I rated this a 4 out of 5 stars In Rules of Half Regan Whitmoor along with most of the other characters is dealing with a lot of serious issues Her mother committed suicide in front of her leaving her with an abusive stepfather who by the way is a Pastor Have we hit on all the major taboos et Regan runs away and finds her biological father Will a man who is bipolar and dealing with his own divorce and the recent death of his infant daughter Yep I think we MAY have hit all the social no nos Regan s aunt Janey is a lesbian and is dealing with the discrimination of a small backward thinking town run by a power hungry mayor She has left her home and girlfriend to take care of her brother Oh And by the way she is crushing the new school principal Lindsay as is Will OK so maybe NOW we have hit them all Oh what a tangled web we weave And my head s STILL spinning The book has a uick pace and believable destruction bound characters to make it even a faster read I almost wanted to see if they would all end up on one of those daytime TV shows that involves throwing chairs cute security guys who are also eually drama filled and an audience chanting the talk show hosts name over and over Can The Gate of Heaven you hear it inour head Yes we are all closet talk show junkies I hate to detract from the author s positive writing attributes in the book however I found the end of this book was plain frustrating I am not sure why it was there It may be that tackling mental illness homophobia parental abuse clergy abuse teenage romance the death of a child and cross romantic interests was too much for one book The mental illness alone would have been sufficient with all the familial issues going on in the novel as well let alone throwing in all the kitchen sink maladies This was not our typical happy fun read The issues addressed are serious and dark The author does have powerful writing and very likable characters Overall it is a good read I want to thank NetGalley Sparkpress Publishers and the author Jenna Patrick for providing the ARC for an honest and unbiased review This is a really complex and interesting novel that really surprised me I was drawn to it as one of the themes of the novel is ment via my blog No one in this town wanted his help No one liked being in the same room with him They scattered like ants hiding from a thunderstorm when he came around unless of course he did something crazy then they brought the popcorn bucket What is a man to do when he is cast as the local loony If he has serious mental health issues and suffered a tragedy that would bring any loving parent to their knees well he embraces what is expected of him In the small town of Half Moon Hollow there is a grave that Will Fletcher talks to where his infant daughter lies beneath With one horrific mistake his life as a successful Veterinarian loving father and husband vanished and like a curse the townspeople turned on him But truth can be convoluted particularly when the town mayor is our former father in lawFifteen ear old Regan has just suffered a tragic loss of her own she has come to Half Moon Hollow in search of the father she never knew but nothing could have prepared her for the reality of Will He isn t stable is shunned by the townsfolk and cannot open his life to her She didn t expect to wake up in his house and have them think she is just another cruel teen that broke in to harass the crazy Will Fletcher Her Aunt Jane s first reaction is one of disbelief and anger her brother cannot handle some strange girl claiming to be the daughter he never knew about not when he just had another humiliating episode in town But sometimes fate has other plans Shamed by the loss of his baby girl he has too much guilt and fear to attempt to be a father to Regan It is a betrayal to the daughter he lost to make room in his heart for her in his thinking he is a dangerous man and she is better off without him Jane Will s self sacrificing sister has spent ears since the tragedy caring for her brother Being ripe for ridicule in Half Moon Hollow is nothing new for her being the town lesbian whose own father had severe schizophrenia She has spent her life navigating her family s mental illness giving up on her own dreams of art and love But how much can a person sacrifice when the brother American Poetry you love won t help himself How much is a life worth Always the caretaker she cannot let Will abandon the opportunity to get to know his only living child and maybe just maybe there is hope at healing Dare she dream that maybe Will could stop punishing himself and maybe find a new future with her nieceBut Regan s presence may just set off episodes that threaten Will s freedom which fits just perfectly into the mayor s scheming Regan in the meantime struggles with her peers not for being the new girl but for being the daughter of the crazy Will Fletcher Stronger than him she stands in defiance to anyone who would bully her dad if only Will could learn to love her She has been abandoned and betrayed so much in heroung life that when she sees kindness in a boy named Lane she doesn t believe she can trust it With her dead mother s voice as a driving force she forges ahead in trying to become a part of this strange new family Her and Will have in common than they know both feeling responsible for deaths in their livesThe family finds friendship in the soft hearted new Principal Lindsay at Regan s school one of the few people who doesn t shun the family But the closer she gets the it strains the bond between the siblings Lindsay may come to help them in the end as much as her choices hurt them Lindsay is one of the best characters used to show how easy it is for people to automatically go along with the crowd before really knowing the truth about a person It s easy to believe what Every Good Girl you see and hear but many times the truth is far complicated As she gets closer to Jane Will and Regan her heart becomes entangled with the Fletchers More than she could ever have imagined and so much that she may be willing to risk everything she has in life even her careerThe entire novel takes the reader into the hearts and minds of Will and his loved ones and the difficulties of living with mental illness It also exposes the reality of caring for loved ones affected by psychiatric disorders But what really hits the gut is how those outside the family react to it The cruelness exists in the mockery and ugliness when then should be compassion We like to think we ve moved past social shaming but the truth is many people are scared of differences which may well exacerbate illnesses It s easier to dismiss whatou don t understand which says something rotten of our inhumanity to each other At the novel s final moments the truth alters everything Will has built his life on but what does it change in the end I think the author s ending was perfect I always enjoy a novel that makes readers internalize a situation I certainly admire Jane s tenacity in caring for her brother because it is a thankless job most of the time but it comes from a place of pure love inside of herAs an aside it is a sad fact that people shun others that live with mental illness Sadly the most people hear about it is when someone has committed a crime so it feeds the fear It s a vicious cycle because when people are shunned they retreat further into themselves and even people of sound mind if A Sixpenny Christmas you can call anyone sound don t do well without interacting with others We have voices for speaking bodies for touching and starving anyone of human contact is cruel changes us on an emotional level but whenou are already suffering is it any wonder why their mental illness worsens For Will the towns expectations turn his obstacles into seemingly insurmountable mountainsThe Rules Of Half is a love story not just between man and woman but between siblings children and their parents and friends More than an anniversary of grief Regan s arrival marks what will be an anniversary of a new life for everyone in the novel including herself A lovely tender storyPublication Date June 6 2017SparkPress Congratulations to Jenna Patrick on an absolutely stunning debut novel I loved it This novel portrays with depth and feeling the trials of Will trying to cope with bipolar disorder and the effect on both himself and his family I raced through the book with both tears and laughter as the various family dramas played out The story is well delivered and the ch. If Will Fletcher's severe bipolar disorder isn't proof he shouldn't be a parent his infant daughter's grave is Once a happily married successful veterinarian he now lives with his sister and thrives as the small town crazy of Half Moon Hollow But when a fifteen ear old orphan claims she's his da.
To help out humansRegan shows up on the Fletcher s doorstep and Will s sister Janey welcomes her by allowing her to stay there Will is very apathetic towards Regan and ignores her and doesn t seem the least bit interested in getting to know her Janey is Will s legal guardian and she takes care of him making sure he takes his medication regularly She has sacrificed living with her girlfriend Gretchen who is also her agent for comic books Janey creates Will tells Regan to call him Will and says that she looks just like her mother Michelle Regan is fifteen and loves the Fletcher s house Everything about the house the ard and the barn which Will had wandered out to felt rightWill is out in the barn where he is going to sleep and he tells Janey when she asks him what he wants to do I don t know what I want My Darling, My Hamburger you to do But I know I can t be a father to that girl Andou know it too Will thinks he could never make Regan feel safe That was too big a responsibility to carry Far too much to ask from a guy who could hardly match his clothes I m sorry I just can t I wasn t meant to have a job like that Regan was better off without him Regan had been through enough and he could only offer her hurt and disappointment One day she would realize it the people will loved always did She was better off without him Will thoughtThere is a new principal at the high school where Janie and Will register Regan Her name is Lindsey Linsey is the only one in town that has been nice to the Fletcher s so Janie invites Lindsey over for dinner They become friend s and Janie wants a romantic relationship with Lindsey As Regan attends school she gets into arguments with all the kids who are mean to her because of her father Regan is protective of her father Regan begins to take her lunch and walk to the nearby cemetery and sits in a split oak tree when she spy s her father sitting next to a grave stone and talking With some searching around the house she finds out her father is talking to her little sister named EmmaThe Regan see s her father talking to her dead sister she begins to feel bad because Will goes to the cemetery and pours his heart out to her dead sister Love Virtually yet he is very hands off with Regan She confronts Will after snooping around the house and finding out the information she needs and demands him to tell her why he never told her she had a sister Will accuses Regan of spying on him and it feels like he is upset to know that she has been listening to him The circumstances about Emma is a big part of why Will refuses to bond with Regan but they begin to slowly form a relationship It is heartbreaking to read about how close he is to Emma his dead child while he couldn t have a relationship with his live daughter who craves itJanie is nominated for an award for one of her books and Lindsey encourages Janie to leave Will in Lindsey s care and go to the ceremony Janie finally agrees to go but as I said she is carrying a torch for Lindsey and kisses her which Janie realizes is something she should not have done When Janie arrives at the hotel she finds Gretchen her lover and her agent in her room and breaks it off with Gretchen telling her there is somebody else Janie is constantly calling Lindsey to check up on Will Sparks start to fly between Will and Lindsey and then all hell breaks looseThere is so much that happens in this novel that explores a multitude of situations that happen You will learn what happened to Emma Why Will is so afraid of relationships and of hurting everybody that he get s close to You will learn about Regan s boyfriend Lane and how he is related to Ellie You will learn about Ellie and Will There is a bit of sibling rivalry between Will and Janie about Lindsey The catalyst that sets everything off on a collision course starts the book rolling and everything that I have left out will make sense I loved the ending It was an absolute genius idea and it changes everythingou thought Our Island Guide you knew about this story Turns everything on its headThankou to Net Galley Jenna Patrick and SparkPress Publishing for my digital copy in exchange for a fair and honest review 35 stars I received this ARC from Spark Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewHaving a mental illness is an awful thing to carry throughout our life It condemns ou to a life where Horn (Horn, you have lost control ofourself placing an enormous burden on تعلم jQuery فى 120 دقيقة your family and becoming a pariah to society Such was the case with Will Fletcher his sister Janey and eventually Will s teenage daughter Regan who finds her dad after witnessing the suicide of her mother thus left with having no one to care for herWill Fletcher was formerly a successful veterinarian a happily married man to the daughter of the mayor of his town and a father to a newborn daughter After the death of his newborn child Will starts his descent into the world of mental illness He is diagnosed with bi polar disease later changed to schizophrenia which his dad suffered from and becomes what he believes to be a menace not only to himself but also to the people around him He becomes the brunt of the town s teenagers jokes and pranks Their incredible viciousness is evident in the way they treat this poor man The townspeople shun Will and treat him as a pariah His sister becomes his custodian and Will losses his profession gets divorced and takes a job mucking out cages at the local shelter Into this turmoil comes his daughter Regan He is shocked and thrown off kilter by Regan s arrival as he knew nothing of her before and he suffers with guilty feelings that he was the cause of his infant daughter s death He initially rejects Regan but through Regan s desire for a dad and her need for love in what had been her very troubled life she ultimately succeeds in making inroads with her dad Will feels that he is undeserving of love any kind of love and even though the town s high school principal falls in love with him Will thinks he does not deserve her love or any love for that matter Meanwhile because of numerous episodes Will engages in the town pushed by Will s former father in law gets a petition to have Will committed A court case ensues This was a moving saga of the life a mentally ill person oftentimes faces The problem for me with this book was certainly not the subject matter but that oftentimes the author tried to cram too much into its telling Her characters were all flawed but the author seemed in a desire to show their flaws to touch on too many topics In my opinion that took away from the main idea of the book that of mental illness Often too the book seemed to meander and lose focus making the reader wonder who the author was writing up with abrupt changes of focus Perhaps a better editing job would have been beneficialHowever I do applaud Ms Patrick for broaching the topic of mental illness and presenting her main character as a person who was to be respected and not judged for a condition he could not help ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review45 starsWhen everyone else looks atou and sees crazy I see complex When they see someone who s not worth a second of their time I finally see someone who is actually worth every bit of mine When they see a man who s damned I see one who s et to be redeemedEvery once in a while I come across a book outside the romance genre that piues my interest When I read the blurb of The Rules of Half I just knew it would be emotional heartbreaking but also uniue and real There are many people who have Bipolar Disorder and I can t imagine it being easy for them and their family This book gave a very well rounded look into a man struggling with his disorder but also with the heartbreaking events from his past Will had so much on his plate and he couldn t let go of his inner demons or forgive himself This book is told from four POVs Will his sister Janey his teenage daughter Regan and the the new school principal Lindsay I thought it was very essential in this book to hear what all four of them were thinking and they all had their own struggles and problems There were multiple story lines intertwined into the main one and the author did a phenomenal job in the way she told everyone s story There were so many heartbreaking scenes that had me tearing up especially the scenes with Will and Regan were sad I loved how everything developed in this story and I couldn t get enough I loved that there was some romance even though it wasn Home and a normal family things Will can't offer Can she ride the highs and lows of his illness to find a new definition of family The Rules of Half explores what it is to be an atypical family in a small town and to be mentally ill in the wake of a tragedy and who has the right to determine bot.
Aracters well developed Keep writing Jenna Patrick I will look forward to Many thanks to Jenna Patrick and SparkPress through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review I would like to thank NetGalley the publisher and the author for my ARC copy for a fair and honest reviewWhat would ou do if Driven by Desire you had nothing to lose becauseou had already lost it by the age of 15 That s the case of Regan Whitmer a teen girl that had been raised on the streets of Chicago by her mother until her mother married a pastor by the name of Steven This all takes place before the start of the book and we learn and about what Regan has faced as she thinks back to what she and her mother had endured prior to her mothers suicideHow would we behave if we saw our own parent kill themselves with our own eyes Would we even resemble normal Well Regan runs away from her stepfather to look for her father a man that her mother had said was a hero and other great things but what she finds is a man that the small town has shunned as crazy and scary Is he really those things Is he dangerous or simply misunderstood These are things that ou will find out as ou read this heartbreaking but at times funny story about what it s like living with someone with Bipolar Disorder The high highs and the low lows mania and severe depression not easy things for anyone to deal with but with support from the people that love În excavator (Trilogia Nomilor you the proper meds and therapy many people can lead normal lives The author covered all these things beautifullyIt s hard to not care about Regan her father Will her Aunt Janey boy friend Lane and her Principal Lindsey They all play an important part in how Will handles life after the loss of his baby daughter meeting his teen daughter that he didn t know he had and simply life in a town that seems to despise him as they believe he was the cause of his infant daughter s death It shows how our own misunderstandings our own biases and our own ignorance can easily affect others This is one of those books that I could not put down and am very much looking forward to reading by this very talented author and see what other issues and faces she will put on them to make them real to the masses This book is a compulsive read it s fun charming and full of suspenseful moments I am saying this at the front of my review because I have some critiues and I want to make sure that it s clear that Rules of Half is a really engaging read The first problematic issue is that of mental illness I m putting mental illness in uotes because I am not a fan of the expression One of the main characters is a man diagnosed as having bipolar disorder and while I am willing to believe and in fact I probably should believe because the author doubtless did her homework that people with BD can be as out and out crazy as this guy is heck anyone can right the few bipolar people I know are nothing of the sortWill is extremely emotional afraid of other people unreliable forgetful and socially awkward All of these traits have nothing to do with bipolar disorder It pains me to think that a reader who is unfamiliar with bipolar disorder might believe that all people with bipolar disorder will display these traits They do not These are Will s own uirksThe author seems to gesture in this direction ie toward suggesting that these features of Will s are not related to his psychiatric diagnosis when she links Will s behavior to the loss of his child This would make Will a sufferer of massive grief and PTSD as well as bipolar disorder and the self loathing he experiences alongside the creation of this intensely uirky persona would have nothing to do with BD I wish Patrick had taken care to draw the distinction between griefPTSD and BD precisely The book also presents compulsory imprisonment for those who suffer from psychiatric diagnoses as a threat that follows Will around but doesn t do in my opinion enough work to show what a heinous and unjust practice it is We know it s unfair for Will but there is nothing in the novel that might lead the reader to believe that it is unfair period So let me state it myself it is always uncontroversially unjust to incarcerate anyone who has not been charged with a crime I confess that I have a beef against representation of people with psychiatric disabilities as whacko irresponsible and unreliable This is a stereotype that really really has to goMy other problem with this book is of a purely personal nature When heterosexual romance is pitted against lesbian romance I invariably root for the latter But that s just methankou to sparkpress and netgalley for an arc of this book There is no better with this illness There is only controlled This was such an informative book learning about how having Bi Polar Disorder can affect people as well as their family members This is a story not only of accomplishment and success but offers a message of encouragement and hope to others Sometimes the best parenting a parent can do is throwing in the towel and leaving the job to someone ualified The Rules of Half is a beautiful emotional story how one terrible moment wrecked an entire family There are so many unspoken words unprocessed feelings and communication issues Jenna Patrick has thoroughly explored the struggles of each family member they all have their flaws they are far from perfect they can t cope and they do things they normally wouldn t have done because they don t know what to do with their sadness The result is a story filled with so many emotions and I was impressed by each layer of this poignant book I really liked that this book was true to life The characters were well written and came with the proper backgroud to give them depth The insights are tenderly drawn genuine and profound Haven t An Accidental Woman you ever fallen for someoneou knew Poppet (Jack Caffery, you shouldn t Jenna Patrick has a terrific descriptive wring style She skillfully makes connections openly shares her main characters most private thoughts and she laces her story with an abundance of honesty empathy and forgiveness This gives The Rules of Half a perfect rawness that had a strong effect on me I could literally feel the anger the hurt and the pain and was stunned by how real it all felt This book is intense thought provoking and agonizing Jenna Patrick carefully divides tension she balances emotions in a great way and she knows how to captivate her readers She ends her story with a wonderful message and plenty of hope showing her readers there s always light in the darkness even in the most daunting situations You re throwing away a chance at a real life becauseou can t let go of a life that never existed in the first place I enjoyed this book very much I laughed cried got angry and thought deeply about humanity I think it is very powerful reading I would be really happy to hear there s a second book from Jenna Patrick what a beautiful debut She d live through a thousand bad moments to have one of the good moments RULES OF HALF BY JENNA PATRICKThis is an incredibly complex multilayered debut novel that explores several themes and streamlines them together so that they all emerge together Hell is The Siege Winter yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person Tennessee WilliamsRegan Whitmer is running away from an abusive stepfather from Chicago after her mother shoots herself in the head in front of Regan Regan hitchhikes to the little town of Half Moon Hollow with a population of around 1500 people She has come here to find her biological father who doesn tet know she exists She is walking the deserted streets of town when she is offered a ride from a postal worker When she takes the address out of her pocket and tells the postal worker where she needs a ride to the postal worker replies that she is going to the old Fletcher place She tells him that s right Then she asks if there is anything wrong to which he replies Nope but I can t say the same about Will FletcherThe whole town is cruel and does not have anything nice to say about the Fletcher s Regan s father who is Will Fletcher suffers from Bi Polar disorder I do have to say that Will gets into trouble uite a bit most recently he was sentenced to serve six months of community service in addition to the six ears he has already racked up The judge said that Will has to serve it in some fashion other than volunteering at the animal shelter This time he has to use his sentence. Ughter Will is forced back into the role he fears most fatherhood Her biological dad isn't the hero Regan Whitmer hoped for but he's better than her abusive stepfather back in Chicago Still haunted by her mother's suicide and the rebellious past she fears led to it Regan is desperate for a stable.
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Raised in a large extended family in northern Ohio Jenna Patrick moved to North Carolina in 1998 to attend college She fell in love with the weather and laid back way of the south and never moved back After ten years of devoting her brain to science and math as an engineer Jenna returned to her true passion – writing fiction She and her husband reside on Lake Norman with their two daughters