Schizo: A novel

 

Title: Schizo
Author: Nic Sheff
Release Date: 09/30/2014

Reviewed by: Hayden

To understand the story of Schizo, one must accept one thing. The narrator is unreliable. Miles is affected with a disease that this book attempts to teach a lesson in empathy about – schizophrenia. We follow Miles as he attempts to find his missing brother Teddy. We follow him through the streets of San Francisco, until one single fact is obvious – he is getting worse. The battle for his mind rages even as he searches for his lost brother. The author pulls us through the painful process of Miles falling deeper and deeper into a mental breakdown. The true question in this book is not the how to find Teddy, but the to see how far will Miles fall from his disease. By the end, you will question how far this disease would push you. Would be able to survive a battle for your own mind?

This book is terrifying. To watch a person slowly lose all reason and control while obsessed over a single task is heartbreaking and bewitching. I found myself unable to put the book down as Miles began his downward spiral. This book pulls no punches, softens no harsh realities, and leaves out no detail. They say you cannot judge someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes, but I would never want to walk in Miles’s shoes. Anyone who enjoys a slice of life story filled with twists and turns will love Schizo.