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Waiting for Fitz

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Addie loves nothing more than curling up on the couch with her dog, Duck, and watching The Great British Baking Show with her mom. It’s one of the few things that can help her relax when her OCD kicks into overdrive. She counts everything. All the time. She can’t stop. Rituals and rhythms. It’s exhausting.

When Fitz was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he named the voices in h
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Shadow Mountain
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of WAITING FOR FITZ by Spencer Hyde in exchange for my honest review.***

Addie, who has severe OCD, meets Fitz, a schizophrenic, on the psych ward of a hospital. After bonding, they plan to escape.

I’m a psychologist and I interned in a psych hospital, so I was excited to receive the ARC of WAITING FOR FITZ. Debut author Spencer Hyde’s above average world building was the best part of the story. In the preface, Hyde is said to have spent
Aug 26, 2018 added it
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I was so excited by this book! We need more books about mental health, to help bring awareness and also to normalise it. In this book we have a girl with severe OCD who finds and teams up with a boy suffering from schizophrenia.
The summary looked good, but the book failed to engage me. I mean, the OCd at the beginning is described as very severe, and the girl wants to heal, but then she is just obnoxious. The same can be said about the rest of the characters: want to heal but don't seem to take
C.P. Cabaniss
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC of this novel from Shadow Mountain Publishing at Yallfest 2018.*

"It's weird how phrases can have meaning in specific moments."

I enjoyed this story a lot. Addie was an interesting main character. In the beginning I thought I was going to find her very annoying, but she grew on me throughout the story. That is in part because she grew herself and became less grating on my nerves.

This has a lot of important points about mental health. It touches on medication and how some peop
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t read much (any?) contemporary fiction. This was also a hard book for me to rate since it’s so different from what I typically read.

I loved the author’s use of wit and allusions to great literary works as he developed the relationship between Addie, a young woman with OCD, and the schizophrenic Fritz. My sense is that writing about mental illness is polarizing, particularly when you write with the level of specificity in this book. Readers who have experienced mental illness personally or
Eve beinguniquebooks
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Addie suffers with OCD while Fitz suffers with schizophrenia.

Meeting as they now live on the psych ward, the pair become close after both become involved in group therapy where they have to open up, obviously about their separate issues they deal with.

After Fitz tells Addie his plan to escape she become wrapped up in it too and the pair hatch their plan along with fellow ward stayers and as the pair plan ahead neither of them is prepared for just what happens and how much they rely on each other
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hyde’s debut novel shows his literary background, his fine writing skill, and his sense of humor. The plot is reminiscent of Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, but in this story the two star-crossed lovers are patients at a mental hospital. Fitz is dealing with schizophrenia; Addie, the smart, pun-loving narrator, has OCD. This story gives real insight into the complexities of mental illness and its effects on its victims and their families. Addie and Fitz are the stars of this tragi-comedy, but th ...more
Clara Bennet
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Good, but really slow up until the last hundred or so pages.
Susan's Reviews
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGallery from providing me with an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Addie, the first person narrator of this story, suffers from debilitating OCD. Her mother is very supportive of her, but her rituals increasingly interfere with her everyday life, so her doctor encourages her mother to place her as an inpatient at the psychiatric ward of Seattle General Hospital.
There she meets the charismatic Fitz (Fitzgerald Whitman IV) who suffers fro
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, moving story. Smart characters, smart writing, and beautiful poetic prose. As I read, I was reminded of A Fault in Our Stars, and I think people who enjoyed that one will really like this one, too. It's not afraid to deal with heavy, complicated topics in ways that are realistic and powerful.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!! I thought the book really showed what it was like to be a teenager with a mental health disorder, and how everyone is facing something different..but overall, we can get through these things we’re facing together.

Mr. Hyde made the plot intense and suspenseful at points but also included playful dialogue that made me laugh out loud. It was a very good balance. I constantly wanted to know what happened next, and I found I related to the book on many aspects. Mr. Hyde also made
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Waiting for Fitz is the story of a teen with OCD and a teen with schizophrenia. I was hoping for an accurate portrayal of the inner workings of the minds of these characters. Mental illness is hell in that person's mind. Unfortunately, I found the plot ridiculous and the characters shallow. Mental illness was downplayed here, and I don't agree with that. I can't in good conscience recommend this one. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I've been sitting here for so long trying to figure out what to say about this book. I don't think I'm going to figure it out anytime soon because it was all such a mixed bag for me. There were moments that I was into this story but mostly I felt like a complete outsider looking in. I do not have first hand experience with either of the two mental illnesses that the main characters have so that was all a bit foreign to me. I didn't feel that emotional connection to either of the characters becau ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spencer Hyde does not disappoint with his debut novel. “Waiting for Fitz” explores the complexities of young love, friendship, coming of age, and growing up with a mental illness. Readers who enjoy John Green, Lauren Oliver, and Stephen Chbosky will like Hyde’s book. While it is a young adult novel, ages fourteen and older will find this story remarkable. I’m a sophomore in college, and I enjoyed the book thoroughly. The protagonist Addie is relatable to all ages; her thoughts range from who wil ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from NetGalley & the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book had me in tears, laughing and crying some more. It was heartfelt and full of love. The mental illness was describes and written great and it is always great to see mental illness get more written in YA.

It started off super super slow, so slow that it was hard to get through. Then it picked up and I enjoyed it. But the first part was hard to get through.

I loved Fritz, my absolute favorite character
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it

I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really appreciated the depiction of OCD in this book. While not having the illness myself, I felt that it represented it in a comprehensible way for outsiders and as far as I know it is also ownvoices representation. I really enjoyed the overall story of this book, however I didn't care that much for any of the characters. Overall, it was a very good book though.
Kathryn Veil
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a little different simply because there's a lot of conflict, mainly internal, for the characters. The author says in the preface that this book is based on his personal experiences dealing with mental illness and his interactions with close friends and/or family that live with mental illness. He mentions that not everyone's experience will be the same, which makes sense to me because each person is different. I appreciated the preface because it helped me have an open mind.
In this s
Nov 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book so much. The idea is so interesting and one of my favorite books of all time is "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and that takes place in the same kind of setting so I was excited to give this one a read.
Unfortunately, this book fell completely flat for me. I found myself dragging through it and at one point I almost didn't even finish it. The main character in this book was awful. Just flat out awful. I wish I had the patience to go through and count how many times she sa
Felicia Bridges
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Fitz is fresh and original, with a powerfully authentic voice. Addie’s character resonates with the angst and snark familiar to those who love teens, made vulnerable and poignant by her struggle with mental health issues. This story is so much more than a love story, though the love story is deep and touching and reminds us that love isn’t about finding someone who is perfect. It is a story about finding our one person and the power of forgiveness, especially the power to forgive our ...more
Ashlee Draper Galyean
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the particularly ingenious things that Hyde does in Waiting for Fitz is in writing the voice of Addie Foster. It is, at first, a bit tedious to have to plow through her thoughts to get through to the novel and the plot and the point. But that is, I believe, the point. For someone who does not have OCD, I can only say that I imagine that is what it feels like--obsessing so much over rituals and thoughts that you almost can't get back to real life.

The daily complexities of living inside th
Eric Nielsen
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read, couldn’t put it down toward the end. Hyde’s fusion of character development, humor, wit, emotion and adventure held me captive while he took me on a journey to a place I could only ever visit in a book - the mind of someone with OCD. I felt like Addie became a friend - like if I saw her getting a soda refill at a gas station, we’d have stuff to talk about. And I thought about Fitz even when I wasn’t reading the book - and was stirred to climb my own mountains as he climbed his. Solid ...more
Melinda Golden
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m so glad I got my hands on this book, I couldn’t put it down. This book is a quick read and I really enjoyed each of the characters. I felt like the author did a great job of giving insight into inpatient care in a hospital. It was fun to watch different relationships unfold. I finished reading the book hopeful for all those struggling with mental illness. I love how well Spencer normalizes mental illness in a way we can all relate.
Waiting For Fitz is author Spencer Hyde’s debut novel. Drawing from his own experience, Hyde has created a one-of-a-kind story about friendship, mental health and the value of waiting for the things you find are the most important.

Addie counts everything. Heartbeats, blinks, the number of times she washes her hands. When Addie’s mother suggests moving to a psychiatric ward to help control her OCD, Addie didn’t expect to make friends or to meet someone as special at Fitz. Fitz has schizophrenia a
La La - Everyone's Crazy Aunt
Zero stars on the blog.

I don't want to waste any more of my time on this book going over specific details about what made it horrific, so I'll give it to you short and sweet. The writing itself is atrocious; it jumps all over the place, there are no transitions, it's full of awkward sentences like, "We stepped into the car and wiped off the water from our sweaters or jackets or whatever." People's mouths "sweat", and somehow they can rest their heads on their knees from a standing position. The
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Based on the author's experience of living in the psych ward at Johns Hopkins for three years for severe OCD, WAITING FOR FITZ is an authentic novel about a teen girl who's hospitalized for the same reason. As she works on controlling her bothersome ticks and lengthy routines, she comes to know Fitz, a teen boy who's battling schizophrenia. The two become close enough that Fitz involves her in his scheme to break out of the hospital in order to honor the mysterious Quentin. Adventure and drama e ...more
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It is rare that I come across a novel that astounds me. That moment is so rare, I can probably count how many times that has happened to me on one hand.

Enter “Waiting for Fitz.” What makes this book so unique is that this story allowed me to see into the mind of teenagers with mental illnesses, and it was eye opening. Yet, it was not just the story that astounded me. It was the words and the way the author chose to share the lessons he’s learned about
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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Thanks to netgalley for the chance to read early and review. This story was a combination of a teenage One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and Waiting for Godot. I liked Addie and all her new inmate friends in the inpatient program. But the story was a little too existential for me.
Aug 21, 2018 marked it as dnf
ARC kindly provided by Shadow Mountain Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Annabeth Tyler
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Waiting for Fitz
Author: Spencer Hyde
Publishers: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication Date: 05 March 2019
Genre: YA, Romance
Page Count: 240
Source: Netgalley
mybookishvibes rates: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 / 5

“An OCD patient fell in love with a mess. It was a tragedy, if you will. And you will,”

well this is enough to describe the whole story of this book,
gripping and interesting, a story of two different people suffering on their own while trying to defeat the demons inside their head.
When Addie's mother admits
Lauren Sapp
Feb 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Too frustrated to say much about this now, but I -75/10 do not recommend. Save yourself the trouble and literally read anything else.
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Spencer Hyde spent three years of his high school experience visiting Johns Hopkins for severe OCD. He feels particularly suited to write Waiting for Fitz because he’s lived through his protagonists’ obsessions.

Spencer worked at a therapeutic boarding school before earning his MFA in Utah and his PhD in Texas, specializing in fiction. He wrote Waiting for Fitz while working as a Teaching Fellow i