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Tausend Kleine Schritte (2010)

by Toni Jordan(Favorite Author)
3.54 of 5 Votes: 2
3492259634 (ISBN13: 9783492259637)
review 1: "Addition" by Toni Jordan (read May 2013)Having read a book with an Asperger's theme recently (The Rosie Project) now it's one with an OCD theme - counting. I'm sure living with either condition is nowhere near as manageable for most people as these books make out. But while I enjoyed "Rosie", Addition was much better. It also addressed, lightly, some of the issues involved in treating mental illness such as medication, therapy, and how in/tolerant we can be of difference. Highly recommended.And I especially enjoyed a sly dig at over-the-top foodies and menus in ch.17 (pp.229 and 230 in my edition). I laughed out loud - glad I wasn't on a tram!!
review 2: A fascinating look at life with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) from the inside. Several reviews here d
... moreismiss the book as "chick lit" and I don't agree AT ALL. I think that the book is complex and does not settle for easy answers. Grace's life is extremely crippled by her disorder; her boyfriend Seamus hits the nail on the head when he says that she is the least free person he knows. As a person who loves her, it's his duty to try to help -- but the help (group therapy combined with medication) turns out to be a mixed blessing. I love the way that Jordan describes Grace's life on medication, it's very clever. Although the medication "works" in a medical sense, you can tell that it's not working in a spiritual sense, not addressing the root of the problem. It's only when she faces the source of the problem that she starts healing in both ways."Addition" is courageous and, I thought, realistic because it shows the levels of gray involved in curing a disease as complicated as OCD. It shows that there is no such thing as a cure, but there are levels of coping. And she shows us that in some ways the disease can be a blessing. You can't separate the disease from the person, as some medical professionals would like to do.I do have a few small reservations or questions. The sex scenes were, to me, not really necessary although on the whole they were tastefully done. Cognitive behavioral therapy is mentioned only once and very dismissively. In some documentaries on TV I have seen it be very successful (as well as sometimes not so successful), so I have to wonder why Grace's therapists didn't suggest it. In general the portrayal of psychotherapy is very unflattering and a little bit stereotyped; I'd like to know how if psychologists would actually agree with the way they are portrayed here. I agree with some reviewers that it's mystifying why the one person who really seems to "get" what is happening with Grace, her niece Larry, simply disappears from the plot for several chapters, only to reappear at the end when it is convenient. It would have been really rewarding to see their strong, loving relationship contribute more to Grace's recovery.I'm torn between four stars and five stars but I'm giving it five because I think many of the other reviews have been much lower than the book deserves. less
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A great quick read, but a bit too close to home for me and that's all I'll say on that.
What an original, quirky character Grace is. Totally loveable.
3.5 out of 5 stars. It was a cute book.
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