Black Box by Julie Schumacher
Genre: Mental Health, Family Life, Contemporary, Depression,
Pages: 176WHEN DORA, ELENA’S older sister, is diagnosed with depression and has to be admitted to the hospital, Elena can’t seem to make sense of their lives anymore. At school, the only people who acknowledge Elena are Dora’s friends and Jimmy Zenk—who failed at least one grade and wears black every day of the week. And at home, Elena’s parents keep arguing with each other. Elena will do anything to help her sister get better and get their lives back to normal—even when the responsibility becomes too much to bear.
Elena was the happy-go-lucky child. Meanwhile Dora I was just try and quiet type. So you can imagine everyone's surprise when Elena tries to commit suicide and lands in the hospital diagnosed with depression. After coming out of the hospital Dora isn't sure what to think of her sister. The family as a whole is starting to crack under pressure. All Dora can think about is trying to save her sister.
I thought it was interesting getting seeing how Elena and her family was impacted by her depression. Seeing through Dora's eyes as she was watching her sister and trying her best to help her. It was tough seeing Dora goes through what she was going though and being alone through the process. Her family seems to be ripping apart but at least she was able to make a friend in the process. It was interesting getting his perspective on the situation and seeing how he was helping Dora but listening to her problems. It was good she was at least had someone to talk to when she could trust no one else. And that ending. It was so sad and hard to read, and at first I was confused thinking that's it? But then at second thought it really a good ending to the book. Overall if you are looking for a good book that I was an accurate picture of families dealing with family members with depression I think you should check this book out. It was a pretty good book.