A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Tiffany Gholar

Posted February 19, 2016 by Erica || 1 Comment

A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Tiffany GholarA Bitter Pill to Swallow by Tiffany Gholar
Published by Pronoun on December 31st 2015
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Psychological
Pages: 305
Format: ARC
Source: Author

On the edge of the Chicago medical district, the Harrison School for Exceptional Youth looks like a castle in a snow globe. Janina has been there since she was ten years old, and now she’s fourteen. She feels so safe inside its walls that she’s afraid to leave.

Devante’s parents bring him there after a tragedy leaves him depressed and suicidal. Even though he’s in a different place, he can’t escape the memories that come flooding back when he least expects them.

Dr. Gail Thomas comes to work there after quitting her medical residency. Frustrated and on the verge of giving up on her dreams, she sees becoming a counselor as her last chance to put her skills to the test.

When he founded the school, Dr. Lutkin designed its unique environment to be a place that would change the students’ lives. He works hard as the keeper of other people’s secrets, though he never shares any of his own.

But everything changes late in the winter of 1994 when these four characters’ lives intersect in unexpected ways. None of them will ever be the same.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book kept me intrigued from start to finish…I think when I read this book it related to my family in many ways that I just kept on reading. With this slump that I have been in, I was so glad that I enjoyed this read. First and foremost if you are looking for a book to keep you on your toes…this is the one for you.

I connected with each character in a different way, which is shocking for me. I usually connect with a character or two, but this was nice change of pace for me. The author does a fantastic job of keeping you engaged even with the varying POVs. Different POVs are always up in the air with me…you win some, you lose some. This book definitely won in that category. The author does a beautiful job of making each voice different. That’s something I need. When you go from character to character they need to have a voice and Tiffany does a fantastic job of doing so.

Not only does she make their voices distinct her writing in general is fantastic. I am not one to notice writing style and things of the such when it comes to books…but this story spoke to me and it had a lot to do with the way the author wrote. It was magnificent.

This story takes you on a journey and if you or someone you know deals with mental illness…you need to read this book. This book teaches you a lot when you read it and I believe that so many people could relate to the stories told.

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