A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstorm is a book about 16 year old Mel Hannigan who has a Bipolar Disorder. She had a brother who committed suicide and parents that are divorced. She is a very confused girl going through school dramas but one plays out in a horrible way.
“Dr Jordan told me everyone with bipolar disorder is different – endless variations of moods, emotions, intensity, frequency, reactions, episodes, delusions, breakdowns – but even so, according to him, I’m unusual.”
I was really disappointed with this book. I’d previously picked it up quite a few times and put it back on the shelf after not getting past a few pages.
This time I decided to perseveres and still was disappointed.
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, I felt, had no real story to it. The description or synopsis seen on amazon I found very misleading and not what the book was about at all. Mel is very confused and to me, doesn’t seem to have much of a personality to be honest. I think if we had seen more of Mel’s real personality it may have added a little something extra to the book making at least an easy read rather than a struggle. That being said the portrayal of bipolar disorder within this book was interesting(?) but I use this word loosely. Maybe ‘accurate’ would be more fitting. The author clearly has done research or has lived with someone with Bipolar which has enable her to understand the struggles well.
I found myself skipping a few pages every now and then out of sheer boredom. About three quarters of the way through I was desperate to give up but with a hope of an exciting ending I carried on only to be un-surprised and bored even more by the ending.
I have been reviewing books using Goodreads which you can find here. (Elle Ritson). I gave the book a solid 2/5.
If you wish to read the book yourself you can purchase the book here.