Monday, June 1, 2015

Review: Mental by Justice Serai

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

25020088Title: Mental
Published: April 7, 2015
Pages: 218
Format: eBook
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Hope is an illusion meant to convince the broken to keep on living. That’s me. Broken.
My father pays heaps of money for doctors at the Norfolk Psychiatric Center to fix me. I’ve spent six months of my prime teenage years at this residential facility – a place for teenagers who’ve gone mental.
That’s me. Mental.
Just when I begin to feel myself fade away, a boy with a wolfish smile and mischievous eyes reels me in. Julian is broken too, but he believes in me enough for the both of us. Through him, I begin to experience this thing called hope. Doctors can’t fix me, my parents can’t either, but maybe it’s not me who needs fixing.
After all, mental is only a state of mind. It all depends on who’s doing the thinking.


I don’t know what it is but I have been pretty much enjoying all the books that I have been reading about mental health. I am not sure because the author does such great work of describing how it is inside the mind of someone with mental health or the plot. With mental the blurb is what got me to want to give this book a try and I am glad I did. We are taken into the life of Lucy who is a young girl that has been put into a treatment facility because she is schizophrenic, she has dealt with this since she was very young. It all started when she was six and she was getting baptized then it just went down hill for her. Fast forward a bit and we are where she is in the facility to try and get help. Lucy doesn’t talk to anyone, keeps to herself, she eats a certain kind of food and she loves to draw. Dr. P wants her to draw a mural on the wall for all to see and so we get to see her put her talents to the test. Then a young man named Julian comes in and it is like love at first sight well mostly when he sat beside her and started talking to her. Now these two fall head over heels with each other pretty quickly and over course you know the staff can’t let that happen too much as they would get into trouble. But Julian is good for Lucy and we get to see this on not only his road to recovery but hers as well. We see Lucy get strong and want to get better even if that means she needs a daily routine and what not. This is pretty much a H.E.A book and I do enjoy those but I wanted to know how Lucy was doing afterwards. Was everything okay? Did she adapt well?

I did enjoy the little quotes at the top of each chapter they were insightful so to speak and different. The plot was simple and it does have insta-love which was okay but to be expected. The characters were interesting even though I did enjoy Lucy I felt as though there was something left out that happened big in her life. Looking for a quick read I say pick this book up I do plan on looking for more books by this author.

If my name weren’t enough to doom me to nerdville, my love of all things dark and weird would. Inspired by stories of hope and perseverance throughout history, in my own life, and in the lives of people I know, I strive to write authentic YA fiction for the oddball in all of us.
I want to make people think deeply, feel wholly, and laugh and cry, just as I have.
I’m no stranger to tricky topics such as LGBTQ issues, adoption, disabilities, and mental illness, and I hope you come to love my characters as much as I do.