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(Living Out Loud #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  24 reviews
She's not crazy.

Kass Bateman may be a lot of things, but she swears she's not crazy--even when she wakes up strapped to a wheelchair in a psychiatric hospital and can't remember how she got there.

When Kass's family members go missing one by one, she enlists the smartest guy she knows to help find them. Unfortunately for her, underneath his brains and indifference are some
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published April 20th 2018 by Denise Jaden Books (first published 2018)
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*I received this book for free from the Author (via YA Books Central) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Kass Bateman is the tough girl in school. Kass has had a rough childhood and it shows through her personality. Both her parents are mentally ill and her mother has been missing for some time. When a mysterious girl shows up at Kass's school claiming to be Kass's hal

Paula  Phillips
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to admit I did not see the story panning out the way it did, with the word Outcast and then the Track One. I thought that this series was about music, but it took a whole different twist than I thought and I found myself getting into it. One of the things that I love reading about is Mental Illnesses in Fiction, it has always fascinated me, and in Outcast it had that basis. Kass has been living with her dad and trying to look after him as his health mentally is declining. This all happene ...more
Katherine Paschal
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Kass has been living her life in the outskirts, not fitting in or really even caring since her mother abandoned her and her father became secluded due to his mental illness. When she sees what she thinks is her mother returned to find her, Kass uncovers more truths and lies about her family, but at the cost of her last family member. Just when she feels alone, Kass has a random encounter with quiet, nerdy Eli who knows more about str
The TBR Pile *Book review site*
This was a great story! I really liked Kass. She’s had a rough life. Abandoned by her mother, her sister dies, her father was slowly degrading from mental illness. When her half-sister shows up, things get really interesting.

*this review contains minor spoilers*
Kass Bateman isn't crazy. Or is she?
The summary of 'Outcast' by Denise Jaden promises a plot that certainly sounds dark - complete with a mental hospital, missing family members, and a forgotten memory. When I picked it up, I expected long, twisty hospital hallways and dark mystery that pulls you in and wraps around you like a strait jacket.
What I got was... a little more underwhelming than that.
The writing and plot weren't bad - after I established that the
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first thing any reader will notice about this book is the originality. It’s a combination of everyday life of a handful of teenagers who certainly don’t have the perfect lives, and some crazy mind bending horror. I absolutely loved it.

Kass is mostly a loner, which you start to figure out is more by her choice than anything else. It’s mostly her and her dad – her part being more the parental role. She has one friend, but you get the feeling she’s still not someone she fully trusts, because he
Lisa Eiff
I enjoyed reading this book. Kass starts out strapped to a wheelchair with no idea of where she is or how she got there. She's pretty sure she's not really crazy, and she knows she needs to save her family. I think this book is well suited for readers that enjoy delving into books that explore the idea of people with developmental disabilities (the technical and usually less offensive term for individuals suffering from mental illness), and the hardships they could potentially be dealing with. I ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Outcast is an interesting story, and honestly, after reading I'm still not sure what I think. I have more questions than answers. I like the dynamic between Kass and Eli, but their moments seem to get lost with all of the mystery going on. While I liked the story and the plot, I feel like I'm left with more questions than answers. Hopefully book 2 will give me answers. ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I really enjoyed reading Outcast. It had me hooked from the very first page. It has suspense, mystery, and romance! I liked that it was fast-paced. I can't wait until book two comes out! You really need to read Outcast! ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kass is unbelievable She ends up strapped to a wheel chair with no idea of how she got there. Crazy she’s not, her family needs her help. A total gripping book. Received a free copy. Don’t miss out once it’s released.
Maria Vickers
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Outcast by Denise Jaden was interesting and the premise great. Intrigue, a plot that pulls the reader in, suspense, and so much more, however, there were parts that I felt dragged and the end fell flat. Now, this is a book one of a series and there are loose ends that need to be tied up, so the next book should bring more to the table.

People are missing from Kass's life. One by one they are disappearing, but she has to convince everyone that it really is happening and that she isn't crazy. Soun
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect from reading Outcast, the blurb caught my attention immediately. I'm so glad I decided to read it. I love Kass's character and even more so Eli's. I really wish there was more of Eli than we got in Outcast, hopefully we will get more of his character in the next book. I loved the flashbacks that we were given from Kass, her character is one I'm still not sure how to take but I know she's very headstrong, which I love about her. She knows something is off and is deter ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After several decades of archaic testing and treatments for the “mentally insane”, the world of health care has increased the importance of understanding mental health and its associated disorders. Doctors are becoming better educated in detecting illnesses such as clinical depression, anxiety, and psychosis. Pharmaceutical companies have invested billions of dollars in research to aid the growing number of diagnosed patients.

It wouldn’t take much of a leap in imagination to think of unscrupulou
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

This book took me a while to get into it was so back and forth. Kass is strong and level til Hope shows up in her life then she throws the whole thing outta wack!!! Kass wakes up strapped to a wheel chair and it gets crazy from there her memories are foggy and her family is missing. This book wasn't anything like I thought and the ending was crazy.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Kass isn't crazy...or is she? Kass wakes up tired to a wheelchair. As her family disappeared one by one (told in memory), she and a boy from school try to find them.

I liked the premise of this book. I really couldn't stop reading to find out what happened. The first in a series, and this book ends with loose ends.
Crystal Ellyson
I received this book from the author at no cost to the author. I am giving an honest review. I liked this book, although it was confusing at some parts. I thought that maybe it was about music, but there was only a little music mentioned. I still liked it.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Kass wakes up strapped to a wheelchair. At first she can't discern what is going on but she knows that this is wrong. That she is not crazy. You see a half sister, Hope. shows up about their mom missing. Then all of a sudden Kass' dad goes missing. The only person who can help her is Eli.

Can she convince him and her best friend Liz that she isn't insane. The something sinister is really taking place?

This was going great until the ending. It felt abrupt and not much on what will happen
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love all of Denise Jaden's books, but I think this one is my new favorite. I was ecstatic to have gotten a hold of an early copy to read through her newsletter.

Kass is a kickass heroine who I would probably follow anywhere, but definitely into the next book! With her complicated family situation, and family members going missing in a crazy locked-up psychiatric hospital, it kept my attention from beginning to end. It felt like a thriller at times, a drama at other times, and also had some ste
Joana Hill
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Definitely an enjoyable read that kept me going. I can't really remember any times I was bored. It's not perfect, but the biggest flaw I can really think of is the typos. It seems to be an indie book based on the publication information, so it's perhaps expected but still counts against it. Fewer typos and obvious editing errors than other indie books I've read, if that counts as a compliment, though. ...more
A. Powers
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A tough girl and a sensitive musician don't make for a likely pair -- or do they? I enjoyed the way this story was told a little out of order, with some scenes in the present and some in the past leading up to the current events. It flowed really well and told the story with just enough suspense to keep me interested. The ending was a little foggy though, to be honest, and I really didn't feel like all my questions were answered. ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am so glad I read this book.To be honest, I wasn’t sure if it would be good when I first went into it.

Spoiler: It wasn’t just good. It was amazing. I put down this book at sometime past midnight and stared up at the ceiling, just grinning, feeling like my heart had been replaced with a bunch of pure rainbows and honey-hued sunshine and sparkles.
Shirley McAllister
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Mass and Eli both have only memories of their mothers. Kass the troublemaking teen and Eli the geeky boy. Together they rescue her mom and dad from a horrible situation and become friends. I read this book as my O book in an alphabet reading challenge, but it ended up being a really good book.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I found this book confusing at times. It would say Kass is having a memory, only to launch into Eli's point of view. Left more questions than answers. ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually didn't like the book in the beginning but it didn't take long for me to to get sucked into the story and now ready to read the Next book :) ...more
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Denise Jaden enjoys writing craft books for writers as well as fiction for young adults and readers of mystery and romance.

Her first novel for teens, LOSING FAITH, was released from Simon Pulse, fall 2010. She wrote the first draft in 21 days during NaNoWriMo. Her craft book FAST FICTION will serve as a guide for anyone wishing to try NaNoWriMo.

Check out one of Denise's many books for young adult

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