by Susan Sofayov


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Defective by Susan Sofayov

University of Pittsburgh law student, Maggie Hovis, battles an enemy she cannot escape-her own brain. Her family calls her a drama queen. Her fiancé, Sam, moves out after she throws a shoe at his head. Maggie knows there is only one way to get him back-control her moods. So she takes the step most of her family is against: therapy.

After a diagnosis of Bipolar II Disorder, Maggie begins to investigate her family tree-which is plagued by mental illness and hidden relatives-and develops empathy for her deceased Great Aunt Ella, who lived her life in a mental institution. But Maggie's journey leads her into fear and insecurity, afraid she'll end up like Ella and never get Sam back. But what about Nick, her super-sexy old flame, who wants to reignite their passion? And does it even matter, anyway? Won't mental illness stop any man from loving her?

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ISBN-13: 9781626941250
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 04/06/2014
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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AuthorsWebTVHost More than 1 year ago
There’s a stigma about mental illness that is like no other. When people are physically ill, everyone around them wants to help. When people are mentally ill, everyone around them wants to run away. In Defective, Susan Sofayov tells the story of Maggie, who not only was unaware she had Bipolar 2 until in her 20s, but that many others in her family were similarly afflicted. Defective is the story of her journey toward acceptance of herself and during the process teaches her family that this unfair disease should no longer be swept under the carpet. Sofayov has Bipolar 2, so while this book is written as a really good novel, it feels almost as if it’s a part of her story as well. When picking up a book about mental illness, one doesn’t expect to fall in love with the characters, doesn’t expect to laugh with them, and certainly doesn’t expect to get so caught up in their lives that you want to tell them that they truly are worthwhile human beings. I loved this book. It has helped me to understand one of my dearest friends who lives with mental illness and takes medication for it. I commend Sofayov for writing with such gut-wrenching honesty while teaching us all a great big lesson about compassion.
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Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: Yes. Defective is a brilliantly written, vividly descriptive, and painfully honest look at mental illness from the first person point of view. One particular exchange involving main character, Maggie, really touched my heart: “We were really young. I don’t think either of us could have comprehended mental illness.” “You’re right . . . but what I did understand was the pain I saw in your eyes. Maggie, you cried from your soul.” It gives me chills again as I type the words. Fortunately, Mrs. Sofayov sprinkles just enough humor throughout the novel to prevent it from being too emotionally taxing for the reader. I especially liked the humor in the “About the Author” section. “Susan Safayov lives in scenic, tropical Pittsburgh, PA . . . ” Scenic? Okay I’ll buy that. Tropical?  Pittsburgh – tropical? Now that’s just crazy. Would I recommend it: Yes. I think this would be a good discussion story for book groups. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, This book to Me is life changing. I really didn't know anything about bi-polar disorder, even though I've walked around with the same noisey brain as Maggie for almost 50 years. You'll laugh, you'll cry, But most of all,you will feel the love. Thank you for Maggie's story