Title – A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Author – Eric Lindstrom
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 346 pages
Publication Date – January 23rd 2017 by Griffin Press Australia
ISBN – 9780008183011
My Rating – ★★★★/5
Mel Hannigan’s life isn’t easy. Mourning her brother, facing the loss of friendships that used to mean everything to her and struggling to deal with a condition that her closest friends don’t even know about. She wants to protect herself and everyone else. Which is why Mel locks away her heart so she’ll never feel pain again.
Until Mel meets someone new and the plight of an old friend shows Mel that sometimes its worth it to take risk. That opening up to life – and who she really is – is what makes everything wonderful.
I received a copy of A Tragic Kind of Wonderful from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. I read Eric’s debut novel, Not If I See You First, last year and loved it. So I was looking forward to reading this. If you want to read my review of Not If I See You First you can here.
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful deals with the grief of losing a child and brother as well as mental illness. I’ve been reading more books about mental illness and I don’t think it’s something that should be hidden and not talked about. Mel hid it from some important people in her life. She didn’t want people to look at her differently and I do understand that but if they were her friends then they should accept everything about you. Mental illness isn’t something to be ashamed of, or something you should try to hide from people.
I was glad that even though there is a love interest for Mel in this book that it wasn’t written in a way that had this new guy swooping in and fixing her because that’s not realistic at all. And Mel doesn’t need fixing. I’m not talking about medication, I think that’s a personal choice and that’s something that comes up in the book between Mel, her mother and aunt.
I think this book was more about Mel’s journey to accept herself the way she is and not a romance. That’s what I took for the book anyway.
I really enjoyed A Tragic Kind of Wonderful and would recommend both this and Eric’s first book, Not If I See You First, to anyone who hasn’t read them.
*Thank you HarperCollins New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*