Angela Grey’s book Déjà vu focuses on Ivy Lancaster’s battle with mental illness. After disturbing events happen where she goes impulsively runs up charges on her parent’s credit card, doesn’t eat, barely sleeps, and acts erratically at school event, Ivy is started on therapy. Ivy is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and required to take medication as part of her treatment. After several months, Ivy finally resolves to taking her medication correctly and confides in others.
Ivy has a secret that she is hiding, and a stalker that wants the evidence she has. Ivy learns something she didn’t expect and neglects telling her parents and the police. When Ivy discovers her friends are also being followed, she starts having issues with her medications and feelings. Her mental illness trigger is rearing its head and may end up killing someone.
This is a fast-paced book seen through Ivy’s eyes. Grey did an excellent job in portraying the erratic behavior that Ivy displays in her times of mania. When Ivy enters depressive mode, she also effectively shows the sudden lack of interest in normal every day activity. The story was easy to follow, and I believe this would be a good book for a counseling office to have to aid others that face bipolar disorder. It is also a good tool to help fight against the stigma held against people that have mental illness. Having been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, this book proves that I am not “crazy” and am capable of living a normal life.