Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Caden Bosch is a high school student who loves art. He is also schizophrenic.
Caden’s story alternates between his journey on a ship, and his time in the familiar world. He has to choose which to stay in and who to trust.
Wow. Just, wow.
In the beginning, the book starts out in a disjointed way, illustrating the narrator’s difficulty with reality as he begins to struggle with the symptoms of schizophrenia. I have a tendency to not read book descriptions or reviews before I crack open a new story, so it left me off balanced, which I think was the point of the book being written this way. Even so, it didn’t take me long to catch on, although I didn’t know exactly what mental health issues he was dealing with.
This is a character driven book and very emotional. Heartbreaking, sensitive, and frightening, this is an enlightening novel. A must read.
It reminded me a little bit of I Am the Cheese, one of my favorite books when I was in junior high.
There is one statement about God that struck me wrong, yet fits in with the internal dialogue of the narrator.
National Book Award and Golden Kite Winner
The author drew on his experience with his son to write this novel.
All the stars.