Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t.
Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.
The premise of this story sounded amazing to me and I knew I had to read about these characters. I personally found it hard to relate to any of the characters. However, I don’t think it really determined how well I liked the book. I thought the information was great, the story was great, the character progression was really well thought out. I loved the last 1/3 of the book. Walton was really on point with all the feels and the emotions. I would have 5 stared this book if she could have carried that emotion throughout the whole read. I didn’t feel really invested in the characters until everything was about to fall apart.
The part of this book that held me back was that it was supposed to be written in journal entries to his therapist, but it didn’t feel like journal entries to me. There was dialogue in the “journal entries”. The entries were also too methodical and thought out for me. I was expecting more of a stream of consciousness kind of journal entry. I think this would have been just as effective if it was just a story from Adam’s perspective.
This is definitely a different kind of book, and I’m very glad that I read it. I would recommend reading it if you’re even just a little bit curious.