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Book Review for: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

By ashflouk, Jun 20 2017 11:13AM

Asylum. It’s not the best book I’ve ever read, nor is it the worst book ever. It’s just in between. Even though there were many parts in this book which were utterly meaningless and simply boring. The illustrated pictures weren’t even that scary.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm—formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline's twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum's dark past. Because it turns out Brookline was no ordinary psych ward. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring haunting found photographs from real asylums, this mind-bending reading experience blurs the lines between past and present, friendship and obsession, genius and insanity.

I had to remind myself in every chapter that the characters were 16 not 12. EVERYTIME. I would’ve found this book somewhat interesting if I were a young teenager, but I’m not. It’s a good book if you’ve got nothing better to read; or if you get it in a super discounted offer. I won’t say that I hated this book, I just didn’t like it. So 2 out of 5 stars.

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