Blurb; It’s 1997, and 14-year-old Juliet has it pretty good. But over the course of the next two years, she rapidly begins to unravel, finding herself in a downward trajectory of mental illness and self-destruction. An explosive portrayal of teenage life from the perspective of The Bad Friend, JULIET THE MANIAC is a bold, stylish breakout book from an author already crackling on the indie scene.
My Review; This book! Wow. How do I review this? Juliet the Maniac is a well written story, I loved how this story was set out similar to diary entrys but not diary entrys if that makes sense – Short chapters told by Juliet. I think we can all say in some sorts we had wild teenager years but Juliet takes this above and beyond. All drugs, alcohol, parties and sex. Maybe a little too much.
Parts of this book are heartbreaking as we see Juliet struggling with herself… Depression, self harm, suicide and drugs. It’s hard to see a young girl like Juliet to do that to herself to feel that low. There are some happy times though and a happy outcome.
The story is told perfectly to the point you believe it is non-fiction and real life for Juliet. A real page turner for me and an easy read. If anything this story highlights the worse side of mental illnesses. Mental illnesses are often not spoken about especially among the young. So this is a great, eye opening and powerful at times novel. One that will stay with me. I actually like Juliet! She seems fun, just maybe handled things wrongly at times.
I awarded a well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.