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They're than their problemsObsessive compulsive teen Clarissa wants to get better if only so her mother will stop asking her if she's okayAndrew wants to overcome his eating disorder so he can get back to his band and their dreams of becomin. 25 stars What the heck did I just read This book was all over the place not even the camp setting could save it

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Four Weeks Five People

G famousFilm aficionado Ben would rather live in the movies than in realityGorgeous and overly confident Mason thinks everyone is an idiotAnd Stella just doesn't want to be back for her second summer of wilderness therapyAs the five teens ge. One of my favorite themes in YA is the process of recovery Count me in for characters with mental illnesses various disorders I m all for MCs I can relate to root for to heal So naturally I was excited to read this but unfortunately it fell short for me The premise of FOUR WEEKS FIVE PEOPLE had a couple of things going for it right off the bat 1 a male MC with anorexia there needs to be books that have males with eating disorders there needs to be titles that shows there is hope for them too 2 a character with narcissistic personality disorder I was so excited to see how this would play out because there isn t too many YA books with that theme at least not that I m aware of Basically I was hoping for a lot substance than there actually was The novel takes place during the four weeks the characters stay at Camp Ugunduzi We have Clarissa who s obsessive compulsiveness disorder allows her to find comfort in safe numbers Andrew who is trying to overcome his eating disorder so he can get back to his band Ben who has pretty much checked out from reality finds his safe haven in films Mason who is narcissistic would rather be anywhere other than CU Stella who is trying so hard not to feel angry that she is attending camp for the second year in a row The diversity of the characters makes it seem like this will be a worthy recovery read but the overall execution lack of character development made me frustrated ultimately disappointed with the climax at which point I felt didn t carry the full impact the author had likely intendedThe biggest problem I had with this was the lack of recovery A lot of this book between the dialogue to the multiple drinking situations which is fine if done to add to the story not subtract made for so many fillers I honestly had such a difficult time finishing only doing so because I wanted to see if any of the characters would show growth Spoiler nada In many other books I ve read with this theme there s a lot of MCtherapist back forth type sessions This may be cliched but for the most part ends up working well Readers can see an obvious difference between the MCs beginning end it is easy to spot the growth you feel like you learned something here This was not the case for FWFP There s no such sessions here just group therapy minus weekly weigh ins uick side chats which again can work if done properly Through these situations I didn t learn anything about any character by the end than I did when first introduced to them in the early chapters This left me severely underwhelmed Why bother creating a story if there is no character growthAnother thing that really bothered me was the techniues shown to try to heal Besides discussions of energy understanding begets understanding there were really no effective methods used here I m actually surprised by the counselors because you could have fooled me they didn t act like ones at all Not having anything to take away from the four weeks spent at camp to use in your life really sucks And of course the MCs save one come back home better or at least okay somehow euipped with the knowledge to make changes in their lives Like what The turnover between week 1 to 4 felt incredibly unrealistic I don t mean to sound rude but there didn t seem to be enough of a struggle here to have the characters see their life as it is to have the desire to change I don t know if it s just me but it doesn t make sense It s almost like the characters have their disorders written next to them but it s not a part of them None of the ideas portrayals are fully flushed out making it seem like the author just went through a checklist I HATE when that happensThe premise ideas that had me excited just left me angry by the turn of the last page Mason went in an asshole came out one Nothing was done to try to help him so why the hell was he there other than spew out hurtful comments I wish Andrew s anorexia was touched upon in my opinion he was the character that needed to have the biggest role just fell to the side Ugh The ONLY thing I liked here was Stella s statements about falling in love will not stop your disorder will not make you better all of a sudden That cannot be said enough It hurts my heart to give this such a low rating especially since there was such a great potential to help readers but this was so mediocre didn t bring anything new to the table Considering that this is Yu s debut how difficult it is to write anything at all I feel comfortable giving this 2 although it is logically closer to 1 for me I can t attest to whether I ll read any of her future works I can think of several other YA novels I d recommend before this one including HOW IT FEELS TO FLY PAPERWEIGHT I wish this had been enjoyable instead of a read I would have rather just skipped I received an ARC from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest unbiased review Thank you

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T to know one another and work to overcome the various disorders that have affected their lives they find themselves forming bonds they never thought they would discovering new truths about themselves and actually looking forward to the futu. I was sucked into this book from the very first page With well positioned and well written characters with lives described that made you believe that they were real kids with real mental health issues who wouldn t be sucked in But it was the writing in the book that initially sucked me in and was the only thing that made me keep going back to the book The first one hundred pages of this book are great but then from the moment the five teenagers get to camp it gets confusing A group of teenagers with similar not very well described different mental health illnesses and personality go to New York to attend a wellness camp four weeks of group and individual therapy for ill teens But here lies the problem with the book the story is being told from the five teenagers point of view alternatingly Every time the chapter changes you must think back to the character who is now talking and their mental illness in particular to work out why they are acting and thinking the way that they are It goes from one to another and the story continues but the issues don t continue The other main problem with this book is that it doesn t allow for the situations to play out During the camp the teenagers are charged with creating a cubby house a safe house by the end of the book is it made Is it finished Who knows because you don t really find out Then there is a major thing that happens which I won t mention although you might work it work halfway through the book if you see what is happening This one event happens and from then on it is like nothing else that was mentioned previously can be touched or mentioned again The book doesn t end or it does but not properly enough to make it seem like it has finished I liked this book initially and it took me a while to get through it because too much happens and as great as it is that there is a diverse young adult book that solely talks about teen mental health issues I don t think this one was done rightI give this book 25 out of 5 Booky Stars


10 thoughts on “Four Weeks Five People

  1. says:

    Y’ALL THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD I WANT TO SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS I absolutely adored Four Weeks Five People It is an emotional and very realistic read featuring the largest number of mental illnesses addressed in a novel t

  2. says:

    25 stars What the heck did I just read? This book was all over the place not even the camp setting could save it

  3. says:

    Apologies in advance for the nonsensical badly written review It's 1am and I can't really express my love for this book AND write about it in well written sentencesPut simply Four Weeks Five People follows five teenagers attending a summer wilderness therapy camp Stella has severe depression Andrew has anorexia Clarissa h

  4. says:

    One of my favorite themes in YA is the process of recovery Count me in for characters with mental illnesses various disorders I'm all for MCs I can relate to root for to heal So naturally I was excited to read this but unfortunately it fell short for me The premise of FOUR WEEKS FIVE PEOPLE had a couple of things going for it right off the

  5. says:

    45I have a lot of feelings that I need to process right now but I’ll probably review this laterRead for mentalhealth a tho

  6. says:

    I can feel the words getting louder and louder with every bounce back until they are vibrating through my head until they are vibrating through my body until they are everything until they are inside me until I am light until I am stars until I am a supernova until I am nothing but words ringing in an infinity of space Thi

  7. says:

    I was sucked into this book from the very first page With well positioned and well written characters with lives

  8. says:

    SO MUCH MI REP IN ONE BOOK I am always looking for books w mental illness rep as someone who has OCD anxiety This book gave me representation for that as well as depression narcissistic personality disorder anorexia and d

  9. says:

    Now I am not sure what I think about this novel I have suffered mental illness for the last 8ish years and have been hospitalised both in general and psychiatric I like to think that I have some idea of what mental illness entails a

  10. says:

    In a nutshell this book follows five teenagers during a summer wilderness therapy camp I have to say this is without a doubt the most mental illness rep I've ever seen in a book we have characters with severe depression anorexia OCD

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