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10 thoughts on “Challenger Deep

  1. says:

    WOW I am blown away by this novel This is an intense, intense story that you really need to dedicate yourself to reading It is a truly incredible work of literature and absolutely deserves the title of National Book Award Winner Eye opening, thought provoking, all around amazing.TW schizophrenia, talk of suicideThis is genuinely one of the greatest books I have ever read about mental illness It is accurate, well rounded, authentic as raw As someone who suffered from a form of psychosis similar to schizophrenia, Challenger Deep was so validating to read I honestly don t know how Neal Schusterman captured exactly what this condition is like Through collaborating with his son who deals with Caden s illness and the immense amount of research put in, he somehow took the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that millions of people have and put it to paper Color me entirely impressed by the fantastic portrayal of mental illness.I will say, Challenger Deep has an unconventional storytelling format Half the story is told from Caden s perspective in his hometown and the other half is from Caden s perspective on a sailing ship While I can attest to the many reviews suggesting this was confusing, I believe it is crucial to what makes Challenger Deep so unique and intense I struggled a bit in the beginning as the two perspectives seem so disjointed but it quickly becomes easy to understand the intent behind these passages Overall, Challenger Deep was amazing I cannot recommend it enough.

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    Dead kids are put on pedestals, but mentally ill kids get hidden under the rug Thank you, Neal Shusterman, for portraying the pain, the horrors, and the light touches of hope that come with mental illness I have read at least one book looking at you, All the Bright Places that glamorizes mental disorders, and as an aspiring psychologist, such inaccurate perceptions of these real diseases disturb me Through Caden, Shusterman shows the delusions and doubts and episodes of emotional dysregulation that come with schizoaffective disorder, and he does so in a way that advances the plot while honoring the pain that pervades Caden s struggle.Despite my enjoyment of the book, I do wonder how younger readers with less knowledge about mental illnesses will perceive Shusterman s dual narratives He switches between Caden s deterioration as he enters a mental institute and Caden s hallucinations of serving as a crewmate on a ship with a terrifying captain I often felt a disconnect from Caden when he experienced his hallucinatory episodes which makes sense, because of just how powerful and real they feel to him , and I question how other readers will construe Shusterman s narrative structure in Challenger Deep Either way, he never makes light of Caden s situation or makes the mistake of glorifying it, which already sets this book apart from others.Overall, a gripping read and affecting novel about a boy torn between two realities Recommended to those who enjoy contemporary YA, feel an interest about a book that centers on mental illness, and to fans of Shusterman s other works.

  3. says:

    Dead kids are put on pedestals, but mentally ill kids get hidden under the rug This had so many powerful moments and moving quotes throughout, but half of it just didn t do it for me, y know I appreciate everything this book did, especially the scenes set in reality I just found myself uninterested in the actual scenes and setting during the character s delusions that take place at sea It was such a raw and real story to share, so I want to take nothing away from that I just personally felt abruptly disconnected too often throughout for my own reading tastes.

  4. says:

    It took me a while to get into this book, but once I got used to the way it was written, I was hooked This book was an excellent portrayal of mental illness, and in no way glamorizes or romanticizes it Absolutely fantastic.

  5. says:

    This book is a blue puzzle pice of emotional genius I am affected I AM VERY AFFECTED At first I felt like I was sliding headfirst and upside down through a tunnelthe prose was so very woah Like Alice in Wonderland but making LESS sense I panicked for a moment that I wouldn t like this book, but come on IT S NEAL SHUSTERMAN I trust him And oh, gosh, it paid off This is the kind of story that gets lodged in your throat until you shout about it s marvellousness SO HERE I AM SHOUTING It s about mental illness, yes But it s different I recently read Alice and the Fly which also heavily featured schizophrenia But the two are kind of incomparable It has of a It s Kind of a Funny Story vibe since the protagonist, Caden, is hospitalised during most of the book I did appreciate that the book was about NOT putting on labels, and not squashing people into boxes I want to hug it for that Because THANK YOU I wish books had this kind of message It took me on a very real roller coaster ride through medication and therapy and the pits of despair and recovery and the realisation that you can t cure mental illness, but you can manage it Which is where I think a lot of books fail BUT THIS ONE WINS THE WORLD There are many things I don t understand, but here s one thing that I know There is no such thing as a correct diagnosis There are only symptoms and catchphrases for various collections of symptoms This is a very personal book too, and I felt that while reading it Then I read the author s note He quotes that 1 in 3 people suffer from mental illness, and most of the experiences in this book come from his own personal family life, particularly his son His son did the artwork for the book Imagine putting so MUCH of yourself and your family in a book It s incredibly brave And I think it makes a huge difference I just felt so connected to the book the whole time I haven t experienced the depths that CHALLENGER DEEP explores, but I do suffer with anxiety and, gah, this book summed up SO much stuff so completely well IT S LITERALLY EXTRAORDINARY.Okay, so the book is written kind of oddly thoughhalf is real life, half is imaginary I confess to being interested in the real life parts I guess it s a parellel I struggled to match things up exactlybut I did see the comparisons And that was incredible I also love how, subtly, towards the end, the imaginary chapters were leaking into the real life ones It was so seamless and terrifying I had a rocky start with the beginning because NOTHING made sense But either I got used to it, or it smoothed out, but either way, the writing is flawless It s delusional It explains and makes you experience the fear and horror of being caught in delusions and knowing it s not real, but having to believe the delusions anyway Also, Caden s family just are great While Caden s losing himself in the delusions, they re there for him CAN I JUST SAY, THANK YOU It s so uplifting and hopeful I basically love this story It s scary and sad and confusing which exactly sums up what it s like to be mentally ill It has PERFECT parallels It explains things, and I think it d make anyone empathises with the symptoms It s loaded with extraordinary writing and a character my heart just broke for This is easily an extraordinary book HOLD ME, I M HAVING TOO MANY EMOTIONS ABOUT THIS STORY The fear of not living is a deep, abiding dread of watching your own potential decompose into irredeemable disappointment when should be gets crushed by what is Sometimes I think it would be easier to die than to face that, because what could have been is much highly regarded than what should have been Dead kids are put on pedestals, but mentally ill kids get hidden under the rug At home they expect you to be fixed, she says They say they understand, but the only people who really understand are the ones who ve been to That Place, too It s like a man telling a woman he knows what it feels like to give birth She turns to me, forsaking her view for a moment You will never know that, so don t pretend you do.

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    UPDATE Neal Shusterman has won the National Book Award for Young People s Literature for this book OHMYGOD I AM SO HAPPY EDIT So this book is longlisted on National Book Awards Yay We are, however, creatures of containment We want all things in life packed into boxes that we can label But just because we have the ability to label it, doesn t mean we really know what s in the box It s kind of like religion It gives us comfort to believe we have defined something that is, by its very nature, indefinable As to whether or not we ve gotten it right, well, it s all a matter of faith This book is so deep I can see Adele rolling in it I know it s lame lol sorry I sound like a 9gag commenter Hahaha Kidding aside, Challenger Deep is a precious, beautiful book about the reality of mental illness Confusing at first yet compelling until the end, this book conveyed an important message to the readers regarding with that sensitive matter I m no expert but I thought Neal Shusterman did a great job in depicting what is going on a mind of someone suffering from a mental illness He masterfully crafted and told a story of a boy who s torn between the real and the imaginary without romanticizing it.Challenger Deep is subtle and poignant And me reviewing this book is like a betrayal since I can t give justice of how important this book is But, anyway, I m still saying it without further much ado Challenger Deep is an important book and I hope you can read it, too I really don t know what to say but I think having a heartache and being teary eyed while reading this book and typing this review will be enough to describe what I wanted to say.

  7. says:

    I adored this book It was a little confusing to figure out what was going on right away, but once the two stories start overlapping it all comes together in this beautiful and emotion way I loved it, and it hit me in the feels than a few times Probably the books that s made me cry the hardest, but so worth it.

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    My first impression of this book was also the one that lasted While reading I often felt like I was drowning in it and about as often like I was re emerging.I will try to write a review that does this magnificent book justice, but I am also fully aware of the fact that no matter what I say and how, I will not be able to encompass it all But let s start at the beginning Normally, I avoid books about mental illness as I avoid books about cancer Authors often spiral out of control and go crashing into banalities and sugarcoating Not this book I picked it up because of the reference to the Mariana Trench, I wanted to know whether it would end at the title or whether the author would explore it further and draw parallels In order to avoid spoilers I will not answer the question find it out yourself.What I will say however is nothing could have prepared me for this Imagine this you are underwater with your face turned towards the surface Beneath you is the bottomless darkness and you know you are sinking, deeper and deeper, but you are not frightened Instead you watch the sunrays dance on the surface, you watch the waves, you may even hear something happening above you though it is muted Everything is muted You are in some strange, undescribable vacuum or maybe limbo You know you have to re emerge soon, the sooner the better, but you are torn A part of you wants to stay this way, the other desires to escape the water and never enter it again Focus on what you are feeling, on what you are not feeling.It is a strange state to be in, isn t it I have no idea why, but this book reminded me of the atmosphere of Spirited Away and especially No Face Maybe because both the mentioned character and this book had some unique imperturbability about them The author constantly switches between two settings, the reality and the delusion of Caden s life Through the use of mostly brief and emotionally intense chapters the atmosphere changes rapidly leaving the reader often than not somewhere between confused, shocked and heartbroken There is certainly no action in this book it is deeply introspective and psychological but not plot driven As I have already said, there is a calmness in it that is both stunning and scary It is very soon that the reader realises that it is about a scattered mind and follows Caden s journey, or rather journeys Watches him losing himself to his delusions and getting and out of control until, finally, he is hospitalized There are so many chapters that are entirely detached from reality and all of them are allegorical In these chapters every phrase, every turn of the head, has a meaning and it is not always graspable, neither to the reader nor to Caden Likewise, there are many chapters that are real and shocking, yet somewhat hopeful, because there are people in Caden s life who are willing to help him, who are there for him and support him during his difficult episodes The book is scary and confusing and moving and heartbreaking And I loved every second of it and deeply appreciated the insight and the honesty behind it Following the deterioration of Caden s sanity was both horrifying and enlightning and this is probably one of the very few books that will stay with me for a long, long time The author does not glamorize mental illness Not even once which makes it even heart wrenching No one is put into boxes, there is no sugarcoating There is however the truth, the way a person experienced mental illness first hand This book carries an important, poignant message which is worth sharing and which should be spread HIGHLY recommended P.S Only now, after going through the review to check for mistakes do I realise in what an emotional turmoil this book left me I am still not over it P.P.S READ IT.

  9. says:

    I m not sure what to rate this book.On one hand, there were so many moments where I had the overwhelming urge to cry, because the depiction of mental health in the story was so raw, brutally honest and to a certain extend, relatable On the other hand, I had quite a few moments where I couldn t connect with the story and the overwhelming symbolism would throw me off It might have been better had I taken time with it, since it required some effort on my part to fully grasp the meanings.The story is powerful though and I do recommend it It felt personal as some aspects were based on his son s experience with schizophrenia The chapters are short and interchange between the present and diving into the mind of the character who suffers from schizophrenia and the world he has build for himself Or correctly, his delusions And those two correlating viewpoints colliding.

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    This is the third gorgeously written book with positive representation of mental illness I ve read this month Third It looks like YA is finally going there, endeavoring to explore the unexplorable Neal Shusterman s new book, Challenger Deep is the latest and brightest attempt to shed some light onto the struggles of people with mental disorders Challenger Deep is a magical book smart and funny, intelligent and poignant, frightening and thought provoking all at once The mood changes with each extremely brief chapter, and the rapid changes serve not only to manipulate our mood, but also to truly impress upon us that we ve entered a scattered mind This time, Shusterman writes from experience his own son struggled with mental illness and the illustrations included in his book are Brendan s from those times I suppose if you don t know what to expect, Challenger Deep can be a bit tricky at first Some chapters are accessible and realistic, and then there are those that are completely detached from reality To add to that, the unrealistic chapters are deeply allegorical, and although it quickly becomes clear what they represent, getting to that point can be a bit trying But everything you have to go through to fully experience this book is than worth it While it can be challenging at times, it s also extremely rewarding The story has no less than three layers the or less healthy family life from Caiden s memories, the rapid deterioration of his sanity and finally his life on the ship, an obvious metaphor and a sign of sanity lost The whole decline is simply heartbreaking, but Shusterman still manages to make it all run smoothly Understanding mental illness and stopping discrimination against people who struggle with it is the next important step this society needs to take Each decade has its own civil rights fight, and I truly hope we tackle this next Books like Challenger Deep are extremely important in that regard and as someone whose family battled those same issues, I thank Neal and Brendan Shusterman from the bottom of my heart.Every YA reader out there knows Neal Shusterman s name, and if they don t, I can honestly say they should This is an author who constantly pushes the limits, who turns YA into something new and entirely unexpected each time He should be celebrated far and wide and his work, specifically this book, should get the accolades it deserves.

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Challenger Deep summary pdf Challenger Deep, summary chapter 2 Challenger Deep, sparknotes Challenger Deep, Challenger Deep c2c8fec Alternate Cover Edition For ASIN BMESPOCaden Bosch Is On A Ship That S Headed For The Deepest Point On Earth Challenger Deep, The Southern Part Of The Marianas TrenchCaden Bosch Is A Brilliant High School Student Whose Friends Are Starting To Notice His Odd BehaviourCaden Bosch Is Designated The Ship S Artist In Residence To Document The Journey With ImagesCaden Bosch Pretends To Join The School Track Team But Spends His Days Walking For Miles, Absorbed By The Thoughts In His HeadCaden Bosch Is Split Between His Allegiance To The Captain And The Allure Of MutinyCaden Bosch Is Torn

  • Kindle Edition
  • 320 pages
  • Challenger Deep
  • Neal Shusterman
  • English
  • 28 October 2019

About the Author: Neal Shusterman

Award winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a