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Have a Nice Day by Julie Halpern

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Anna Bloom has spent the last three weeks in a mental hospital dealing with her depression, conspiring with her fellow inmates, and tripping through first love. But now she's out, where does she stand? Is she too crazy to fit in with her normal friends? Is she too normal to fit in with her mental hospital friends? The sequel to GET WELL SOON answers the questions readers want to know: How do you go back to normal after you just got out of a mental hospital?

Goodreads Summary

Just how do you act and feel when you are released from a mental hospital?  In Have a Nice Day, the reader will get to experience Anna Bloom's reactions in both a hysterical and realistic way.  For Anna,  a lot has changed.  She has a better grip on her depression, but there are factors that affect her in such a way that her depression or unease may return.  For one, her parents are fighting.  Anna knows that fighting parents are never good, will they divorce or separate?  The second thing that bothers Anna is Justin.  At the hospital, she had a relatively huge crush on him.  Does Justin still like her or is being normal overrated?  She isn't entirely sure how her friends will react either.  Will they reject her?

Anna's character is interesting.  Some readers may see her psychiatric illness as odd, while others will see it as personal growth when she recovers.  She does stick with life, trying to get back in the groove.  Her worry over Justin and her parents may be viewed as sweet.  I loved how she includes the reader in nearly every aspect of her life, even talking about her reformed Jewish heritage.  Her parents' characters can be a little frustrating.  Even they tell her that their arguing has nothing to do with her, Anna can't help but wonder.  The other characters are more secondary and are utilized almost as furniture or to push the plot along.  Justin adds a little bit of romance to the novel.  With Anna's great character and the interesting take on returning from a mental hospital, this book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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  1. Amanda said...:

    As weird as this sounds...these sound like they are right up my alley! I love books with this sort of theme.

    I just added both books to my wishlist. Thanks for bringing them to my attention! :)