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Juliet the maniac : a novel, Juliet Escoria

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Juliet the maniac : a novel
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Juliet the maniac
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a novel
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Juliet Escoria
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eng
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"It's 1997, and 14-year-old Juliet has it pretty good. But over the course of the next two years, she rapidly begins to unravel, finding herself in a downward trajectory of mental illness and self-destruction."--
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  • Juliet is an average teenager living in sunny Southern California who begins high school with dreams of going to UC Berkeley or Columbia, but things quickly spiral downwards for her in a whirlwind of mental illness, drugs, and self-harm. She starts failing in school, becomes a truant, and is eventually diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder. Despite her prescribed medications and parental support, she cannot seem to gain control of her life. She loses her friends, attempts suicide, moves schools, and is eventually sent to a therapeutic boarding school for “better” help. During her two-year journey, she meets many people who are shocked or disgusted by her but also finds camaraderie among others who are going through the same thing. Author of the poetry collection Witch Hunt (2016) and the story collection Black Cloud (2014), Escoria here delivers a coming-of-age novel about teenage life and mental illness that's also an explosive work of autofiction. With bold honesty, she tells an unforgettable story that's unhindered by romanticism in its unabashed portrayal of Juliet's darkest struggles. -- Emily Park (Reviewed 4/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 15, p16)
  • Escoria’s searing autofictional debut follows a teenage girl from Southern California—also named Juliet—as she navigates her high school years, which are marked by not only the more typical adolescent tumultuousness of drugs, partying, and social machinations, but also an eventual diagnosis of bipolar type I. Juliet’s first suicide attempt at 15 leads to a stay in a psychiatric hospital, and over the next two years, she moves from high school to high school, all the while grappling with addictive behavior, mania, and an urge to self-harm. When she attempts suicide a second time, Juliet’s parents send her to a rural boarding school, where she meets other teens, each with their own demons; adults, capable of both comfort and abuse; and opportunities for uncomplicated joy, as well. Escoria rejects a traditional structure, opting instead to tell the story in vignettes reminiscent of Eve Babitz’s work, including handwritten notes, official reports and logs, and other paraphernalia from that era. The specificity lends the novel an immersive feel. Interspersed with letters from a future Juliet, who offers a glimmer of possibility if not exactly blind optimism, Escoria’s novel is a moving and intimate portrait of girlhood and mental illness. Agent: Monika Woods, Curtis Brown, Ltd. (May)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 03/18/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 11, p)
  • A fictionalized teenage version of the author comes to terms with her bipolar type I disorder. Escoria (Witch Hunt, 2016, etc.) narrates Juliet's troubled teenage years from the vantage point of her more stable 30s in this semiautobiographical novel. Mania, hallucinations, and drug use characterize the teen's experiences, along with the ordinary humiliations of high school. Juliet passes unsuccessfully through several different types of schools as she comes to understand "the foreign thing" that plagues her mind, eventually landing in a rural, institutional boarding school with other addicted and mentally ill teens. Escoria writes in short, journallike chapters with occasional insertions of handwritten "found" documents such as notes, drawings, or Juliet's diagnostic records. Descriptions of Juliet's hallucinations are vivid, fantastic imaginings: "I no longer slept," Juliet says. "It was so loud all the time. Each day I was assaulted by ringings and whispers, my heart pounding out the center of the chaos like a metronome, the order of the days splintering, popping apart, the ropes that once tethered me to the rest of the world had snapped and I had floated too far to find my way back." The book is divided into two halves: pre-boarding school and institutional life. At times it becomes a numbing catalog of Juliet's teenage parties and hangouts: "Nobody had anything to drink or smoke, so we went over to Walgreens....Then we went to Togo's, where our friend worked, and he gave us free lemonades to mix with the rum. We drank our drinks and more people showed up and it seemed like it would be a good night—two parties, both in houses." Juliet's story is most compelling when she is contemplating her future or breaking through her own narrative to directly address the reader. A vivid if sometimes-repetitive rendering of mental illness and disaffected youth. (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2019)
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Escoria, Juliet
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813/.6
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no index present
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fiction
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  • Mental illness
  • Teenagers
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Juliet the maniac : a novel, Juliet Escoria
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Dimensions
21 cm
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317 pages
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9781612197593
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(pbk.)
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2018055371
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unmediated
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(OCoLC)1048945153
Label
Juliet the maniac : a novel, Juliet Escoria
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
317 pages
Isbn
9781612197593
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2018055371
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1048945153

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