Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review: Life is But a Dream by Brian James

Life Is But a DreamLife is But a Dream
Brian James
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: March 27, 2012

Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced it's the world that's crazy, not the two of them. They are meant to be together; they are special. But when Alec starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries that she'll lose hold of her dreams and herself. Should she listen to her doctor? her decision may have fatal consequences. 
Brian James calls Life is But a Dream "the most intense book I've written. Bringing this unique character to life and seeing the world through her eyes, with all its beauty and confusion, was an immense challenge that I hope is just as rewarding to read as it was to write." Intense--yes. Unforgettable--definitely.

The premise to Life is But a Dream seemed so unique and intriguing. I wasn't sure how I would like something like this. As it turns out, Life is But a Dream is as beautiful and unique as it sounds. 

Sabrina, who is schizophrenic, is put int a center. While I definitely knew she wasn't normal, I never felt like she was crazy. She felt emotion, wanted to belong, and wanted to be loved, just like everyone else. I could connect and feel with her. Through past and present events, we really get to know Sabrina. 

Schizophrenia is a touch subject to tackle. I felt that Brian James did a good job with this. As stated before, I never felt that Sabrina was crazy. I saw the things that she saw and, even though I knew they weren't real, they were real to Sabrina. 

There were definitely some very heartbreaking moments in this novel. But it was overall powering and beautiful. I really enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to more of Brian James's work.

1 comment:

  1. Like you, I know that schizophrenia has to be a difficult issue to tackle, but I'm still interested to see how it's dealt with in this book.

    Stopped by from the Saturday Situation!