Ordinary Hazards is a memoir written in prose. It is beautifully written and easy to read. Nikki reflects on her past as a child of a schizophrenic mother, moving to various foster homes, and discovering who she is amongst the upheaval in her life. I found strength, compassion and even joy within the pages of this book. Grace appears throughout in both the story and Grimes’ writing. She is obviously brilliant and sensitive, with a remarkable ability to use words.
I am thrilled that this book was written because there are so many children and young adults dealing with mental illness in their families and this book gives them a place to go to find validation, courage and words to help them process their situation and evaluate their lives. One of the best memoirs I have ever read!
This book is only for pre-orders right now but will be available for purchase October 8th. Pre-order now or put it on your wish list!