Juliet the Maniac by Juliet Escoria
Published May 7, 2019
Paperback, 320 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 3/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Melville House, I received an eARC)
A shockingly dark, funny, and heartbreaking portrait of a young teenager’s clash with mental illness and her battle toward understanding and recovery
Ambitious, talented 14-year-old honors student Juliet is poised for success at her Southern California high school. However, she soon finds herself on an increasingly frightening spiral of drug use, self-harm, and mental illness that lands her in a remote therapeutic boarding school, where she must ultimately find the inner strength, and determination, to survive.
This book was intense, let me start there. There is a lot packed in this novel including humor, raw intense moments, and straight up hard to read bits. It was definitely a traumatic read.
Mental health is such a tough thing to read about if done in certain ways. I found the representation in this one was done very well. I found the psychiatric hospitalization written extremely truthfully.
Overall I feel this book was written very truthfully and raw. I would recommend it if you don’t have a hard time reading brutally intense books. There was just so much real going on in this one.