Dear Stephanie {Book Review}

I don’t have a lot of time to read, and when I do, I normally get through one page and fall asleep.

I will be happy to report, not only did I stay awake, I really enjoyed and when I got some free time, read through this book in virtually one weekend.

Dear Stephanie by Mandi Castle

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From Amazon:

Paige Preston wants to end her life. After an unsuccessful attempt, she lands herself in mandatory therapy with a sexy psychiatrist. When he and an even more alluring friend begin to help her break down the walls she’s spent a lifetime building, Paige begins to see something bigger than herself. Is it enough to pull her out of her dark world and help her finally feel like a human? Or will letting someone in be the final step toward her demise?

Dear Stephanie is a sinfully addictive walk through a world of beauty, affluence, and incidental love that effortlessly moves the reader between laughter, tears, heartache, and hope with the turn of every “Paige”.

 

My review:

Paige Preston is a suicidal women who has a wild lifestyle that could lead her down a dangerous path. Despite her untamed life, her biggest threat is her own mind. I saw myself in Paige Preston. The thoughts and the feelings were so beautifully described by Mandi Castle. Living with depression can be a whirlwind of happy and sad, self-doubt and suicidal thoughts. Wondering if you’re wanted or needed can be a daily struggle. The author captures all of those feelings with ease. She drew you completely into the story.

In the beginning, Paige is a hard to like character with her over the top confidence combined with her intelligence and self-assuredness. As the story continues, she softens and lets those around her in, which made her a much more likable person.

There were a few chapters where a major event occurred (I don’t want to ruin it) and I had to put the book down because I was crying so hard. I’m sure this is part because of my personal experience, but nonetheless, she caught each emotion with clarity.

I highly recommend Dear Stephanie for a quick and good read.

I paid for my copy of this book and just thought it was a great read to share. 

3 thoughts on “Dear Stephanie {Book Review}”

  1. Wow! There is no greater gift to an author than getting an unexpected review. Thank you so much for reading and for writing this. I know it’s a tough subject and in places it’s hard to read, but I think Paige is a lot like more people than we think. In writing about mental illness, my goal is to help raise awareness but also shed light on a stigma that needs to be erased. Thank you again.

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