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On a Scale of One to Ten

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  858 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Tamar is admitted to Lime Grove, a psychiatric hospital for teenagers.

Lime Grove is home to a number of teenagers with a variety of problems: anorexia, bipolar disorder, behavior issues. Tamar will come to know them all very well. But there's one question she can't... won't answer: What happened to her friend Iris? As Tamar's emotional angst becomes more and more clear to
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Published May 14th 2019 by Chicken House
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Emma Giordano
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I started out REALLY loving this book but unfortunately, my fondness fizzled out by the end. I think it’s a fair book about mental illness, but a lot was lacking for me.

TW: borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, suicide, self-harm, eating disorders

I took an issue with the writing style of this novel. It felt very amateur and underdeveloped. The dialogue was fairly weak which make character interactions feel less genuine. Tamar’s inner monologue was a high point compared
Garance J. Bonadonna (The Nerdy Artivist)
I did not like this book.

At first it was pretty good. I liked the writing, liked the mystery behind what had happened to the main character before she got into the psychiatric hospital. I liked that she talked about a monster inside her.

Here's what bothered me. To me, it was clear that Tamar self harmed and had suicidal thoughts because she had PTSD. First because she was bullied, second because her friend died. But at the very end of the book, the author is like "Oh no, all along, they were jus
Schizanthus Nerd
Some words of warning before I tell you anything else: I expect some people whose experiences resemble its themes will find understanding and a sense that they’re not alone if they read this book. Others may be triggered by its contents so please, please do not read this book if you’re not in a good place psychologically.
I know that Iris is dead. I know that it was sudden and so shocking that the waves of horror shimmered in the distance for months afterward. I also know that it is my fault, t
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

In England, Tamar is hospitalized after a suicide attempt, borderline personality disorder, possible psychosis and a history of self-injury following her best friend Iris’s suicide. Tamar thinks she murdered her friend, convinced her to jump into the river that took her life. In the psych hospital, she befriends other patients who have no interest in recovering from their various ailments (think Lisa from Girl Interrupted).

I had a difficult time caring about Tamar, because she purposely
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read a lot of books about mental health and this is by the best, the most realistic, the most compelling. As someone who has spent time in CAMHS inpatient units, I was impressed beyond words.

It’s hard to get it right when it comes to mental health. All too often with the portrayal of inpatient units we get either the hellhole with tyrannical staff or the rosy summer camp type. Scott gets it exactly right with the inevitable bad but the surprising and heart warming good.

I laughed, I cried.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, books-i-own
this is the most realistic book on mental health especially BPD and suicide i’ve read and doesn’t romanticize anything! my favorite quote: “toby helps, but he isn’t my cure. there isn’t a cure. except me: i am the cure.” please consider reading this
Zazie Lawson
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly the most realistic account of BPD I've ever read. Has made people close to me reconsider their views on mental health and be far more understanding of and empathetic to my struggles. Thank you.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had received this book as an ARC by Scholastic Public in return for an honest review.

This is the author’s debut novel. And surprisingly, I found her writing to be very matured and well-off. Before you read the book, just know that the book has several trigger warnings like anorexia, BPD, suicide attempts, self-harm etc.
I think I was able to understand whatever the character was trying to propagate. There were a few humor attempts made, that made me smile. But so many parts of the book warm
“There isn’t a cure. Except me: I am the cure.”

Nobody believes her but Tamar killed a girl. The guilt of what she did has clawed its way into her brain and she has taken it out on herself. After attempting suicide, Tamar is admitted to a psychiatric hospital where she must find a way to reconcile with the fact of being alive. She must fight back against the darkness or else let it consume her completely.

A lot of other reviews of this book talk a lot about the weird depiction of Tamar’s bord
Fabulous Book Fiend
This book comes with some serious trigger warnings so make sure you're aware of the content before picking this one up and the back suggests trying page 3 to get a taste of what the book is about, I think it's a pretty good representation of what's inside so definitely give that a go too.

Obviously this book deals with the subject of suicide and all aspects of mental health. Tamar is convince that she does not deserve to be in this world any longer and is willing to go to extreme measure to make
J. Rose
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 Stars.

Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

Trigger Warning: This book features mental illness stigma, self-harm, several suicide attempts, and suicide. This review discusses the self-harm and attempted suicide in this book.

I wanted to review On a Scale of One to Ten by Ceylan Scott for Mental Illness in YA Month as it was an #OwnVoices novel for borderline personality disorder (BPD). While the story was written well, and has a lot to say on mental illness, I finished feeling pretty disa
I don't quite know what to think about it. It's scary and astonishing how accurately author pictured what's going on inside depressed person's head.
It was hard. To read that all. I felt bad. I felt frustrated with the absence of any wants for getting better, but that's what it looks like. It's awful.
On a scale of one to ten? I'd give this book a "fuck, this was tough but good".
After her friend Iris dies in the water near a dam, Tamar comes to stay at Lime Grove, a psychiatric hospital for troubled teens. Tamar blames herself for her friend's death, and she must tackle many of her own demons while she is being treated. As the plot unfolds, readers will realize that Iris's death is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Tamar's mental health issues, and that she's been struggling for quite some time. I liked how the book opened with Tamar promising to join Iris in ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaway
This was a very intense book to read. While there were points in the story where I felt able to relate to and/or understand the main character, there were also experiences and feelings that she experienced that I could not relate to from personal experience. Which is just to say I can't say how true certain parts will feel to those who have dealt with similar things in life or had a stay in a psychiatric hospital before. Though, reading about the author it sounds like she has pulled from her per ...more
Katie Seehusen
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
At first I didn't like this book, but toward the end I started liking it, as well as after I finished and could reflect on it more.

The beginning was hard for me to get into, because it was really frantic. There was a lot of information being thrown at the reader very quickly and it seemed like an info dump, which I don't like. I always want an author to show me instead of tell me. Though, after I had gotten through the book this slowed down a lot, and stopped toward the end. Because of this I t
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was browsing reviews, I saw a few others say they saw the similarities between this and Girl, Interrupted. Having read that book, I too saw it walk along a similar narrative.

I’m not sure what research the author did when writing this book, and if they suffer from something they had written into one of the characters. But her diagnosis seems a stretch. As a sufferer of PTSD, I recognize symptoms in Tamar. But as I do not suffer from BPD, I cannot say that the quick sweeping up of her proble
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
3.25 stars, although I thought this book gave a good representation of mental illness, and didn't try to romanticise it, I don't think I enjoyed this book simply because it was so upsetting to me personally. There are huge trigger warnings with this book, including self-harm, suicide, eating disorders, so I would stray away from this if that would cause you distress - which clearly I didn't do. I think the character development for the protagonist was done well and overall it was a good YA novel ...more
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the ending was actually really brilliant because it is a very realistic ending, she wasn’t fully cured of her mental health problems but going into that journey of getting cured because it is a very hard thing to get fully cured of from own experiences especially when you go through a lot, in this novel is that her friend died and she has no idea what happened to her a developed a mental disorder because it was hard for her, but overall I like this book and I’m glad I read it 🖤
Ashley Scott
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, owned, 2019
This was a difficult read for me, as I have recently spent time in a partial hospitalization program, and am still in the middle of treatment. A lot of this hit home for me.

That said, I felt the moods were accurate, the fear and description of depression and anxiety were real and relatable. Could I be rating emotionally? Perhaps. Sometimes, it’s more of what you get out of something versus the totality of the project.

Also, kudos to the author, who is very young. I felt they did a bang up job.
Bethan George
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never really enjoyed reading and have always struggled to get invested in a book or finish one - but I couldn't put this one down! I read it front to cover in just one day. It was captivating, thought provoking and written with such sensitivity. An amazing and beautiful book.
Immi Murray
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an utterly fantastic page turner!! Beautifully written. Would definitely recommend!!
Elise Smith
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Words can’t express how much I love this book! I find Tamar so easy relate to as a fellow BPD sufferer. I would highly recommend to read this book!!
Shane Reid
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books depicting mental health I've ever read.

This was an honest story, not afraid to say how mental health it is. How precarious it can be, how out of control, how here-and-there, come-and-go. There was one like, about nobody cares if you try unless you win, and it really stuck with me. Its so true. People want the destination rather than the journey.

Tamar's story won't apologise for how real it is, and nobody wants it to.
Karrie S
Jun 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Aug 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
I feel super bad bc this barely has any reviews but the book was terrible. There was no sense of pacing and it was very unclear at a lot of points (e.g. one minute she's in the shower, the next minute she's in a park). I read it in around an hour and 45 minutes with my friend in Barnes and Noble and we laughed together because there were so many ridiculous lines and plot points. Also like, people did not make a big enough deal about half of what went on, and they made way too big a deal out of t ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is fine - it doesn’t add anything new to the YA genre. I do feel like the way this book is written isn’t very distinguished, it’s very basic and I feel like there’s very little complexity in the way it’s written. It’s also not a particularly accurate representation of mental illness and it’s concerning that this could potentially romanticise being an inpatient in a CAMHS unit for teenagers who are struggling or give ideas as to how to harm themselves. I appreciate that it’s a fine line ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa Aguirre
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story that focuses on characters struggling with mental health issues.
Te De
Mar 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've been interested in reading about books that take place in mental health institutions lately so I picked up this book. Apparently the author wrote it while she was still a teen, based on her real life experiences. I even read a romantic tale of her writing parts of the book on her cell phone while being institutionalized. Ooo! Exciting.

Not so much. This book was boring as fuck. Tamar and all the other characters felt completely soulless. Like they are these zombies who just exist to eat, shi
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