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341 pages, Hardcover
First published February 5, 2019
"Reset. Like I'm an appliance that needs tinkering, a frozen laptop that needs to be rebooted. I don't think Ctrl + Alt + Delete is going to cut it here."
"If I'm not responsible for my words and actions, then I'm nothing. No free will, no self."
"The orderlies don't understand that a pill can be more invasive that a shot. Taking the pill implies that it's your choice. Willingness to swallow what they hand you suggests that you agree with them: There's something wrong with you; you need to take your medicine. If they force a shot on you, at least you're taking a stand."
Of course, the other patients are here because there’s actually something wrong with them. I’m only here because of a misunderstanding, so there’s no need for me to panic.
I gaze out the window. […] There are redwood trees as far as I can see, and when the fog gets thick, it condenseson the needlelike leaves and drips onto the roof. It sounds like rain, but it isn’t.
It’s not true that I can only see a few plants from here. We’re actually in the middle of a forest.
I was lying before.
But can you really call it sanity when it isn’t real, it isn’t natural, it’s chemically induced? When it doesn’t technically belong to me because I wouldn’t have it without the pills they keep giving me?
Maybe I’ll never know for certain what’s real, what’s madness, what’s the medication.
That’s just my imagination, not a hallucination.
It was just a mistake. One big misunderstanding, that’s what landed Hannah here in the Institution, and soon enough, her best friend’s parents and the doctors and the judge will all realize it. While she’s stuck here, though, Hannah’s going to do what Hannah does best—persuade people.
It wasn’t my fault. Accidents happen.
"Of course, there’s one way my classmates could find out the truth: I could tell them. I could make an example of myself—the young patient fighting to remove the stigma that surrounds mental illness."Since time immemorial, people with mental illnesses have been considered 'crazy' and 'not normal'. With the rising number of cases and more knowledge about these, people are becoming slowly more supportive and understanding, but there are still a lot of people struggling with ones they care and love unable to understand. "Just suck it up", "get over it", "happens to everyone", "well, it's your fault" - phrases are still being thrown around carelessly, and it is important to erase the stigma and actually understand.