Bound To Stay Bound

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 Lycanthropy and other chronic illnesses : a novel
 Author: O'Neal, Kristen

 Publisher:  Quirk Books (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 382 p., ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 685718 ISBN: 9781683692348
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Lyme disease -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Werewolves -- Fiction

Price: $9.01

Forced to leave Stanford's pre-med program after contracting Lyme disease, Priya finds solace in an online chronic-illness support group and with best friend Brigid, whose own illness may be more unique than Priya suspected.

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School Library Journal - 12/01/2020 Gr 7 Up—A college student with Lyme disease and a werewolf become friends through an online support group. Priya was on the pre-med fast-track when she contracted Lyme disease. Now she spends all day laying in bed and scrolling Tumblr while her Indian American family hovers. Her one bright spot is her online friend Brigid and the chronic illness support group that they joined together. When Priya meets Brigid, who is of Irish descent, in real life, she discovers that her friend's "illness" is lycanthropy. This book perfectly captures what it feels like to be chronically ill: How good days and flare-ups feel like they'll last forever, how needing familial help extends your childhood, and even the deep depression you feel when you realize that things may never get better. O'Neal adeptly mixes the magical with the realistic. Priya and Brigid's support group spans a variety of races, sexualities, and gender identities without feeling as if the author is checking off boxes. Although the novel could be enjoyed without knowledge of Tumblr, in a few years the references to in-jokes will be either unintelligible or extremely dated. This is appropriate for middle schoolers, even though the age of the protagonist may resonate more with older teens. VERDICT A must-read for anyone with a chronic illness or who loves someone with a chronic illness. A good choice for YA collections.—Jeri Murphy, C.F. Simmons M.S., Aurora, IL - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 01/01/2021 Priya's freshman year at Stanford is derailed when she contracts Lyme disease and returns to her family home in New Jersey to recuperate. She is in constant pain and has no energy, and her dreams of becoming a doctor begin to drain away, but her online friendship with Brigid leads her to a support group for people with chronic illness. The members' conditions range from Priya's Lyme disease to fibromyalgia to debilitating migraines to, in the case of Brigid, lycanthropy. Priya learns about it when she visits Brigid, who has been out of touch, and discovers a large wolf instead. Priya enlists Spencer, an animal control worker, and the group to help Brigid, and through the effort, she starts to explore and expand her own capabilities. Priya's first-person narrative nicely cultivates tension, and transcripts of chats and text messages give it a contemporary feel. Her parents, brother, and sister are well drawn, as is Brigid, and the group members form a close and supportive bond. Depicting lycanthropy as a chronic illness is a fresh and original twist on the werewolf legend. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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