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A Danger to Herself and Others

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,123 ratings  ·  393 reviews
Only when she’s locked away does the truth begin to escape…

Four walls. One window. No way to escape. Hannah knows there's been a mistake. She didn't need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at her summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figure out that she isn't a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Hannah was away at summer school when her dorm mate and best friend, Agnes, suffered serious brain damage after falling out of their 2nd story dorm room window.

Hannah now finds herself institutionalized because she's a danger to herself and others . Hannah is certain that this is all a very big mistake. She would have never of hurt Agnes. She loves Agnes. It will only be a matter of time before they realize that she's innocent and has been locked away for no reason.

Days turn to weeks and week
Alana • thebookishchick
tw: eating disorders, mentions of suicide

Just a heads up, this review is going to be on the shorter side because there is A LOT that I can't talk about without spoiling the story!

Holy unreliable narrators!

There is nothing that I love more in a story than an unreliable narrator, and Sheinmel has created one of the best ones yet. *queue all the We Were Liars vibes* Hannah was such a compelling and complex character that I devoured this book in one sitting. Which is easy to do considering reading t
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review.
This YA novel about a young girl struggling to come to terms with her mental illness was highly engaging and deeply moving.I cried my share of tears at the end of this one. Hannah as a character was highly relateable and the narrative made me consider how many prejudices still remain. This is one 2019 read that you won't want to miss!

Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2019
Tl;dr: A Danger to Herself and Others is a first rate and gorgeously written contemporary young adult novel.

The description of A Danger to Herself and Others makes it seem like your typical girl in institution (aka unreliable narrator) deals with her issues and her roommate.

Go into it like that.

Because it is so much better than that. So so much better.

Hannah is a brilliant, egocentric, soon to be high school senior staying in California for an intensive summer study program who finds herself in
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, SOURCEBOOKS Fire, via NetGalley for an honest review.


My heart just cracked wide open.

This book is beauty and sorrow.


Hannah has just been institutionalized for something she didn’t do. Soon they will realize that this is all a mistake, that she’s innocent, and they will let her go home, right? After all, Agnes was her best friend. She would never do anything to hurt her. Well, not intentionally anyway. It’s all just a big misunders
Anja H.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

My first book about mental illness and set in a mental hospital and I gotta say this was definitely unlike anything I’ve ever read before.

Hannah was a very unreliable narrator and I loved that. At first you don’t realize that there’s something wrong with her and you start doubting your own (in)sanity because she seems so normal, until about halfway through, things in her story start falling apart and the reasons for her being institutionalized start making sense. We’re in Hanna
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
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.

Mystery books aren’t my top preferred genre—not even in my top 5, really—but the fact that Danger is more of a mystery shrouded within a story of a young woman’s struggle with mental illness was enough to sell me
Julie Zantopoulos
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, read-in-2019
*This arc was provided to me by Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.*

"It was so easy when I was five, to manipulate my parents' friends into being ashamed of their own children, into thinking I was so much better. It's still so easy."

If you've been hanging around my channel for any length of time then you know I'm not a fan of unreliable narrators and we have one of the most unreliable narrators in Hannah. Like Mara Dyer has nothing on this girl. Hannah is in a psychiat
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, contemporary
Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s latest book, A Danger to Herself and Others, is a young adult dark contemporary book about mental health, about people’s prejudices, but also about gradually learning to accept yourself as you are.

Hannah Gold has been wrongly accused of hurting her best friend from summer camp and sent to a mental health institute to be diagnosed, even if she’s sure she shouldn’t be there with real patients.

Of course, the other patients are here because there’s actually something wrong with
☯~☽~•Patricia Mainard•~☾~☯
I absolutely loved this book! I didn't expect to like it. But I do! I'm so glad I stuck with this book. It was so good the characters, everything about it was amazing.
There aren't enough mental health books out there that put psychosis in a sympathetic light. Characters with this illness are usually portrayed as dangerous, maniacal, and sure, this book does come with some thriller elements. The words "a danger to herself and others" are repeated ad nauseum. Hannah Gold's best friend is in the hospital, and Hannah may or may not have put her there. Things are not how they seem.

But A Danger to Herself and Others is also very much about Hannah's road to recovery
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I have read a lot of books that are set in mental hospitals and so many of them feel the same that I almost didn’t want to read this one. But something really drew me to this title, probably the title itself. Rather than reading about someone who is merely mentally ill, the title tells me that the main character is also dangerous, which I found to be different than most other novels written about mental hospitals. Sure, mo
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, wasn't this book unputdownable (is that even a word?)! I began reading it and I just couldn't put it down until I had finished it around two in the morning. It is THAT good.
We find Hannah, our main character, a girl who finds herself in a mental institution against her will, labelled "a danger to herself and others" as a result of a game played with a friend which has ended with said friend in a comma. Hannah firmly believes it has been some error, and when they find out, she is gonna wal
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
I would like to thank Edelweiss and Sourcebooks Fire for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4.5-49. stars.

This book was amazing! I am obviously feeling stingy this year as really this should be a 5 star but for some reason I can't click that last star.

I really loved this story. Hannah was for the most part a very relatable character. She had me guessing from the beginning what was happening and eventually what was wrong with her. (view spoiler)
Julie Parks
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Very emotional and captivating. Not just a guessing game. Will play mind games with your perception at times.

I received the copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Their blurb said "Girl, Interrupted meets We Were Liars" and I felt both intrigued and puzzled.
But then I met Hannah on her own pages...and that attitude, that story she basically lives in.

The plot starts like a random end of a rope that you're somehow compelled to pull until it's pulling you and you're so de
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, bt-e-book, fiction, 2018
A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel was an absolute whirlwind of a book. Featuring great representation of mental illnesses, this book kept me guessing the whole way through!

In A Danger to Herself and Others, Hannah finds herself in an institution after her school roommate falls out of a window. Hannah knows it's a mistake though--she didn't mean Agnes any harm! So Hannah bides her time in a small little room, waiting for the truth to come to light. While waiting, she's given a new
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
"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."

I haven't read a lot of books with unreliable narrators - mainly because most of them turn it to be bad. Mara, from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, for instance, war once such unreliable narrator I didn't enjoy reading about. But this one clicked and will stay with me forever. It was good from the very first sentence, and I can't express how mu
"Hannah Gold doesn’t belong in a place like this. Hannah Gold wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

Okay, I have to say it, if you’re going to describe a book as Girl, Interrupted meets We Were Liars… You really need to bring it. Those are both very dark stories and to be a combination of the two, you really need to take a chance and just go for it. Mess with our heads a little. And I just feel like this story is far too safe for that description. And that’s not to say I didn’t like it. I did. I just thought the
Gaby (lookingatbooks)
Jul 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
I can’t wait to start this one. It sounds so intriguing...
Robin Bonne
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
3 Stars. The plot was good, but the inpatient care was unrealistic and not how it works.
Lost in Book Land
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like a day or so again I finally finished my ebook ARC copy of A Danger to Herself and Others (this book is already out, I am just a little behind on my reading due to work which is why this break has been so exciting)! I started this book not that long ago but I was able to finish it in about a day and a half once I started my break from work. I am glad I had the chance to read it and I feel Hannah’s story is interesting and in a way taught me a lot but I also feel like it may have been missing ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
Overall, A Danger to Herself and Others was page-turning, compulsive reading experience. Once I reached the twist around the middle, it was hard to put the book down. Ultimately I read it in less than 24 hours--always a good sign with a thriller! The writing was engaging, and I felt immersed in the world and characters. And, well, the characters, particularly the main & POV character Hannah... there were times I really didn't like her, but I think that was the point? I like that I didn't lik ...more
Carlene Inspired
3.5 Stars

Touted as a mix of We Were Liars and Girl, Interrupted, A Danger to Herself and Others caught my attention immediately. The blurb immediately lets us know we're dealing with an unreliable narrator in an institutional setting. Hannah knows how to make friends with anyone, but when her roommate from summer school is in a coma fingers start pointing in her direction. It's just a matter of time, of putting up with the dingy green walls, and making friends with her roommate, everything shoul
Samantha (WLABB)
Hannah knew she was more intelligent than her peers, and she also knew that everyone was wrong about what happened to Agnes.

• Pro: This story started fast right out of the gate and just kept going and going, until the truth revealed itself.

• Pro: I will be the first to admit, that Hannah was not the most likable character, but as the story unfolded, I found myself empathizing with her more and more, and in the end my heart actually ached for her, for the challenges she would face, and for the p
Jordan (Rashell Reads)
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of A Danger to Herself and Others from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I love a book with an unreliable narrator, and A Danger to Herself and Others gave me that. From the very beginning of the book, you don't really know what happened, because Hannah doesn't really know what happened. As soon as you think you figured out what the heck is going on, you're thrown down another rabbit hole that leaves you with more questions that answers. The only thing I didn't enjoy ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The ending was really dismal and kind of terrible, definitely not a favourite.
Liz Barnsley
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one sitting, emotionally engaged with it from the very first words, pretty much down to the vibrant, lyrical main protagonist voice – Hannah is quite simply brilliant, alive on the page and about to face a battle against everything she thought she knew.
A Danger To Herself And Others is a beautifully written tale with a focus on mental illness and sense of self that is hugely thought provoking and genuinely authentic in that sense and feel. It has the benefit of being quirky and un
Xandra (StarrySkyBooks)
This was very interesting, and very good, from what I can tell. I was not disappointed. Probably the best ARC I've had the privilege of reading so far :)

Rachel Hinton (rachelisreading)
i thought about DNFing this book so many times i just didn’t like it at all. it felt like nothing had happened the entire book even in the big plot “reveals”. i could never get attached to any of the characters, mostly because i feel like none of them were strong enough as characters for reader to form an attachment to them which i HATE. also, the overuse of parentheses was TOO MUCH FOR ME every page had like 3 sets. but over all my biggest problem about this book was the mental health rep (or l ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A Danger to Herself and Others is a YA novel that deals with mental illness and coming to terms with a diagnosis. The book is part mystery, part thriller and is a compelling and fast read. I recommend it and I plan to read Sheinmel’s previous books. A Danger to Herself and Others grabbed me with the very first sentence:

When I first got here - when they brought me here - a man with blue pants and a matching shirt, both of which looked like they were made out of paper, asked me questions.

We soon
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Alyssa Sheinmel is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for young adults, including A Danger to Herself and Others and Faceless. She is the co-author of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl and its sequel, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl. Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and currently lives and writes in New York City. Follow her on Instagram @alyssasheinmel and Twitt ...more