Friday, August 26, 2016

Summer Reading Challenge: The Lucidity Project by Abbey Campbell Cook

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!  This week's book is The Lucidity Project by Abbey Campbell Cook!

About the book:

"The Lucidity Project stirs readers to look at life and their abilities in an exhilarating new way.” ― POPSUGAR

Depression has haunted twenty-five-year-old Max Dorigan her entire life. After years of unsuccessful treatment and a failed suicide attempt, Max agrees to join “The Lucidity Project,” a program at a mysterious health and wellness resort in the Caribbean―where, she soon finds, the people are just as troubled as she is, only in a different way. They claim to have psychic powers. They claim they can see ghosts. They claim Max is one of them. 

Max refuses to pay much attention until Dr. Micah McMoneagle, the charismatic head of the project, reveals he’s found a way to allow people to enter each other’s dreams. Now, instead of discussing their issues in talk therapy, Max and her new gifted friends can symbolically work through their problems on the astral plane. Together they embark on a magical, transformational journey through dreamtime to reveal the causes of the things that are holding them back―an adventure that ultimately awakens them to who they really are, and what they came to earth to do.

Max is on a journey to find out who she really is.  She suffers from depression and reaches a low point when she tries to (unsuccessfully) commit suicide.  She embarks on a new "alternative" treatment program (The Lucidity Project) that sends her to the Caribbean for help.  She discovers that there are other people hurting like she is, but not in a similar fashion.  Some of the people that Max meets are other patients, staff and some of them may not even be real at all.  

This books shows depression in an unique light.  There are some things that happen that are in the fantasy-type realm, but it makes such a hard subject (depression, suicide) not seem as heavy.  It is an interesting concept to read and some of the characters are a lot of fun.  Overall, this is a very entertaining read while tackling some very hard issues!

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About the author:

Abbey Campbell Cook studied creative writing at UC Berkeley. She now writes (and sometimes sings and dances) about her ongoing quest for spiritual and physical wellness on her blog, Adventures in Woo Woo Land, which often includes pictures of Channing Tatum in his underwear (Ryan Gosling too, if you’re lucky). The Lucidity Project is her first novel.

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