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Bestselling novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son came to her with a real one…

Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student’s mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself gra
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Published November 1st 2020 by Little A
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Maddy Cordell
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the true story of a mother and son, and the evil illness which is depression. What happens when your lovely, sunny boy, in whom you have so much hope, love and expectation invested becomes so low with depression that their world turns grey, and they feel the only way out is suicide? How can any mother cope with the terrible pain and helplessness? 


Amanda Prowse is an incredibly talented and prolific writer, and her son Josiah (Josh) is a very intelligent and likeable young man, and togeth
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Mark
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an emotional, brutally honest and moving book
Amanda Prowse and her son Josiah talk candidly and without reserve about Josiah’s depression and how it affected literally every second of every day of their lives
The book starts with opening chapters by them both and then alternate’s chapters between them covering a specific time in their lives ie School, Uni etc and ends with closing chapters again from them both on how life is now
The so real it hurts dialogue covers everything from Amanda’s i
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Joanne Robertson
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Last year I went to the Wrexham Festival of Words and the highlight for me was listening to author Amanda Prowse talk about her life and how her writing journey began. I’ve long been a fan of her books and so I loved hearing the background story behind how she came to be a bestselling author. During that afternoon she mentioned that she was working on a book with her son and the emotions seemed to hit her as soon as she mentioned it and what lay behind their decision to collaborate on a book tog ...more
Nicola Southall
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I am a huge fan of Amanda Prowse and all her books, this however is very different.

This book is written by both Amanda and her son Josiah (Josh) Hartley. This book is no story though.

Josh got depression and at aged 19 when recently starting university planned to take his own life.

This book is both Josh’s feelings and memoir of how he felt and how he feels now and what happened and also Amanda’s feelings and how she coped and felt as his mom. How the family was affected.
This book is real, very r
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Jeanniehay64
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a long time admirer of Amanda Prowse and the brilliant books she writes, but I never knew of the personal struggle her beloved son Josh was facing with depression. This book is raw and honest told from both Josh and Amanda’s perspectives it really pulled at my heartstrings and made me shed a few tears.

Depression is an illness that seems to be swept under the carpet. This book faces it head on and will be a valuable insight for anyone suffering or their family and friends. One of my
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Jennifer Tam
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A stunning book written by a mom/son about the young mans struggle with depression - as a mom to a 14 year old son with anxiety and depression, it was an incredible read and gave me so much insight
Stephanie Jane
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I have previously read three of Amanda Prowse's fictional novels, but knew nothing of her real life so was amazed to discover, on being offered a review copy of The Boy Between for this tour, that her family was so impacted by the effects of her son's depression. Throughout this superb memoir Mandy and her son Josh take alternating chapters to recount their lives from her joy at his birth and through his childhood to the overwhelming darkness
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Rajiv
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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I loved everything about “The Boy Between” as it was beautiful, emotional, heart-warming, and an eye-opener.

The story grips you from the first page because of the subject manner. Mental illness is a subject that I have always felt is a topic that we do not consider severe compared to other diseases. This book perfectly describes the devastating impact it has on someone and how it impacts the family. Moreover, the authors tel
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Jacqueline Allan
I would like to thank the author, the publisher and Netgalley for trusting me with an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Bestselling novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son came to her with a real one. In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what
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Sarah Fletcher
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This isn’t something that I would usually read, but was so glad I picked up a copy.

This is a real raw account of the turmoil families go through watching helplessly when a loved one suffers from mental illness.

A powerful story written beautifully covers the depths of depression experienced by Josh and his mothers attempts of trying everything in her power to help him.

I would urge anyone with teenagers to read this book, I have learnt so much especially not having any experience with mental heal
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❤Marie Gentilcore
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about a mother and son’s experience with severe depression. The mother is author Amanda Prowse. I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I plan to now. And, her son is Josh who is struck with severe depression in his teens. I really liked the way the book alternated between a chapter with Josh’s first-hand account of how he was feeling and then the next chapter would be from Amanda’s point of view. Their story was heart-breaking as well as heartwarming. Highly reco ...more
Sam
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh God.

This is one of the easiest books I've ever read to rate. It can't possibly be anything less than 5 stars. But it's one of the hardest to review. Because I finished reading it and have so many thoughts about it rushing round in my head that it's hard to write them down coherently.

In one sense, the blurb tells the story. It's a frank, honest and heartfelt account by Amanda Prowse and her son Josiah (Josh) about Josh's seemingly sudden and inexplicable descent into depression - as he puts it
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Fazila
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Boy Between by Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse is an emotional and a brutally honest portrayal of their journey through Josiah's depression. I have never read an Amanda Prowse book. I have seen her name before, but I haven't gotten around to her books yet. When I saw this title,
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Teresa Nikolic
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Josiah Hartley was nineteen years old, with his whole life ahead of him, he'd just started university when he was hit with depression and his mental health spiralled so dangerously low that he planned to take his own life. Amanda Prowse is a very well known and loved author, whose best selling fictional work is outstanding, writing about subjects that are very close to home with many of her readers, but this latest book is not fiction and Josiah, or Joshy as he's affectionately known, is not a c ...more
Dara
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read some great books on depression. But for me, this account is so powerful and really expanded my understanding. This is the most specific, real narrative of dealing day-to-day with depression that I’ve ever come across. Both perspectives (Josh and his mum Mandy) are enlightening in their individual ways. Josh describes his account in a way that helped me understand, for the first time, what some of the symptoms really look like. And why those of us offering to help, in the ways non-depre ...more
Jypsy
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Iread Book Tours for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Boy Between
By: Josiah Hartley, Amanda Prowse


REVIEW ☆☆☆☆

Depression has been a companion of mine since high school and continues to be to this day, in my forties. I always felt like I needed to apologize for being depressed, as if I were intentionally acting this way for attention or something. In reality, however, I was diagnosed by an actual doctor with clinical depress
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Books 'n' All  Promotions
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is non-fiction a true story about a family struggling with Mental Health at a time when it still had a stigma attached. It still does today but at the time of this story it was much worse. Despite the progress some of the standard reactions to it still exist.

I am no stranger to mental health my mother had a complete nervous breakdown when I was 16 I remember that time, those days as though it was yesterday. Even so reading this book was very eye-opening. Tragic to think that at a different
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Carolyn
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
An honest, in-depth, look into a family dealing with depression.
Elaine
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very rarely read non-fiction, but the fact it was by Amanda Prowse was a no brainer. This must've been such a hard book to write. It's a very concise and honest account of living with depression, both for the person suffering depression, and the effects on his family. Obviously difficult to read in some places. My admiration goes out to Mandy and Josh for sharing their story, and hope that it could help other sufferers in the future ...more
Whistlers Mom
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the frantic pace of modern living, suicide is the ultimate "quick fix."

I don't read much modern fiction, so I'm not familiar with this author, but she's a best-seller who's known in the UK as "The Queen of Domestic Drama." While she was cranking out those popular books, there was a dark drama unfolding in her own house and it wasn't a problem anyone wanted to hear about.

Tell a friend, "My son has cancer" or "My child was seriously injured in a car wreck" and you're assured of endless sympath
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Sarah
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
The Boy Between is a non fiction novel by mother, Amanda Prowse and her son, Josiah (Josh) Hartley, and their journey through Josh’s illness with depression. I love Amanda’s books which have always been a work of fiction up to now but was as equally eager to read this one.

Having suffered with depression at a similar age to Josh, I could relate to so much of what he has been through. It reminded me of my own experience and the darkness and despair I felt at the time. Even in today’s world there i
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Ibjoy1953
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really don’t read many memoir’s, but I did want to read this one. In The Boy Between, mother Amanda Prowse and her son Josiah Hartley share their story. And what a story it is. Josh’s battle with depression took him down a deep dark path, with him almost taking his own life. But praise God he has a family who love and support him. A family who was there for him from the time he was found until now. As I was back and forth reading Mandy then Josh’s story, my heart was breaking for them both. I ...more
Laura
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it. Part of me couldn't wait to read it and part of me dreaded it. My interest in this book was two-fold. It's about depression--a topic that both attracts me in books but also makes it hard to read-- and it's written from both the point-of-view of a mother and her son. I could relate in two ways. I have suffered from post-partum depression, and I am the mother of a teen who suffers from depression.

This was both an easy book to read and a hard
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Monica Mac
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have long been a fan of Amanda Prowse's books so when the opportunity came up to read this book, of course I jumped at the chance!

The thing is, I have been struggling with depression for the better part of 20 years and I understood how the world could look grey to Josh. I also understood how it is that you can have everything going for you on paper and yet be unable to function the way that everyone around you thinks that you should. I get why staying in bed for longer and longer periods of ti
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Nicky Maunder
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Firstly, thank you to Mandy and Josh for sharing their very honest, raw and oftentimes hard story. Their courage and bravery (although I bet they don’t feel it) to put themselves out there to the whole world is awe inspiring. More stories, real accounts, of living with depression need to be told. More people who have poor mental health (whether that’s diagnosed or not) and those supporting their loved ones and friends who are struggling need to add their voice to the hundreds and thousands. Than ...more
Jantine
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book tells a story that has to be told. A lot.
I wish it was not as recognisable, but it is. I remember all those times thinking 'I wish it was a broken arm'. When I did break my arm earlier this year and couldn't work for more than a month, it was way easier to call my manager than it would be to take a mental health break because of a depression. I could point at my arm in it's sling, and everyone recognised that I could not move it to unlock my laptop, and I could not hold myself while st
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Cover Lover Book Review
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've never read a book like this. I occasionally read memoirs and non-fiction books, experiencing a peek into someone else's life and love from a distance. This one gives a different experience. It's raw. It's real. And it reaches the core.

Depression is a sad and all-encompassing foe. I know a couple people that have mild depression, but the kind that Amanda and Josh reveal is so deep. With alternating POVs, mother and son express their stories in their own words and emotions, giving a well-roun
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Jena Henry
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Little did I know when I was reading and getting lost in the story-telling of Amanda Prowse’s earlier books, that “the Queen of emotional drama” was facing a health challenge with her son Josh. She has written over 25 contemporary fiction books, many of which I have enjoyed, but I was surprised to learn that in real life her son was struggling with severe depression.

Ms. Prowse and her son teamed up to write this book, and Josh’s story and the family viewpoint are told in alternating chapters. F
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Joann
I've just lately discovered Amanda Prowse books and they have been awesome novels. When I saw that she and her son wrote a book, on his depression, and was offered by Amazon to read it for free, I jumped on the bandwagon. Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student’s mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, w ...more
Goth Gone Grey
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like reading two separate books

Sometimes books with two authors merge seamlessly together, a subtle dance of words to the same song. Not so for this volume, where each author has such a distinct style and recollections of the past leapfrog over each other.

Josiah is factual, blunt about what he went through in ways that may make it easy to understand for anyone who thinks depression is a choice of just being sad. An example:

"Day by day over an unknown period of time my emotions were chipped aw
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