Janina isn't sure she'll ever have a normal life or a boyfriend. This is the fourth year she's spent at a special boarding school for kids with emotional problems. And then she meets Devante, the cute new boy who refuses to speak. For the first time, she feels like she has found someone her age she can relate to. But will Janina's intense moods and Devante's terrifying memories get in the way? Set at the end of a cold Chicago winter in 1994, A Bitter Pill to Swallow is the story of a girl and boy whose lives intersect in unexpected ways.
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A Bitter Pill to Swallow (Devante Edition - Paperback) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I really loved A Bitter Pill to Swallow. I took Psychology in high school and college and loved the subject. I am not cut out to be a doctor or a nurse, but that doesn't mean I can't help people and its something that brings me a lot of fulfillment. Some people don't need physical help, they just need emotional or mental help. Sometimes they just need to know they are not alone in the troubles they face, even though they feel as if they are. This book shows that. A Bitter Pill to Swallow follows a group of kids that are currently in a school for children with disabilities, some mental, some emotional. We are given a very sad depiction of their lives and the problems they face, I couldn't help but to feel moved. I was struck by the realism of the characters and I was touched on a profound level. I think this would be a great book for teens who have dealt with any issues of this nature. Sometimes you just have to know you are not alone. The "gifted" portion really helps in understanding some things. I have studied Psychology and misdiagnosing is something that comes up more often then most would believe. I really Loved that part. Excellent book start to finish....Stormi
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This book kept me intrigued from start to finish…I think when I read this book it related to my family in many ways that I just kept on reading. With this slump that I have been in, I was so glad that I enjoyed this read. First and foremost if you are looking for a book to keep you on your toes…this is the one for you. I connected with each character in a different way, which is shocking for me. I usually connect with a character or two, but this was nice change of pace for me. The author does a fantastic job of keeping you engaged even with the varying POVs. Different POVs are always up in the air with me…you win some, you lose some. This book definitely won in that category. The author does a beautiful job of making each voice different. That’s something I need. When you go from character to character they need to have a voice and Tiffany does a fantastic job of doing so. Not only does she make their voices distinct her writing in general is fantastic. I am not one to notice writing style and things of the such when it comes to books…but this story spoke to me and it had a lot to do with the way the author wrote. It was magnificent. This story takes you on a journey and if you or someone you know deals with mental illness…you need to read this book. This book teaches you a lot when you read it and I believe that so many people could relate to the stories told.