“Some madness doesn’t act mad to begin with, sometimes it will knock politely at the door, and when you let it in, it’ll simply sit in the corner without a fuss – and grow.”
This book follows the story of a young boy named Mathew Homes. At the beginning of the book, he tells us the incident that caused the death of his older brother Simon. He is nineteen years old now, and he still blames himself for what happened to his brother when they were kids. Those guilty thoughts triggered his mental illness, and now he is a patient at a psychiatric hospital. However, at the end of the book Mathew reveals to us in details, what exactly happened in the night of his brother’s death.
Trust me when I tell you that I’m so tempted to talk about the book more, but I don’t want my review to be full of spoilers, because some of you haven’t read the book yet. I honestly picked up this book at the bookstore, with no idea of what it was about. When I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. Let’s talk about Mathew. Since the death of his brother, he has suffered from schizophrenia, and because of that, his mental health has gotten worse. So, he decides to write about his life every day, in his typewriter. I think that’s what made the book unique and gripping. It’s like you’re inside the character’s mind, and you’re experiencing the whole journey with him. I loved the relationship between Mathew and his grandmother. She was so nice to him and considerate to Mathew’s struggle with accepting the death of his brother. Some parts of the book were so deep and heartbreaking. Especially with Mathew. He was trying to depend on himself by living in a new apartment, working, and dealing with his illness at the same time, which felt overwhelming. There’s something special about reading someone’s life from their own words. It’s so engaging. All I can say is that the book certainly lived up to its hype. A heartfelt story about family, grief, death, and mental illness. I highly recommend this book to anyone.