Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
This book! Every single person needs be read this book! Like… now!
I’m going to make a quick confession. You know that book, All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven? Yeah. I used to love that book. Until… I was watching a BookTuber, and she started taking about how she didn’t like it because of how it shapes mental illness. Throughout the story, neither of the kids, despite their troubles, tell an adult. And one ends up dying for it! Ugh. Sorry for the spoiler. But anyway, even though it dealt with metal illness, it didn’t send out a good message, and I had to agree with that BookTuber, and so now I don’t really like that book.
The point of that huge paragraph was that this book is different! Yes, it deals with mental illness, and yes, it is brutal. But in the end, the way the characters deal with it? The author sends out an amazing message.
Not only does she say that things can get better, and you will continuously have to pick up the pieces of mistakes, but that the important thing is moving forward. Does Charlie relapse? Yes. But she learns from her mistakes.
And even in the beginning, Charlie gets the help she needs.
This book really teaches you what its like to live with a mental illness, and helps you to understand how someone can feel compelled to cut themselves to get relief… from life.
And the ending is also fantastic! It really shows that no matter what, things can get better. And that also, some people in your life will be destructive, and eventually you have to let them go.
I read this book and it changed my entire perspective on mental illness. It helped me to feel what its like to be Charlie. And I needed that. Every one needs that. Because at some point in your life you will meet a Charlie. Hell! You could be a Charlie!
The point of this post was to talk about how everyone should read this book because you will get something out of it, something that you will keep with you for the rest of your life. And that right there… is a book worth reading.