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Get Well Soon

(Anna Bloom #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  6,322 ratings  ·  645 reviews
Anna Bloom is depressed—so depressed that her parents have committed her to a mental hospital with a bunch of other messed-up teens. Here she meets a roommate with a secret (and a plastic baby), a doctor who focuses way too much on her weight, and a cute, shy boy who just might like her.

But wait! Being trapped in a loony bin isn’t supposed to be about making friends, losin
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Feiwel & Friends
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Dec 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
If I could give this book zero stars, I would. I couldn't even finish it.
Get Well Soon is supposed to be about a young teenager's struggles with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Instead it makes a mockery of real life problems people have. From the tag line on the cover ("Who says depression has to be depressing?") to Anna Bloom's psychiatrist telling her that her not eating was good because she could afford to lose a few pounds it's very clear that this is a complete joke.

Besides t
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I loved it. There were so many hilarious parts in this book. Not to mention the fact that Anna has a kickass taste in music in this book ;]
It's one of those books where you want to know what happens to the character in the future. It's the type of book that you want to keep reading and reading but you've already turned the last page and staring at the smiley face sticking out its tongue at you. Oh well.
I loved this book. I would definitely reccommend it for anyone who wants a good laugh and a g
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Christian C. for

Anna is fat and depressed. She suffers from panic attacks, and has stopped going to school. Her parents, who are totally clueless, decide to send her to a mental hospital. Will that do any good? Anna doesn't think so! Not in this place. Nobody tells her anything, they have the weirdest rules ever, and she's forced to wear these ugly pajamas all day long with no bra!

But as days go by, things turn out to be not as bad as she originally thought. Anna me
Kata Bel Air
May 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
So, I decided to rewrite my previous review of this book. I realized that the plot was reasonable, but the whole book revolved around swearing and emo misery. It was not worth spending the three weeks that I spent reading this book just to hear the word s**t in every sentence. The narrator has an extreme bias, and is very sympathetic for herself, which in a main character, I usually find boring repulsive and just not fun to read at all whatsoever. I think the main reason I read this book was bec ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This has to be one of the worst books I've ever read! My review is based on my own personal experiences with my own mental health issues, and those around me.

Get Well Soon follows Anna Bloom, a 15-year old girl who has been placed in a facility after her parents believe she is depressed. The novel chronicles her stay in the facility, told in letter format to her best friend.

What follows is an offensive, unfunny, annoying and harmful story about a cast of characters with mental illness, and how
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean...good premise. I think there should be more books like this, dealing with the "taboo" of mental illness and mental institutions, and I really liked the narrator's voice--witty and humorous, with just a touch of typical teenage drama. It was a fun, easy, quick read, and all the characters Anna encounters are great. ("Great" used because I can't really think of a more positive truthful adjective...) I just don't think it was a very realistic portrayal of depression. At all. Anna cries a lo ...more
maya grace
Apr 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF @ pg. 55

I started this book because I wanted to read something I could breeze through. Get Well Soon promised to quick, easy, and funny. Sadly however, was none of those things. I was really struggling to finish this when I realized I never would; so I gave up and DNF'd it. There was no way I was going to finish this book.

The main problem I had was with the writing. I was surprised that this was considered a young adult novel, it felt a lot more like a middle grade, and not necessarily in a
Oct 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
EDIT: I didn't think this was a bad book, but there's no way in hell I'm supporting the author. She'd probably call me a "beyotch" or "dumb as fuck" for writing a short, negative review. Her words, not mine.

Matt O was cool, love interest Justin was a bit bland though. The book started out kinda slow but it got better in the middle. It fizzed out in the end though and the narrators voice changed completely. I thought
3.5 stars, it was good, but not quite 4 star worthy.

Get Well Soon is about Anna, just your average girl who, at her own admission, is fat and depressed. She's no stranger to to panic attacks, bouts of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (in Anna's words - TMI!) and as a result, refused to attend school. After being sent away to a "mental hospital" which she lovingly nicknames "Lake Shit", she comes to the realisation that she is stuck and hasn't a clue how to function in the "real world". When Anna arrives
Nicole aka FromReading2Dreaming
DNF at 25%

I was planning on finishing this damn book since it's only 193 pages, but the main character was too annoying and too bitchy for me to even want to continue this book...

So this book tells the story of Anna, who is sent to a mental hospital by her parents for extreme anxiety. When I fist started reading this book I thought the premise was interesting, since it's being told by Anna in letters to her friend Tracy, but Anna is bitchy and whiny and the whole first half is just her having a
Samantha (WLABB)
I liked this book, I swear. I actually laughed quite a bit, when Anna was talking about the facility she was in. Totally made me flashback to my own in-patient stints. Anna was really honest, and I really appreciated the growth she experienced, but I feel like she was maybe a little too angsty for me. Don't get me wrong. I understood that she was supposed to be angsty, but I have my limits when it comes to that. Neither here, nor there, I am still curious to see what happened to her, and will mo ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow!! If it wasn't for my exams I would've had finished it in an hour!
This book was brilliant! It was just so funny and I have no idea how the author managed to make jokes out of situations which one would regard as 'serious'
I loved Anna! She's sweet,witty,hilarious and what not. And the way she writes these letters it makes you feel like you're the best friend she's talking to (not really though because not most people have their best friends locked up in a mental hospital but still)
Yeah okay
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was ok. Anna, the main character is writing to her friend from a mental hospital so the book is written in letter form. She is very self-conscious and dealt with depression/suicidal thoughts. This is a short book, 193 pages, and I don't know how Julie Halpern managed to make a serious topic funny, but she did it. ...more
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was one fun book.
Nov 14, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, good-uns
I came across Julie Halpern's first novel while browsing the offerings over at Feiwel & Friends. I was so grateful they were publishing Long May She Reign that I grabbed both Carpe Diem and Get Well Soon because if they're publishing Ellen Emerson White books they not only have superb taste, they deserve my undying loyalty. Get Well Soon tells the story of Anna Bloom, a depressed teenager whose parents commit her to a mental institution when her panic attacks get in the way of her going to s ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book has been really popular in my Middle School library for the last several years, so I grabbed it to read over winter break. I figured a story about a teenage girl struggling with mental illness and meeting a bunch of interesting characters during treatment was right up my alley.

Unfortunately, Get Well Soon pales in comparison to other books with similar themes that I've read and enjoyed (Clean, It's Kind of a Funny Story, and The Memory of Light come to mind, in particular). Mental illn
Najiha Mazlan
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All teenage girls!!!
Recommended to Najiha by: my gd taste:P

Loved this book. Really. Gosh Justin sounds so dreamy lmao and plus Anna thought he was one gorgeous hottie I envied Anna for having her first kiss with him!!! DAMNNNN.

OMG i thought this book was AMAZINGG and Anna has a really witty sense of humor I even laughed and giggled at the way she visualizes things cause' I'm like a typical teenage girl like her too!! I'm so glad I found this rad book because I could relate soo much about Anna's hormonal thoughts to mine!!! :D I also loved the chract
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I picked this book up on Libby, an audiobook app, so if there are any misspelled names please forgive me.

Let's start off by saying, I was hospitalized as a young teen. I was in-patient when I was 13 and out-patient at 16. I feel that gives me a good idea of how it works when reading this book.

This book comes off as a straight up comedy.
The main character has small moments of being familiar (wanting MY clothes and feeling weird in the hospital scrubs) but then there were things that felt like
I really liked this book because it gave a view of a person who wasn't the same as everyone else, and had a very different view on being in a mental institute. ...more
Megan Schumacher
Dec 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Read a little better than half of this but don't really care how it ends. Anna is a chatty teen struggling with depression and panic attacks, recovering from suicidal inclinations in a psychiatric hospital staffed by some of the meanest and least-compassionate people available. I can't tell if this is meant as caricature or how Halpern saw the staff in her own experiences (filtered through teen eyes).

But really, I wasn't all that interested in how it turned out. for better portrayals of teens d
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Get well soon was an pretty good book. Its about a girl and she wakes up in a mental hospital and she doesn't know why she's there. during the time when she's at the mental hospital she has a crush and on her last day at the mental hospital they go on a field trip and the girl and her crush kiss, and I thought it was really sweet because she had been trying to get the kiss for a long time and she finally got it. I recommend this book to a lot of people. ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How lovely and hilarious.

It talks about Anna and her experience inside the mental hospital through litters she wrote for her best friend.

It was a fluffy light and funny read. The narrator in the audiobook did an awesome job really.
I enjoyed it sooo much that I am motivated to read more by this author.

5 definite stars fir the author and the narrator.
Brooke Nicole
I didn't like this book much at all.. Some girl goes to a mental hospital, falls in love, ect ect. It's pretty cliche if you're asking me.. It was like reading from the perspective of a goth 12 year old (who knew too much about sex). ...more
Lois Brewer
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really good , can't wait to read number 2 x ...more
Katy Boehmer-Abbott
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being locked up in a building that restricts you from talking, any human interaction, and even smiling seems like torture to most people. In fact, it did to Anna once her parents abruptly sent her to a Lakeland, a mental hospital, due to her depression. Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern follows the 21 days Anna was in Lakeland. Anna was experiencing severe panic attacks due to her insecurity over her weight and “these panic attacks are the reasons why I’m [Anna] never in class [school] anymore” (5 ...more
Faith Wisniewski
Name:Faith Wisniewski

Book title: Get Well Soon

Personal Response: Personally I really liked this book. It was hilarious but yet out of the box. The author used very good vocabulary when writing this book. She was very descriptive and I got a very good picture in my head of what the setting was like and how the main character felt.

Summary: Get Well Soon is a book about a young mentally ill girl named Anna. Anna does not think there is anything wrong with her. SHe said that she just feels sad som
Jodie (J.C.T)
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All this book has done is want me reading more I want to know what happens to the teens Matt O, Justin and Sandy. As well as Anna does don't want to give ending away but I just want to know she is ok.

That hospital if it's really needs reporting it certainly does nothing for the teen there I mean look at this conversation between Anna and her doctor

The first thing I did when he closed the office door was start crying and begging him to let me call my parents. “Shut up, and stop being such a bab
Jul 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
I really didn't like this book tbh. I thought it would be a bit like the perks of being a wallflower or it's kind of a funny story but it was really just very lame. The main character Anna got on my nerves constantly. I understand that she's only 16 (i think) but that doesn't mean she had to be this annoying. There was also a lot of problematic shit in here. Anna herself has weight issues and considers herself fat. All the other characters call her 'juicy'..., I'm not kidding. And she is very an ...more
Angelina Loschiavo
Personal Response: I gave this book 5 out of 5 because Get Well Soon was a good book. This book was good because it was something new for me to read. This book made me realized that life should be appreciated because it is good.

Plot: Get Well Soon started out with a girl named Anna. Anna was in a mental hospital because her parents couldn’t help her with her depression. Anna would try to not go to school and would eat her emotions. Anna’s first day in the mental hospital was not so good beca
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JULIE HALPERN is the author of five young adult novels and one picture book for young readers. Maternity Leave is her first novel for adults. Prior to her life as full-time mom and author, Julie was a school librarian. In her imaginary spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching television for grown-ups, and eating baked goods. Julie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, author and illustr ...more

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