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on Nov. 03, 2011 :
I’m not completely sure how I feel about Light Fixtures. On one hand, I really enjoyed the main character, Aurora. To my surprise, the author was able to conquer the subject of her bipolar disorder in a fairly honest light, without crossing the YA yellow tape. That was the main reason I requested this book, actually; I wanted to know how this author would portray such a volatile disorder to young readers and not sugarcoat it. I guess this book was my answer. Smith created a wonderful character with Aurora and successfully captured the essence of a child suffering with undiagnosed bipolar disorder. I think most readers who have experienced the occasional mood swing will be able to relate to Aurora, even if it’s not to the same extent.
On the other hand…
I could not stand the stupid mystical creatures. I even channeled my 13-year-old self to help reevaluate this [really awkward] downfall, but my efforts were to no avail. I guess I’m just wholly incapable of appreciating little spirit friends (yeah, I just said “spirit friends”) named Mr. Dragonfly and Mr. Hematite. It’s a shame, really. I liked everything else about Light Fixtures, but please don’t give bugs and oxide minerals titles! However, if the cutesy names don’t annoy the living hell out of you, I would highly encourage picking up a copy. Smith obviously put a lot of effort into her research (or personal experience?) and it shows in her portrayal of bipolar disorder.
3/5 for making me feel so conflicted, though.
Reviewed by Brittany for Book Sake.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 22, 2011 :
Just finished reading Light Fixtures today. I haven't been able to put this book down since I started reading several weeks ago. The story is about a young girl growing up with bipolar disorder in the rural South. She meets a whole cast of interesting, mystical characters along the way. This is one eBook you wont regret purchasing!! Must read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)