Fiction - Social Issues
308 Pages
Reviewed on 09/23/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Defective is a work of dramatic personal fiction centering around mental illness and was penned by author Susan Sofayov. Putting a unique spin on the traditional romance and happily ever after novels by including a heart-breaking and accurate depiction of living life with Bipolar II Disorder, we find ourselves following the day to day life of central figure Maggie Hovis. A law student, Maggie has been labeled a drama queen by those around her because of her mood swings, which eventually causes her fiancé, Sam, to move out. A therapy course leads her to the Bipolar discovery, but life and romance only get more and more complicated from there on in.

Author Susan Sofayov brings light and shade to the psychological drama of Maggie Hovis and her battle with her own mind and moods. The close narration gives us an intimate insight into both Maggie’s own personality and the effects of her condition as she discovers it and then attempts to learn to manage it and reshape her life. For those who have no experience of Bipolar II, it will provide an authentic and often harrowing education of what people have to go through when living with the condition, but there’s also plenty of pathos, humor and positive emotions throughout the novel to prevent it from becoming too heavy for readers to bear. All in all, Defective presents an honest, raw and emotional personal storyline that also has all of the positive and enjoyable hallmarks of romance and lifestyle novels. A well balanced and recommended book.