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All Kait Leddy had ever wanted was a little sister. When Kyleigh was born, they were inseparable; Kait would protect her, include her, cuddle and comfort her, and, to Kyleigh, her big sister was her whole world.

As they grew, however, and as Kait entered adolescence, her personality began to change. She was lashing out emotionally and physically and losing touch with reality in certain ways. The family struggled to keep this side of Kait private - at school and in her social life, she was still the gorgeous, effervescent life of the party with a modeling career ahead of her and big dreams. But slowly, things began to shatter, and Kyleigh could only watch in horror as her perfect sibling’s world collapsed around her. Kait was institutionalized with what would eventually be diagnosed as schizophrenia, leaving Kyleigh and their mother to handle the burden, shame, and guilt alone.

Then, in January 2014, Kait disappeared. Though they never found her body, security footage showed her making her way onto a big bridge over a river, where it is presumed that she jumped. Kyleigh is left wondering: What could she have done differently? How could this shining light be gone? And how will she find peace without her sister to guide her way there?

©2022 Kyleigh Leddy (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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My heart breaks for the author and her family and as a child of a mentally ill parent, I know the incredible toll it takes on your life but this story was just too long. I think it might give some solace to others in similar situations but there were many times where I thought it had ended, and it should of ended but then went on and on without really adding much content. We knew early on that her sister was gone and the possible causes of her illness and we learned about the few really scary moments of her interactions under the weight of the illness but I think I would have liked to know more about Kate, the impact on n her parents marriage, on her friendships, etc. Unfortunately, I also struggled with the authors narration. It was almost too detached. I realize it must have been a very painful story to recount and perhaps should have therefore been left to a third party. Overall, she is not without talent and should continue to write but perhaps learn how to tighten the story up a bit.

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Wonderful story. Very profound. we need more books like this. Raw and Emotional. Good narration

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Not about mental illness

This is a book of non-stop description of feelings, what ifs and “I think”.
I wanted to learn about mental illness through the eyes of a sister. I learned nothing. She repeats constantly how “bad” her sister was but I didn’t see any situation where the reader can gasp the extent. We know the devastating result of her sister illness, but not that process that lead her to take such a tough decision. By process I mean what was exactly her behavior? We know it was hard to live with her, problems at school, with her family and friends, at university..., but what made it hard, we can only guess.
I don’t know if the author assumed the reader it's knowledgeable in the subject or that the reader can imagine accurately her behavior from her very vague bits and pieces.
I gave her 2 stars becase it’s well written.

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Heartfelt, inspirational and educational…

We all forget too often that the brain is the hub of total health and should be closely monitored as it runs through all of us. The medical profession and insurance providers have this thing backwards Thank you for you efforts to share and this around. No one is immune. Thank you🙏🏽

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I’m writing a memoir of my own first hand account of psychosis, and honestly…

I was really excited to read/listen to this with my mom. However, the book should’ve been condensed down to 5 chapters.
80% of it is filler. Repeated phrases and metaphor after metaphor after metaphor. You can skip 30 seconds at a time and not miss a beat, because it’s more phrasing of the same thing! Really frustrating that way.

Extremely wordy. I got the feeling the author was trying to prove to the world how smart she is, rather than tell a story.

There was at least 30 min of the book where she used the term “you” instead of “I”, I could see she wanted me to be placed in her shoes, but it just didn’t work for me.

That being said, I bet it was very cathartic to tell the world, and you can tell she REALLY loves her sister. I just think that got lost somewhere in the self loathing and “woe is me” talk.

Biggest gripe. The authors ability to say SO much without actually saying anything at all.

Biggest accolade: Her research into the subjects

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Powerful

I really liked this book and would recommend it to everyone. It gets very emotional and has a powerful message throughout. 10/10.