I enjoyed The Form of Things Unknown, but ultimately it isn’t a story that will stay with me. Natalie and her family have moved to Savannah to stay with her grandmother, who has schizophrenia. Natalie herself has just been released from a mental hospital after a brief stay following a bad experience with ecstasy. Her brother, who attends the college in town, convinces her to try out for a summer theater program. She lands the part of the fairy queen in A Midsummer’s Night Dream and begins hanging out with the theater crowd, including Lucas, a boy she knows from the mental hospital. They’re practicing in a really old theater, and there are some ghost stories involved. When Natalie starts seeing and hearing things, she begins to question whether she is going crazy again.
I loved the play aspects of this story. And there were some really great instant friendships which made me happy for Natalie. The parents were fine, and I enjoyed the brother-sister relationship. Everything was just OK with this story. It was a quick, easy read, but nothing really stood out. It just wasn’t very memorable. If you like mental illness stories, maybe you’ll want to pick this one up, but otherwise it may not be worth your time.
Rating: 3 Stars
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.