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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
Wow. Just wow. I just finished reading Until We Meet Again: Battling Mental Illness & Suicide - A True Story of Loss and Survival, the personal story of author Lauren Panobianco, and I am still thinking about it. Follow the story of Lauren's brother, Frank, as he suffers with and eventually succumbs to mental illness, and the effect that his loss has on her life and that of her family. Meticulously told, full of feeling, but including humor and lightness as well, the story truly does what the title says; it battles mental illness and suicide.
Until We Meet Again was one of those books that will stay with a reader long after they have finished the book. Author Lauren Panobianco has done a wonderful job at turning a crushing personal tragedy into a story that others can learn from, get hope from, and be moved by. Readers who have personally dealt with mental illness or suicide, their family, their friends should absolutely read this book. But this book should not only read by those with a personal connection to the topic; it should be read by everyone so that they can get a perspective on the horrors of mental illness, and hopefully gain a sensitivity that they may not have otherwise.
I highly recommend this book to all. I was so pleased to see that author Lauren Panobianco has become a master's level social worker. I am certain that she is using her personal experience to inform her career. Her story has touched my heart, and I am sure that it will do the same for anyone who reads Until We Meet Again: Battling Mental Illness & Suicide - A True Story of Loss and Survival.