A Bitter Pill to Swallow

A Bitter Pill to Swallow On the edge of the Chicago medical district the Harrison School for Exceptional Youth looks like a castle in a snow globe Janina has been there since she was ten years old and now she s fourteen She

  • Title: A Bitter Pill to Swallow
  • Author: Tiffany Gholar
  • ISBN: 9781364467142
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • On the edge of the Chicago medical district, the Harrison School for Exceptional Youth looks like a castle in a snow globe Janina has been there since she was ten years old, and now she s fourteen She feels so safe inside its walls that she s afraid to leave Devante s parents bring him there after a tragedy leaves him depressed and suicidal Even though he s in a differOn the edge of the Chicago medical district, the Harrison School for Exceptional Youth looks like a castle in a snow globe Janina has been there since she was ten years old, and now she s fourteen She feels so safe inside its walls that she s afraid to leave Devante s parents bring him there after a tragedy leaves him depressed and suicidal Even though he s in a different place, he can t escape the memories that come flooding back when he least expects them Dr Gail Thomas comes to work there after quitting her medical residency Frustrated and on the verge of giving up on her dreams, she sees becoming a counselor as her last chance to put her skills to the test When he founded the school, Dr Lutkin designed its unique environment to be a place that would change the students lives He works hard as the keeper of other people s secrets, though he never shares any of his own But everything changes late in the winter of 1994 when these four characters lives intersect in unexpected ways None of them will ever be the same.

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    1. !!! review: africanbookaddict/2017/05This book is why we need to support Indie writers more. Loooooved this for so many reasons. I would give this 5 stars, but the words 'crazy' and 'normal' were over-used for a story of this nature. Other than that, this was a very timely read for me. I should read more YA! Special thanks to Tiffany Gholar for this edition, as Dr. Gail Thomas's story intrigued me as a dental student.4.5 stars

    2. This book has such a wonderful message. So many people have been misunderstood and categorized as something they are not, especially those that are gifted. Just because you're different does not meant there is anything wrong with you.I also love that this book does not focus on the pharmaceutical aspect of mental illness, as I am a firm believer that you do not necessarily need to medicate a mental illness. Talking or "talk therapy", among the many other therapies mentioned in this book are ofte [...]

    3. An exceptional bookAs a victim (probably not the best choice of word) of mental health, this book was amazing to me. As well read as I think I am even I did not know all of the stuff that was in this book. I am giving props to the author whom put a lot of research into mental illness in the 90's into this book. You did a great job and should be very proud. Everyone needs to read this book in my opinion. It deserves 10 stars if I could

    4. This book was originally posted on my blog The Book Return BlogThe Book Return BlogA Bitter Pill to Swallow’s’ storyline addresses a seldom discussed topic. The mental health of teens in America. The story has four very different points of view. All work or live in a treatment facility for teens with mental health issues. The first POV is that of ,Janina, a teen who is artistically talented but struggles with self-esteem and social anxiety issues. The second POV is that of Devante. He is an [...]

    5. See my original review on my blog: gamingforjustice/2016/12/I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review: suicide ideation, depression, depictions of mental illness treatment centersA Bitter Pill to Swallow by Tiffany Gholar is a young adult novel set in Chicago. The story follows multiple characters in story lines that intertwine as the novel progresses; however the main story follows Devante and Janina and their experiences at the Harrison School for Exceptio [...]

    6. A Bitter Pill to Swallow is a book that brings together four very different characters. The premise of this book was intriguing and was one of the reasons I wanted to read it. Books about mental illness are important and something I want to read more of. This was actually the first novel that I've read that revolved around mental health.There are many things this book does well:A diverse set of characters with diverse issues. Tiffany Gholar did a great job including racial diversity in the bo [...]

    7. I was sent a copy of A Bitter Pill to Swallow by the author Tiffany Gholar in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Tiffany!This book was a bit of a slow start for me, but it ended up picking up and I really enjoyed it. It’s set in Chicago in 1994. It follows for characters (Janina, Devante, Dr. Gail, and Dr. Lutkin) and their stories intertwine. It deals mental illness, which I think is very important for readers to read about. It gives you an insight into mental illness and how it was tr [...]

    8. I really loved A Bitter Pill to Swallow. I took Psychology in high school and college and loved the subject. I am not cut out to be a doctor or a nurse, but that doesn't mean I can't help people and its something that brings me a lot of fulfillment. Some people don't need physical help, they just need emotional or mental help. Sometimes they just need to know they are not alone in the troubles they face, even though they feel as if they are. This book shows that.A Bitter Pill to Swallow follows [...]

    9. What a book! This one was a bit off the normal path for me but I was sold from the moment I read the description. The characters were so human. so real. so relatable. I felt as if I were cheering them on every step as they journeyed to recovery, while I mourned for them and fell in love with them along the way.I was at first confused by - but ultimately grateful for the character of Gail. I felt a bit like the storyline concerning the PHEA and PharmCo could open a lot of doors and be expounded u [...]

    10. This book is an important book about two mentally ill Black teens & two doctors dealing with mental health in the 90's. The book's use of the word "crazy" is stigmatizing, but it is still an emotionally moving story. As a creative Black person battling depression, I found the character Janina especially relatable. Although the book is a bit dated due to the time period it is set in, it is still a great read.

    11. Great and empowering story!I love that this book has a positive yet realistic look into mental illnesses and how that sometimes a disorder isn't always an impossible curse

    12. A great book tackling mental illness. Though fictional, it was really well researched and had great characters!

    13. I received an e-copy of this book from the author in return for a review. This does not affect my review.The book is written mainly in four POVs of Janina, Dr. Lutkin, Gail and Devante. Janina has been in the The Harrison School for about four years and Devante has just joined. The plot takes us through mental health problems and healing of all the students, Gail’s struggle to find a psychiatric place where she wants to work and Dr. Lutkin keeping the school how it is against others who want t [...]

    14. The Harrison School helps children and teenagers struggling with their mental health to continue with their education whilst being treated for the issues that they are experiencing. At the school, we meet Janina who has been diagnosed with depression and has been at the school for four years and is afraid to leave the schools safety. Devante has been a witness to a life changing traumatic shooting in which the girl he cared about lost her life and he is finding life difficult. He attempts suicid [...]

    15. Edition: Paperback, 330 pages, published January 20th 2016Disclaimer: I reviewed this book on behalf of Tiffany Gholar, the author. I received a paperback copy in return for an honest review.The plot solid, definite and perfect for the book. Although there is not much action, there is definitely enough plot-twists to keep it interesting!The characterswere really interesting. I loved Janina, one of the main characters, and I felt I could relate to her in some ways. I found it absolutely outstandi [...]

    16. This is the story of two teenagers who are misdiagnosed and misunderstood by friends and family, and the adults who seek to help them. Devante has lost his best friend and falls into a deep depression. After barely being rescued from a suicide attempt he finds himself at the Harrison School, a facility for children with mental illness for instead of being medicated they are coached and mentored to understand themselves and their individual challenges. At Harrison, he meets Janina, a young lady w [...]

    17. During the process of reading this book I talked to SOO MANY people about it! Tiffany tells the story of 4 individuals intertwined by the Harrison school for the “mentally ill”. By narrating through each individual’s eyes and bringing them all together – you get a whole new sense of the term “you never know what someone is going through”. Janina, Devante, Dr. Lutkin and Gail all have their own internal struggles to deal with as well as concern for each other. Every chapter I read I f [...]

    18. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book and it didn't immediately grab me, but by page 20 or so I became hooked. Told through alternating perspectives, this story follows two young patients in a mental illness facility for youth, a promising med student, and the director of the facility. Each of their voices help flesh out this small contained world of confusion, pain, and hope. Devante is admitted after he tries to commit suicide for being unable to deal with the death [...]

    19. The Harrison School for Exceptional Youth is a world apart from traditional mental health facilities. Rather than drugs and discipline, there are art therapy classes and life skills classes. In charge of the Harrison School for Exceptional Youth is Dr. Lutkin, a man who wanted to create a unique and fulfilling environment which would allow the students to grow and learn to cope with their illnesses in a way which lets them lead productive lives in the outside world. Janina has been a student for [...]

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