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Schizo: A novel

Schizo: A novel [Kindle Edition]

Nic Sheff

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Product Description

The fascinating, shocking, and ultimately quite hopeful story of one teen’s downward spiral into mental illness by the bestselling author of Tweak.

Miles’s little brother Teddy is missing. The police believe he drowned at the beach—the very same day Miles had his first schizophrenic episode. But Miles knows better—Teddy is alive. Kidnapped. There was even a witness! Fueled by guilt, Miles sets off to rescue Teddy.

There is so much to overcome, though. The endless pills he must take. The girl who steals his heart and plays with it. The black crows that follow him.

As seen through Miles’s distorted perception, his world closes around him as he pushes to keep it open. What you think you know about his world is actually a blur of gray, though, and the sharp focus of reality proves startling.

The New York Times bestselling author of Tweak offers a fascinating and ultimately quite hopeful story of one teen’s downward spiral into mental illness.

Praise for SCHIZO:

Included in's roundup of "new titles to feed your YA addiction"

“Readers fascinated by the dark side of the human mind in realistic fiction will enjoy this deft portrayal of a brain and a life spiraling out of control. Miles is an endearing character whose difficult journey will generate compassion and hope.” –School Library Journal

“[T]he crafting of the plot and the convergence of the different storylines keeps pages turning. Schizo is a thrilling read for teens.” –VOYA

"[A}n insightful perspective on one teen’s struggle with mental illness." —Publishers Weekly

"Miles's clipped first-person narration is immediate and intimate."
Horn Book

"[A] heartbreaking story, but particularly important in the climate around mental illness today." –

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1311 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (30 Sep 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intelligent, confused about the chaos in his own world 8 Oct 2014
By J. Freed - Published on
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Superb! Schizo is an engrossing story of unforgettable, tough yet tender characters. Nic Sheff’s storytelling remains strong and descriptions vivid as he makes the transition from memoir to fiction. He’s perfectly captured the voice of his leading character ‘Miles’ - sensitive, intelligent, confused about the chaos in his own world. Mercifully, the author has managed to insert his unique brand of humor in tackling difficult subjects – growing up, relationships, betrayal, mental illness and fractured family.

I loved his raw, sensitive voice in Tweak and We All Fall Down. Though heartbreaking, both books helped me understand not only addiction and mental illness but also the importance of never giving up. Through his eyes I was given insights into my own life.

The same goes for Schizo. So many writers lose me as a fan when going from memoir to novel but Nic Sheff didn’t. He gets it. The book is an imaginative page-turner right up to the startling end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great first Novel 30 Sep 2014
By AlexCarey - Published on
I was looking forward to Nic Sheff's new book, after having LOVED Tweak, although I was worried he might struggle with fiction. This book was incredible, though. It felt so authentic, like reading the journals of a sixteen year old boy. And I loved the descriptions of San Francisco. It was like the city was another character. I thought the relationships felt real, the high school world felt real. I'm not a young adult, though this is labeled as a young adult book, but I could still relate to the protagonist on a deep level. It reminded me of a modern day Catcher in the Rye, but with a much more cinematic pulpy plot that kept me guessing at every twist and turn. It was actually a lot of fun, in spite of the dark, serious subject matter. I looked on Mr. Sheff's facebook page and saw he has another novel coming out next year. I'll be first in line to pick it up. An excellent start to a young novelists career.
5.0 out of 5 stars A tremendous foray into fiction writing. 21 Oct 2014
By Lisa A. Mangano - Published on
A tremendous foray into fiction writing. I eagerly anticipated Nic Sheff's first novel, being a devout follower after reading both Tweak and We All Fall Down. Schizo proves to be a perfect transition to yet another mastered genre with its flawed yet compelling main character, written with the heart and soul of its author. After reading this book in one sitting, I am left wanting more from this very talented, beautiful writer. Keep writing, keep growing, you rock. - Leeisme63
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read. This book really opened my eyes to ... 4 Oct 2014
By dustin jones - Published on
A great read. This book really opened my eyes to mental illness, and how people deal with it in their everyday lives. Definitely a book that I will recommend to friends, and fellow readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Important Book About Mental Illness 1 Oct 2014
By Zamboni Driver123 - Published on
Got an advance copy of this and been waiting to write a review. Thought it was just great. I'm a high school English teacher and will be assigning this for all my classes. An important book about mental illness in today's overstimulated culture. Teens will find it relatable and I think educational.
Great YA book for this generation. A page turner. The ending I found a little overly twisty/turny, but that could just be me. I know my kids will probably like it, though.
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