Review: The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges

The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges

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.

The Form of Things Unknown
Robin Bridges
Young Adult Fiction
August 30, 2016

Natalie Roman isn’t much for the spotlight. But performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a stately old theatre in Savannah, Georgia, beats sitting alone replaying mistakes made in Athens. Fairy queens and magic on stage, maybe a few scary stories backstage. And no one in the cast knows her backstory.

Except for Lucas—he was in the psych ward, too. He won’t even meet her eye. But Nat doesn’t need him. She’s making friends with girls, girls who like horror movies and Ouija boards, who can hide their liquor in Coke bottles and laugh at the theater’s ghosts. Natalie can keep up. She can adapt. And if she skips her meds once or twice so they don’t interfere with her partying, it won’t be a problem. She just needs to keep her wits about her.

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