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Disconnected    by Lisa M. Cronkhite order for
by Lisa M. Cronkhite
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Poisoned Pen, 2014 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

Amelia is quite a bully. Amelia hides seventeen-year old Milly's phone, constantly tells Milly that she looks like a pig and is ugly, and even makes Milly cut herself sometimes. Worse yet, Milly cannot escape her tormentor Amelia because Amelia and Milly are one and the same.

With few friends, Milly's only escape is writing in her journal. However, she can rarely remember what she has written, her mind blocking out her past. But what happened in Milly's past that was so horrible?

After her parents' death in an accident, Milly is raised by her grandfather. Then their house burns down in a mysterious fire, and the two go to live with Milly's Aunt Rachel. At Aunt Rachel's the real mystery and trouble begins.

Milly begins to read her Aunt's journal and discovers a past that she no longer remembers, a past that Amelia does remember all too well. To make matters worse, Milly's mental illness is going unchecked and worsening by the day, tormenting her more and more.

Author Lisa M. Cronkhite tackles a difficult but very real topic, mental illness and depression, in a realistic and respectful manner. What the protagonist realizes is very true in real life as well, 'mental illness has absolutely no discrimination.'

I found this novel for teenage readers, so good and the story so riveting, that I read it all in one night. Some of the plot is a bit predictible, but there are many twists and turns that I never saw coming and that left me with my jaw dropping.

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