Genres: Contemporary, Fiction
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After leaving behind a trail of drug-addled destruction, Jay finds himself confined to the walls of a psychiatric hospital. He is now compelled to confront his actions, his issues, and the past that led him to such downhill spiral. But what surprisingly affects him most are the people that he becomes surrounded by; people with considerable deficiencies that will shed some light on the things that truly matter in life.
“The Flawed Ones” is a thorough examination of the struggles of mental illness, depression, addiction, and the effects they have on the human condition. Most importantly, it proves that physical and mental shortcomings do not necessarily define who we truly are inside- that the heart is, in fact, untouched by our “flaws”, and that love will always prevail above all.
I got this book for free in exchange for a review.
When I started this book, I was reading ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ in my English class. The two stories had many similarities, which is depressing. The two are both about psychiatric wards in the U.S. The wards in both had similar patients; there are patients who will forever be there and patients who will move on. And both of these are impactful and important.
Jay Chirino doesn’t pull any punches. He writes this story honestly. I loved that he used his experiences to write this story. It makes it real and honest. I have read many books about mental illness, and this book is among one of the best. Most of the ones I have read were about teenagers, but this one is about an adult. It’s a different perspective about having a mental illness.
This book was very enlightening. I haven’t experienced the American psychiatric system. I hope I never have to. What Jay writes is depressing. It’s necessary but depressing. It gave me an insight into a system that needs to be fixed. Patients need to be treated like people, and that’s something I know more about now because of this book.
I’m not sure I’m the biggest fan of the way the story is written. Jay uses himself as the narrator which makes this seem like an autobiography. But it is marketed more along the lines of a work of fiction. This made me a bit confused because I wasn’t sure what was real and what wasn’t.
I’m happy I got a chance to read this. It was eye-opening.