A Danger to Herself and Others

A Danger to Herself and Others

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"After her best friend, Agnes, goes into a coma as a result of a game of Truth or Dare, rising senior Hannah's secrets begin to escape while she is locked in a psychiatric hospital." -- (Source of summary not specified)
Hannah knows she didn't need to be institutionalized: Agnes went into a coma as a result of a game of Truth or Dare, but it was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figure out that she isn't a danger to herself or others, Hannah can go home to start her senior year. In the meantime, she is going to use her persuasive skills to get the staff on her side. Then Lucy arrives, with her own baggage. And she may be the only person who can get Hannah to confront the dangerous secrets that landed her in confinement. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781492667247
1492667242
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC SHE
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Danger to herself & others

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A Danger to Herself and Others is a great book for if you want to know more about mental health. Hannah tends to make up people in her head and we think they're real until we find out they're not which is a real page turner. The book is definitely darker than other fictional mental books I've read. -Anonymous

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darladoodles
Jan 19, 2019

This likable and unreliable narrator (Hannah) tells her story from behind the walls of a mental institution and you can't stop reading. What really happened to Agnes? Where is Jonah? Why do they give her a roommate if she really is a "danger to others?" So many questions and as the narrative unfolds you learn more about Hannah and gain a better understanding of what it is like to live with mental illness. It is a bit terrifying to see our mental health system from that vantage point. Do books like this and "Gone Girl" make only child families look like breeding grounds for impaired mental health?

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