Waiting for Fitz

by Spencer Hyde

Waiting for fitz

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Addies loves nothing more than curling up on the couch with her dog, Duck, and watching The Great British Baking Show with her mom. It's one of the few things that can help her relax when her OCD kicks into overdrive. She counts everything. All the time. She can't stop. Rituals and rhythms. It's exhausting.

When Fitz was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he named the voices in his head after famous country singers. The adolescent psychiatric ward at Seattle Regional Hospital isn't exactly the ideal place to meet your soul mate, but when Addie meets Fitz, they immediately connect over their shared love of words, appreciate each other's quick wit, and wish they could both make more sense of their lives.

Fitz is haunted by the voices in his head and often doesn't know what is real. But he feels if he can convince Addie to help him escape the psych ward and get to San Juan Island, everything will be okay. If not, he risks falling into a downward spiral that may keep him in the hospital indefinitely.

Waiting for Fitz is a story about life and love, forgiveness and courage, and learning what is truly worth waiting for.

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Pages246
Size5.5 x 8
ISBN9781629725277
PublishedShadow Mountain 2019

About the Author

Spencer Hyde

Spencer Hyde spent three years during high school at Johns Hopkins for severe OCD. He feels particularly suited to write this novel because he's lived through his protagonists' obsessions. Spencer worked at a therapeutic boarding school before earning his MFA and his PhD specializing in fiction, short humor pieces, and essays. He wrote Waiting for Fitz while working as a Teaching Fellow in Denton, Texas. Spencer and his wife, Brittany, are the parents of four children.

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Tugs on your heart strings and keeps you engaged. I loved it! LOVED IT.
By , Submitted on 2019-03-07

This book was both entertaining and informative. Tugs on your heart strings and keeps you engaged. I loved it! LOVED IT.

It has a Faults In Our Stars vibe to it, but it is entirely its own story.

Following Addie through her recovery and self-discovery provides a new look into a psych ward. Though it’s not the ideal place, the patients there understand and love their progress and growth. Mental illness in this book is not sugarcoated. There are some deep and heavy topics addressed. However, the mental illnesses the patients were diagnosed with didn’t define them, which I absolutely loved. You are okay just as you are.

For someone who doesn’t know much about the struggles of one diagnosed with OCD, this was incredibly insightful into the life of someone who deals with this kind of mental illness. Would recommend to all youth and young adults.

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