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The Form of Things Unknown

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Honest, nuanced, and bittersweet, The Form of Things Unknown explores the shadows that haunt even the truest hearts…and the sparks that set them free.

Natalie Roman isn’t much for the spotlight. But performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a stately old theatre in Savannah, Georgia, beats sitting alone replaying mistakes made in Athens. Fairy queens and magic on stage, maybe
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Kensington
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley.)

“Yes, I’m taking my pills! Do we have to go through this again?”

This was a contemporary story about a girl who had briefly been admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

Natalie was an okay character, and it must have been hard for her to worry so much about whether she was experiencing hallucinations all the time. She should maybe have made more of an effort to take her pil
Aug 05, 2016 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Natalie Roman just wants her life to return to normal after her brief time in a psych ward. Her ex had given her drugs and that was a bad combination with the mental history problems in her family. Now she maintains her meds and wants to put it all past her and start fresh after her family moves to Savannah, Georgia to care for her grandmother.

Natalie's brother talks her into auditioning for a play over the summer where she manages to get cast in a good part and make a few friends. Along with g
Jul 13, 2016 Stacee rated it liked it
It's the day after I've read it and I still don't know how to rate or review this book. I have decided on 3 stars, but I'm still undecided on if it's too high.

What I liked:

-The open discussion about schizophrenia within Natalie's family. No one was trying to hide the family history or keep anything from Natalie regarding her possible future or her health. Same for Lucas discussing what happened with him.

-The setting. I'm a sucker for books set in the south and the theatre was described so awesom
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
The twins are called Hailey and Bailey. Really? Only one letter differentiates them. This literally pains me.
The Bookavid
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In THE FORM OF THINGS UNKNOWN, Natalie struggles with hallucinations and suddenly starts seeing ghosts when she's chosen to play Titania in her schools rendition of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

What intrigued me: I've read the first companion novel DREAMING OF ANTIGONE and was curious to see more of Bridges.

Character-driven coming-of-age story

THE FORM OF THINGS UNKNOWN is a companion to DREAMING OF ANTIGONE, featuring some characters you might
Sep 11, 2016 Karina rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mental-health, lgbt
Rating: 3.75 / 5 stars

“The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
-Theseus, A Midsummer Night’s Drea
Amy's Book Reviews
Jul 18, 2016 Amy's Book Reviews rated it really liked it

When Natalie tries out for a summer play with her brother, she doesn't expect to see Lucas, another former patient from the psych hospital. She doesn't expect to see ghosts in the rumored-to-be-haunted old theater either, especially since she's taking medication to control her hallucinations. Are they real, or is her mind playing tricks?

Robin Bridges does a masterful job weaving diversity and nuance into THE FORM OF THINGS UNKNOWN from a history of mental illness in families to the diff
Dilushani Jayalath
Jul 29, 2016 Dilushani Jayalath rated it really liked it
*Kindly received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

So this is one of the actually nice books you find in Netgalley. The story started out pretty nice and interesting. The whole supernatural thing was plus point for me. I was really expecting Lily to come help out Lucas and Nat. But boy wasn't I wrong.

I really liked Natalie. She was sweet and obviously has done her fair share of stupid teenage stuff and she has deftly paid for it too. I liked how she got a chance to start a
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was a really good book that dealt with mental illness in an honest and heart-warming fashion. One thing that stuck with me and really resonated was the difficulty of proving something when it's one person's word against another. This is even harder when you've been diagnosed with a mental illness as not only do people no longer trust your judgement but other people's opinions can start to make you question your own sanit
Jul 18, 2016 Abbie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I didn't love the main character in this, but she was okay.

This was an alright read, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. There were a few times where it started to lose my interest a bit, and there was quite a chunk of it that dragged for me unfortunately.

Overall, An okay read, but not as good as I was expecting.
Aug 30, 2016 Cátia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Actual Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

A few months ago I read Dreaming of Antigone and I really liked that book. It had a few problems but overall I liked it. In that book we were introduced to Natalie who was the main character in The Form of Things Unknown. Because Natalie was a side characters in Dreaming of Antigone I only knew a few things about her and I didn’t know the full story. W
Romance Readers Retreat
Jul 20, 2016 Romance Readers Retreat rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

After reading Bridges' Dreaming of Antigone, I jumped at the chance to read more from the author and I really enjoyed this book although not as much as the first. This book deals with quite a lot: mental illness, underage drinking, peer pressure, and maybe even a touch of paranormal.

This book focuses on the life of Natalie Roman as her family moves in to take care of her schizophrenic grandmother. Natalie has just had her own stint in the psych hospital following hallucinations due to
Jul 30, 2016 Kirsty rated it really liked it
I was provided a copy via Net Galley.

Natalie had to spend time in a mental hospital after she started having hallucinations. After leaving the hospital her family moves in with her Grandma who has schizophrenia. Her brother persuades her to try out for the summer play; A Midsummer's Night Dream. But Natalie starts seeing ghosts at the theatre.

I really enjoyed this book and I thought that the author dealt with mental illness in a really good way. The way that it was dealt with made it seem real
Aug 29, 2016 Adriana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Natalie just wants to be normal, but with her diagnosis of schizophrenia after the incident last year, that's unlikely to happen. Her brother, David, won't let her live her life as a hermit upstairs in the attic all summer long so he gets her to tag along and accidentally audition for A Midsummer's Night Dream. There she comes across Lucas, who she remembers from her stay at Winter Oaks. He doesn't seem very happy to see her but that's fine with her; she just will focus on her new friends, Starl ...more
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I will start by saying that I did not read the first book set in this universe, Dreaming of Antigone, but I honestly didn’t feel like I had any problems from not having read that one. Maybe if I had, though, I wouldn’t have requested this one…

Unfortunately I couldn’t connect with the writing style of this book, I felt like it was abrupt and it skipped over details and situations. I couldn’t emotionally connect and I couldn’t envision some of the scenes. I mean, sometimes sim
Aug 03, 2016 Terri rated it liked it
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I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is August 30th, 2016.

In today's world it is hard enough just being a teenage girl. Pile on top of that mental health issues in your family, the possibility of your own mental health issues and trying to keep it all a secret while trying to make friends and fitting in in a new city. This is where Nata
Jul 18, 2016 Jess added it
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Big thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC copy for review.

DNF at 35%
The beginning was ok, but the pace seemed to slow and I started to lose interest halfway through. Unfortunately Natalie's journey just wasn't for me.
This is the second book I've read by this author...and I have a feeling it will be the last, at least for awhile. There were just so many things that rubbed me the wrong way with this one that the few bright spots just don't stand out.

Things I didn't like:
1. Way too many characters. There are so many characters introduced in this little book (less than 230 pages) that it was impossible to keep them straight. None of them were fleshed out at all, and most of them were mentioned in passing and th
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I started reading this book, but I think I found it more interesting than I had anticipated. The book description fits the story well, so again . . . I'm not sure what I was expecting. There was a good balance of normal life, instability, and spookiness. It was less about two former psych patients and more about a few teens trying to navigate the trials resulting from some ba
Mandy Armstrong
May 06, 2017 Mandy Armstrong rated it it was ok
Sometimes quick reads are worth it. Sometimes they are not worth it.

This one is not worth it. Not sure what I was expecting considering I thought Dreaming of Antigone was also sub par.
Sep 29, 2016 Megan rated it liked it
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Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review!

The Form of Things Unknown is a wonderful YA contemporary that deals with the topic of mental illness. Natalie and her family have moved from Athens to Savannah in order to take care of her grandmother who has schizophrenia. While the move has been difficult for Natalie, who has just recently spent time in Winter Oaks hospital du
Aug 31, 2016 Teenreadsdotcom rated it really liked it
Robin Bridges, author of DREAMING OF ANTIGONE and the Katerina trilogy, returns to the young adult world with her newest novel, THE FORM OF THINGS UNKNOWN.

Natalie Roman is adjusting to life in Savannah, Georgia. Her family has only been living there for a short time, having uprooted from their home in Athens to care for Natalie’s grandmother after the death of her husband --- or, more accurately, after Natalie’s grandmother, distraught with grief, stopped taking the pills that helped subdue her
I won an advanced reader's copy from goodreads, and have to admit that I was very impressed by this book. It was a light, easy read, that offered a view into how teenagers deal with mental illness, whether they're suffering from it or how their loved ones react.
The main character Natalie is thrust into a new city, where she's forced to deal with a schizophrenic grandmother, at the same time as she tries to overcome her own mental health issues. Through the support of family and friends, Natalie
Jul 19, 2016 Alyssa rated it really liked it
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What Natalie Roman does not need in her life is more stress. Her family has just moved to a new city to take care of her schizophrenic grandma who’s stopped taking her medicine. Natalie’s far away from her friends and doesn’t know anyone but her brother in the new town. And she just got out of Winter Oaks, the psychiatric hospital, after she had her own experience with hallucinations.

When her brother David convinces her to join a summer theater group, Natalie tries to make new friends, fit in,
Jul 11, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges is a credible depiction of a teenager's struggles to be "normal" despite her diagnosis of schizophrenia. This young adult novel also has a bit of a mystery element along with a hint of romance.

Natalie Roman and her family have recently relocated to Savannah to take care of her grandmother who also suffers from schizophrenia. Grateful for the new beginning, Natalie lets her brother David talk her into trying out for the summer production of A Midsummer
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I thought I was getting a book about a girl struggling with mental illness and struggling with whether to reveal that information to her friends, especially after she meets a guy (Lucas) who was in the same psych ward. First of all, Natalie takes medication for schizophrenia despite the fact that she doesn't actually seem to have it. This is NOT a spoiler because it's revealed within the first 10% of the book, but Natalie starte
Jacquie (Rattle the Stars)
Jul 18, 2016 Jacquie (Rattle the Stars) rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya
This is the type of book that breaks your heart -- like smashes it to pieces and then stomps on it -- then carefully puts it back together again. It's about self-acceptance, discovery and recovery. But more than anything it hit close to home for me. It discusses mental illness in a real and honest way.

It's seriously wonderful to see more and more young adult books discussing mental illness. There are still so many misconceptions about it which makes a lot of people living with mental illness fee
Olivia Farr
Jul 18, 2016 Olivia Farr rated it really liked it
"The Form of Things Unknown" is the story of Natalie, who has joined a theatre group for the summer. Natalie has a lot on her plate- her family has recently moved to take care of her grandmother, who has schizophrenia and stopped taking her medications after her husband died. Natalie's grandmother is the embodiment of her fears about her own schizophrenia. Far away from her friends and with her ex-boyfriend in jail, Natalie is trying to build a new social group and friends without scaring them a ...more
Nicole Field
Feb 08, 2017 Nicole Field rated it really liked it
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NetGalley Review

Wow, I really loved everything that this book set about to do, and it did them all very well.

Natalie Roman is our first person PoV character. Very early on, we understand that she has just come out of White Oaks, a psych ward after her disastrous trip on ecstasy, a drug that was given to her by her ex-boyfriend, Caleb, who was then jailed.

In the aftermath of all this, Natalie moves to a new school where she makes new friends, including Starla and Raina. However, she soon sees Lucas there. He i
Aug 09, 2016 Courtney rated it liked it
Shelves: teens, netgalley
Overall I enjoyed this book. It follows Natalie Roman as she tries to start a new life. Her family is in a new town and nobody knows about her stint in a psychiatric hospital. When her brother talks her into joining him in an audition for a Midsummer Night's Dream, it even looks like she has a chance to make new friends for the summer. The only problem is Lucas. He is in the group of theater friends she makes, but he was also in the psych ward with her. Just when she thought she could put that p ...more
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By day, Robin Bridges is a mild mannered writer of young adult fiction. By night, she is a pediatric nurse, poking small children with needles for a living. She lives on the Gulf Coast with her family and an ever-growing menagerie of cats, dogs, tropical fish, and parrots. But alas, she still does not have a unicorn.
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