Never Been Better (Paperback)

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Never Been Better (Paperback)


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A hilariously offbeat and tender comedy about one bipolar woman’s messy search for love at a seaside wedding where no one can stay afloat.

Is she falling in love, or falling apart?

Dee, Misa, and Matt were the "three musketeers" of the psych ward. A year after discharge, Dee is eager to convince everyone that she’s finally turning things around. But Matt and Misa are tying the knot in Turks and Caicos, surrounded by guests who have no idea where they met, and the secrecy isn’t sitting well with Dee, who has been hopelessly in love with Matt since before she got kicked out of the hospital.

So, when Dee arrives at the swanky resort with her high-voltage sister, Tilley, it’s now or never to confess how she feels. But disrupting her best friends’ nuptials would jeopardize the entire support system that holds the trio together. When it comes to happily ever afters, how is a girl supposed to choose between love and recovery?
Leanne Toshiko Simpson is a mixed-race Yonsei writer who lives with bipolar disorder. Named Scarborough’s Emerging Writer in 2016 and nominated for the Journey Prize in 2019, she co-founded a reflective writing program at Canada’s largest mental health hospital and teaches at the University of Toronto. Never Been Better is her debut novel.

Product Details ISBN: 9780593714782
ISBN-10: 0593714784
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English
"Never Been Better offers a fresh perspective with a fun plot and a good amount of humor. . . . If you have experienced mental illness, or been close to someone who has, you’ll likely relate to many of the messages in this book."Hippo Press

"[An] unexpectedly funny but also sad but also uplifting tale of illness, recovery, and true love." —Good Morning America

"[An] invigoratingly comic debut novel . . . Full of sharp, pithy dialogue and farcical scenes that will put a grin on your face, this story about love, friendship, and family also offers hard-won wisdom about mental health and the myths that surround it. . . . Navigating the contrast between humor and pain can be tricky, but Simpson makes it look easy in her first novel. A funny, refreshing, and generous story full of wisdom on mental health." —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"Laugh-out-loud funny . . . Simpson's refreshing debut depicts the reality of living with mental illness, which will resonate with many readers." Booklist

"A hilarious, honest, refreshing, and moving story about mental health, friendship, and love. Never Been Better is a brilliant debut."Emily Austin, author of Everyone in this Room Will Someday Be Dead

"Life after the psych ward combined with a destination wedding and secrets between friends can only lead to raw yet heartfelt hijinks in this delightful debut by Leanne Toshiko Simpson. Searing and honest, Never Been Better is that most rare of things—a novel that combines humor, heartache and hope in one page-turning package, with lyrical and wickedly funny writing in spades. Simpson is a writer to watch!" —Uzma Jalaluddin, author of Much Ado About Nada

"Leanne Toshiko Simpson's Never Been Better is an exuberant debut rich with snappy dialogue, madcap misadventures and a lot of heart." —Rebecca Hardiman, author of Good Eggs