Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern
A guest review from Teen Room staff Marisa!
I first picked up this book because of the very attractive cover and title, and it was even better than expected. I had already read another book by this author, "Into the Wild Nerd Yonder," but I enjoyed this one even more.
Anna's parents send her to a mental hospital because of her depression and panic attacks. Insecure about her weight and feeling like no one could possibly like her, Anna's situation ironically improves when her life is turned upside-down. The cast of characters includes the boy who might never be released, a pregnant roommate forced to carry around a doll, and a quiet boy who might actually like Anna. Yet the ridiculous events of a mental hospital that seems to be doing very little to help the patients almost immediately helps Anna. The story is extremely funny and entertaining, but manages to be believable.
I absolutely loved Anna's voice and perspective. The book is told through letters to a friend living in the outside world, which are never sent. The story takes place entirely during Anna's time in the hospital. Julie Halpern tackles mental illnesses and other serious issues while remaining optimistic and lighthearted.