December 8, 2009
Inside Out by Terry Trueman
This book is about Zach a teenager who has schizophrenia. He is caught up in a robbery gone wrong at a local coffee shop. During the robbery he, along with others, is held hostage. What takes place is hostage negotiations between the robbers and the police. During this time Zach is mostly scared about the voices in his head which have grown stronger throughout the event. This is due to the fact that he has yet to receive his medication.
The book helped me to learn more about schizophrenia. Also, I learned about his time in a mental institution because he was suicidal. It helped me understand some of the struggles people with mental illness go through. The author really does a good job writing what Zach is experiencing.
Alex, Class of 2011