Review: Both of Me

Both of Me
Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**A big thanks to Zonderkidz-Books and NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC copy of this novel.**

I went into this book fairly blind. I remember first hearing about it from Sasha (abookutopia) on YouTube and subsequently looked it up to find that it involved DID — Dissociative Identity Disorder — previously, and still more commonly, known as Multiple Personality Disorder. And that was it.

What I didn’t anticipate was that I’d get a story that is equal parts engrossing and equal parts frustrating, and both are tied into the same issue: the not-quite ‘magical realism’ portions of the plot, tied with the irrational and dangerous behaviour of the female protagonist. Like, should she really be going off with this Elias kid and doing all the things she does for him? No. No she should not; hell, this goes so far past the realm of Good Samaritan, that it’s ridiculous.

And the magical realism elements, while lovely, feel virtually unfocused and un-moored for effectually the entirety of the novel It is not until the last two or so chapters that ANYTHING is revealed, which is maddening of the reader whom is attempting to keep up with the protagonists. HOWEVER< the story is lovely, the characters are lovely, and the ending is still affecting.

I definitely recommend this book for people who are fans of YA contemporaries, especially ones that deal with 'tough stuff' issues and/or mental illness in teens.

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