Author: Fiona Place
Genre: Psychological fiction, adult
Source: For review, from author
Lucy, a young woman in her mid-twenties, is in and out of hospitals for her Anorexia and Panic Disorders. This story chronicles her journey with a cast of different psychiatrists with whom she has very strange relationships, doctors, fellow patients, and even her parents, who seem careless about her. Lucy tries to come to grips with her problems involving her health, parents, and friendships, but continually struggles.
This book is very disorienting, complex, confusing, intriguing – definitely experimental. It is written in both prose and poetry, and has random words beginning with capital letters – a very unique writing style that I’ve not seen too often. I’d say it’s somewhat like stream of consciousness. The story is told from Lucy’s perspective, and I believe the disorienting and confusing style of writing really meshes well with her personality and goes along with it. Lucy suffers from an eating disorder, and also what she refers to as Panic, which causes her own mind to be a complex and disorienting place to be in, which is absolutely reflected in the writing style.
While I was confused a lot of the time while reading, it really enabled me to get a glimpse into the mind of someone like Lucy who suffers from multiple mental health disorders – all the confusion and complexities. It was very psychological, sad, frustrating, and even hopeful at times. I’d recommend this book if you’re looking for something very different, and if you’re interested in both psychological and eating disorders.
My Rating: 3/5