Life Is but A Dream

Life Is but A Dream

Book - 2012
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When fifteen-year-old Sabrina meets Alec at the Wellness Center where she is being treated for schizophrenia, he tries to persuade her that it is the world that is crazy, not them, and she should defy her doctors rather than lose what makes her creative and special.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312610043
Branch Call Number: TEEN JAME
Characteristics: 234 p.

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livieb17
Aug 07, 2015

"Yeah? How was I?"
"You were . . . kind of perfect" I say
"Kind of?" Alec throws his hands out to his sides, pretending to be offended. "Can I try again? I'd hate for my reputation to be spoiled by a 'kind of.'"

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livieb17
Aug 07, 2015

"I'm glad I was sent here after all" Alec says.
"Why?"
"Because you're here"

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livieb17
Aug 07, 2015

"Maybe that's where we're supposed to meet then" I say.
"What do you mean? When?"
"I mean, maybe that's where our perfect world begins"

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livieb17
Aug 07, 2015

We have to find a place that is ours. The doctors keep trying to make us fit into this world, but they're wrong. We need a world that fits us.

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Aug 05, 2015

I don't know what made me pick up this exact book, but I am glad that I did. I was looking for a novel about somebody struggling with schizophrenia. It was a new topic to me and I was curious and excited to learn more. I really enjoyed this book. I loved imagining the things that Sabrina was imaginary seeing. Also the romance was so perfect. Just a really great novel about illness and healing.

Cdnbookworm Apr 15, 2012

This teen novel is told from the point of view of 15-year-old Sabrina. She has alway had a good imagination, and until recently her parents encouraged her use of imagination and creativity. Her best friend has also been drawing away from Sabrina's stories and pictures, in favour of an interest in the opposite sex. But an incident at school, coming to light to the reader as the novel progresses, has resulted in Sabrina being sent for treatment in a youth mental health facility. Sabrina struggles with the sense of losing herself to become "normal", and yet also feels scared when faced with the real world.
When she encounters another troubled teen, Alec, she feels drawn to him, and becomes involved emotionally. As the two grow closer, Sabrina relies on Alec to support her dreams, while Alec doesn't entirely understand the issues Sabrina is facing.
This is an interesting novel around mental illness, society's attitudes, but mostly the internal struggle of a person dealing with their own illness. A wonderfully immersive novel of a troubling experience.

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emma345 Aug 10, 2012

emma345 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 15

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