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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Chrissy Spulak

A Divided MindA Divided Mind by M. Billiter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Divided Mind by M. Billiter is the first book in her Divided Series, and let me say, I am so glad it’s only the first book. This is seriously one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read in a long time. Experiencing this story through the eyes of Branson and his family makes for a page-turner. This book addresses mental illness as it affects an entire family and is actually believable. Watching Branson’s character change and develop through the book kept me interested and on the edge of my seat. This isn’t your typical “run-of-the-mill” story of mental illness. The way that this author puts such a unique voice into her characters makes them pop off the page. Oh, and don’t forget to read the epilogue. This book is “good till the last drop.” 5 stars.

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Rebecca Hill

A Divided MindA Divided Mind by M. Billiter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Divided Mind tells the story of a mother whose son, Branson, is mentally ill. The story is told from her perspective, her son’s perspective, and some other character’s perspectives. It was fascinating reading about Branson’s illness and how it progresses. While reading, I suspected that some things he experiences may not have been real. I also grieved alongside his mother, Tara. What a difficult road. This was a phenomenal, in-your-head read, but I hated the epilogue. Well worth the time to read as I have continued to think about Branson and Tara since I finished the story.

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Kaitlynn Taylor

A Divided MindA Divided Mind by M. Billiter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Divided Mind (The Divided Series #1) by M. Billiter

5-stars

Wow!! This was a truly emotional and phenomenal read, one that at times I had a hard time reading. This author did an exceptional job with these characters, they were dynamic, honest and real. I felt such strong empathy for them and felt so invested in their story, and I was not disappointed with how it all turned out.

This story had me feeling all kinds of emotions as I got further into the story of Branson and his mental health struggles. I believe stories like this one should be read by all, this is a really misunderstood mental illness and I feel as if I was able to learn and understand more about it in a real and relatable way.

I really look forward to reading more from this series asap!!

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Dani Dando

A Divided MindA Divided Mind by M. Billiter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. This was one emotional story that got me right in the heart over and over again. Billiter writes with such respect and such honesty, giving valuable and heartfelt insight into the difficulties faced by those who struggle with their mental health, and the difficulties faced by the people that love them. It showed that there is no easy fix and took the reader painstakingly through the long arduous journey of coming to grips with a diagnosis and everything that means.
It was by no means an easy book to read, but I think that anything that deals with this subject matter would never be particularly easy to read. Either way, I recommend this, you won’t regret it.

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Kayla Octaviano

A Divided MindA Divided Mind by M. Billiter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. An amazing book. I could not put this book down. A Divided Mind is a book about Branson, a teenage twin, who has some mental health issues that he and his family are trying to decipher. His mother shows her unconditional love, but she and Branson have a hard time communicating during this period in his life. His twin brother Aaron can tell there is something wrong, but isn’t sure how to help. Branson is having a hard time finding who to talk to about the voices in his head because he doesn’t want people to think he’s crazy. Once he finally finds a friend, Trevor, his family isn’t sure he is the best influence on him. This book shows how important mental health is and how necessary family support is even when you feel like what you’re doing isn’t enough. If you enjoy haunting and exciting books that keep you on the edge of your seat, this is a great book for you.

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Kayla Kearney

A Divided MindA Divided Mind by M. Billiter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“All these rough patches you’re going through right now are all the years you’re going to learn the most about yourself. During the happy times, you don’t learn anything.” For anybody who has read this book, they know just how much this one quote from the daughter of Tara, the mother of the main character of the book, sums it up. At the point in this novel in which this line is said, Tara has reached her wits end, no longer certain on how to help her son Branson, who has been struggling with visual and auditory hallucinations.

In M. Billiter’s A Divided Mind, the reader experiences first hand what it is like to no longer be certain of what is and isn’t reality, helping them experience schizophrenia on a first-hand basis. This is one of the best novels with a focus on mental illness that I have ever read, right up there with J.D. Spero’s Boy on Hold and Boy Released that I read earlier this month. I knew from the moment that I read the description of the novel that I would enjoy this book, and boy was I right! I’m excited to read more from this author, and hope that I find myself reading more books like this by them in the future.

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Angela Renee Diaz

A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1)A Divided Mind by M. Billiter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trigger warning of mental illnesses. I can relate to Branson with depression and ptsd. I also relate to Brandon’s mom, Tara because she just wants her child to be better and that’s my dad. I understand Branson not wanting to taint his twin Aaron with Branson’s demons. M. Billiter wrote this book expertly.

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Jennifer Gordon

A Divided MindA Divided Mind by M. Billiter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, this is an emotional and insightful story looking at mental illness from two perspectives, the person suffering with it and their family. Branson Kovac is a high school senior when he starts hearing voices in his head and then realises that his friend isn’t really there. Scared and confused Branson turns to his mother, Tara for help. Tara is a mother of four, and when one of her twin sons admits to her that he is hearing voices it is the start of her very worrying and harrowing journey into mental illness. This book really took me on an emotional rollercoaster whilst reading it, the storyline focuses on Branson and the people around him as he is diagnosed and treated with a form of schizophrenia. Told from two points of view that of Branson’s and Tara, his mother, this is a raw and honest story of mental illness and how it not only effects the one diagnosed but their family. A very difficult subject has been written about sensitively and honestly by the author. Although at times this was a difficult and upsetting book to read, I felt engaged with the main characters instantly and was completely immersed in their story.

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Rayne East

A Divided MindA Divided Mind by M. Billiter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gripping and thought provoking

This intense, psychological thriller puts you through the wringer and spits you out with no apologies at the other end. I was so riveted to each page and felt so many emotions after each reveal. The turbulent journey left me breathless and the twists kept me guessing. Even after I finished the book the story kept going through my mind. The author really captured the multifaceted aspects of mental illness. So brilliantly written – a must read!

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Ashley McMillon

A Divided MindA Divided Mind by M. Billiter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First of all, let me say that this book was so refreshing! I was at the edge of my seat and it was getting so good I did NOT want to put it down! The imagery of the author, the style of writing from the POV of the character, and the way that the story still haunts me after it is over are all breathtaking! I’m looking forward to the rest of this series. I think the best thing about the book is me forgetting the initial synopsis, and simply walking through the story with Branson and his entire family. This is one book that does not disappoint and shines a bright light on the state of mental health in this world.

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