Book Review: The Boy Between by amanda Prowse and Josiah hartley

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“A Mother and Son’s Journey From a World Gone Grey”

Our whole being is nothing but a fight against the dark forces within ourselves

Henrik Ibsen

This book touched me a lot. A human mind is a scary place; Lord knows mine is. Our thoughts can consume us and almost eat us whole. It’s loud enough to drive a person mad and nearly to that desperate state of doing anything to silence it, even suicide.

You feel the pain, the emptiness, and the battle against suicide from Josiah (Josh). You feel the frustration, the sadness, and the helplessness from Amanda. As a mother, it’s never easy seeing your child suffer, and you don’t know how to help them, or you don’t understand the pain.

Josh has a great support system. His relationship with his mother and stepfather was heart-warming. The conversations were deep and raw. They express the frightful truth and journey of depression. The love the parents have for their son shines through. I commend them for being so open and helping others who are dealing with the same thing.

Depression is real. There are families out there who are helping a loved one battling depression, and there are families out there who have no clue that someone close to them is suffering from it. This book is for them. This book is for you.

Don’t be the person who says it’s not that serious, quit being dramatic, or what do you have to be depressed about, type of person. Everything that glitters isn’t gold, and the grass isn’t always greener. If we all take the time to listen and understand our friends or family members, imagine how many lives we could have saved. Let your loved ones know that they are not alone and always look out for the signs.

Amanda Prowse
Amanda Prowse

An International Bestselling author
She has had twenty novels published along with six short stories in dozens of languages. Her recent chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’ have sold millions of copies around the world.

Josiah Hartley
Josiah Hartley

Josiah (Josh) Hartley is 22 and lives in an isolated farmhouse in the West Country, but close enough to Bristol to enjoy its music scene. He is an animal lover and servant to two French Bulldogs. Equally happy at a music festival or watching rugby with his mates, he likes the outdoor life and with Devon only a short drive away often heads to the sea to surf and sit on the beach watching the sun go down. After two stints at The University of Southampton and The University of Bristol and one unsuccessful suicide attempt Josh decided to write about his descent into mental illness and the depression that has held him in its grip for the past few years. The Boy Who Nearly Jumped carries the overriding message that things can and often do get better. It’s a book of reflection, raw, honest and full of hope: the proof being that Josh is still here and now excited about what comes next. He is ready to catch any opportunities that life throws his way, quite a thing for someone who only 3 years ago was ready to jump from the face of the earth…

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