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Title: Outside the Lines
Author: Amy Hatvany
Publisher: Published February 7th 2012 by Washington Square Press (first published January 1st 2012)
ISBN: 9781451640540
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When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding out on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life. Since childhood, she has heard from him only rarely, just enough to know he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness. But lately, there has been no word at all. Now i When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding out on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life. Since childhood, she has heard from him only rarely, just enough to know he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness. But lately, there has been no word at all. Now in her thirties, Eden decides to go look for her father, so she can forgive him at last, and finally move forward. When her search uncovers other painful truths—not only the secrets her mother has kept from her, but also the agonizing question of whether David, after all these years, even wants to be found—Eden is forced to decide just how far she’ll go in the name of love.

30 review for Outside the Lines

  1. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Like my sister, Deanne, I wish I could rate books in half rather than whole stars. This book was an okay plus. I liked it fine. On the "okay" side, it definitely had characteristics of simplistic chick lit with the all "too good to be true" romance between Eden, the damsel in distress, and Jack, her knight in shining armor. All of their banter made me want to say, "oh, please", or as my sister, Donna, used to say, "Spare me". I kept waiting for Jack's dark side to come through. If it had, the no Like my sister, Deanne, I wish I could rate books in half rather than whole stars. This book was an okay plus. I liked it fine. On the "okay" side, it definitely had characteristics of simplistic chick lit with the all "too good to be true" romance between Eden, the damsel in distress, and Jack, her knight in shining armor. All of their banter made me want to say, "oh, please", or as my sister, Donna, used to say, "Spare me". I kept waiting for Jack's dark side to come through. If it had, the novel (and the relationship) would have been more believable to me. On the "plus" side, the novel explored the plight of the mentally ill who don't fit into society's mold. I liked that Eden's father, David, recognized that he could not live "within the lines" of mainstream America and that he didn't need or want anyone to "fix" him. The author provided a new perspective on helping the homeless: not by changing them per se, but by accepting them exactly as they are.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Eden West loved her father with a deep intensity; the emotional highs and lows were a part of her life, but when David West was on a high he was an incredibly fun person to be with. He was an extremely talented artist; he also taught Eden to cook – she was standing on a stool helping her dad to whisk eggs at three years of age. Eden’s Mum, Lydia was the stability of the household. But as Eden grew up and her father’s mental instability worsened, Lydia found it harder and harder to overlook the d Eden West loved her father with a deep intensity; the emotional highs and lows were a part of her life, but when David West was on a high he was an incredibly fun person to be with. He was an extremely talented artist; he also taught Eden to cook – she was standing on a stool helping her dad to whisk eggs at three years of age. Eden’s Mum, Lydia was the stability of the household. But as Eden grew up and her father’s mental instability worsened, Lydia found it harder and harder to overlook the drinking, the infidelities – all of which David felt terrible about later. But refusing the medication, as it made him worse (in his opinion) meant the demons returned more often. When she was ten years of age everything changed – Eden arrived home early from a friend’s house and found her father bleeding heavily in their bathroom; this suicide attempt and the resulting trauma meant David was gone from their lives from then on. Eden was devastated; life as she had known it would never be the same again. Twenty years later and Eden was a successful chef; her dream of one day owning her own restaurant was yet to be fulfilled, but she was getting closer. She lived alone with her old dog Jasper and when she wasn’t at home she was at work. Eden finally decided to try to find her father as she didn’t even know if he was alive or dead; she needed to move forward emotionally and felt this was the only way she could achieve that goal. One of the homeless centres Eden found herself searching was Hope House; and volunteering in the kitchen with the owner Jack Baker and his offsider Rita was to bring significant changes to her life. But would Eden eventually find her father? And did David even want to be found? Plus what secrets had Lydia kept hidden all those years? I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Amy Hatvany; my first by this author. Told in two time frames – 1989 when Eden was a child, through both her eyes and David’s; and in Eden’s voice in 2010. Extremely well written, it covers the mental-health issues with compassion and tact and gives an insight into the complexities and difficulties manic depressive people face (when told in David’s voice). Heartbreaking, moving and wonderful, I have no hesitation in recommending Outside the Lines highly. A fabulous read. With thanks to TRR and the publisher for my copy to read and review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    David West experiences the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. At his best he is a fun filled and loving husband and father. His greatest creation is his daughter, Eden, who he teaches to cook, plant flowers in what they affectionately call 'The Garden of Eden' and paint beautiful pictures of her. But at his worse the demons in his head turn him into someone totally different, capable of violence, infidelity and unpredictable behaviour. Refusing to take his meds because it stifles his creat David West experiences the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. At his best he is a fun filled and loving husband and father. His greatest creation is his daughter, Eden, who he teaches to cook, plant flowers in what they affectionately call 'The Garden of Eden' and paint beautiful pictures of her. But at his worse the demons in his head turn him into someone totally different, capable of violence, infidelity and unpredictable behaviour. Refusing to take his meds because it stifles his creativity with his painting, David fights a constant battle to not hurt the ones he love. Things will come to a head when Eden comes home from an outing to find her father on the ground heavily bleeding from his wrist. Soon after, her parents will divorce and Eden will struggle to come to terms with her fathers disappearance and is convinced that one day he will come back into her life. Over 20 years later, when her mum is diagnosed with cancer Eden makes the decision to try and find her father. From the few letters she received from him during her 20's she knows he has been living on the streets. But if she does find him what will she do and does he wan't to be found after so many years apart? Outside the Lines is a hard hitting and emotional look at some of societies most complex issues, mental illness and homelessness. At times it seemed eerily realistic and challenges the notion that trying to get someone to get back to living a sociably acceptable life is the best medicine. One thing that was for certain was the unbreakable love between a father and his daughter that despite all the unpleasantness would live on unconditionally. Hatvany writes with great dignity and respect about subjects that many shy away from and produces something beautiful and for that i say thank you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    Another emotionally wrought novel by Hatvany. Ten year old Eden watches her father give in to his mental illness, not willing to take the medications that make him feel drained and artistically incapable, he does the only think he thinks he can do to quiet the monsters. At the age of thirty, she tries to find the father she loved and thought abandoned her. Told in alternate voices, Eden's and her dad's, we trace this journey, also hearing in his own words how his illness made him unable to live Another emotionally wrought novel by Hatvany. Ten year old Eden watches her father give in to his mental illness, not willing to take the medications that make him feel drained and artistically incapable, he does the only think he thinks he can do to quiet the monsters. At the age of thirty, she tries to find the father she loved and thought abandoned her. Told in alternate voices, Eden's and her dad's, we trace this journey, also hearing in his own words how his illness made him unable to live in main stream society. Absolutely heartbreaking and wonderful all at the same time. Loved her last book, Best Kept Secret, and love this one too. ARC by NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    As children we search for absolutes, black or white, but no gray. But most of our lives are spent in the gray area, and we soon learn to search out our own truths with compassion and tolerance. “Outside The Lines” is one of the most compassionate, honest books I’ve read in a long time. Amy Hatvany takes on the huge subject of mental illness in her second novel. The story of a father and daughter, David and Eden, is told by alternating between their two points of view. The novel begins with Eden As children we search for absolutes, black or white, but no gray. But most of our lives are spent in the gray area, and we soon learn to search out our own truths with compassion and tolerance. “Outside The Lines” is one of the most compassionate, honest books I’ve read in a long time. Amy Hatvany takes on the huge subject of mental illness in her second novel. The story of a father and daughter, David and Eden, is told by alternating between their two points of view. The novel begins with Eden searching for David. He’s been out of her life for twenty years. Eden is a chef, a passion she found through her father’s love of cooking and attention to detail at mealtime. Her search leads her to Hope House, a homeless shelter not far from her home in Seattle. Jack, the founder and director, challenges Eden to volunteer her time as a chef. Her day job consists of running a kitchen for one of the most prestigious caterers in the area, but every Tuesday she cooks with the mere basics for the homeless shelter. This experience teaches her to slow down and really evaluate her own relationships and choices. David battles the voices in his head. He’s an artist, a very good one. The medication that controls his mental illness dulls his creativity. He refuses to stay on them long enough to gain a diagnosis. Eden is his finest creation. Outside the lines is a multi-layered story. The author takes the subject of mental illness, that easily could have been stereotyped, and reveals the struggles manifested in a pro-active way. She brings a true sense of what happens between parent and child. I strongly suggest readers buy this book and add it to their shelves. You’ll walk away with something much more than a good read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Review Copy Provided by Author I rarely write a review for a book as soon as I finish it because I want to let my thoughts sit and mold in my mind for a few days. So i’m actually not sure why I am writing this review right now – but it just feels like I need to write about it. Maybe it is just me, but there seem to be so few fiction books that deal with mental illness as a topic, that when I find one I want to savor it. Which I did with Outside the Lines. Normally a book of its length would take Review Copy Provided by Author I rarely write a review for a book as soon as I finish it because I want to let my thoughts sit and mold in my mind for a few days. So i’m actually not sure why I am writing this review right now – but it just feels like I need to write about it. Maybe it is just me, but there seem to be so few fiction books that deal with mental illness as a topic, that when I find one I want to savor it. Which I did with Outside the Lines. Normally a book of its length would take me 2-3 days to read – but I purposely dragged it out because I was afraid of what the outcome was going to be. I felt like the author was setting me up for some kind of heart-break. But don’t worry, no spoilers here. I really liked how the author was able to walk the line between sappy happy go lucky/preachy at times, and in depth makes you think writing. I had so many questions come up as I was reading – how did the title relate (this is actually explained); why do we as a society treat people with mental illness the way that we do (I am of a firm belief that traditional medicine isn’t the be-all, end-all that it is purported to be) and how does a family try to have a “normal” life (if that is the correct word) when there is that stigma of mental illness hanging over their heads. While I often find flash-backs a harder story-telling method to use, in this instance it worked, and it was interesting seeing how the flash-backs progressed through time – until they met up with the current time-line. The ending was not all that unexpected – I had kind of hoped for a miracle, but at the same time, I like how it ended, because it wasn’t perfect. The book would have totally jumped the sharked, if everything that been all tied up in a pretty pink ribbon. I was left with questions and thoughts – which likely are going to keep me intrigued in the near future. I also added the other 2 books by the author to my massive to-be-read pile. Overall, I would give Outside the Lines, a strong 4 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mafi

    3,5 estrelas Ouvi muitas opiniões positivas com este livro mas esperava mais. Acho que teve muita construção e depois o ponto principal - o encontro entre a Eden e o pai - deixou a desejar. Ainda assim não esperava o rumo que o livro teve, não vou dizer se tem um final feliz ou não mas nesse aspecto, o livro tornou-se um pouco mais interessante. O Jack também me pareceu um pouco perfeito demais mas ainda assim gostei da relação deles. Gostei também muito da Georgia e do Bryce. E claro do Jasper, 3,5 estrelas Ouvi muitas opiniões positivas com este livro mas esperava mais. Acho que teve muita construção e depois o ponto principal - o encontro entre a Eden e o pai - deixou a desejar. Ainda assim não esperava o rumo que o livro teve, não vou dizer se tem um final feliz ou não mas nesse aspecto, o livro tornou-se um pouco mais interessante. O Jack também me pareceu um pouco perfeito demais mas ainda assim gostei da relação deles. Gostei também muito da Georgia e do Bryce. E claro do Jasper, o cão. Tenho mais 2 livros desta autora por ler cá em casa e vamos a ver se gosto mais desses.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    With it's intimate portrait of mental illness, Outside The Lines is a compelling and thought provoking novel. Eden was just ten when she last saw her father. Her childhood was marred by his strange behaviour as he battled an undiagnosed mental illness, refusing the medication that stabilised his mood but silenced his creative muse. Now in her thirties, triggered by her mothers bout with cancer, Eden is searching for her father, desperate to reconnect and determined to save him. Told in chapters t With it's intimate portrait of mental illness, Outside The Lines is a compelling and thought provoking novel. Eden was just ten when she last saw her father. Her childhood was marred by his strange behaviour as he battled an undiagnosed mental illness, refusing the medication that stabilised his mood but silenced his creative muse. Now in her thirties, triggered by her mothers bout with cancer, Eden is searching for her father, desperate to reconnect and determined to save him. Told in chapters that alternate between the present and mid 1980's, from both Eden's and David's perspective, Outside The Lines charts the development of David's illness and the impact it has had upon Eden. At ten Eden knew something was wrong with her father, he could be wildly exuberant, creating a beautiful garden with her, teaching her to cook and encouraging her to follow her dreams. Yet there were days when he would sink into despair, locking himself in his studio, drinking heavily and fighting with her mother. Hatvany captures the heartbreaking circumstances of Eden's early years, Eden's innocent optimism in the face of an illness that is destroying her family and her confusion at not being enough to save him from himself. As an adult the consequences of her relationship with her father is evident in many small ways, though most notably in her relationships with men. Now a successful chef who has made a life for herself, Eden is emotionally stuck, she has trust and intimacy issues and with a childlike naivety is convinced that if she can find her father she can rescue him from his demons, certain her mother simply gave up on him too easily. The search for David forces Eden to face painful truths about her father and his illness as she begins to piece together his life's experiences. It is with compassion that the author invites us into David's disturbed mind. Outwardly his behaviour offers little reason for us to like him but by making us privy to his internal struggles, David is immensely sympathetic. He knows that something isn't right, that he isn't right and genuinely regrets his impulsive behaviours, but he is unable to censor himself. Hatvany gives a voice to those mentally ill persons who are simply unable to comply with treatment, showing that it is perhaps less of a choice than might be expected. For David, medication is a form of torture and while he loves both Eden and his wife it is not enough to overcome his illness. It is David's battle with mental illness and the consequences for Eden in her relationships that is the feature of this novel but Hatvany also explores related issues like homelessness, psychiatric treatment and advocacy. Her research has obviously been meticulous and Hatvany isn't tempted to judge her characters for their perceived failures. She is compassionate and truthful in dealing with very difficult and complicated issues and is not tempted to prescribe solutions. Hatvany could have ended the novel in many ways but she chooses a path that I truly admired. I found Outside The Lines to be a novel that bravely challenges the idea of curable mental illness. It offers an unique perspective of what it means to be mentally ill and how the illness affects the family of the sufferer. A story that is sure to touch your heart, Outside The Lines is an extraordinary read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    T. Greenwood

    Amy is a friend of mine, and I have been reading her novels for years now. She consistently delivers flawed but lovable protagonists who struggle with credible and meaningful issues, and her latest, Outside the Lines, is no exception. This novel tells the story of Eden West, a young woman whose artist father is waging a losing battle with mental illness and substance abuse. When she is ten years old, her father's failed suicide attempt ends in her parents' divorce and his departure from her life Amy is a friend of mine, and I have been reading her novels for years now. She consistently delivers flawed but lovable protagonists who struggle with credible and meaningful issues, and her latest, Outside the Lines, is no exception. This novel tells the story of Eden West, a young woman whose artist father is waging a losing battle with mental illness and substance abuse. When she is ten years old, her father's failed suicide attempt ends in her parents' divorce and his departure from her life. Now, at thirty, she is trying desperately to find him again and to piece together those lost years. In this quest for her lost father, she finds the answers to many other unanswered questions as well. The novel is told from Eden's point of view, but it also offers glimpses into David West's world as well. I found this narrative decision really helped to give depth to David's character and create a sympathy for him that I might not otherwise experience. I loved the details about Eden's job as a chef, the love story that develops simultaneously with the mystery, and the ending which is so, so satisfying without ever being too pat or tidy. Lovely job...I suspect this book is going to be a favorite among book clubs.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Trevor

    This was absolutely heartbreaking; OUTSIDE THE LINES is an intimate insight into the complexities of father/daughter relationships, particularly when said parent is mentally ill. Hatvany touches upon the ups & downs of enduring this- sometimes gentle, always frank, this destroyed me emotionally. But it was so worth it. Told in alternating POVs from Eden & her father, David, both in the present & the past, LINES does a fantastic job showcasing a woman's journey into coming to terms wi This was absolutely heartbreaking; OUTSIDE THE LINES is an intimate insight into the complexities of father/daughter relationships, particularly when said parent is mentally ill. Hatvany touches upon the ups & downs of enduring this- sometimes gentle, always frank, this destroyed me emotionally. But it was so worth it. Told in alternating POVs from Eden & her father, David, both in the present & the past, LINES does a fantastic job showcasing a woman's journey into coming to terms with accepting that a parent that doesn't know how to be a parent doesn't automatically mean the person isn't loved. Presently, Eden is in her early thirties, single & conflicted with the fact that she doesn't know how to have a functional relationship with a man until she finds out how to have closure from the her father. She decides to remedy this by setting out to find her father after not seeing him for twenty-odd years & confirming his reasoning for leaving. The past POVs depict Eden as a child, desperate for her father's affection & validation. She doesn't understand why he can't be like the other fathers, obsessed with football games & why he won't take his meds. She figures if she can do *just this one thing* he will love her; she will do anything to reassure herself her father still loves her. Her confusion for knowing something is wrong with David & trying to be the perfect daughter is so sad. Eden clearly favors David over Lydia (her mother) & doesn't get why Lydia doesn't try to fight harder for her marriage, to make things easier for David. David's POVs show the inner workings of a manic's thoughts: how he feels about meds, feeling trapped & trying to be a good father for Eden yet failing every time. He tells us how he just wants to be free & ultimately, how he wants to survive on his own. These thoughts feel authentic & it shows that Hatvany did her research for this. Eden sets off on the journey of finding David, including finding love with Jack, who works at a homeless shelter, & discussing her mother's shortcomings on raising her. Several characters, including Eden's stepbrother/stepdad I really didn't care for. The "present" chapters had some eye-rolling dialogue & I certainly didn't enjoy them as much as the "past" chapters, but it didn't take away from how much I overall enjoyed this. The ending is predictable (but aren't they pretty much all?), however I thought it went along with the story & I am glad David got to be what he wanted all along. I also loved his confirmation that he never stopped caring for Eden, because love is not diminished by an abnormal brain; love cannot be erased by someone who doesn't know any better. This is a very worthwhile read. Highly emotional, but definitely satisfying. More than your average domestic fiction, I am so glad I decided to give this a chance. It would have been 5*, but as stated above I couldn't feel for any of the characters other than David & Eden. I have Hatvany's SAFE WITH ME on deck & I look forward to reading her other works.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    If you had a parent that was constantly unreliable and then one day disappears altogether, would you spend your precious time searching for him? This is exactly what Eden does, and ends up encountering on the way much more than she ever expected to. Amazon: When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding out on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life. Since childhood, she has heard from him only rarely, jus If you had a parent that was constantly unreliable and then one day disappears altogether, would you spend your precious time searching for him? This is exactly what Eden does, and ends up encountering on the way much more than she ever expected to. Amazon: When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding out on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life. Since childhood, she has heard from him only rarely, just enough to know he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness. But lately, there has been no word at all. Now in her thirties, Eden decides to go look for her father, so she can forgive him at last, and finally move forward. When her search uncovers other painful truths—not only the secrets her mother has kept from her, but also the agonizing question of whether David, after all these years, even wants to be found—Eden is forced to decide just how far she’ll go in the name of love. “Outside the Lines” is an amazingly powerful and emotional novel. It visits intense issues, such as the dynamics of family relationships, coping with a parent who suffers from mental illness, fears of abandonment and the boundaries of love. There are many details I’d like to share but because this is a review (not a “book” of the review lol) I will choose the few that touched me the most. Before David tries to commit suicide, there are multiple times he walks out on Eden and her mother. Unlike her mother, Eden always tries to see the good in her father, because she truly believes he’s a gentle and good-hearted man. She knows deep down inside he will get better, and be the daddy he used to be. But he keeps proving her wrong. What a heavy burden for a child to carry. And having to witness shameful glances from neighbors, and hear from friends that because of her dad’s behavior and issues, their moms won’t let them play together anymore. Unfortunately we see this often in today’s society, a child being robbed from a happy childhood, because of a strained family issue, that they have nothing to do with. It’s unfair that children have to suffer because of their parents actions. Because Eden’s father abandoned her at a young age, she has trust and intimacy issues. But that all changes when Eden starts volunteering at the homeless shelter and meets Jack. I admire Eden for taking a chance on learning to love again. Outside the Lines is a diamond in the ruff that touched me deeply. It is a spellbinding story filled with romance, heartache, love, tenderness and compassion. If I was Amy’s publicist I would work my tail off in trying to get this movie rights, because it would make an unbelievable Oscar deserving film.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura Kay Bolin

    http://anovelreview.blogspot.com/2012... There is a hole in Eden West’s heart, an empty spot aching to be filled with the love of her father. Growing up Eden had loved and adored her father, David. She had been the apple of David’s eye…his reason-- his hope in his dark world of depression and bipolar. Twenty years have gone by since that fateful day when David left her, abandoned her…without as much as a word. After her mother battles breast cancer, Eden realizes she needs to find him. She begins http://anovelreview.blogspot.com/2012... There is a hole in Eden West’s heart, an empty spot aching to be filled with the love of her father. Growing up Eden had loved and adored her father, David. She had been the apple of David’s eye…his reason-- his hope in his dark world of depression and bipolar. Twenty years have gone by since that fateful day when David left her, abandoned her…without as much as a word. After her mother battles breast cancer, Eden realizes she needs to find him. She begins searching homeless shelters. Outside the Lines begin with Eden as an adult woman on her journey to find her father, but the chapters also give the vantage point of Eden’s story back in 1989, as well as David’s. Eden is a ten-year-old girl dealing with emotions and a situation much larger than her. David is trying to live in a mental hell keeping himself or make himself to appear balanced. The tension builds and builds until it explodes. This an emotional novel which filled me with so much compassion for the characters. Each character was written flawed, raw and with a desire and need for acceptance. I was filled with anger while watching the car wreck of Eden’s young life that I could see coming and wanted to stop. Love, the beautiful deep love that David felt for his daughter was breathtaking. As I read Eden’s story in 1989, I found myself literally holding my breath. Outside the Lines was a brilliant novel dealing with a tough subject. I think one of the greatest signs of a great book is when you put the book down and walk away with a greater insight into your own life. For me, this is one of those books. I don’t want to say anything else because I don’t want to spoil any details about the book. This was a beautiful story behind a very real disorder. I highly recommend Outside the Lines by Amy Hatvany!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Judy Collins

    This is my third book by Amy Hatvany, and each one of them is sooooo deserving of 5 stars+. I am delighted I found this author through my reading of Sarah Pekkanen’s books (another one of my favorites)! I could not put “Outside the Lines” down- Amy did an outstanding job of capturing the experience of mental illness, with the alternating perspectives of David (father) and Eden (daughter), as well as moving back and forth in time. It gave much insight and depth to each of the characters, feelings This is my third book by Amy Hatvany, and each one of them is sooooo deserving of 5 stars+. I am delighted I found this author through my reading of Sarah Pekkanen’s books (another one of my favorites)! I could not put “Outside the Lines” down- Amy did an outstanding job of capturing the experience of mental illness, with the alternating perspectives of David (father) and Eden (daughter), as well as moving back and forth in time. It gave much insight and depth to each of the characters, feelings, and emotions. Amy’s subject matter is so real with raw emotion--the family dynamics, making each of her books so unique. I could really sympathize with all the characters, and put in this situation, not sure how I would have reacted. Lydia did all she could do in protecting her daughter and at some point in time, you become an enabler. In the end, David did not enjoy being trapped and being on the streets, gave him the freedom. The character of Jack was amazing and the dynamics of his relationship with Eden, as well as her relationship with stepbrother and stepfather. In a way, I feel Jack could sympathize with David, as he too chose a path of freedom away from this own controlling father. I do believe highly talented creative artistic minds work differently, and they demand a lot of solitude in order to create their masterpieces; being drugged and hospitalized would take away that inspiration. The ending was brilliant and loved everything about this novel – it will bring tears. The love the author put into this book, the research, and her background working in shelters, —definitely reflected throughout. (I can just picture the Garden of Eden) and have a few of the cast members in mind for a possible movie!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Celeste Noelani McLean

    Ultimately disappointing. The premise is solid and exciting, and Amy Hatvany clearly has the chops to tackle this subject matter; she handles the characters of David and young Eden with beauty and grace. The treatment of present day Eden, however, feels like it belongs in a completely different book of lesser quality. The build up of David and young Eden feel organic and authentic. While heavy handed, even the cooking scenes seemed to fit somehow. Without that feel of authenticity, the present d Ultimately disappointing. The premise is solid and exciting, and Amy Hatvany clearly has the chops to tackle this subject matter; she handles the characters of David and young Eden with beauty and grace. The treatment of present day Eden, however, feels like it belongs in a completely different book of lesser quality. The build up of David and young Eden feel organic and authentic. While heavy handed, even the cooking scenes seemed to fit somehow. Without that feel of authenticity, the present day cooking scenes felt belaboured and the characters surrounding Eden all felt like caricatures or stereotypes. Eden's idealistic (but wealthy, fortunately for the final scene) boyfriend ties up the lessons to be learned in tidy little bows and I didn't feel like Eden had to stretch very far as a character. Even her big "explosion" at her mother seemed to fall flat. Where there should have been YELLING, there was only yelling. The absolute worst part of this book was a literary tic that Hatvany displayed when trying to convey a sense of...intimacy or I don't even know what during moments of dialogue. On a few occasions, characters would say something - and I don't have the direct quotes here but this is pretty dang close - with their chins lowered to their chests. The first time, it seemed weird. The second time? Okay maybe that's what this one character does. Got it. But when other characters did the same thing, it was a giant throbbing thumb. With that being said, I will be seeking out other Amy Hatvany works, because the bits in this book that work, work beautifully. And even for all my issues with the book, I am very glad to have read it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Montês

    E estes sentimentos, de filha e pai, foram tão bem explorados, que haviam partes que apenas apertavam o meu coração e ficava mesmo sem palavras para o que estava a ler. Nesta viagem, pela descoberta do seu pai, Eden descobre-o não só a ele, mas a si mesma, ao amor da sua vida e sobre o que quer para o seu futuro. Foi um livro super enternecedor e até mesmo profundo. Adorei-o, foi um dos livros que mais prazer me deu em ler nos últimos tempos e sem dúvida alguma que o recomendo a todos, sem qualqu E estes sentimentos, de filha e pai, foram tão bem explorados, que haviam partes que apenas apertavam o meu coração e ficava mesmo sem palavras para o que estava a ler. Nesta viagem, pela descoberta do seu pai, Eden descobre-o não só a ele, mas a si mesma, ao amor da sua vida e sobre o que quer para o seu futuro. Foi um livro super enternecedor e até mesmo profundo. Adorei-o, foi um dos livros que mais prazer me deu em ler nos últimos tempos e sem dúvida alguma que o recomendo a todos, sem qualquer excepção! Leitura completa em http://blocodedevaneios.blogspot.pt/2...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Perihan

    "Babalar sevmeyi, kızlarından öğrenir." Okuyup bitirdikten sonra, uzun bir süre etkisinden çıkamayacağınız bir hikaye. Bu sıcak, düşündüren ve hüzünlendiren kitabın sonu öyle güçlü ki insana " iyi ki okumuşum " dedirtiyor. Bir genç kızın baba özlemi, yetişkin bir kadına dönüşürken, babasının varlığına daha çok ihtiyaç duyması ve kaybolan babasını araması ... Acaba bulabilecek mi? Acaba yıllarca babasını , en sevdiği kişiden " kızından" ayıran zorunlu sebep neydi? Hikayenin sonunda şöyle bir söz "Babalar sevmeyi, kızlarından öğrenir." Okuyup bitirdikten sonra, uzun bir süre etkisinden çıkamayacağınız bir hikaye. Bu sıcak, düşündüren ve hüzünlendiren kitabın sonu öyle güçlü ki insana " iyi ki okumuşum " dedirtiyor. Bir genç kızın baba özlemi, yetişkin bir kadına dönüşürken, babasının varlığına daha çok ihtiyaç duyması ve kaybolan babasını araması ... Acaba bulabilecek mi? Acaba yıllarca babasını , en sevdiği kişiden " kızından" ayıran zorunlu sebep neydi? Hikayenin sonunda şöyle bir söz vardı: " İnsan bazen kurtarılmak istemez. İnsan seçtiği hayatı yaşamakta özgürdür."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Allie Smith

    4.5 stars. This was a really good story. Heartbreaking, but satisfying. Oh, the father daughter relationship….so important and so complicated. The author addresses the possibility that a woman’s relationship with her father, lays the foundation for all future relationships with the opposite sex. Sounds plausible. But if the relationship was messed up – look out. Eden adored her father, and her father, David, adored her. David, however, suffered from bi-polar disorder. As a little girl, Eden did e 4.5 stars. This was a really good story. Heartbreaking, but satisfying. Oh, the father daughter relationship….so important and so complicated. The author addresses the possibility that a woman’s relationship with her father, lays the foundation for all future relationships with the opposite sex. Sounds plausible. But if the relationship was messed up – look out. Eden adored her father, and her father, David, adored her. David, however, suffered from bi-polar disorder. As a little girl, Eden did everything she could to hold her family together and keep her father’s secrets. It was a lot of pressure for a little girl. Gosh, I felt so sorry for her. After David attempts suiside (and Eden discovers him), he’s hospitalized and eventually ends up living on the streets. Twenty years later, she embarks on a journey to find her homeless (if he’s still alive) father and bring him home. While looking for her dad, Eden must admit to herself that she’s pushed men away, for fear of being abandoned. She also learns that loving someone doesn’t mean you can save them. The story goes back and forth in time, from both points of view of father and daughter. The author was very effective in getting us to understand the depths of Eden’s love and the reasons for her guilt regarding her father. Through David’s eyes, we realize how precarious his mental health was, and if not for the love of his daughter, he would have lost the battle much sooner. He suffered from a very cruel disease. The ending was satisfying and the only thing that holds me back from five stars is the subplot of Eden’s boyfriend. Although their story was sweet, it couldn’t hold a candle to the love story of Eden and her father.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liz Laughlin

    By far the best book I have EVER EVER EVER read. Amy Hatvany, I congratulate you, for everything. You truly impacted my life, and as an aspiring author, I know exactly what to aim for. This is the kind of book that you could just read over and over. I will admit, I'm not an easy critic. I know what I want in a book and seek to find it. This made me cry. The way she outlines father and daughter relationship is so true and yet so sad. We keep rooting for her dad to pull through, to just pick up the By far the best book I have EVER EVER EVER read. Amy Hatvany, I congratulate you, for everything. You truly impacted my life, and as an aspiring author, I know exactly what to aim for. This is the kind of book that you could just read over and over. I will admit, I'm not an easy critic. I know what I want in a book and seek to find it. This made me cry. The way she outlines father and daughter relationship is so true and yet so sad. We keep rooting for her dad to pull through, to just pick up the phone and reach out to her. Not a day goes by that they don't think of each other. I thought about the relationship with my dad and it made me want to go out and give him a huge hug. A book that you will never want to put down. You'll spend some time reading and look at the clock and think wow, three hours passed?! Three very worthy hours, might I add. I never found my attention drifting, not once. We learn what it feels like for a child whose parent has schizophrenia. Difficult and unpredictable. She truly believed in her dad, and I cried the moment she saw him at the shelter. Such an amazing moment. I love the switching from the past and present. It helps us really realize what the main character has to go through. I read this more than a year ago but loved it very much. So real and true. Please, I don't care WHO YOU ARE. Go out and get this book. Please. It will be one of the best decisions you have ever made.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elif Yılmaz

    Nasıl ağladım ya. Kıza da yazık babaya da. David için kesin bir şey söylenemese de bunalımda olduğu çok açık. Bence en başta yapılan hata onu anlamaya çalışmaktansa onun üzerine gitmek olmuş. Lydia onu severek kurtarmaya çalıştığını söylüyor ama bana hemen sevmekten vazgeçmiş gibi geldi. Ayrıca onu ilaçla tedavi edecek bir doktor bulmak yerine ilk baştan konuşarak tedavi edecek birini bulabilirlermiş. Psikologla Psikiyatrist arasında ki fark bu işte. Her neyse ben David i hem sevdim hem de ona ç Nasıl ağladım ya. Kıza da yazık babaya da. David için kesin bir şey söylenemese de bunalımda olduğu çok açık. Bence en başta yapılan hata onu anlamaya çalışmaktansa onun üzerine gitmek olmuş. Lydia onu severek kurtarmaya çalıştığını söylüyor ama bana hemen sevmekten vazgeçmiş gibi geldi. Ayrıca onu ilaçla tedavi edecek bir doktor bulmak yerine ilk baştan konuşarak tedavi edecek birini bulabilirlermiş. Psikologla Psikiyatrist arasında ki fark bu işte. Her neyse ben David i hem sevdim hem de ona çok üzüldüm. Kimse denemediğini söyleyemez. Denedi ama kimse elinden gelenin daha fazlasını yapamaz. Eden eğer onu kendi haline bırakmayı ve ara sıra küçük baba-kız görüşmeleriyle yanında olmayı kabul etseydi her şey daha güzel olurdu. Tabi bunlar hep benim görüşümdü. Yazar gayet güzel bir kitap yazmış ama yer yer çeviri de bazı sıkıntılar vardı. Görmezden gelemeyeceğim kadar çok değildi ama daha iyi olabilirdi :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dion Ribeiro

    Este foi o primeiro livro que li de Amy Hatvany e confesso que estou feliz por ter mais um desta autora a aguardar leitura, na minha biblioteca. Este é um romance muito comovente, que nos fala de uma família destroçada na sequência de uma doença mental que atingiu David, que acaba por perder a família. Eden, que nunca se conformou com a ausência do pai, que tanto amava, decide procurá-lo e vai ser com a ajuda de Jack que vai prosseguir as suas buscas... Gostei muito e recomendo.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joni Cormier

    Another book that causes you to pause and question beliefs, this time about mental illness, the homeless and the impacts on family and individuals. The characters were well developed, the story believable and the ending was well done. This is my second Amy Hatvany book and I look forward to more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    A minha estreia na escrita desta autora, da qual tinha muita curiosidade em ler algo. Gostei da escrita e do tema em si, apesar de esperar um pouco mais. Acho que se enrolou um bocadinho de depois tudo de precipitou rapidamente. Mas fiquei com vontade de ler mais pelo tipo de escrita, estando mais 2 livros a aguardar em lista de espera

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    Throughout Eden West's childhood, she fiercely loved her father David, with whom she had a special bond. He taught her to cook, the two of them planted a garden together that they dubbed The Garden of Eden, his paintings often featured Eden, and the special moments between them were like treasures. Especially since, for all of their years together, David also struggled with mental illness: an excruciatingly debilitating mood disorder that defined his interior world through voices, confusing thou Throughout Eden West's childhood, she fiercely loved her father David, with whom she had a special bond. He taught her to cook, the two of them planted a garden together that they dubbed The Garden of Eden, his paintings often featured Eden, and the special moments between them were like treasures. Especially since, for all of their years together, David also struggled with mental illness: an excruciatingly debilitating mood disorder that defined his interior world through voices, confusing thoughts, and the inability to quash those thoughts. Like a rollercoaster ride, with the ups and downs marking the moments of their lives together, David seeks to find his own way of managing the voices and thoughts. The medications squash all creativity, so he fights them. Eden's mother Lydia has tried many ways to "manage" her husband, without success. Then, on one tragic night, ten-year-old Eden finds her father bleeding out in the bathroom. After hospitalization and a period of recovery, David leaves again. And for the next twenty years, he is lost to her. Eden's quest for her father takes her to homeless shelters, the streets, hospitals, and even morgues. She uncovers secrets and deals with the pain of betrayal. She has launched her career as a chef and dreams of starting her own restaurant. When she meets Jack Baker, who runs a homeless shelter, she may have just found a kindred soul. Living outside society's rules and expectations is a major theme in "Outside the Lines: A Novel." Resisting the efforts of family members to "fix" him is what works for David West. What finally brings him a measure of self-acceptance, however, could be the very thing that keeps him from an ongoing relationship with his daughter. Alternating between Eden's and David's points of view, and swinging from the present to the past and back again, we gradually connect all the pieces of this beautiful family story together. We end up with these questions: What cements the bonds between family members? Is it doing what is expected, or is it letting go enough to let each individual chart his/her own path? A beautiful, emotional, and deeply satisfying story that earned five stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jodie

    A touching story about the lost relationship between a father and daughter that is nicely told between shifting narratives and time frames. When Eden is 10 her father, David, tries to commit suicide and she finds him -- what could be worse on her already delicate psyche? The narrative of David was by far my favourite. His overwhelming sense of worthlessness was brilliantly brought to life through Ms Hatvany's words. His longing to just be; his own complete and utter loss as to why he can't get i A touching story about the lost relationship between a father and daughter that is nicely told between shifting narratives and time frames. When Eden is 10 her father, David, tries to commit suicide and she finds him -- what could be worse on her already delicate psyche? The narrative of David was by far my favourite. His overwhelming sense of worthlessness was brilliantly brought to life through Ms Hatvany's words. His longing to just be; his own complete and utter loss as to why he can't get it together for the daughter he loves above all and any, was perfect. This book is sad, I shed a few tears in more than a few spots, but it is filled with light too. The relationship with Eden and her Mum is great. You can't help but feel immense sadness for Eden's mum, and then also relief for her when she learns the reality of it all from Davids perspective. There were at times I felt the narrative of Eden and Jack was way too sentimental and trite, there are a few things that annoyed me about how simple it came together for them, I just don't think it would happen that way for them given their baggage. I also really loved Eden's connection with cooking and her father. The food and what it went on to mean to her and how her father knew when she was just a little girl that it would be that way for her was really moving. An enjoyable read that really you could recommend to anyone. Nice work and I will be sure to read more from this writer.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    Amy Hatvany's latest novel, Outside the Lines, provides a beautiful insight into mental illness - both from the perspective of the person struggling with the disease and those around them. Eden idolised her father and loved to hear the story of how her parents - her conservative mother Lydia and eccentric (and artistic) father David - met. However David's eccentricity turned out to be something else. Until she's 10 Eden's childhood roller-coasters along with her father's manic / depressive moods. R Amy Hatvany's latest novel, Outside the Lines, provides a beautiful insight into mental illness - both from the perspective of the person struggling with the disease and those around them. Eden idolised her father and loved to hear the story of how her parents - her conservative mother Lydia and eccentric (and artistic) father David - met. However David's eccentricity turned out to be something else. Until she's 10 Eden's childhood roller-coasters along with her father's manic / depressive moods. Refusing to take medicine because it makes him foggy, David is in and out of hospital until a suicide attempt changes everything. Eden gets on with her life but is plagued by her father's desertion and - two decades later - she decides to find the father she lost so long ago. The last anyone heard of her father he'd been homeless and Eden starts visiting local shelters. Her search leads her to a new shelter and its director Jack, who rubs Eden the wrong way (and eventually - as it happens - in a good way!) and convinces her to volunteer there on a regular basis in exchange for helping with her search. Outside the Lines is a lovely novel and very much worth a read. Those living with mental illness - themselves or via their loved ones - will find this novel very moving and (hopefully) not too confronting. Read the entire review in my blog: http://www.debbish.com/books-literatu...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mariazita

    Um livro muito emotivo, cheio de sentimentos, um romance que de uma forma delicada nos fala sobre problemas mentais, e a luta das famílias para conseguirem manter a sua sanidade mental e tentar ajudar quem passa por esta doença. Eden perde o pai quando tinha dez anos, depois de ter assistido a tentativa de suicídio do seu pai, este desaparece da sua vida.Ela mais tarde irá tentar descobrir-lo , sabendo que o seu pai sofre de uma doença mental, que o deixa instável, e que desde sempre evitou tomar Um livro muito emotivo, cheio de sentimentos, um romance que de uma forma delicada nos fala sobre problemas mentais, e a luta das famílias para conseguirem manter a sua sanidade mental e tentar ajudar quem passa por esta doença. Eden perde o pai quando tinha dez anos, depois de ter assistido a tentativa de suicídio do seu pai, este desaparece da sua vida.Ela mais tarde irá tentar descobrir-lo , sabendo que o seu pai sofre de uma doença mental, que o deixa instável, e que desde sempre evitou tomar qualquer medicação. Um livro onde existem dois narradores, Eden e o seu pai David, ficamos a conhecer os medos e anseio da sua filha em relação a saúde de David e como ele vive entre a rua e albergue e instituições.David conta os demónios e o que acontece na sua cabeça e a luta que ele trava com a doença. Um livro fascinante em que a autora não nos dá muitas descrições, mas foca-se no essencial da história e que conseguiu prender-me nesta leitura simples mas que contem todo o sentimento que existe nesta história, muito bem conseguido.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tânia

    Isn’t it ironic? ♬♬♬ I'm not the right person to talk about the central figure of the book, so I’ll just stick to the story. It wasn’t particularly captivating or emotional but it was a well told and developed story. The only part that didn’t feel entirely right was the end. After so much build-up, the reunion was short-lived, so it felt somewhat undervalued. The same emphasis given to Eden’s search should’ve been put into her acceptance, which happens almost overnight. Jack’s perfection could’ve Isn’t it ironic? ♬♬♬ I'm not the right person to talk about the central figure of the book, so I’ll just stick to the story. It wasn’t particularly captivating or emotional but it was a well told and developed story. The only part that didn’t feel entirely right was the end. After so much build-up, the reunion was short-lived, so it felt somewhat undervalued. The same emphasis given to Eden’s search should’ve been put into her acceptance, which happens almost overnight. Jack’s perfection could’ve been taken down a notch too, not that I’m complaining, because I liked their relationship. I’m just saying it’s okay to have ideals, as long as you build them with a good dose of reality, not just the half. And I would’ve liked to know the other half. The author’s grammatical tics, which she admitted herself in the acknowledgements, were hard not to notice. She forgot the expression “The chins lowered to their chests”“ used several times throughout the book. Other than that, it's a good story. I liked the idea of living “Outside the Lines”.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Milissa

    I. could. not. put. this. book. down. I might be more fascinated than most when it comes to "the human mind." The ability to think is amazing...and something people just take for granted. So a story that involves mental illness is interesting by itself. The author gave this character a real voice...not just narrative about what others think regarding this character...but she describes the character's actual thoughts and struggles. Hooked. The story was believable, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I wa I. could. not. put. this. book. down. I might be more fascinated than most when it comes to "the human mind." The ability to think is amazing...and something people just take for granted. So a story that involves mental illness is interesting by itself. The author gave this character a real voice...not just narrative about what others think regarding this character...but she describes the character's actual thoughts and struggles. Hooked. The story was believable, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I was able to empathize with all the characters. I understood everyone's view, even when I disagreed. I held out hope right along with the characters...and my stomach dropped with every disappointment. The novel doesn't solve all the world's problems when it comes to mental illness (oh, if only that were possible!), but it sheds a different light on this issue. Worth the read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    This book was good, don't get me wrong, I just felt there was a lot missing. As in, the meat of the story was sort of washed out with a bunch of extraneous stuff that mattered very little to the heart of the matter. The story of David's mental illness and Eden's struggle to find him and deal with her childhood was the story that I cared most about... that story was well told and very sad. Sometimes, the mentally ill are beyond help or rather, they are beyond fixing. That part of the story was wh This book was good, don't get me wrong, I just felt there was a lot missing. As in, the meat of the story was sort of washed out with a bunch of extraneous stuff that mattered very little to the heart of the matter. The story of David's mental illness and Eden's struggle to find him and deal with her childhood was the story that I cared most about... that story was well told and very sad. Sometimes, the mentally ill are beyond help or rather, they are beyond fixing. That part of the story was what hit me the hardest. The rest of the fluff the author threw in was unnecessary... and annoying.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Dyer

    Round up to 4.5 stars. Incredibly painful but enlightening. A powerful testimony to the harm good intentions can do. For some, living outside the lines of society really is best, even if it hurts those who love these people. Eden's love for her father is plain to see, but equally plain is his inability to conform. His demons are too strong. Sometimes, the best way to show love is to let go, even if it's a heartbreaking process.

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