Twisting My Kaleidoscope

Twisting My Kaleidoscope Shannon Love a seemingly happy woman through unforeseen circumstances falls into a critical psychotic state while living in Beijing China Enchanted by a voice in her head she becomes suspicious

  • Title: Twisting My Kaleidoscope
  • Author: Shannon Love
  • ISBN: 9781478755500
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shannon Love, a seemingly happy woman, through unforeseen circumstances, falls into a critical psychotic state, while living in Beijing, China Enchanted by a voice in her head, she becomes suspicious of humanity most of all Charles, her husband, believing he wishes her dead Shannon s hallucination, along with relentless delusions, send her into a state of terror, landinShannon Love, a seemingly happy woman, through unforeseen circumstances, falls into a critical psychotic state, while living in Beijing, China Enchanted by a voice in her head, she becomes suspicious of humanity most of all Charles, her husband, believing he wishes her dead Shannon s hallucination, along with relentless delusions, send her into a state of terror, landing her in a Chinese psychiatric hospital, as the only foreigner Then, after sinking deeper into madness, she must be evacuated to the U.S for intense treatment Meanwhile, her husband, with his undying love, holds firm to his matrimonial vow for better or for worse, and never gives up on his wife even through the turmoil of a relapse Shannon eventually returns to him as her sane self but concedes that she may have never broken free, if not for his eternal devotion.

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    1. Twisting my Kaleidoscope offered some uncomfortable insight into what life is like to live with these delusions and psychosis. I applaud Shannon Love on the courage to look at her mental break and fight it with words. Words she penned to find what was happening to her and around her. Words to access what was real and what was not. Words to focus on. Words to conjure up images of her loved ones and fight for them. I could not put this book down, except of course for usual 'toddler' cravings and a [...]

    2. I liked this story a lot!We need more stories sharing about the experience of psychotic mental illness, and reintegrating our identities after the significant experience of severe mental illness. This book shares part of the story that needs to be heard. I related deeply to the author's journey and commend her for writing her story. It is so hard to know real from unreal in the throws of a psychotic break. The author was able to capture the experience of psychosis in her work and share it with t [...]

    3. Shannon starts out her memoir as a sweet, vibrant and energetic young mother in an exciting life - successful husband, life in China, three children. She is also about to get thrown into the rabbit whole.Shannon's the type of friend everyone wants and she has plenty of friends to show for it. She's naturally empathic, gentle, and fun. Then a combination of life's stresses affect her so seriously that she slowly becomes unhinged - gradually getting more and more out of touch with reality until sh [...]

    4. Everyone around her is an enemy of her.She has a feeling that the world is watching her every move-waiting for her to take a false step. She also has a firm belief that with her power she can help people-only she has forgotten how to use them.She started imagining that the male population is keen on controlling her special magical charm-that is why they are after her. She started to have a sensation of repulsion whenever a man came near her-as if he has an evil intention for her-as if he is goin [...]

    5. Awesome author and friend! She does a GREAT job at telling her story in hopes to help others. I think she nailed it!!

    6. What happens when a loving mother, wife and friend becomes psychotic? What happens to her doting family? How do her friends and extended family deal with this situation? How long do they have to suffer with a lunatic female who doesn’t realize that she is losing her mind?Shannon Love is an expat residing in Beijing along with her husband Charles and three children. She has many friends in the expat community. They all have been living out of USA for so long that Beijing is their home now. An a [...]

    7. Scenery through a Mind's KaleidoscopeNever thought I would finish the book when I started due to its length but after a few pages it got me thinking - 'Ah! this was in fact a real story', immediately dawning a hat of curiosity and then proving to be completely worth it.First of all, hats off to the writer / the protagonist of the book for writing about her Life and her Psychosis. It's very difficult to open up after going through such a phase/phases in her Life. Secondly, the way it was handled [...]

    8. Shannon Love was in an interesting predicament. She was overseas with her husband and two kids for her husband's job. Everything was going great until stress started to weigh down on her. Slowly, she started to become paranoid. Then the voices started. One voice, Valentino, tried to convince her to leave her husband for him. She battled between reality and psychosis, and with the help of therapists and a residential treatment facility, she overcame her first psychotic episode. However, that did [...]

    9. Sometimes we wonder if someone is crazy based on their actions. It is more of a joke, but what you might not realize is that there could very well be a mental issue. Psychosis is more prevalent than people realize, and one author takes us on the journey of a lifetime. In this book, the author opens up her soul and shares with the world her journey into psychosis and how it affected her family. This isn’t a feel-good book though there is hope throughout it. Obviously this book is very personal [...]

    10. I read this book for research and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Don't get me wrong, parts of it are dark and depressing. But, there are some light and funny scenes as well. All in all, it was like reading an exciting novel with all the twists and turns.As for the research, I learned a lot about psychosis and how the mind of someone suffering works. Believe me, it's something you need to experience to understand. I think I kind of did that with this book.

    11. I liked that the author was honest and is spreading awareness. There are so many people waking up every day and dealing with the same issues that the author did. Now they know that they are not alone. I liked the drawings in the books as well, and the format that the book was written in. Journal entries and letters are shared throughout the book. Unconditional love is an amazing thing to have. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

    12. WOW!! I have to say that I was very surprised as Twisting My Kaleidoscope was not what I expected, it was way way better. I have to give kudos to Shannon Love for putting it all out on the table. All the FIVE Star reviews are spot on. Great job! I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win either to a friend or library to enjoy.

    13. Wow! This book is mindblowing! It's hard to imagine what goes through someone's mind when they're psychotic. But, Twisting My Kaleidoscope does just that. It put's you in the author's mind, and you feel what she's going through, riding the ups and downs with her. It gives you a different perspective of mental illness how profoundly it affects someone as well as their family. Two thumbs up to Mrs. Love for persevering through it all and to her husband for standing by her.A great read and as enter [...]

    14. It took me forever to read this book. Not that it was bad, but first I lost it then when I found out again it was a hard read sure to the problems this poor woman had to endure. Having mental health issues myself I found her hardships and endurances thoroughly amazing. I want to hug her and let her know she's not alone, but she knows and is reaching out to others and continuing to help them. Bless you Shannon!

    15. I received this book as a prize. I am reviewing it as honestly and unbiased as possible.I know very little about psychosis. This was a shocking, exciting and heartbreaking ride through mental break downs and the battle to overcome them. I laughed, was stunned and my heart broke for the author. I really felt for her kids and husband as they put up with seriously dreadful stuff throughout the process. Shannon and her husband enjoy life on the go. They live and work in China. Shannon enjoys her 3 k [...]

    16. I am a bit on the fence on this book, and due to the sensitive subject matter I feel a bit awkward pointing out some stuff that didn’t work for me. Because truthfully overall it was a very eye-opening and endearing read, if not quite sad, but peppered with humor and humanity. Much like life. I suppose parts of me just grew weary at times with the long periods of just “telling what happened” with some conversations (dialogue) that didn’t make much sense… I know that is what the book is [...]

    17. okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and it’s hard to just sum up… “Twisting My Kaleidoscope” is one of the most interesting and jaw dropping and addicting memoirs/biography’s books I’ve read in a while. First- the writing was stellar. The strong word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to sink into and just get lost, and Shannon Love’s writing style is so natural and authentic – really pulls us right in to her life from the opening pages. [...]

    18. Twisting My Kaleidoscope turned out to be an adventure that was something much more than expected. It's an important ride that readers in all genres need to take - not only is the quality of writing very strong, but the emotions drip from the page in a manner that is all heart and reflection without any melodrama that tends to flood many memoirs.As someone who has worked in mental health field as both a psychologist and special education teacher, the world of someone who has invasive disorder su [...]

    19. I really enjoyed this book by Shannon Love, and the fact that it is about her true life is extremely interesting. I thought it was excellently written, and in a very lively, natural tone. It definitely kept my attention from the opening to the finish. It is a relatively fast read, one I finished in the course of a few evenings. I was surprised by how much her story moved me, and I felt like I could relate on some level—like at parts she was almost talking to me. She manages to elicit our sympa [...]

    20. what a heart wrenching story! Even though we obviously know the book is about by the description, still by the end I was a blubbering mess! But before that I was totally captivated with the author’s life and what experiences she went through. Shannon Love is a talented writer and it shows that she can clearly tell her powerful and moving story. The pacing was good and I was happy that despite the fact that most memoirs are written in “telling” narrative --which normally isn’t my preferen [...]

    21. It is hard to imagine anything tougher than losing your grasp on reality, especially in unfamiliar lands. That in of itself would be a huge hurdle to overcome in life, but that is only a part of Shannon Love’s jaw-dropping story. I read this book cover to cover in two nights, I was so riveted by everything she’d been through. I had tears more than once and got mad a few times too. She does such an amazing job of letting us into her world for a while and really letting us walk a mile in her s [...]

    22. "Twisting my Kaleidoscope…” by Shannon Love is an incredible book (memoir) about an incredible life. This was such an interesting story about her mental affliction and episodes with psychosis, and truthfully, much more eye-opening and enlightening than I was expecting. I thought the premise sounded intriguing enough, but I thought it was much more cleverly executed than I originally gave the author credit for, and I appreciated the way she was able to blend fact with fiction in the sense tha [...]

    23. to be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect in reading this book but I am interested in “true life” sagas and other people’s experiences. So I began reading this book by Shannon Love with an open mind and heart, eager to see what was in store. Immediately I was won over by the author’s easy writing style. Her candor and authenticity and sense of humor and ability to look deep within herself and really see the ‘bigger picture’ really came through every page. Everyone has suffe [...]

    24. 3 1/2 starsWow, what a momentous, jarring and emotional ride! Sucks you right in from the beginning and you don’t want to stop until it’s all over, just to see how it will all turn out for her. I almost felt like I was watching a movie as I followed along with Shannon Love’s life experiences, and if I didn’t know that this book was nonfiction and based on all the things she went through, and how she writes about them from her POV (the voices, delusions, etc,), I might have never believed [...]

    25. Holey moley, this book was terrific, which feels strange to say considering the heavy subject matter (mental illness). But it is rare that I read a bio/memoir form a non-famous person that actually grabs and keeps my attention the whole way like this one did. My aunt is bipolar and so I have some experience in this area, and it was so interesting to read someone’s account of their experiences as well. Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It was a [...]

    26. I loved that this book made me FEEL something. Sometimes I loved it, other times I thought it was a bit redundant or needed some trimming up--but I was never, never bored. The story, overall, is engaging and informative; I was surprised more than once, which I always appreciate and learned a lot about a condition that I was pretty much in the dark about. Of course Shannon’s story made me tear up at parts. How could I not? I am a woman, a wife and a mother. I think it is impossible not to becom [...]

    27. 4.5 starsI confess that I didn’t think I would, but I did find myself enjoying this book by Shannon Love. I didn’t want to stop reading, and at times I had to remind myself that I was reading a recounting of something “real” that had happened with “real people”, because it almost read like a fictional drama! But that is what made it so good. “Twisting My Kaleidoscope” wastes no time in introducing us to the circumstances of Shannon’s’ life and her extraordinary difficulties, [...]

    28. WARNING…when starting “Twisting My Kaleidoscope” by Shannon Love make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! ( and it’s pretty long, ha!) The book starts off with an attention grabbing intro that wastes no time delving into the world of psychosis and just keeps going from there. The characters of her husband ‘Charles’ and all the others are so well-developed a [...]

    29. first, I have to say that I don’t normally read books that are biographical nonfiction, especially about mental illness, but I was looking for something a little out of my comfort zone and this book sounded intriguing. Well, I am most certainly glad I took the chance on Shannon Love’s “Twisting My Kaleidoscope”! This was a brilliant book and very impressive for a debut. There is such strong, vivid writing, and Ms. Love’s ‘character’ is fascinating, flawed, and going through a serio [...]

    30. I enjoyed reading this book much more than I expected to, as I’m more of the ‘fantasy-romance’ type of gal than the introspective self-help/memoir type. But I was fascinated by the author’s life story and was pulled in by the writing sample. While the author’s life is different form many people’s lives, there is an underlying truth there to be learned, and I think there is something in this book that almost anyone could understand on some level on overcoming adversity and making it t [...]

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