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Four Weeks, Five People

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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,237 ratings  ·  244 reviews
They're more than their problems

Obsessive-compulsive teen Clarissa wants to get better, if only so her mother will stop asking her if she's okay.

Andrew wants to overcome his eating disorder so he can get back to his band and their dreams of becoming famous.

Film aficionado Ben would rather live in the movies than in reality.

Gorgeous and overly confident Mason thinks everyon
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Harlequin Teen
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Nikolas Lewis There is drinking and swearing, however, I first read this book at 13 or 14 and it introduced me to nothing I didn't already know. I'd say it would be…moreThere is drinking and swearing, however, I first read this book at 13 or 14 and it introduced me to nothing I didn't already know. I'd say it would be okay for a mature 12-year-old.(less)
Tole Don't have OCD so can't answer to realistic, but def focuses more on thougts (counting etc) than behaviours.

Turtles all the way down might be worth ke…more
Don't have OCD so can't answer to realistic, but def focuses more on thougts (counting etc) than behaviours.

Turtles all the way down might be worth keeping an eye out though bc it's written by an author with OCD.(less)

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Emma Giordano
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Y’ALL THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD I WANT TO SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS. I absolutely adored Four Weeks, Five People. It is an emotional and very realistic read featuring the largest number of mental illnesses addressed in a novel that I’ve ever seen. I am totally adding it to the top of my mental health fiction recommendations.

TW: depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anorexia, suicide, narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, dissociative episodes

This is definitely a ve
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Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
May 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

What the heck did I just read? This book was all over the place - not even the camp setting could save it
Neeks
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mental-illness
Apologies in advance for the nonsensical, badly written review! It's 1am and I can't really express my love for this book AND write about it in well-written sentences.

Put simply, Four Weeks, Five People follows five teenagers attending a summer wilderness therapy camp. Stella has severe depression, Andrew has anorexia, Clarissa has OCD and anxiety, Mason has Narcisstic Personality Disorder, and Ben has Depersonalisation disorder (and I think he also has Bipolar disorder, although I can't be sure
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Brooke
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
One of my favorite themes in YA is the process of recovery. Count me in for characters with mental illnesses & various disorders- I'm all for MCs I can relate to & root for to heal. So naturally I was excited to read this, but unfortunately it fell short for me.

The premise of FOUR WEEKS, FIVE PEOPLE had a couple of things going for it right off the bat. 1.) a male MC with anorexia (there needs to be more books that have males with eating disorders; there needs to be titles that shows there is h
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Creya
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Weeks, Five People follows a group of teens as they navigate their way through a wilderness therapy summer camp. Jennifer Yu does a great job of depicting various mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, anorexia nervosa, narcissistic personality disorder, and OCD. The book kept my interest enough, but the writing was so elementary that I just didn’t FEEL anything. The therapists often spoke to the teens as though they were toddlers. With such strong topics, I expected my heart to p ...more
Laura Herondale
4.5*

I have a lot of feelings that I need to process right now, but I’ll probably review this later.

Read for mentalhealth-a-thon 2019
Stay Fetters
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
"I can feel the words getting louder and louder with every bounce back until they are vibrating through my head until they are vibrating through my body until they are everything until they are inside me until I am light until I am stars until I am a supernova until I am nothing but words ringing in an infinity of space."

This was labeled as one of the summers top reads and I'm trying to figure out why!? The synopsis is a y.a.'s wet dream and it was extremely hard to make a connection. The st
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Girlwithapen93
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017
I was sucked into this book from the very first page. With well positioned and well written characters with lives described that made you believe that they were real kids with real mental health issues, who wouldn’t be sucked in? But it was the writing in the book that initially sucked me in and was the only thing that made me keep going back to the book. The first one hundred pages of this book are great, but then from the moment the five teenagers get to camp, it gets confusing. A group of tee ...more
Literary Han
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Now I am not sure what I think about this novel.

I have suffered mental illness for the last 8ish years and have been hospitalised both in general and psychiatric. I like to think that I have some idea of what mental illness entails and how treatment works. Granted I live in the UK and I have three mental illnesses so in other mental disorders I am very much ignorant.

I liked how this book was very much true and did not shy away from the horrors of mental illness. It also showed hope. It was eas
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Jessica C Writes
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
SO MUCH MI REP IN ONE BOOK!!!

I am always looking for books w/ mental illness rep as someone who has OCD & anxiety. This book gave me representation for that, as well as depression, narcissistic personality disorder, anorexia, and dissociation.

While I can only speak to the ocd and anxiety, the rep was so realistic. I could truly feel the pain and emotions that all 5 of these teens were going through. It doesn’t sugar coat mental illness; it tells it how it is.

It also doesn’t have an unrealistic
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Mimi
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
In a nutshell, this book follows five teenagers during a summer wilderness therapy camp.
I have to say, this is without a doubt the most mental illness rep I've ever seen in a book: we have characters with severe depression, anorexia, OCD, anxiety, Narcisstic Personality Disorder and Depersonalisation Disorder. I especially appreciated the fact that we have a boy dealing with anorexia, something that's truly rare in fiction, but needs to be spotlighted more.

That being said, I felt like it was a
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kittten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher for review.
*Clarisa is Asian, but I don’t believe her identity is clarified any further than that
*Everyone is mentally ill, but not everyone’s mental illness is written well

I would have loved attending a camp for mentally ill teens like the one presented in Four Weeks, Five People when I was still a teen. Not the being-mentally-ill part, of course, but spending a couple of weeks in the wilderness learning copin
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Shyuan
I'm sorry but what happens again? Well, let me tell you, nothing happens at all!

This book sounds so interesting. Come on! A camp to help people suffering from mental illness. I love the idea of this! However, I struggle a lot to get through this. It was so boring and nothing significant happened at all.

All character was just so cliche and doesn't feel authentic. It is a camp for people with mental illness and it had been going on for years so I was expecting all kinds of treatment going on here
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Phelicity
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so important and everything I hoped it to be. I was hooked from the moment I first read the synopsis many months ago. It was one of my favorite and highly anticipated reads of 2017. I am a huge advocate for mental health and spreading awareness about the reality of the various afflictions. I loved this book because of the reality and diversity shown through the different voices and the different fonts used to distinguish and represent the characters (which is one of the best ideas/f ...more
Jennifer
The book's summary sounded like a book right up my alley: 5 teenagers dealing with their problems at wilderness camp. But the narrative dragged and the most interesting character, Mason, was hardly given any attention so I consider it a failure. ...more
Samantha Kelley
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-favorites
Wow, is this really over?!



I ADORED this book. The characters were funny and relatable, the subject matter was important, and the story line was emotional. I laughed out loud at the banter and teared up near the end. The ending was well, but I wanted more! I fell in love with each of the characters and their mental illness, and just wanted to know how their lives continued after camp ended.

Each character is dealing with a different mental illness. One has anorexia (a male), one has Narcissist P
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Carly

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3 1/2 stars.

Four Weeks, Five People follows five teens – Stella, Clarissa, Andrew, Ben and Mason – who are sent to Camp Ugunduzi, a therapeutic wilderness program that helps adolescents with mental illnesses.

For the most part, I enjoyed the characters and was entertained by them. Each character had a very strong personality and voice to accompany this. You would only ever forget whose perspective you’re in if you return to this book mid-chapter. Although, I did finding myself skimming the te
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L-J Lacey
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The trope du jour seems to be mental health. "Four Weeks, Five People" fits very nicely into this category as it is about five teenagers sent away to Camp Ugunduzi (in New York) for the summer. This camp is for mentally ill teens to help them deal with (and possibly overcome) their mental health issues while enjoying a recreational summer holiday.

The story is told from the perspective of all five protagonists - Clarissa, Andrew, Ben, Mason and Stella. They each have their own issues and all they
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TIFFANY
Trigger Warning: anorexia, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder,suicide, alcohol consumption

2/5 stars. I was hoping to like this book. Liked it and then.... boom went to shit

The beginning was excellent, I was really engaged. Everyone's voice stood out, had all the great elements of a good mental health book and then it just went downhill the last 25%.

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The characters, overall, were great. My favorite
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Jacky
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this story. It's about five teens with various mental disorders that go to "crazy-people-camp".

The perspective the story is told from switches with every chapter.
Every character has a distinct personality and a unique style of speaking and thinking. I always knew who's chapter I was in even without looking at the chapter's title. I loved to see the events unfold from the perspective of every one of the characters and I could connect with all of them. (Well, except maybe for Mason
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Mykenna Dutton
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars! I really enjoyed this novel! Stories written with so many different perspectives can really be hit or miss for me, and this book was definitely a hit! Each voice was very distinct, and I loved all of the different representations of mental illness. I love seeing the characters experience their highs and lows while supporting each other throughout the camp. My biggest critique would be that I wish the story was like 20 pages longer. I felt that the pacing was good up until week four a ...more
McKenna
*Received free ARC of this novel through a Goodreads giveaway*

I appreciated certain elements that show up in this book, as a novel told exploring several multiple illnesses in teenagers. Told through the perspectives of five different characters over a span of four weeks, readers enter this therapeutic wilderness camp with Andrew, Clarisa, Stella, Mason, and Ben in the hopes (well, this was my hope anyway) of getting a realistic look into living with - and trying to recover from - mental illness
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Becca Akins
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Depression, Narcisstic Personality Disorder, OCD, Anorexia, Dissociative Episodes, & Sucide

I connected to this story on a deeply personal level. These characters and the progression of their time in a group therapy setting reminded me of my time in Intensive Outpatient and of the people I shared that time with. This book is beautiful and real.
The attention to detail in this book especially in regards to formatting each characters POV and chapters shows how deeply Jennifer Yu c
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Alex
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book.

A YA novel focused on various mental health issues is so overdue - especially one done in such a raw and captivating light.

The characters were well thought-out and each had their own path in the novel.

I would’ve liked to see some of their traits more fleshed out however I enjoyed this book a lot. I believe it to be an important read, primarily if you’re looking to educate yourself on some of the current mental illnesses plaguing this world and its youth.
Kristen
But the thing is, there's a part of me that's scared. There's a part of me that doesn't want to grow, or change, or let anyone help me get through this stupid problem. Because sometimes it feels like it's everything I have. Or everything I even am.

For four weeks of the summer, five troubled teens find themselves at a therapy wilderness camp. All five of them have different disorders, and all five of them are in various stages of willingness to get better. As the weeks go on, the teens find t
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Gabrielle
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
actual rating:3.25 it actually left a bit of an impact on me and i connected to the characters a bit more by the middle and the end but there was close to no character development and it dragged at times some parts i had to skim but i enjoyed it
Rachel
Not a bad book, but slow at points, all the characters annoyed me at least once throughout this book..
Courtney
Wonderful

Such an excellent book. I am so happy to have picked this book up. Highly recommend this book if you havent already.
Micaela
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: slice-of-life
3.5 stars
harms
Aug 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
I started reading this but I kinda just forgot lol. def still intend to read this eventually though!!
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