Format: Paperback, 286 pages
Publication: November 1, 2020 by Little A
Synopsis: Bestselling novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son came to her with a real one…
Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student’s mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found. This is the book they wish had been there for them during those dark times.
Josiah’s situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life.
In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah’s raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what it is like to live with depression. It is Amanda’s heart-rending account of her pain at watching him suffer, speaking from the heart about a mother’s love for her child.
For anyone with depression and anyone who loves someone with depression, Amanda and Josiah have a clear message—you are not alone, and there is hope.
This was such a touching book; I did have to put it down a few times because it was an emotional read, but otherwise it was a fairly quick read. I liked that the book focused on both Amanda’s feelings and Josh’s, but it was equal; Amanda didn’t overpower Josh, and vice versa.
As someone who’s suffered with depression, it was really nice to read a book by someone who felt like me. Most books I’ve read about this topic were written by people who lost a loved one to the illness, rather than people who have also had it. Though our experiences were different, in a lot of ways it was similar. I’ve rarely found an account of the illness that sounds so similar to my own.
This was difficult to read at times, I won’t lie. As I said, there were certain parts that I had to put the book down. This is one of those books that I’ll likely never forget. It was touching to see his family being so supportive of him when I’m sure they were lost. I wish the best to Josh and the rest of his family.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via iRead Book Tours. This did not influence my opinion in any way.
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Meet the Authors
Amanda Prowse is an award winning international bestselling author best known for her contemporary fiction novels. A radio broadcaster and TV presenter renowned for her empathetic and emotional books, she is known in the UK as the ‘Queen of family drama’. Her books have sold over 8 million copies in dozens of languages around the world.
Josiah (Josh) Hartley is the son of Amanda Prowse who has co-authored with his mother to tell the story of his journey through life so far. Born in the England, Josh was fortunate enough to attend one of the country’s elite public schools from an early age and was awarded a place at one of the UK’s top Universities where he planned to work towards a medical doctorate. But just at the moment when he should have been having the time of his life, he started feeling nagging tugs of self-doubt which spiralled into a depression during which time he planned his suicide. Luckily, his family intervened and after a roller coaster couple of years, he is alive and well and sharing his story to help other families who find themselves in the same position navigate their way through those difficult times.