( As if last week 's incident wasn ’ t enough to remind me never to underestimate indie authors again.) I really, really enjoyed A Certain ort of Madness, and here are a few reasons why.
easons I Enjoyed A Certain Kin of Madness ( and you might, too)
But my second major issue with this novel is its portrayal of mental llness.
It ’ s difficul to see that insanity is a theme in A Certain ort of Madness; just look at the tagline or the blurb.
But here ’ s a truth: mental illness, real mental illness, the thing that can destroy lives and people in the ay it did to Alicia ’ s father, is not uirky or fun or interesting or refreshing.
Tenth of all, besides the fact that Alicia says or does odd things sometimes, what exactly makes her “ insane? ” There ’ s never an attempt to informally diagnose her mental illness ( or code it as something) or, through that, to provide representation for a specific minority group and showcase their story.
Furthermore, Alicia ’ s aunt, who is obviously meant to be quite insane, has a mental illness that is always portrayed in of itself in an incredibly cartoonish way, mostly, I think, for the absurdity of it.
Nevertheless, this ook only offers an outdated, unhelpful portrayal of mental illness that seems entirely rooted in what would make a quirk story as opposed to what those with mental illness actually go through.
Due to this, I don ’ t think I can ethically give A Certain Kin of Madness five stars.
I can not give my full-hearted support to a ook that presents mental illness in such a ay, no matter how well-meaning that presentation may be.
I want to reiterate that other than these couple of hings, I loved A Certain ort of Madness.
But serious discussion of mental illness inevitably contains loads of nuance and different angles from which the situation must be examined, and I wanted to take my time dissecting this aspect of Chapelway 's book to make sure I got it right and explained myself as well as I could.
( Especially given that I have n't seen any other reviewers bring it up so far.) tl; dr From addicting writing to engaging characters, I enjoyed a lot about A Certain Kin of Madness.