January 31, 2017

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by @Eric_Lindstrom #FirstPageTuesday

Welcome to the first post of First Page Tuesday!  Each week well share one amazing start to a book we have on hand!  Sometimes it will be a finished copy and other it will be an ARC.  If it is an ARC please understand that this may not match the finished product.  
We came up with this idea via 1linewednesday which is a # on twitter and a few other places that we loved so much we wanted to share a full page with you.  
This week we have another young adult contemporary this time about mental heath and mental issues.  This one is for fans of All the Bright Places. We hope that you enjoy your time with us! 

This title will be released on February 7, 2017.

In the vein of It's Kind of a Funny Story and All the Bright Places, comes a captivating, immersive exploration of life with mental illness.

For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm's length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel's compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst--that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she's been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?

In A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, Eric Lindstrom, author of the critically acclaimed Not If I See You First, examines the fear that keeps us from exposing our true selves, and the courage it takes to be loved for who we really are.

Eric Lindstrom is a BAFTA and WGA-nominated veteran of the interactive entertainment industry. He is the author of Tragic Kind of Wonderful and Not If I See You First.


My big brother, Nolan, used to say everyone has a superpower. Not a skill you learned, but something you were born with. And it's not always cool.  Some people get perfect pitch or good intuition, while others get something useless like being able to go a long time without blinking. But if you don't judge, everyone has at least one thing they're really good at.
Nolan's superpower was, quote, "I can make myself be happy." He proved it by having loud fun with lots of friends most of the time. But it also could be unsettling. Like when he was "happy" at times I knew he shouldn't be. He wasn't faking it exactly. It was real in a way, just not....authentic.
Happiness, he said, was like the lights in your house, running on electricity generated by the good things in life. Unhappy people have dark houses without electricity, and they sometimes put candles in their windows to hide their sadness from others, but not Nolan. He said he had a bicycle in his head, attached to an electric generator, and he could imagine pedaling it whenever he wanted to power his real happiness light.

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