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Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  468 ratings  ·  29 reviews
This wasn’t my life to begin with. It wasn’t my body either.
I inherited both, and more, from Mouse.

Mouse created me. She had created another life when she was four so she knew how. That’s what people with Dissociative Identity Disorder do.

You see, terrible things happened to Mouse when she was very young, so she decided to simply stop growing up when she was eight. Her bod
Paperback, 274 pages
Published February 22nd 2017 by InHouse Publishing
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Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse" opened up a whole new world for me - the world(s) of someone living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). This story is primarily told by two persons, with others making appearances along the way. This unique and amazing work evokes every possible emotion a human can feel. Some passages are not the easiest to read, but others are infused with a wry and gritty humour. Well done to author, A.J. Mouse, who has opened up her heart and soul to produce this roller ...more
Sheridan Kunde
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing and unique opportunity to gain an understanding of what it is like to live with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Something true and real to be valued amidst all the Hollywood bastardisation of mental illness.

The story is delivered in such an engaging way that keeps you hooked as Anna and Jade take you along for the ride.
Melissa Coleman
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a powerful and intriguing novel. The more that Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D) is talked about, the more questions I have.
The brain is so mysterious and we have learnt very little about how it works (just the basics really) and we have a long way to go before we know it all.
It seems when some of us are faced with unbearable trauma, the brain splinters to protect itself so that it can survive, forming alters, each has their own reason for being and their own story.
Thank you for shari
Samuel Colbran
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew I was going to review this book and within the first few chapters, I knew it was going to be 5-stars. The thing is how to review it; this stirred emotions in me that range from sadness to anger to wonder and on to happiness. There is a lot in this book, and being only 276 pages, all I can say is wow!
Being a fictional (fantasy) writer, I can appreciate the different feel of this book. As it wasn't written by one person but many, which in turn did not detract from the flow and beauty of thi
Jay Odd
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Unless you have it, Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously referred to as Multiple Personality Disorder) probably isn’t what you think it is.

Disclaimer #1: I received a free paperback copy of this book so that I could write a 100% honest review.

Disclaimer #2: I wouldn’t have chosen to review a book with this subject matter on Examining the Odd if the authors hadn’t contacted me. I don’t feel that it’s right to present this book as ‘strange’ in the way that I would talk about a weird fiction
Peter Summersby
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must say that before I started reading this I was unsure of what to expect. I didn't read anything about the book before starting. I just opened the book - or swiped from right to left on my tab - and started reading. After completing the first chapter I turned to my wife beside me and said, "You have to read this book, it is amazing."
From then on, AJ Mouse continued on in the same vein to produce an amazing book.
Now for the grit. The book is assembled from two perspectives and the insight tha
D.D. Scarlet
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What I loved about this book was the authors' sense of humour! People often laugh in difficult times and A.J.s continual sarcasm and bluntness to lighten her own burden is highly entertaining and made me chuckle on numerous occasions.
Beneath this lighthearted joviality though, there is a brilliant, incidental conglomerate of text which helps you to truly understand DID from the inside - from the points of view of the various alters. Observing them engage with each other while they problem solve
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I doubt anyone could read this book and not be challenged emotionally by it. It deserves to be a best seller! Before reading, Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse, I had decided on an hour a night until done, but after starting I was compelled to put my life on hold for the next two days! And although I will say I loved it I will also say I hated it. I hated it so much at times I couldn’t stop crying but I could not stop reading, (well once, just long enough to feed and hug my children). AJ mouse you ...more
A.J. Mouse
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
What, we get to rate our own book? That's bizarre. Technically, although I am one of the ten personalities I didn't have a hand in writing this book! Anne and Jade did well. Nancy ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse: Part 1 is a biography written by A.J. Mouse. The author is a forty-eight-year-old woman who has Dissociative Identity Disorder or DID. Her DID started while she was quite young, in response to the ongoing and brutal sexual abuse she was subjected to as a young child. The original personality, Mouse, formed new personalities to help her survive her ordeal. Neal, a leonine and fierce defender, was her safety net, a calmin
Lex Allen
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A quote from the character Ray, “An outsider, a hippie, and a psychopath walk into a bar…” perfectly captures the essence of this remarkable work of autobiographical fiction; “Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse” by A.J. Mouse. Mouse (through Jade) has written a fascinating tale, told in first person narrative by two of the ten personalities that live within the physical body of Mouse. Jade is the primary alternate personality and it’s through her eyes the story begins as she welcomes personality num ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse (Book One) by AJ Mouse is a non-fiction biography that would appeal most to an audience made up of a mix of mature young adults and adults who have an interest in Dissociative Identity Disorder, and who do not mind the use of explicit language, mentions of childhood abuse, and suicidal ideation. The book is about a woman who has Dissociative Identity Disorder and has lived with it for most of her life. The personalities
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse: Book One by AJ Mouse is a memoir written by someone with DID or Disassociate Identity Disorder, or what used to known as Multiple Personality Disorder or Split Personality, and is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Since the book is written by a woman who suffers from DID, obviously the book is written from multiple perspectives and is literally written in the voice of two of the many personalities existing in one body. The book starts off simply wi ...more
Caitlin Farley
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse is the most intriguing and courageous memoir I’ve ever read. Jade has Dissociative Personality Disorder. She is not the body’s original personality. Mouse is, but Mouse stopped growing when she was 11 years old so Jade—the survivor—was born and given the body’s name. For years, Jade and the other eight alternative personalities have learned to blend in with society and co-exist in peace. Then Anne is born. There’s something different about Anne as she seems incapab ...more
Pippa Marsden
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure where to start. Firstly if you haven't read It, read it. This amazing journey made me cry, laugh, giggle, and so many times admire Anne/Jade's pure tenacity.
I could relate to the individual feelings of all alternatives that we've been introduced to.
I just wanted to scoop Mouse up and cuddle, protect her, love her, make it better.

As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse this really hit home for me.
I could totally understand and see how each alternate we have met so far was "born" an
Chris Johnson
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse as a review copy. Oftentimes I read the blurb after checking the cover. This time I dived in without reading the blurb.


Instead of a book of poetry or a version of Watership Down, as I interpreted the cover, I found myself in the murky (and sometimes) confusing consciousness of multiple personalities trapped in the same mind. And no! I'm not criticising the cover because it forms an important part of the story. But more on that later.

The premise fasc
Absolute Lit
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Alternative to a Frozen Mouse' by AJ Mouse may be the most fascinating book I have ever read. Going into the book, I knew very little about Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) , so this memoir was so enlightening. DID is not just something that you see in the movies, it is happening to real people that are living with it everyday. It was particularly uplifiting as I was expecting Jade (the primary personality) and her alters (other personalities) to live a really troubled life with endless str ...more
Susan Preston
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read, but be prepared for the emotions you will experience. Brilliant book!
I wish I could give it a minimum of 10 - or even 50 stars.
I applaud the author for sharing this. Many years ago - so many that the disorder did not have a name, a patient was admitted to the hospital where I was a psychiatric nursing sister. Psychiatry had no acceptance for this 'condition' but a very skilled psychologist did. I think I only met three of the alters but the psychologist had conversations with most.
Rafa Monaghan
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wonderful book. Such an insightful look at life from someones with DID; a moving and devastating and funny memoir that was at once horrible and beautiful. Such a life is far from what I personally could ever imagine, but the story, told mostly in a dual narrative from two of the main personalities, Jade and Anne, is courageous in its honesty. It wasn't the easiest read (due to the content alone, it's perfectly readable), but it's definitely one that I won't forget. With Anne, Jade, Neil and Nanc ...more
Kathryn Berryman
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an exceptional book!
Confronting and honest Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse opens up the world of Dissociative Identity Order (D.I.D) to the uninitiated. At times I felt quite emotional reading this book. I empathised with the pain and frustration of the alters, recognising their united front in protecting little Mouse, who created them after terrible abuse, just so she could survive in the world.
Thank you for sharing your story A.J. Mouse, it really opened my eyes (and heart) to D.I.D.
Kris Verity
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a Brlliantly Brave Biography.

This book affected me profoundly. It gripped my attention from the very first page. I love and admire every single alternate - especially Nancy. I would like to give each and every one of you a star. You are amazing. Please write on.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read many books over my lifetime but this story is like no other and takes you on a journey into the depths of Dissociative Identity Disorder in the most unexpected way. I simply could not put the book down I wanted to know more about all the alternate personalities, as I did I realised that they were becoming real to me. Each alter became a separate identity and expanded my thinking. I love each one of them for the role they play in making the life of Mouse bearable. The story takes us i ...more
Trish Nash
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Courageous, inspiring and heart felt. I couldn’t put Alternative To A Frozen Mouse down. The author easily guides you through each personality and build on each as the story unfolded.
M.G. Ryan
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this book (as part of a book club), I really didn't know what to expect. It is also not the type of book I would generally read, but once I started, I couldn't stop. I found I experienced a range of emotions with this book, but was always wanting to know more and what happened next. I was left with a few unanswered questions, but certainly look forward to reading more. ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An honest and page turning book about mental illness (i will not give it away) with no sugar coating anything this book was a compelling read that forces you to turn each page to find out what happens next. Beautifully written
K.M. Steele
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well written, powerful account of the reality experienced by one body and many personalities. Parts of this book are difficult reading but the voices are authentic. A real page turner that I just couldn't put down. ...more
Joan Derrick
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book very much.

The mind, and the fields of energy and vibration fascinate me. I have studied the eternal life and how it comes back again and again to the earthly plane for what I call 'The Great Earth Adventure'.

Studies have shown, prior to our incarnations, we choose much of the life we will live to obtain spiritual/personal growth, so I was left with the question, " Are the alter personalities a split of the original spirit of the soul of Mouse; to allow her to surviv
Richard Marman
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Now this isn't your regular every-day book — it's complicated. Well it's complicated for Jade, Anne, Nancy and a few other folk.
Having Dissociative Identity Disorder means a bunch of people are running around in your head, which may be bad enough, but sometimes they don't see eye to eye.
So settle down with this read, pay attention and see how someone who feels she (or he) is part of a small crowd copes with an unhappy past, troubled present, but maybe a glimmer of an emerging and possibly hopef
Tracy Cufone
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Great insight into DID. However in some areas the author stumbled with flow hence making it difficult to follow.
Neil Kirkland
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