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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Natasha Hlinka

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

As someone who lives with mental illness everyday I really liked that Billiter had the story in two points of view and then in three. Showing the story from the mother, Tara’s point of view and the son, Branson’s point of view, who actually has the mental illness. Then they throw in Trevor’s point of view which I think adds a lot more dimension to the story! Reading what Branson is going through and how tough it is on his mom really shows that when someone has mental illness they aren’t the only ones that it effects. Even though it might effect them the most it has an effect on everyone they love. As the story goes on it’s interesting to see how Branson’s mental illness develops and how he’s been dealing with it for so long. Also, the ending kind of reminded me of the movie Split, it was just the ending though the rest of the story was all it’s own it even talks about a different mental illness than Split. I think it’s important that more people are aware of mental illnesses, how many there actually are, and how it really effects the person and the people around them. I think this book is perfect for people to kind of know how it might effect peoples lives even though it’s fiction it’s a perfect book to kind of get an idea and kind of a stepping stone if you want to learn more.

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Brittany Porter

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

A Divided Mind is a fictional story about a teenage boy facing worsening mental illness and schizophrenia. We also some deep insight into how such a diagnosis affects the loved ones around him, such as his Mother, twin brother, siblings, and girlfriend. I’ve always been intrigued by psychology and this book really took me on an unexpected journey of emotions. Having known people with schizophrenia, I found myself getting very attached to Branson throughout the book. I was really cheering for him and hoping he could still achieve at least part of him dreams of going to college, joining the armed forces, and even just being an average teenage boy. Some parts of this story really broke my heart, but I do feel it was a very realistic representation of what could happen to someone in a similar situation. I can’t stop thinking about the ending and how things end up for Branson. I hope we get a part 2!

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Betsy Melano

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

A Divided Mind by M. Billiter is an interesting fictional story that gives the reader a deeper look into mental illness. I appreciate that the author took this story in a direction that makes us think more about mental illness. As I was reading this story, I could connect with how Branson was feeling and the emotional toll it takes no only on him but also on his family. This book takes us through the family’s emotions and situations in a way that made me feel like I could understand how Branson’s mother was feeling – overwhelmed and not having answers to help your child. I couldn’t put the book down once I started to connect with the characters. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m sure I’ll be reading the second installment.

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Nakyshia Leger

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

This book hit my soul hard. M. Billiter takes you through a lifelike experience of a mother and her son as he battles mental illness.Branson is a teen who feels alone as he navigates his world. He hears noises that eventually turn into voices telling him what to do. Branson has to live his life in high school hiding the voices and appearing “normal” until he no longer can. M. Billiter did not hold back, exposing gritty scenes that no one wants to believe can happen. I thought I understood mental illness before this book, but now I feel my eyes are far more open. I am looking forward to reading book two. Thank you M. for sharing the “not so perfect” side of people!

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Erica Shoebridge

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

What an amazing peek into the mind of someone with schizoaffective disorder. I loved this book, not only is the topic interesting and unique, but the writing is fantastic, and the character development is sensational. I loved that Billiter gave us this one from various points of view, allowing us to feel the confusion, heartbreak, and personal struggle of a mother parenting four children, including one whose mental health is rapidly changing, but we also get to hear from a teen who is rapidly questioning his own sanity and ability to believe himself and his memories. Watching the two of them come to terms with these developments, and also hearing from the rest of the family and see how their lives and understandings shift is awesome. Extremely well written, frank, and deeply empathetic, I loved this one from start to finish.

Reviewed by @ericalorraine
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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Shelly Kittell

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

Wow, this book is definitely worth the read. Branson tells his mom, Tara, that he is hearing voices. The story evolves through raw feelings for his mom as she tries to deal with this. for a fiction story, the author did a lot of research into schizophrenia and depression. I have a child with this awful disease and I recognize these meds. The plot will get you just as you think every thing is fine (remember, this is book 1) . Not all is as it seems. What you perceive may not be. I highly recommend this one. Run over and read book 2 when you finish this one.

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Lorrene Huisman

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

This book, it was a book I truly loved in more ways than one. The book was something more people should know about as well as understand. The book faced the elephant in the room, head on, that is what we call mental illness. The book was by far one of the best that I have ever read, that addresses issues such as this. It was very well written, as well as the emotions of the family! It was a by far amazing read.

The book centers on a family yes. More specifically, a boy that has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia Brandon, the boy whom had been diagnosed, was going through a lot, hearing voices and trying to understand and comprehend what was going on in his mind was not easy. His family took a till on this as well, wanting to help, but at times not knowing what the best approach or the method would be. I found the diagnosis affected all the family members differently. I feel truly that his mother had the greatest burden of all, and she had a lot of guilt and shame inside her heart..

The book was more than realistic to my eyed. I cried a lot reading this, as you truly felt the emotional wave the family was going through. And the acceptance and needing to be strong as a family to get through this hard time, but knowing its not the end, they will get through it, one day at a time. The author very much educated me with their writing on things of schizophrenia I was not aware of, and I found I was able to understand it better and knew more of the mental illness upon reading this boo. The author did amazing at this story and it was one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.

The author did such an wonderful job. The story line, though complex, it really gave everything and more to us as the readers. I am so happy and touched that the author chose to write a book about something most would choose not to. In this growing world, its something more and more people need to be accepting was and talk about. Not just sweep it under a rug. The book is a must read. No questions asked. Its a read that really makes you feel what a family with this diagnosis would be feeling and its realistic in more ways than one. It is heart felt and real with every word on the page! A brilliant book of writing!

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Allyson Ware

A Divided MindA Divided Mind by M. Billiter

A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Allyson Ware

As a psychology major in college, I was obviously immediately interested in reading this novel. Keeping in mind that it is a novel, it has enhanced my original thoughts on mental health: that it is greatly underestimated.

As Branson learns to cope with his intrusive thoughts, his mother believes she has to take matters into her own hands and fix him. She is not a perfect mom by any means, but that’s what makes this story that much more realistic. Dealing with something alone, let alone something that society doesn’t deem “normal” can be incredibly difficult, and Branson has an amazing support system to help him out of that void. Not everyone is so lucky. You won’t be able to put this book down once you learn more about Branson and Tara. I can assure you of that.

Reviewed by @aware

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Stephanie Colley

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

This story is emotional and raw. It also shows what a mother will do to protect her son. No length to too much.
The struggle to find friends with a mental illness is real. But when you find out you don’t know if the voice you trust is real, how do you come back from that?
This story is so real and happens every day in someone’s world. A lot goes in noticed. Mental illness needs more light shown and this book shined in my opinion.

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Trish Ann

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

This book was definitely outside of what I normally choose. I’m glad I took a chance on this book! I kept in mind what was prefaced before the book even started and how this story even came to light.

While I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as a traditional thriller, it was definitely psychologically suspenseful at times. The consideration of how Branson’s voices and hallucinations manifested as well as the way his mother handled what was unfolding kept me very invested.

I’ve read a few books that contain characters with mental illness but I found this one to be one that really creates a supportive pull for all involved. I understood the rationale for the father, Ed and his role in the initial PTSD diagnosis but I felt that he was an inconsistent plot point.

I am definitely interested in reading the second book of this series, The Divided Twin.

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