The Boy Between by Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse

Such an important and inspiring book to help raise awareness for mental health issues!

I received this advanced copy in order to take part in the Love Books Tours blog tour.

The Boy Between by Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse
286 Pages
Out Now

Bestselling novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son came to her with a real one…

Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student’s mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found. This is the book they wish had been there for them during those dark times.

Josiah’s situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life.

In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah’s raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what it is like to live with depression. It is Amanda’s heart-rending account of her pain at watching him suffer, speaking from the heart about a mother’s love for her child.

For anyone with depression and anyone who loves someone with depression, Amanda and Josiah have a clear message—you are not alone, and there is hope.

5 / 5

This books deserves more than 5 stars to be honest!

It’s the story of Josiah and his mum Amanda and his battle with depression over the years. It doesn’t sugar coat anything and it’s a completely raw, brutal and honest account of dealing with depression, but it is also an inspiring and hopeful account of his battle with this illness.

Whether you have experienced the affects of depression yourself, or know someone who has, or like myself didn’t really understand the true severity of it, then this book will open your eyes and change the way you think and see the world.

The story alternates between Josiah as he explains just exactly what he was thinking and feeling at his lowest points, and his mum Amanda as she explains the heartbreak of not knowing how to help your child through all of this.

Scattered throughout are also family photos of Josiah growing up which was so lovely to include and made the book even more personal.

Whilst this was heartbreaking to read at times it is without a doubt such an important book that I encourage everyone to read. As mentioned I haven’t experienced depression myself but it has helped me look at my own life, especially after reading Amanda’s chapters. I think the experience she has can help a lot of people, especially parents and not just those dealing with depression but for anyone who is struggling with any type of mental health issues.

This is a MUST read and remember to always be kind!

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