Fall Girl
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Fall Girl

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by Marybeth Smith
     
 

Annabelle has always taken her bipolar brother under her wing, but after years of acting as his personal disaster janitor, she finds herself fighting against her lifelong compulsion to take responsibility for his actions and fix all his mistakes. It's easier said than done, especially when his actions affect her own future.

The struggle between letting her brother

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Overview

Annabelle has always taken her bipolar brother under her wing, but after years of acting as his personal disaster janitor, she finds herself fighting against her lifelong compulsion to take responsibility for his actions and fix all his mistakes. It's easier said than done, especially when his actions affect her own future.

The struggle between letting her brother deal with his own consequences and fixing just one more thing for him - so she can keep the life she's always known - pushes and pulls at her as each mistake he makes lands her further and further from the future she had planned. In the end, the decision she makes about whether or not to play clean up crew for his most recent disaster, does not in fact produce the results she expected ... but ... it just so happens, it might not be such a horrible thing after all.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"The author has taken on a lot of issues -- some more serious than others -- but managed to keep all the balls in the air and resolve each conflict, some more quickly than others. Nicely done, with a unique perspective on how difficult dealing with bipolar condition can be."
Licensed Psychologist - Lynne E. Emerson, Ph.D.
"Marybeth Smith has created a wonderful book! It is entertaining but also educational, since it describes what it is like to be a member of a Bipolar family. The characters are well developed and the plot is very riveting but also realistic. I couldn’t put it down until I finished the story."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781463579517
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

Marybeth Smith is a perpetual perfectionist living out her daily life as an imperfect mother of three little ones. In 2010, she founded the website www.askabipolar.com, where she and a group of authors suffering from bipolar disorder answer reader's questions about mental illnesses. In her spare time she writes, blogs and designs websites. Fall Girl is her first published novel, and she hopes that one day, through this book and her website; she will be able to help bring an end to the stigma surrounding mental illness.

To learn more about Marybeth visit www.marybethsmith.com or www.askabipolar.com. You can contact her via email at marybeth@askabipolar.com.

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Fall Girl 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a bipolor sibling and just couldn't relate to this story. Once you get around the language and poor editing, it's just another story. Not realistic and not memorable. I'd hate for someone who has no exposure to bipolar to get their hands on this and think it's accurate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was extremely disappointed in this book. There is a ridiculous amount of un-needed profanity. Seeing as I suffer from bipolar myself, this book depicts nothing a typical bipolar would experience in day to day life. This books gives absolutely NO insight on the life of a bipolar. It makes excuses for the behavior one thinks they can get away with because they are bipolar. It makes people like me who struggle every day to live a normal, productive life and wants to be a functioning part of society, look like nothing more than a manipulative liar who treats my friends and family like dirt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars all the way. It was beautfully writting, i was so jealous of annabelle for having an awesome boyfriend. I hope i find my "tony". Im in love with Tony P.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book. The story of the family's difficulties made it easyto sympathize with them. A bipolar diagnosis is something the entire family will struggle with.
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Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
This is a great novel focusing on the life of a normal teenage girl attempting to protect and understand her bipolar brother. Smith does a great job setting up her novel, and I highly enjoyed it. It’s a very well written, true-to-life story, and Annabelle’s struggles are very poignant, especially her belief that she’s a terrible sister, which is heartbreaking. Watching her deal with her own issues, as well as trying to keep her brother out of trouble was very interesting. Bullied by her ex, in love with her ex’s best friend, and trying to understand what her brother could have possibly done to get permanently kicked off the track team, voided any chance at a college scholarship, Annabelle feels like she’s between a rock and a hard place. I really loved watching this story unfold from Annabelle’s point of view. She doesn’t hold anything back, telling it as she sees it, and the raw emotions she feels adds to the validity and depth of the story. I really enjoyed it, and recommend this to all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have yet to finish this book. It's a very hard read. There is a lot of profanity and a lot of grammatical errors
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Kate Brewster More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good book but, it has alot of bad language. Would recommend to friend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Describes a bipolars lifestyle very well. May have sworn a bit much, but other than that, I see no down side to it. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have someone in my family who is Bipolar. She is always causing trouble and heartache. Reading this book help me understand others views. Anneabelle handles it better than I do. Thanks to Marybeth for writing this book so I don't feel like I am the only child who lives with a mental case family member.
lovesBooksLF More than 1 year ago
Wow this was so much better thsn i thought it would be....great characters and wonderful insite into the life of a bipolar person and those who love them. Grab ip this book while you can, you wont regret it
McDsBirthdaygirl More than 1 year ago
I started out reading this with the thought "teenage budding romance"...however, I simply couldn't put it down! From there, I wanted to read more on bi-polar disorder. Having grown up around AD/HD and OCD, I could relate with the heroine "fall girl" and was very happy with the overall story line. No religious overtones; however strong language. I would recommend this for some of my more mature youth group kids (17+). I wish the author could go into more of the discussions that fall girl had with her shrink...however, I understand where the storyline was. In short - very well put together!
robin hingtgen More than 1 year ago
Many people young and old dont understand what bipolar disorder is. This book will help you understand what it is and the troubles that come with having someone you love have it, i loved this book it was amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Veryyyyyyyy good book.