The book tells the alternating stories of ten teenagers who are being treated at Pleasant Valley Treatment Center for a variety of reasons.
After a suicide attempt makes Tobias the newest resident, he’s faced with the prospect of healing but finds he’s not alone. The one everyone calls Bullfrog is recovering from severe burns, and no one knows why. Matthew, former star of the school football team, struggles with expectation. Darla, used to getting whatever she wants, faces an unexpected turn in her recovery. Bookish Renee is more at home in worlds of fiction rather than facing reality. Derek enters a last ditch effort to treat his apparent schizophrenia. A brutal reunion with Kate’s ex leaves her mistrusting everyone, including herself. Beautiful and wild, Liz’s bipolar disorder threatens to destroy her. As the group begins to open up, they each try to find a way forward. But when Derek regresses, Tobias must get the others to band together to help him. And maybe help themselves along the way.
The author and publisher hope to encourage people to have open conversations about mental health and mental health treatment. No one should be embarrassed to seek help.
“Though it’s slowly been getting better over the years, mental health needs are still treated with unfair stigmas and misrepresentation,” states Shouse. “Positive support networks are instrumental in helping with trauma healing and mental health support; we need to know we are not alone in the fight. Based on my own experience receiving mental health treatment, Insanely Sane is the sort of book I wish existed when I was younger.”
Included with Insanely Sane are discussion questions, mindfulness exercises, and mental health resources. It would be an excellent addition to a high school or college course.
“An insightful, hard-hitting, and tender tale of converging mental health journeys.” – Kirkus Reviews
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About the Author
Jasmine Shouse is a genre-jumping author. Her works include Insanely Sane and various short stories. With fellow Navy veteran and Colorado native Ginger Salazar, Jasmine is the co-author of the military fantasy series Sethi’s Song.
Born in Colorado and raised in Montana, she joined the Navy after high school and served as a linguist and cryptologist, which sounds a lot cooler than it actually is. She left the service in 2020 and settled in northwest Florida with her husband and their three boys.
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