My first impression on reading the first couple of chapters of this book was 'well, this certainly isn't in the league of how- I-succeeded-inspite-of-mental-illness of other books such as 'A Brilliant Mind'. There's no blockbuster film here! Ms Harris's writing style is sparse and over-cliched, and her attitude that she shouldn't be held responsible for her actions simply because she's bipolar, do not evoke instant sympathy in the reader.
However, my feelings changed when Ms Harris dropped the attitude and described her time in a mental institution. I was moved to tears, and, from this moment, I found the description of her struggle to become a jockey rivetting. As a UK reader it is a real eye-opener to see how difficult life is for the mentally ill in the United States with no National Health Service and limited state benefits. I shall certainly be using this book when teaching my psychology students and would suggest that anyone interested in the welfare of the mentally ill would enjoy it too.