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Skeletons | Natalie Rodriguez | Book Review

  • Publisher: Natalie Rodriguez (26 February 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 282 pages

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How do you take care of your mental health? Drop your suggestions.

Skeletons by Natalie Rodriguez is a thrilling tale rooted in mental illness and comes across as a fine sequel of its predecessor, Elephant. While Elephant talked about ‘the elephant in the room,’ Skeletons attempts to elaborate on the secrets thrown under the carpet. It is based on the premise that there are secrets in the closet, screaming and grappling to come out!

Skeletons follow Matt who wakes up in the hospital after a prolonged coma. Two of his best buddies, Jamie and Derek, along with his grandma, Lucia, are missing. He has Lisa and together they’d find out the truth behind the ‘stranger.’ The tone of the book continues to be dark throughout without showing any hint to tone it down. After all, that’s how grave mental illness really is and it’s high time we address its enormity. The story further breaks down unattended trauma and the consequences of living with it.

The book essentially brings out the importance of talking out one’s problems. We shouldn’t be forcing pity or ignorance down one’s gut. Instead, we should take our lessons from such books and start dealing with the gravity of mental health. In between Matt’s journey of unravelling the secrets of his Smith family, we also stumble upon the themes of sexual abuse, depression, family values, love, and friendships. In all, Skeletons promises to hook you, thrill you, and move you.

I am glad to have come across a book that vividly talks about mental health. I’ve read a few books in the past as well and reading them always gives me solace. The author has done a fairly good job of weaving a YA mystery heavily focused on mental problems.

Do read Elephant and then Skeletons but please make sure that you’re in your best mental state and spirits before you dive into this series.

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