Spotlight: LIFE IS BUT A DREAM by Brian James

Life Is but a Dream by Brian James
releases March 27 from Feiwel & Friends
ages 12+

Is the world crazy--or are they?

Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced it's the world that's crazy, not the two of them. They are meant to be together; they are special.

But when Alec starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries that she'll lose hold of her dreams and herself. Should she listen to her doctor? Her decision may have fatal consequences.

Brian James calls Life is But a Dream "the most intense book I've written. Bringing this unique character to life and seeing the world through her eyes, with all its beauty and confusion, was an immense challenge that I hope is just as rewarding to read as it was to write." Intense--yes. Unforgettable--definitely.

*blurb and cover image from goodreads

It's refreshing to see more YA novels that focus on mental illness in some way, either through the main character or a supporting character. Because sometimes illness isn't quite the right word. The mind of a person can be a beautiful mystery, a thrilling scape to explore. Just because it is different from the norm doesn't always mean it is sick or in need of fixing. I don't know which is the case in this particular novel, but I'm really looking forward to reading and finding out! Can't wait to see what is in Sabrina's head and how it moves her through the story.

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Happy reading!
~Lydia