Title: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Author: Eric Lindstrom
Date: February 7th 2017
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom is a Young Adult book that deals with mental illness. The protagonist is Mel, a sixteen-year-old girl who has bipolar disorder, and we follow her as secrets about why her relationship with former friends ended. Adding to it, her mental health is getting worse and she’s trying to hide it from those she cares about.
I wasn’t much engaged with the book, though I did like the story in the end. Mel’s ups and downs were a little confusing, but I don’t have bipolar disorder so I can’t make any comment about the rep.
The novel alternates the chapters with some flashbacks of Mel’s past to learn more about what led to the actual situation and to learn more about the characters.
However, I think most of the characters weren’t fully developed and I’m sad about it. I wished there were more layers added to them.
David was East-Asian, probably Chinese, and I’m happy that there are more and more Asian people as leading characters. However he was one of the characters that weren’t well-rounded and he was too perfect.
My most favorite character was aunt Joan, also called HJ, which stands for Hurricane Joan. She knows how Mel feels, and she’s caring and supportive of her. She wants her niece to accept her flaws, her problems and have fun with her friends.
The writing style was good and I give A Tragic Kind of Wonderful 3 out of 5 stars.
About the author
In addition to writing Young Adult novels, Eric Lindstrom has worked in the interactive entertainment industry for years as a creative director, game designer, writer, and usually combinations of all three. As Editor and Co-Writer for Tomb Raider: Legend he received a 2006 BAFTA nomination for Best Video Game Screenplay, and then as the Creative Director for Tomb Raider: Underworld he received a 2009 BAFTA nomination for Best Action Adventure Video Game and a 2009 WGA nomination for Best Writing in a Video Game.
He has also raised children, which led to becoming first a school volunteer, then a substitute teacher, then a part time kindergarten teacher, then getting a credential to teach elementary school, and most importantly the discovery that YA literature is awesome. It’s pretty much all he ever reads, and now writes, in his house near the beach on the west coast, with his wife and, yes, cats.