Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Us

Us by Matthew McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Us by Matthew McKay is an interesting and intimate look into the life of someone who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, also known as multiple personalities. Margaret goes along in life, letting her personalities come out whenever they need to. The book begins with a young man working at the club she frequents wondering what it would be like to talk to her, to meet her. Then, as he is getting the nerve to connect with her, he is suddenly killed on a carnival ride. The rest of the story takes place through the eyes of his ghost, so readers can see how Margaret learns what condition she has and how she, with her boyfriend Walker, navigate a life with an entire dysfunctional family contained within a single person.

The story is intriguing and does present this fascinating medical condition with truth and honesty, but the story didn't need to be told from a ghost's perspective when other points of view could have easily been used. Instead, the side anecdotes and stories from the ghost narrator serve as a distraction from the story than actually adding to it. Other than that, the story is solid and emotional. An interesting read for anyone who is curious about this condition.

*Reviewer received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads

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