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    Only a few pages into A Divided Mind, my heart was already in my throat. I could tell this was going to be one powerful read. This story is told via dual points of view, by Branson and his mother, in alternating chapters. M. Billiter writes with such incredible care and sensitivity, I felt connected to each of these characters on a deeply personal level, whether I'd faced their struggles or not. This is a confronting book in many ways. It addresses immensely challenging issues and contains a side that is absolutely horrifying. I'm not sure I can think of many other fiction writers who've shown the level of compassion that the author does here. She drew me into her characters' lives. I watched their situations unfold as if they were happening to dear friends. I felt for them even when they made choices I would never make myself. Novels that do this are so important! This is the kind of story that helps us understand one another. It will resonate with anyone who has considered the issues that arise with mental illness, especially schizophrenia, and the complicated relationships among family. A Divided Mind will move you and give you a multitude of things to think about long after you finish reading.
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    A Divided Mind by M. Billiter 5 +++++++ Stars Its been 4 days since I finished this book...I'm still not sure if I'm ready to review it but I have to so that maybe I can get some closure. I've read a lot of books in my life and I've almost met my challenge this year and I've got a handful of favorites so far this year in many different genres. I have to say that this book touched me in ways no other book ever has. I've read many of the reviews where so many said it wasn't what they expected as they were looking for a thriller as it's described. LiteraryTerms.com defines thriller as A thriller is a genre of literature, film, and television whose primary feature is that it induces strong feelings of excitement, anxiety, tension, suspense, fear, and other similar emotions in its readers or viewers—in other words, media that thrills the audience. In my opinion this was every bit the Domestic Thriller I expected. As a Mom I was thoroughly invested in this story and felt every emotion described in the definition above. I can't even imagine how I would have handled everything in this story but kind of feel like it would have been very similar to the actions of what this mother did and how she reacted. I could completely relate to it all. I finished reading this book and had to sit after crying and having a hard time reading the words to finish and I just sat and stared. My husband even asked me if I was ok at one point. I was in awe at how well this story was written and how real this author kept everything. The Mom in this book wasn't perfect, she didn't do what society deems right in every aspect but the one thing she did do was Love with her whole being. I could probably sit here and write as many words for this review as there are in the book itself so I'm going to focus now on this author. I've read other books by her and genuinely loved them all, but this one has made me seriously want to meet her. I want this book in my hands physically and I know I will read it again and again. My advice...Read from cover to cover..not just the story but the before and after the story then do what i did and go to her website and read her about me. Thank you Miss Billiter for giving me this book, it will never leave my mind and no matter what I read in the future this book will always hold a special place with me and i saw a bit of a hint of another to possibly follow. Oh My Goodness I must start preparing for that.
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    A difficult subject that is written very well with

    “Please. We have to fix him. There’s got to be something.” An account of one family’s struggles as a high schooler descends into mental illness. It is told in dual POV – the son’s perspective and the mother’s perspective. Not only does the son have to come to grips with what is happening to him, but also the entire family and friends. Not only does he want his dreams and goals back, his family wants their son and brother back. A difficult subject that is written very well with emotional honesty and understanding.
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    Mental Illness is Real

    A Divided Mind is an interesting read about a boy who is schizophrenic. I'm glad to read a book that doesn't shy away from mental illness. It's an important topic that needs to be addressed much more often than it actually is. The story is riveting and heart wrenching but also hopeful. I felt sympathetic toward the characters. It's a book to read with an open mind and an understanding that mental illness is very real. Families suffer and adjust as shown in the story. I hope this book speaks to you in some way that illuminates the hidden reality so many people deal with daily. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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    4 Stars

    Eerily realistic book about a son hearing voices and a mother doing what every it takes to help her son. We follow the point of view of the son and the mother which really adds to the storyline. It allows us to get to know both of them very well. I don't normally feel attached to the characters but knows that this was co-authored by a mother and son that went through this before it was very gripping.
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