Wednesday, May 15, 2013

January First - Schofield

January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her by

child-onset schizophrenia, the worst possible outcome.  Both families have schizophrenia and mental illness in the background, it is therefore not a surprise.

This memoir is that of a father trying to save his child from a horrible situation over which he has no control. He is, of course, pushed to the edge. It is only his love for his child that keeps him fighting for, and with, Janni.This book tells about his struggle to finally achieve some hope for the future.

Overall this was an alright read, quick and entertaining. Sadly, or maybe appropriately, it makes the parents look pretty bad - Mom comes off as a whiner with anger control issues, Dad admits that he take antidepressants to actually control his anger and spends much of the book whining. Strange, but true. Ultimately, I think the book expresses the most important point well, that both parents love and support their daughter (and son) and want the best for her, as hard or unlikely as that seems at times.

2/5- Just okay.  Choose with extreme prejudice.