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Saint Jude

Saint Jude [Kindle Edition]

Dawn DeAnna Wilson
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Taylor is going crazy. At least, she thinks so when her mother places her in Saint Jude, a group home for teens with mental illnesses. At Saint Jude, Taylor discovers a group of other teenage "crazies": Princess, Blaine, Isaac, and her soon-to-be best friend, Reno. This zany group specializes in quips and antics to avoid coming to terms with their problems, especially by frustrating Arnold "Big Daddy" Hopkins, the therapist and director. But the mood turns serious when tragedy strikes one of the group and "Big Daddy" is replaced by Dalton, who forces each of them to confront their futures with avant-garde techniques. One by one, they leave Saint Jude not with a "magic cure" but at least with the means to cope with life as an adult.

This novel, "Saint Jude," was listed in "The Big Book of Teen Reading Lists: 100 Great, Ready-to-Use Book Lists for Educators, Librarians, Parents, and Teens" by Nancy Keane.

This is a newly revised and re-edited version of the enovel.

Review from The School Library Journal:
"Taylor Drysdale, 18, suffers from bipolar disorder. During her senior year, she is reluctantly admitted to "Brick House," the outpatient program at St. Jude Hospital, where she meets other teens coping with mental illness. Together with the staff, they form a kind of family, and the teens learn to deal with conflicting attitudes and personalities. As the members prove themselves "worthy" and leave Brick House, they must confront their worst fear of all: surviving in the outside world where there are no counselors to cushion the blow. The novel focuses on the characters' interactions and on how, as Taylor comes to terms with her disorder and her family problems, she becomes ready to move out and move on. Similar to Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted (Vintage, 1994) and Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone (WSP, 1993), this is an excellent read with well-developed characters."
----Nicole M. Marcuccilli, Glenview Public Library, IL
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Review from Booklist:
"Taylor Drysdale is devastated when her mother commits her to St. Jude's Brick House, an outpatient program for teens with "problems." High-strung Taylor is convinced her divorced mother is just tired of dealing with her troubled daughter. Diagnosed as bipolar, Taylor hates her condition, fights depression, has setbacks. She also begins to question the methods used to treat patients and to wonder why most of the kids seem to be going nowhere in their treatments. Finally, Taylor finds a caring boyfriend who believes in her musical talent, and a sassy girlfriend who introduces her to the Castaways, a secret club for "crazies." Then a suicide changes everything at St. Jude, and Taylor must cope with real life once more. This odd yet moving story will have appeal for teens touched by adult books such as Girl Interrupted and One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, titles that also got inside the minds of the "crazies."

-----Jean Franklin
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Dawn Deanna Wilson is an award-winning North Carolina writer. Originally from Asheville, NC, her work has appeared in such publications as, "Writer's Digest," "Byline," "Builder/Architect Magazine" and the "Lutheran Journal." She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism and her master's degree in English/ creative writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 294 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Carraway Bay Press; Second edition (22 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #389,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars second favourite read of 2012. 28 Jan 2013
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I could`nt put this down, having downloaded by price more than anything (good value) Realistic & thought provoking, certainly will look for another novel by this author.I was trying to have a change from getting in a rut of reading the same autor & this certainly did the trick.Not to be read lighly, did bring me to tears a few times, not because it`s soppy but tears at the heart strings!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 31 Mar 2012
By Aimie
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A really great story and very realistic to read. It draws you in and you really feel for the characters.
The theme is a challenging one, but was handled very well.
I can't wait to read more from this author! =]
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4.0 out of 5 stars The ups and downs of teen life 28 July 2013
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This is one of those books I've stumbled across when browsing Amazon for cheap / free Kindle titles. The slightly eerie cover image drew me to the book and the blurb pulled me in further so I hit that lovely little 'buy now' button.

Saint Jude's is a way-station for troubled teens. Specialising in adolescent mental illness, the group home takes in upper middle class teenagers like Taylor, whose Mom can no longer handle her Bipolar diagnosis. Taylor's lucky. The only experience she has of Psychiatric facilities is the plush ward on the fourth floor of a private hospital, and now the "family" environment of Saint Jude, governed by Big Daddy, the teens therapist and Big Momma, a sort of housekeeper, come psychiatric nurse.

The teens are all dealing with their own problems: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and yet their lives have become entwined, they've been forced together by the stigma of mental illness and the pain they each feel inside their own fragile minds. Isolated from the "real world" the teens tick along, riding the waves of their mental disorders waiting to turn sixteen so they can leave.

Until Dalton arrives. A replacement for Big Daddy, Dalton is a breath of fresh air in the stale therapeutic environment and he attempts to turn the teens lives around with shall we say non-traditional techniques and a new approach to therapy.

Meanwhile, as Taylor begins to grow closer to the charismatic Blaine, she puts her own recovery on the line to become the person she thinks he wants to be. And when he leaves Saint Jude's for good, the fine thread that had been holding her together finally breaks.

This novel encompasses the darkness of a mental illness diagnosis and the brightness of recovery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Many spelling errors, but a good read none the less 6 Jan 2012
By Nessie - Published on
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I've never written a review before, but thought this one needed one... not that it was overly amazing, but because there are things to be said. Overall it was a good read, but it left more to be desired.

First off, there are sooooo many misspelled words. There's even a name which is spelled 2 different ways on the same page. I'm not sure what happened with the editing (I did read the kindle version, the regular version may be better). However, this does not take much away from the story.

I felt the ending was a bit rushed. There was this wonderful story, characters you loved, and all of the sudden they just start disappearing one by one in a matter of pages. It felt like the author just got really bored with the plot and had to end it somehow. I did not like the way it ended at all. I'm all for books which end and leave you thinking and coming up with your own ending... but I felt this one just dropped off. There's not much to think about. Not everything is tied up.

Even with this all said I did not feel like this book was a waste of time. I quite enjoyed the read! I think it's definitely more for teenagers, and young adults. For worried parents, this is a pretty clean book. There's no bad language, no sex, and no over the top "break down" scenes. They do talk about nudity, but nothing overly descriptive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saint Jude will satisfy the soul. 9 Feb 2011
By Crab Nebulae - Published on
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This is a wonderful book written from the perspective of a young woman with an incurable but sustainable mental illness.When I first ordered this book and started reading it I really didn't know what I was getting myself into but after a few pages I was sucked in profusely.The book takes us with her through journey from the hardest times coping with and handling the disorder at hand at a group home where she inevitably finds out she isn't the only one suffering with and trying to cope with the hand life has dealt. I highly recommend this book, you will find that it is well written and while reading it you will feel like you are there,the setting is comfortable,the characters are personable as real and you will find yourself unable to put this book down.I love this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard subject matter, but well written 16 Sep 2012
By CatNapping - Published on
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This is a hard story line in some ways as it addresses teens/young adults facing mental illnesses. The reality of learning where they fit in with their peers and with their families is the basic background theme throughout, just as all kids have to face that. These kids are suddenly forced to confront the suicide of one of them and the fragile stability they have created shatters.
There are some errors that need to be fixed with editing and proofing, but if you can over look that type of thing you will get an excellent book!
3.0 out of 5 stars Bordering on boring 22 Jun 2013
By Kris Fisher - Published on
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Halfway through, taking a long time to read. With the introduction of the new therapist I am hoping the book gets more interesting but the first 50% has been somewhat tedious.
4.0 out of 5 stars This Book Was Amazing 7 Nov 2012
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I Loved This Book It Was Great I Really Enjoyed  It  Was Amazing Had A Really Good Time With It
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“You see Taylor, it’s not you that makes you do things like this. It’s the darkness. A piece of it lurks in your mind, and sometimes you feel that you just have to let it out, or you’ll bust wide open.” &quote;
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