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Starts off well, ends badly
on 14 January 2016
When I started reading this, I felt like giving this 5 stars, however I had to drop this rating towards the end of the book. It is a story about a man who is mentally ill, yet being told from a perspective that makes Matt seem human and just another person with no obvious discrimination against him. The author also included famous brands and activities we do every day such as characters coming back from Tesco instead of the made up brands we usually read about, which for me added some realism. The book is quite disjointed and has random lines of thought popping up, and it feels like we really are reading the thoughts of someone who is mentally ill at times and was a refreshing read.
Towards the end however, Matt was getting back on track - he went back to the health centre, got his injections and was assured that the support would continue. He also arranged a memorial service for his brother, which should have provided him some closure about his brother's death. Yet the book suddenly seemed to get even more disjointed at this point when he should have been getting better and have more normal trains of thought, and was annoying to follow.
Just before the start, there is a note that says "Different fonts are used in this novel and will enhance the reading experience" - to me this seemed to imply that it may have different fonts to imply his mental state, but in reality it was the difference between being on a computer at the health centre and using a typewriter when at home, and I did not feel that it enhanced my reading experience.
Overall, it is an interesting read, but I probably will not read it again.