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Book Review: The Lost Language of Crazy by Pamela L. Laskin

The Lost Language of CrazyThe Lost Language of Crazy by Pamela L. Laskin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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⭑⭑⭑ 3 stars

“Sometimes in life you just have to eat the eggplant parmesan, even when you don’t want to, because you love the person who made it.”

Twelve year old Penny explores what it means to have no voice, what it means to hear many voices, and what it means to have your voice squashed.

This was such an interesting read. I really loved the author’s style of writing and the exploration behind mental illness. The two illnesses in focus are selective mutism and schizophrenia and I particularly enjoyed the monologue behind the selective mutism and the familial experience of schizophrenia.

There were various characters with lots of confusion about their identity, but the theme of friendship is very strong, and lent a warmth to the otherwise troubled storyline.

However, I felt that the story was rushed, and there was a lot to unpack with not a lot of time. I think the book could benefit from refinement, but Laskin is surely an author to watch.


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