Audience:Teenage: Age (years) 14, Grade (US) 9
Dimensions:8.28in x 5.44 x 1.16 in | 0.88 lb
Page Count:352 pages
WRITTEN FROM EXPERIENCE: Author is diagnosed with Bipolar disorder.
UPLIFTING ENDING: Nobody dies at the end.
HUMOROUS AND HEARTFELT: While narrative tackles heavier subjects, Natalie’s journey still finds moments for laughter, romance, and friendship.
NEURODIVERSE CAST: Natalie lives with Bipolar disorder; Ella has Asperger syndrome
“Natalie’s sharply drawn narrative voice provides levity and good humor. Debut author Webb draws from her own experience living with BPD to deliver a blistering portrayal of one teen’s attempts to seem ‘normal enough’ while managing a mental disorder—and the stigma and stereotypes that often accompany it—amid increasingly overwhelming life changes.”—Publishers Weekly
“Achingly truthful, the book sees Natalie through the quagmire of the journey to self-acceptance with humor and insight. Webb works with intelligence and candor to chip away at the stigma that surrounds mental illness…. Kind, buoyant, and cleareyed.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Webb here presents a story with educational elements woven in. Despite Natalie’s many obstacles, her journey is still shown as hopeful. Natalie’s experience with mental health is one that readers with their own mental illness can find comfort in, and those without can genuinely learn something from it.”—School Library Journal
“Webb constructs an intimate look at bipolar disorder in teen girls, while infusing Natalie’s story with art, humor, and a bit of unexpected mystery…. Focusing a positive lens on mental health, this coming-of-age story sees its protagonist navigating high school and young love.”—Booklist