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On a Scale of One to Ten

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  42 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
Hardcover, 288 pages
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 Bookseller)
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
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
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
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
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.
Em The Reading Challenge Challenge
“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 border
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
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
Abbi Bennett
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
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.
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!!
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!!
Bryony 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.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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J Mccarragher
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlitexchange
@kidlitexchange #partner “Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the
review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.”

On a Scale of 1 to 10 by Ceylan Scott is a window into the ugly, gritty side of mental illness from the main character’s perspective. Though not a true story, the author is upfront with the fact that much of Tamar’s journey is loosely based on her own. As we as a society struggle to understand the intricacies of mental illness, this is another gut-wrenching account of what
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The British author of this book was 16-years-old when she signed a contract for this book with the Scholastic imprint Chicken House. She wrote it in bits and pieces on her cell phone when she was in the hospital being treated for mental illness on multiple different occasions. The final editing was done while she was in the hospital on a locked ward. It is a remarkable book. The details of the illness-borderline personality disorder-and of the treatment for it are accurate. I am a Child & Ad ...more
Kirsti Call
I received a copy of this book from scholastic in exchange for an honest review.

What I liked: I found this book intriguing and a good representation of what it's like to be in a psychiatric hospital. Tamar is a complex and interesting character with authentic challenges and worries.

What I didn't like: The relationships in the book seemed very surface level. I found much of the story disturbing--as it should be, but disturbing in a non-redeemable way. A bully is introduced into the story with no
Laura Hughes
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trigger warning: this book describes self-harm quite graphically, and there are suicide scenes too. Please make sure to only read this book if you feel comfortable to do so!!

4.5 stars. This is a very, very good book. It’s without a doubt one of the most authentic, raw, and un-romanticised books about mental health I’ve ever read. It’s so important to read books like this - even though it can be painful and shocking to read, once you’ve finished it you feel as though you’ve been on Tamar’s journe
Isobel Ramsden
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel about a teenager's struggle with mental health is a moving, harrowing read that *spoiler alert* ultimately shows the protagonist managing to overcome the worst and leave the psychiatric hospital where she's been living. It includes descriptions of suicide attempts and self harm. I liked the writing - the bit where Tamar leaves the hospital and describes herself like a tiger leaving the zoo. Tamar's illness and those of the other in-patients in the hospital are observed closely and com ...more
Bella Clark
This feels like an honest portrayal of some of the struggles of teens with mental illnesses. The discussions of anxiety, depressive and manic episodes and suicidal thoughts were uncomfortable to read. I also felt the frustrations hopelessness of the main character as she negotiates the various medical professionals in the mental health systems.

Overall, I was glad to read it for my understanding of the issues, however, I found the ending too neat and a bit jarring against the hopelessness of the
I am not sure this book clearly gave an example of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). To me it felt like any other mental illness, more similar to PTSD than something of its own. I read this book to get a better understanding of BPD and how someone with this illness would interact with others. I did not get that at all. I also feel like the book did not distinguish one mental illness from the other with exception to the eating disorder. I believe this book could have been done differently by ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
In this book we meet Tamar, who has been placed in psychiatric care as she started self harming after her friend Iris died.

She blamed herself and we see her time in the hospital as she makes new friends and tries to come to terms with what happened in the past.

A realistic account of life in a CAMHS unit with multiple people and varying conditions living and fighting to survive day by day in one building. Tamar is a normal girl dealing with self harm and the story touches on anorexia, suicide and
Charlotte Revell
I struggle a lot with my concentration however this book was an exception, I was able to read this book in about a day!
As someone who has spent time on CAMHS wards, this book was in an incredibly realistic portrayal. The intense friendships made, how bizarre the 'real' world feels after being stuck in a hospital, the confusion about recovering from a mental illness.
Even for someone who hasn't experienced a mental illness I can imagine this book would be very eye-opening. Certainly one of the be
Shannon Kernan
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soyamrg
Wow. This book was a truthful, raw, and powerful representation of mental illness, written by someone who has had personal experience in a mental facility. I think this is a must-read for people who have gone through severe mental illness issues and need to know they're not alone, as well as people who would like to try to understand what this type of situation is like. Although this may not be the case for everyone with a mental illness, this book opened a lot of new insights for me.
Sophie Dunlevy
An extremely accurate portrayal of the struggle of mental health problems (and especially nice to see some BPD representation within a novel that isn't portraying the character as a "crazy unstable stalker") but I did want to know a bit more about Tamar outside of her mental illness - her hobbies, what she was interested in, what she wanted to be when she was older, etc. It was also a little short, but nevertheless, a good read and a good insight into life in a psychiatric ward for teens!
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, book-borrowed
I’ve read this book in the first place because of the title, it’s a scale I’m using a lot when I’m working since I am a nurse. So I wanted to see if it was a « medical » story.
Well I am not disappointed because the book’s treating mental health but without adding any romance in it. We’re following Tamar on her road to recovery after attempting suicide. We learn how she’s getting « better » through the now chapters and how/why she tried to kill herself through the then chapters.
May 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 maybe? I read an arc of it but I don’t think that should excuse the subpar story and choppy writing. It just kind of bounced from one thing to another, it didn’t flow, the characters could’ve been developed more and on a whole it just felt lacking. The flow, or lack thereof, is probably what bothered me the most though.
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