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Dr. Bird's Advice For Sad Poets (2013)

by Evan Roskos(Favorite Author)
3.85 of 5 Votes: 3
054792853X (ISBN13: 9780547928531)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
review 1: The narrator has a great voice, funny and self-deprecating but also very vulnerable. He's struggling with depression, his culpability in his sister being kicked out of the house, his crush on a girl who doesn't know he exists, and his parents who constantly ruin his day (and have no redeeming qualities). He copes by quoting Walt Whitman, letting out barbarous yawps, hugging trees and talking to the imaginary pigeon therapist in his head. A lot of good stuff here, but in many places I felt like the romance with the girl got in the way of a really good story. Torn between three and four stars.
review 2: A very good read, although it's not a book you can fly right through. It wasn't so much that it was a lenghty read (I've read books with several hundred pages mor
... moree), but more so about the subject material, that made me pick it up only when I was ready. Dr.Bird's Advice For Sad Poets centers on the depression of a teenage boy and the abuse of his sister. It's overall a novel about mental health awareness and family relationships that strenghthen over time. By the time I was done, I was actually surprised at the lasting impression it left on me. I'd reccommed this book for fans of the novels: It's Kind Of A Funny Story, Wintergirls, A Child Called "It",etc. less
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Kind of slow but James is so relatable and real. Makes you want to celebrate yourself.
Interesting take on a screwed-up teenage boy story. An engaging and quick read.
So amazing. but really sad!!!!!
Just read it.
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