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As a young girl growing up in the Midwest, Sunny experiences the shame and stigma of scandal when her father is banned from their church for having an affair with the pastor’s best friend’s wife. As Sunny grows older, she begins to build the life she’s always wanted: she marries, buys a house, enrolls in graduate school, and soon has a baby on the way. But when she experie ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by She Writes Press
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Stephanie Morales
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I could not stop reading from the beginning to the end.....

I cried, I laughed, I cringed, I reflected, and I thought deeply about certain struggles in my own life (mostly past), but most importantly I developed a love for Sunny. We all have secrets in our lives that affect us in one way or another, some of us developed coping skills early on in life, and others continue to need a little extra time to develop them, however, it doesn't make them better than the rest or vice versa. Sunny continued
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Swensonbooks
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I picked up the book and kept turning the pages until I finished; reading it in one long sitting. I received an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Great title because what woman hasn't been told "it's all in your head"? As a reader I was pulled into her stories of early childhood experiences of being raised by Christian Kansan parents and how church turned traumatic when they outed her father's infidelities at a Sunday service.

Sunny Mera writes so I could imagine clearly wha
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Teresa Kander
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a tough read for me. I kept thinking "This is just crazy talk," and then I realized that was the POINT. The way the book is written actually gives readers a chance to see her life as she saw it at the time.

The book is an eye-opening view of motherhood, marriage, mental illness, treatment and recovery. I admire Sunny for her bravery in putting it all out there for the world. She will make you laugh and cry, and rail at the current state of mental health care in this country.

**I received
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Bailey Skye
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

To put it bluntly, this book broke my heart. Sunny Mera's words had me fully engaged every time I picked it up. As a young woman I don't have any personal experience with postpartum ailments that I could relate to, but the topic of mental illness is what drew me in. As a teenager, and even now as an adult, I have struggled with depression. When I was in Grade 11 I was recommended for antidepressants by my psychiatrist, but my Dad re
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Jaclyn Moore
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it
**I would like to thank the publisher for providing this Advance Reader Copy to review**

"All in her head" was outstanding. More than once, I had to flip back a page or two just to reread the incredible struggles that Sunny faced with her mental illness. Initially, I was drawn to this book by the title and the incredible cover art but the inside was equally enthralling and addictive. Sunny Mera beautifully describes her vast struggles with mental illness in a way that is educational, unbelievable
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Cyndy
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I don't have enough words to explain my feelings about this book! At times it made me sad, anxious and mad but then hopeful, impressed and even happy. It was a real eye opener for me. Other than seeing the film "A Beautiful Mind" I've never learned about the life of a person with mental illness. I was mesmerized by the story of Sunny fighting through. It's a page turner for sure! The fact that she had a job, family, school and other commitments while she was struggling through her delusions just ...more
Tina Leinenweber
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing

As others have already commented in their reviews, once I opened the book I read it cover to cover.

Looking through the lens of Sunny Mera you're entranced by a clearly written and compassionately raw outlook from a character who for a time was trapped by her own fragile reality. All throughout the book you're cheering behind as Sunny finds a path to guide her out of her own darkness, and are reminded of our own experiences with questioning if something is all in our head.

A wonderful read!!
Stacia Chappell
I would rate it a 5: for sure: you keep your aduience on their feet: great reading
Kathy
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Riveting look into the world of mental illness and psychosis, read my review at http://pennyformythoughts-nona.blogsp...
Neola
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Won this book on Goodreads. A powerful story of the journey through mental illness.
Very interesting and good information. Loved this book. Congratulations to the author Sunny Mera.
Debi Lantzer
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I accepted the challenge of reading All in Her Head by Sunny Mera, but what I can tell you now is that this book had me completely plugged in from cover to cover. I read the book in one sitting, not because I had a spare 20 hours, but because it's both captivating and only 256 pages. As a mother to one son, I can't say that I have any personal experience with postpartum, thank God. The topic of mental illness runs rampant in my family and in particular, t ...more
Naomi Yaeger
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an Advance Reader Copy. Sunny Mera's book, “All in Her Head,” takes the reader inside the mind of a frightened woman. As readers we get to know Sunny as a girl and watch her grow into a young woman and a newlywed. We watch her through pregnancy and as she gives birth. It is during her labor that something strange happens to her. She experiences what she calls a birthgasm. An orgasm during the birthing process. After bringing the baby home she begins to get paranoid and loses items. Sh ...more
Holly
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
All In Her Head is Sunny Mera's story of dealing with post-partum and paranoia. Sunny deals with her father cheating at a young age and then once she finally thinks she has it all, while giving birth to her daughter, she has a orgasmic labor that changes everything she knows. Sunny starts having delusions about everything including thinking that there are signs everywhere and dealing with doctors that just want to put her on drugs. As the years pass by Sunny realizes that to get better, she is g ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Sunny had a very traumatic experience during childbirth and she feels as though it put her into a depressive state and set off her brain down a very painful path.

It is always hard to rate and review a memoir because you know that it is all truth and that the author is telling you about a moment in their own life, so to rate and review is weird. It makes it even weirder when you don't love the book.

At the end of the book, she referenced Brain on Fire, which I reviewed here awhile ago and defini
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Susan Tripp
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amazing. I had no idea what others can and do go through with mental health issues/diseases. I couldn't put the book down and read it straight through. I needed to see if and how Sunny came through. Her story had me enraged with her doctors and husband, then I cringed and was even fearful as she shared her story with no many. I was amazed she had such a strong support system around her and that sharing actually helped her, not hurt her. I was shocked to see how she was able to trust those around ...more
Jennifer
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC from bookspark.com Wild ride through postpartum hell.
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I’m a mother who writes and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where I landed by way of New Hampshire. I was inspired to write the book All in Her Head: A Novel after my diagnosis of severe mental illness and my battle with postpartum depression, psychosis, and delusional disorder. I come from a privileged, educated, and stable home; I grew up attending a small, private Christian school that my parents ...more
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