condition. I love the way it put bipolar on the same plane as diabetes, high blood pressure or any other condition that requires daily medication for life. That's the way I look at other conditions also like alcoholism or drug addiction. These things should not be hidden or looked down on just as a heart murmur ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While not everyone can relate to the issues of the story's protagonist directly, I bet everyone can indeed relate to at least some of the subplots covered. This book has two very distinct halves: one that is a serious, almost heavy background story and build up and one that is a story of ordinary life full of school, family, relationship and friendship drama that all young women can connect to at least in some ways. The lesson, the moral of the story is clear and yet it is not preachy. It is jus ...more
Kirsten Dillard
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye opening

I have battled depression my entire life. This book struck such a nerve - it was almost scary. It is so difficult to try to explain how I feel and what I am going through. In Defective, I felt like someone finally understood what it's like to live in a constant state of self loathing and a feeling that I was never good enough.

If you have ever wondered what it's like to have a mental illness, read this book. It is such a wonderful insight.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reading about mental health in today’s climate is a must. Being educated and understand is so important. Defective was a perfect way for me to open my eyes about things I knew nothing about. We take a journey through mental illness and truly learn the true meaning of a “light at the end of the tunnel”. I really really enjoyed this book.
Denise Murphy
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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Have you ever struggled with something that no one seemed to understand? That’s the case with Maggie in Defective, who is just learning that her “drama” is actually Bipolar II Disorder.

There are two main plotlines that interweave to tell Maggie’s story. She’s in the process of finding out that her good days and her “episodes” have a name and medications that may help. She’s also just lost her fiance because of these “episodes” and is fighting to win him back despite the fact that he’s alre
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it

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Defective is a new adult quasi romance that follows law student Maggie Hovis as she battles with an invisible enemy – Bipolar II Disorder. Spurred into therapy when her fiancé moves out, Maggie does everything she can to “get better” so Sam will come back.
As the story progresses, family secrets are revealed – turns out, Maggie’s not the only one who’s fighting. The more Maggie learns about her family history and past, the more she wonders if she’s crazy and if she’s
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From page one, Defective pulls you in and doesn't allow you to put the book down until you reach the powerful author notes by Susan Sofayov at the end.

The story pulls on your heart strings, you want everything to work out for the best as well as creating a personal relationship with Maggie and the rest of the characters. With each turn of a page, a new development happens, keeping you on the edge of your seat (or bed) and makes the story easy to relate to. The world is not perfect, especially n
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