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Challenger Deep

Shusterman, Neal. Book - 2015 Teen Fiction / Shusterman, Neal, Teen Book / Fiction / General / Shusterman, Neal None on shelf 1 request on 4 copies Community Rating: 4.3 out of 5

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"A teenage boy struggles with schizophrenia"-- Provided by publisher.


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unsettling submitted by camelsamba on July 31, 2017, 1:12pm I listened to this as an audiobook, and it was hard to listen to for a couple of reasons. It's hard to figure out what is going on initially, even knowing it's about mental illness. If i'd been reading, I would have flipped back and forth a lot at the beginning. Then again, if I'd been reading instead of listening, I might have given up completely. And the subject matter was difficult, unsettling, deep.

There is a section which talks about how hallucinations aren't really what the common understanding of them is. I wish I had audio-bookmarked it so I could track it down again. Had I been reading a print edition, I would have put a sticky flag on those pages...

Reading though other reviews I saw mention of illustrations and an author's note. I'm disappointed that they didn't record the author's note for the BOCD, and I plan to flip through a copy on the library shelf to see the illustrations.

This book will destroy you. Let it. submitted by cekandera on July 20, 2018, 8:30pm I was in a funk for a few days after finishing this. Challenger Deep is such an important and beautiful book.

Kind of boring submitted by JY 2005 on July 29, 2018, 10:27am I didn't really get the plot of this book and it was confusing.

its ok submitted by Corgo0828 on August 1, 2018, 3:25pm The book was a little confusing

Beautiful book submitted by timdufresne on August 2, 2018, 4:48pm This sticks with you. It's a fascinating and challenging story, but a powerful portrayal of mental health and the struggles therein.

Highly recommended submitted by kassafrass on July 13, 2019, 9:21am For me, it was helpful to know the premise behind this book before picking it up. Otherwise, you can get pretty lost in the metaphors. It is written with two completely different, simultaneous storylines that gradually, gradually, come closer and closer until it is clear they have been the same story in progress the whole time. It has some powerful takeaways about mental illness, and I was very impressed with the insights. I still think about it often. This book stays with you, for sure.

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New York : HarperCollins, [2015]
Year Published: 2015
Description: 308 p.
Language: English
Format: Book


Shusterman, Brendan.

Schizophrenia -- Fiction.