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A Danger to Herself and Others

A Danger to Herself and Others

Scris de Alyssa Sheinmel

Povestit de Devon Sorvari


A Danger to Herself and Others

Scris de Alyssa Sheinmel

Povestit de Devon Sorvari

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Feb 5, 2019
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9781974930784
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Hannah knows there's been a mistake. She doesn't need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at that summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctor and judge figure out that she isn't a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year — those college applications aren't going to write themselves. But until then, she's determined to win over the staff and earn some privileges so that she doesn't lose her mind to boredom.

Then Lucy arrives. Lucy has her own baggage, and she's the perfect project to keep Hannah's focus off all she is missing at home. But Lucy may be the one person who can get Hannah to confront the secrets she's avoiding — and the dangerous games that landed her in confinement in the first place.

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Alyssa Sheinmel is the bestselling author of several novels for young adults including A Danger to Herself and Others and Faceless. Alyssa currently lives and writes in New York. Follow Alyssa on Instagram and Twitter @AlyssaSheinmel or visit her online at alyssasheinmel.com.


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  • (4/5)
    I received a copy of A Danger to Herself and Others from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book, but a first-person unreliable narrative was not it. I had no idea what had really happened to get Hannah remanded to the institute, but the back and forth with herself gave me a few insights early on.

    This book will pull you in and have you almost believe that you are experiencing things right along with Hannah. I was so sure that Lucy was real and that having a roommate was a great thing for Hannah.

    The ending seemed a little rushed, I would have liked Hannah to spend more time in treatment with her original doctor, but I understand wanting to get a child (even though she is now a senior in high school) home and back to a "normal" routine.

  • (3/5)
    I was given a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Hannah's story is engaging. The book is well written. I don't feel I've wasted my time reading it, but I likely won't really remember it. It's not the kind of book that sticks with you. I was able to put it down and immediately go looking for my next read.

    Hanna Gold is a smart, outgoing overachiever who has always been mature for her age. Living in an Upper East Side apartment, traveling the world, proud parents; Hannah couldn't ask for a more perfect life. While attending a summer program, her roommate, and best friend, has a terrible accident. It was just an accident. Right?

    A Danger to Herself and Others takes us through Hannah's experiences after her roommate has an accident that leads to Hannah being taken to a mental institution. We see everything through Hannah's perspective. The book reads almost as a journal. I liked the book. I read the whole thing in just a couple hours. Once I started, I didn't want to put it down. I needed to find out exactly how things would play out.

    What was happening was pretty obvious. Hannah had a number of "intense" and "unusual" friendships in her life. She went through "best friends" like most people go through napkins. There had been previous accidents, but it wasn't ever anything big, and it was never her fault. Accidents happen, after all. It was easy to pick up the clues of what Hannah was actually dealing with, but the story was still interesting.

    The author (through her own admission) took some creative liberties with the mental health system and people dealing with mental health issues. It's not enough of a departure to feel like anything was significantly romanticized or diminished. Although what Hannah experiences may not be accurate, it is close enough that you empathize with her.

    Hannah is frustrating sometimes. She doesn't really come off as likable, but rather a know it all who takes pride in manipulating her parents' friends to feel ashamed of their own children. They are shocked that Hannah, even at the age of 4, is so well behaved and willing to try new things when their own children won't even eat pasta. Hannah was mature enough at that age to be left alone in a hotel room while her parents partied in Monte Carlo. She was never a child; just a small adult.

    Lucy is another in a long line of best friends. Hannah befriends her with the soul purpose of convincing the doctors that she's a good friend and not at all someone that would hurt anyone. She needs them to see this has all been a misunderstanding. While I can understand her line of thinking (however skewed it may be), it doesn't make me like her. It bothers me that she sees a girl in a similar situation to her own as nothing more than a pawn to further her own redemption.

    Hannah does get more, well, not likable, but at least you can feel for her. As the story progresses and you start to piece things together you begin to realize she isn't a bad person and her perfect life isn't really that perfect.

  • (5/5)
    A Danger to Herself and Others is a deep-dive character study with a strong psychological component.So... wow. This book. Let me find the words. Oh, here they are: Read it.I'm not telling you anything about the plot, because everything I want to say would be spoilers.Expectations are important. Be aware that this is absolutely not a thriller, as some readers expected. The pace is slow, intentionally so, but I was never, not once, bored. I didn't wish for speed. This story is about getting to know Hannah, about the building tension and the things she - and we - learn along the way. It's about perceptions, relationships, expectations, and the mystifying aspects of the mind.The writing is perfection. Really. And I don't say that often.*I received a copy via a giveaway from Sourcebooks Fire.*
  • (4/5)

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    This book was informative and awesome all the way around. It really makes you think and allows you to look at vastly different perspectives. Couldnt put it down!

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  • (4/5)

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    3.5 Stars

    Touted as a mix of We Were Liars and Girl, Interrupted, A Danger to Herself and Others caught my attention immediately. The blurb immediately lets us know we're dealing with an unreliable narrator in an institutional setting. Hannah knows how to make friends with anyone, but when her roommate from summer school is in a coma fingers start pointing in her direction. It's just a matter of time, of putting up with the dingy green walls, and making friends with her roommate, everything should clear up no problem. Except the days have turned into months and Hannah's not even sure what day it is or if she's any closer to freedom.

    Hannah seems to be, by all accounts, a totally normal teen girl. She's smart, focused on school, and cares an awful lot about what others think of her. She wants friends, she wants a boyfriend, she wants to make it through the summer outside of the four walls she's trapped in. As things start to slip for her I began to realize I didn't know Hannah at all, that we'd been fed half truths from a fictional character. It's an interesting concept, one that allows the reader to look into the head of a character with a mental disability.

    I loved the premise of this book, I have been wanting to read a fictionalized story in an institution, but Hannah's story is difficult to process. Hannah is, in fact, difficult to like. It isn't her illness, it isn't her desperation to leave, it is her willingness to use everything and everyone to her advantage. She's selfish and her repetitive thoughts, though obviously explained, gets old. Everyone has a use, everything is a stepping stone, and even when medicated she's focused on where she'll get to next and what she can do to make it go her way. Of course, there are times when I was sympathetic, but it was quickly pushed aside by frustration over her willingness to just continue doing the same. I could've seen this being played in more length and maybe changing my mind about her as she spent more time with her diagnosis. We just spent a bit too much time in her thoughts with very little else going on. All that said, I still couldn't put this book down, Alyssa B. Sheinmel has quite a lot of talent and kept me hooked even when I rolled my eyes.

    I recommend this book for readers looking for a pretty accurate representation of teen mental illness that isn't glossed over.

    Goodreads and I need to have a serious talk about this disappearing review BS.

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