The Edge of Brilliance

By Susan Traugh

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Volatile and unstable, Amy stands at the precipice. Will she fall into the chaos and despair of insanity or ascend into brilliance and redemption?

Amy Miles is fifteen and crazy. Or at least that’s her greatest fear. Her severe bipolar disorder, with its roller-coaster manic and depressive episodes, is ruining her life. Yet in Amy’s mind it’s accepting the pills and therapy—not the disorder—that will brand her as ‘crazy’.

When Amy lands in a residential psychiatric program, she befriends take-charge Mallory, and the two create family as they try to salvage the shards of their broken minds. While there, Amy also discovers that her illicit drug use has robbed her of her ability to dance and she is forced to weigh how hard she’s willing to work to reclaim her lost talent and potential. But, despite a promising beginning, when Amy falls back into denial, the tragic consequences cannot be undone.

Amy is left to decide whether to give up altogether or to accept her diagnosis and the tools she needs to battle her disorder, to learn to dance again and to forge a new and improved version of herself. Will she step up to the edge of her brilliance and shine?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of strong language, drug use, violence, suicide attempts, loss of autonomy, bullying and a brief scene of non-consensual sex. This book involves a frank exploration of mental illness from the viewpoint of a teenager with bipolar disorder.

Publisher’s Note: This story focuses on a US setting and displays an example of treatment that could be expected here in some circumstances. This does not reflect all cases and is not a comprehensive representation of treatment worldwide. This story is not intended to represent diagnosis or treatment suggestions.


General Release Date: 19th July 2016

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Format: EBOOK  
ISBN: 978-1-78651-767-8
Word Count: 56,888
Language: English
Book Length: NOVEL
Pages: 194

About the author
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Susan Traugh

Susan Traugh is an award-winning author, wife and mother of three young adult children. For a decade she has been writing how-to guides for teens transitioning into adulthood, but when mental illness ravaged the life of one of her children, this book was born. Happily, both the book and the child have found their voice and their way.

You can take a look at Susan's Website.


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  Reviewed by Lisa B

Not knowing what this book was really about, I was quite surprised to find myself unable to put it down once I started it. It is beautifully written, often raw and gritty, but always real. To learn...

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  Reviewed by Crystal's Many Reviewers

The author did a wonderful job at keeping things real, from the despair of the parents to the exhaustion of living with the disorder and not grasping the dire need to learn the tools in order to su...

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