Have a Nice Day
Is she fine? Is anyone?
Anna Bloom had been depressed, so her parents sent her to a mental hospital, where she has just spent the last 3 weeks. Then the insurance ran out and she had to come home.
She's not better but she feels....okay.
Home isn't easy to deal with though. Her parents are fighting more than usual, she is nervous about going back to school where she is nervous about people knowing she has been in a mental hospital. She is also missing her friends at the hospital, especially her crush, Justin.
She wants to just be a normal girl, but the anxiety is getting to her despite the group therapy she's still attending. She's starting to wish she was back in Lakeland.
Poor Anna just can't catch a break. Not only does she have to deal with her parents possibly seperating, and the stress of her IBS, she has to worry about everyone at school knowing she was in a mental hospital, and that's not doing anything to help her problem with anxiety.
What I Thought
I didn't know that was a sequel novel until I started reading it. I'm always annoyed when I find out that the book I'm reading is part of a series and its NOT the first.
You get some of Anna's back story, but not all of it. You know she was in a mental hospital, but not why. You get to know a little about her friends there, but you don't really feel badly for her missing them since you dont know them.
I didn't stop reading it though.
The character of Anna Bloom has a wonderful personality. I love how she interacts with her friend Tracy.
The male characters seem to be less well written. In fact, you don't get a chance to "know" very many of the secondary characters.
Anna goes to group therapy because of her having been in the hospital. That should be a large part of this novel, however you only see her go to group a few times. One of the group members is one of 3 guys that Anna likes, but you don't really get to know WHY she likes him since you don't get to know him.
Anna's parents are fighting a lot. She thinks her dad is a jerk and her mom is a wimp. She is understandably angry at both of them and feels like she doesn't need the stress of their problems on top of hers. You get to see more of her mom than her dad. You can get some idea of why she dislikes him so strongly, but not really dislike him yourself.
I liked the book enough that I'm going to try and read the first one as well. I would like to know more about Anna and her life at Lakeland.
When I picked this book up I didn't realize that it was a sequel to another novel. In the previous novel "Get Well Soon" we find out exactly what happens to Anna Bloom that ended up with her going to the Lakeland.
While reading "Have A Nice Day" you find out a little of her back story, but not all of it.
I suggest that you read Get Well Soon first so that you're not playing "catch up" while reading "Have A Nice Day."
Its not easy being a teenager.
More and more often the combination of stress and hormones is causing teens and young adults to develop mental problems. You don't have to be "crazy" to need help.
Anna isn't alone in the problems she had.
Here are a few more suggestions of books where the main character is a young person just trying to deal with their own demons.
As Alice’s schizophrenia progresses, she experiences a disturbing religious “awakening,” believing that God and angels and demons are speaking to her. When others attempt to intervene, Alice is subjected to a wide range of “treatments” even more frightening and painful than her illness.
In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital
At his new school, Craig realizes that he isn't brilliant compared to the other kids; he's just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping-until, one night, he nearly kills himself.