TITLE: The Art of Insanity
GENRE: YA Contemporary fiction
A high-school senior wants to earn a scholarship to art school, but a diagnosis of severe bipolar disorder interrupts her life. When she throws her best art pieces off a bridge while in a manic state, she's in danger of missing the competition deadline.
The car accident last summer wasn’t an accident.
Secrets have weight, and that one is heavy. It’s not the light, fun kind of secret that provides fodder for late-night sleepover chats or hallway gossip. It’s the dark kind of secret that lurks in shadows, and I spend my days hoping that it stays there and never comes into the light.
I step out of my new-to-me Toyota Camry, and I run my fingertips along the metallic silver of its side. I won’t let anything happen to this car. I grab my backpack, shut the door, and head across the parking lot to my last first day of school. Do I look like a senior? I don’t feel like a senior.
My new blue shirt matches my eyes, and I’m hoping people will notice that instead of my slight limp. People always say I have beautiful eyes. I’m wearing jeans and old tennis shoes because I don’t want anyone looking at my legs. Look at my eyes, people! Remember how beautiful my eyes are?!
I take a deep breath and walk into the school. The one-story brick building is big enough to hold our 600 person student body, but small enough that news travels fast. I think that perhaps because the accident happened in the summer, maybe not many people know about it. Maybe I can pretend it never happened. I’m wrong.
“Oh my gosh Natalie!” Alyssa Jackson runs over soon as she sees me. I had physics with her last year (I think), but I never talked to her outside of class. She gives me a hug, which feels awkward. “How are you?! I heard all about the accident! How terrible!” She pulls out of the hug and gives me a once-over, looking for evidence of injuries.