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It's not often I give a 5 star rating as I like to save the applause for brilliant works - this is brilliant! It was compelling reading and I could not put it down until I had finished it. At times moving, and at times brutally confronting, AJ Mouse has shared her very deep and personal story. I was reminded of the successful TV drama, The United States of Tara, where Toni Colette portrayed Tara's "alters". However, this story seemed so much more real. What a gutsy approach! This book should be mandatory reading for people working in the human services field - from hands-on care staff to highly qualified professionals.
I have to say the cover and the title did not prepare me for the storyline - not sure if that is good or bad!
I knew I was going to review this book and within the first few chapters, I knew it was going to be 5-stars. The thing is how to review it; this stirred emotions in me that range from sadness to anger to wonder and on to happiness. There is a lot in this book, and being only 276 pages, all I can say is wow! Being a fictional (fantasy) writer, I can appreciate the different feel of this book. As it wasn't written by one person but many, which in turn did not detract from the flow and beauty of this wonderfully written book. I want to write more, but I have nothing left to write. This has become one of my favourite books of all time! All I can say is thank you, Jade, Anne, Peter, Neil, Jane, Nancy, Zen, Ray, Lucy and most of all Mouse for creating this moving book and sharing your story.
What an exceptional book! Confronting and honest Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse opens up the world of Dissociative Identity Order (D.I.D) to the uninitiated. At times I felt quite emotional reading this book. I empathised with the pain and frustration of the alters, recognising their united front in protecting little Mouse, who created them after terrible abuse, just so she could survive in the world. Thank you for sharing your story A.J. Mouse, it really opened my eyes (and heart) to D.I.D.
When I first started reading this book (as part of a book club), I really didn't know what to expect. It is also not the type of book I would generally read, but once I started, I couldn't stop. I found I experienced a range of emotions with this book, but was always wanting to know more and what happened next. I was left with a few unanswered questions, but certainly look forward to reading more.
Wonderful book. Such an insightful look at life from someones with DID; a moving and devastating and funny memoir that was at once horrible and beautiful. Such a life is far from what I personally could ever imagine, but the story, told mostly in a dual narrative from two of the main personalities, Jade and Anne, is courageous in its honesty. It wasn't the easiest read (due to the content alone, it's perfectly readable), but it's definitely one that I won't forget. With Anne, Jade, Neil and Nancy leading the charge, the Monster is going down. As a whole, the author is inspirational. And I especially loved the Acknowledgements from Nancy. She's a stone-cold legend.
A down to earth, book about mental illness which holds nothing back, stunningly honest and makes you really think and in the end you feel for all involved. The first book I have ever read which refuses to sugar coat the reality and yet forces you to turn the page again and again
This book affected me profoundly. It gripped my attention from the very first page. I love and admire every single alternate - especially Nancy. I would like to give each and every one of you a star. You are amazing.
What a fantastic achievement, this is an excellent addition to my collection of DID memoirs. The authors have a beautiful writing voice, the story is well told and has unique personal aspects. It was extremely interesting to read the different perspectives and explore their system and situation through fresh eyes. Wonderful food for thought. An excellent read.
So confronting. So candid. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started this book, and even with hindsight I can say I would still not be fully prepared. This book moved me in ways I hadn't thought possible. I felt horror, elation, disgust, love and even a dirty sense of satisfaction when an act of revenge came to fruition perfectly. I honestly, deeply, believe this book is a MUST READ for every, single reader and certainly for anyone embarking on a creative journey. I need to stress, that this book is now on my list of regulars and I will revisit it annually. I know each and every time I will garner something new from its impossible depths.
I want to applaud AJ Mouse on the ability to open up and share everything - pain and all - with the world. So brave. You are an inspiration to all creatives and your story is compelling not just for the content, but for the reasons behind its inception and construction.
I received Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse as a review copy. Oftentimes I read the blurb after checking the cover. This time I dived in without reading the blurb.
Instead of a book of poetry or a version of Watership Down, as I interpreted the cover, I found myself in the murky (and sometimes) confusing consciousness of multiple personalities trapped in the same mind. And no! I'm not criticising the cover because it forms an important part of the story. But more on that later.
The premise fascinates me. It's an adventure story packed with drama, but this is a very real story as many people with Dissociative Identity Disorder will tell you. I found the book well written, better than most Indie books I read, and it's powerful - keeping me turning pages as I follow the efforts of Zen, Peter, Neil, Jane, Nancy, Ray, Lucy, and Jade help their fellow personality Mouse who created them. This is all so they can navigate through life with a semblance of functioning normality, something some conventional treatments for mental illnesses fail to achieve.
Some people battle to operate a household, be a good parent, or keep a job. This story shows the ultimate battle: mastering yourself when you are ten different personalities.
That brings me back to the cover and its importance. You can never judge a book by its cover. Neither can you judge a person you meet in life until you know their full story.