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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite
Jonathan Behind Blue Eyes by Mike Dacy is made up of a father’s recollections, written mainly “to honor our son, his legacy, and his hopes and dreams of making a positive difference in the lives of others.” The book tells of Jonathan’s childhood, of being diagnosed with AMD (Adolescent Migraine Disease), and with off and on bouts of depression. His occasional forays into poetry find a place here, which clearly show a man with unlimited positive energy who is used to saying, “The first place we lose our battles is in our minds - think about your thinking.” One day Jonathan has a disagreement with Mike and leaves home, only to be found dead later. That brought to a close a life with vitality, who, as in an imaginary obituary he wrote earlier, “will always be remembered by his good name.”
Jonathan Behind Blue Eyes by Mike Dacy tells the story of someone who was deeply affected throughout his life. The book gives a restrained picture of his physical disabilities, lack of anger control, severe depression and addiction to pain relievers, which always kept his dear and near ones on edge. The emotional expression in Jonathan's poetic creations, as well as many of the email exchanges of the family members, conceal the severe mental trauma the whole family always experienced. Not an easy book to read, but each and every character in this book is presented in a way so as to evoke deep sympathy from the reader.