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A Danger to Herself and Others

Written by: Alyssa Sheinmel
Narrated by: Devon Sorvari
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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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.

©2019 Alyssa Sheinmel (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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It wasn't horrible...

I can't be too harsh on this book. It wasn't bad enough for me to return but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It was just very boring and dragged on. The only part that even remotely caught my attention were the doctors and their studies. Other than that, this book is a pass.

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Super Interesting But The End Fell Flat A Bit

I loved the perspective of the narrator, wondering if it was reliable or not. Plus putting a light on the mental health community in a way that isn't detrimental and shows those who experience mental health issues are still very 'normal' (in my opinion, however I could be wrong) was really interesting. I was very engaged throughout until very close to the end and then it lost my attention a bit. I think I was looking for more about their life afterwards but didn't get enough of that.

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Awesome book

This is an amazing book! Totally worth the read/listen :) you will not regret it.

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Meh

A bit boring. Actually a lot boring. Anticlimactic. A bit of a sixth sense type of book. The author definitely could have taken up a notch.

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Anti-climactic

I actually skipped several chapters, as the pace was slow. I didn't love the first person narrative but can appreciate why it was used.

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Fast paced & interesting concepts

Loved the narrator! Book moves along properly. The plot twist at the end is exciting too! You're always questioning the main character's state of mind, the doctors, her friends, etc. I recommend :)

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I didnt listen to the reviews

I figured I would be contrarian as one review said she felt sad when listening. I thought emotion was good. the only emotion I felt was empty. nothing happened

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Kept ya listening, but there was no big crescendo.

This book was OK in that it kept ya listening but only because you were hoping for something bigger to happen which just never did. It fell short

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what a ride

what a wild ride that turned out to be. was easily taken into the story and blazed through it in a day and a half. very enjoyable to listen to and well written

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this is good for anyone

labeled YA. I'm old enough that young adult annoys me, and this book did at times, but they were very few. this was a unique look at a mental illness and many of the things that mental illness entails for a young person. It hooked me from the beginning and didn't disappoint. This one definitely deserves more stars than reported now. Give it a try, it's worth a read.

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  • Kara Ohlsen
  • 2019-09-10

Hopeful

This book was fantastic! A definite MUST read/listen!! It brings mental health/illness into a light from the view of someone who is suffering & battling mental illness. It takes you along a path from diagnosis to treatment. It touches on the feeling's of the one whom is diagnosed, as well as her parents who, are less then happy to learn this is a life-long struggle. However, I love how it gives the reader insight into a disease that for a very many years, and even today, is one that carries a heavy stigma. This book was written so well, that you can picture the book, as if it were a movie, in your minds eye. It also, is such an honest account of the internal struggle with the person who finds out they have a serious mental health disorder. To the struggle their family may go through to learn to accept that it is a life-long battle. However with proper medication & treatment someone can, absolutely live a "normal" productive life. This book was amazingly well written, the type of book that can start the "conversation" that so desperately needs to be, not only started, but continued.
I love how the author did absolutely amazing showing how "Hannah" was affected learning of her diagnosis & trying to understand "what is reality & what is not". And how, her illness is cunning into making her think, she is fine. And her medication "is no longer needed". As alot of mental illnesse disorder's do.
I will absolutely be listening to this book again! As well as referring it to other's. Definitely, a great way to a conversation!
And that is HUGE!

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  • Amber Sosa
  • 2019-03-06

Surprised by this book

I enjoyed this book. I was honestly a little annoyed by the main character and her point of view but soon understood why she spoke like she did. well written well thought out

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  • Kjuan ramirez
  • 2019-03-22

a book that lures you in

the best book i have heard and read in the year of 2019. well done

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  • Bri
  • 2019-11-02

Slowly got there

This book was great, but was SO VERY SLOW in the beginning. I was almost sad I didn’t continue reading it but I did. It picked up and was actually interesting. The woman speaking was a tad monotone and could really use a lesson in changing character voices a bit better. Anyhow, good book If you like psychology aspect of things.

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  • Valyncia
  • 2019-07-25

Best book<br />

And every day was really good, I love the book so far, it's the best book I've read

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  • mariasnow
  • 2019-07-24

I can relate in some ways

this is a great book. you get to see into the mind of a teenage girl who is struggling from differentiating what's real from imaginative. just listening to this book makes me wonder if having her imaginary friends is better the returning to reality.

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  • RueRue
  • 2019-07-02

More than YA

A sympathetic look at mental illness. Although it's labeled as YA, even an adult reader ( like me) would find this compelling. I appreciated that the author didn't gloss over the consequences of Hannah's actions, and didn't write a HEA. Very good narrator.

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  • Frank
  • 2019-06-30

Page 338 (EXTREME SPOILER ALERT)

I like to skip ahead and reading the last sentence on Page 338 (the story ends on Page 336) brought it all home.

Truth - loads of triggers for the claustrophobic so stressful due to the subject matter (granted, I'm a flight person in the fight or flight definition) and still waited for Hannah to do a Shawshank or MacGyver or Natty Gann and find a way out of her court-ordered captivity. She is very bright for a high school senior and no doubt instead of measuring the floor for the 1,000th time (8 steps by 7 steps) she could figure out a way to leave, and does - or did she. Escaping would make the story an adventure and more readable, but that's just me.

Then there are her wealthy parents - rude, arrogant and spoiled - and make it clear their daughter's illness is interfering with their jet-set lifestyle. I hated them (good writing is to blame - lol).

It's plain Hannah hates them for raising an only child in 5-star hotels, and perhaps the reason for her crisis that my guess could be resolved without the pills but with intense therapy, but I'm not a psychiatrist.

Then there's the last sentence on Page 338 - sneaky of the author to leave it for the few who would skip ahead...