Waiting For Fitz by Spencer Hyde

Addie 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 everything will be okay. If not, he risks falling into a downward spiral that may keep him in the hospital indefinitely.


Title: Waiting For Fitz

Author: Spencer Hyde

Genre: YA, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Fiction

Published: March 5th 2019 by Shadow Mountain

Stars: 3.5 Content Rating: 2


This book was different from what I usually read. It took me a minute to get in the right space for a story like this. It follows a 17 year old girl named Addie and her struggle with her OCD. We aren’t talking about just some quirky habits. This book was a great eye opener to what people with mental illnesses go through. Like I said, it took me a minute but then I was completely intrigued. The author based Addie off of himself and some of his own personal struggles. I have never read a book about mental health done in this way. Addie and Fitz have some awesome word play. They just get each other and are hilarious. The amount of understanding and support to be able to love and lead normal lives is a story that I am all for! In a very witty and remarkable way, Spencer Hyde has brought to light a heartbreaking story about what it is like to live with mental illness. I recommend this book to everyone! It made me laugh. It make me teary eyed, most of all it helped me gain a perspective that I hadn’t had before picking up this book. I adore reads like that. Words that after reading them, leave me feeling changed.

I hope you all have had a wonderful few weeks! It has been awhile since I posted but I have read quite a bit! Maybe I’ll do a quick what to read and what not to read since I wont have time to review all of them! Thanks for reading!

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