Ì Wildthorn ✓ Download by Ì Jane Eagland Seventeen Year Old Louisa Cosgrove Longs To Break Free From Her Respectable Life As A Victorian Doctor S Daughter But Her Dreams Become A Nightmare When Louisa Is Sent To Wildthorn Hall Labeled A Lunatic, Deprived Of Her Liberty And Even Her Real Name As She Unravels The Betrayals That Led To Her Incarceration, She Realizes There Are Many Kinds Of Prison She Must Be Honest With Herself And Others In Order To Be Set Free And Love May Be The Key
Ill or not, not being believed or taken at my word is one of my worst fears outside of stuff that can actually kill me Like bees No one believes anything Louisa says and in the 19th century, before people were always carrying ID like driver s licenses around, it s pretty much impossible for her to prove anything Poor girl If she wasn t crazy before being put in Wildthorn, it s easy to see how she would be in short order Eagland paints an absolutely horrific vision of a 19th century asylum Abusive and untrained staff severely hinder the healing process for the patients thought curable Worse staff and egregious conditions condemn those thought to be incurable or just too difficult for other people to work with I have to say this might have one of the cheesiest cover taglines ever Treachery locks her away Love is the key Not only is it cheesy, but it s rather misleading The cover would lead you to believe this is a love story, but the romance doesn t start to appear until rather late in the novel and I almost wish it had never shown up at all Not that I m ever going to say no tolesbian characters in YA lit, but this one never quite range true While Louisa and her love are excellent characters, Louisa s sexuality treaded dangerously close to stereotype territory she s an educated, uppity young women in the 19th century, of course she s gay As I m a fan of stories that eschew the rule that all books need a romance, I much would have preferred Louisa to be a solitary character who simply formed strong friendships and if readers wanted to read some subtext into those relationships, I would totally encourage them.
Excessive study, especially in one of the fair sex, often leads to insanity Imagine that s the norm Women reading There must be something wrong with them Why would they want to study They re not capable of doing what the men folk can do They don t have the brains for it They d only overexert themselves Possibly twist their brains into incomprehension trying to process all of information that they could ever hope of processing.
Disregard every freedom you have today Those TBR piles Gone The ability to read freely Gone College Gone You, as a woman sorry guys , are expected to do womanly things only and that certainly doesn t include a scientific education You want to be a doctor Haha Silly girl Doctors are for dicks.
I wanted to read this book so horribly badly the second I found out about it simply because it s horrifying what happened to women during the Victorian era It was legal for people to stick chicks in nut houses because they were a burden, they weren t acting properly, they were moody Just think about that Your husband thinks you re being a little too irrational and it might affect his standing with his peers Well, he s just going to send you to a place like Wildthorn to help you out a little Too bad their version of helping out was drugging you, treating you like shit, electrifying you, binding you up and leaving you in a tub for hours You know, cathartic things.
And don t think for a second that we wouldn t all meet each other in a place like that if the times were different All this reading Cause for insanity.
So going into the book my inner feminist was ramped up I ve read about asylums from back then and I knew how horrible they were but you don t often hear stories from the patient s perspective The story starts and you don t know if Louisa really is sick or not The way she talks, acts, she seems perfectly fine True, the insane don t really know they re insane but you re in her head and it doesn t seem so crazy in there The only thing that kept me legitimately questioning her sanity was the name issue She was admitted as Lucy Childs but she kept insisting her name was Louisa Cosgrove That kept me questioning for a long time.
I also had to keep guessing at the incident that Louisa Lucy felt got her locked up The closer the story got to the reveal, theobvious it got and honestly, I like the twist the story took at that point Without giving too much away, it highlights an issue that I m sure was thoroughly ignored during that time despite it actually being in existence And the relationship that was formed because of it was so endearing and loving it was hard not to get a little misty about it.
I was turning from one page to the next without wanting to stop What happened to Louisa Lucy while locked away at Wildthorn was horrendous And to think that actually happened to many women is evenhorrifying You tried to defend yourself and you were considered even crazier and sent to an even crazier ward of the hospital where you were left to start questioning your own insanity and your own reason So many women went into places like that totally sane and lost their minds to those institutions It s so sad.
The plot itself is very stagnant If you re not at Louisa Lucy s aunt s house or her own home, you re at the asylum There s not too much action in terms of action adventure but the trials that Louisa Lucy went through werethan enough for me Fighting for the very status of your own brain is a mighty feat and she never gave up, even when her situation looked end of times bleak She s such a strong character and I think if onlywomen were really as strong as she was, they might have fared a little better Or maybe worse, as it were, unfortunately.
When the following things could have gotten a woman locked in a terrifying insane asylum without any recourse whatsoever facts indicating insanity observed by myself An interest in medical matters inappropriate for one of her age and sex A neglect of appearance and personal toilet, and wearing unsuitable clothing for a young lady of her status other factors indicating insanity communicated to me by others Excessive book reading and study leading to a weakening of the mind Desiring to ape men by nursing an ambition to be a doctor Self assertiveness in the face of male authority Obstinacy and displays of temper Going about unchaperoned to London alone in a third class railway compartment it s hard not to immediately sympathize with the main character when you yourself exhibit all of those characteristics It s hard not to sit there and have your heart break when you read what happened to this girl because she read a little too much because she wanted to be a doctor I just connected with this book on such a personal level that I want to read it over and over and over again.
Hopefully we ve learned from history and these kinds of atrocities will never repeat themselves Let s hope it s forever relegated to compelling stories and no one will ever be able to describe what it was really like in one of those places Reading Wildthorn I could actually feel what it was like I had dreams about it It made me thank the gods I live in the time that I do.
Read this if you want an excellent historical fiction read it if you want a compelling story about a girl having to deal with a situation far beyond her control read it if you can even for a second imagine what it would be like to have all of your rights ripped away because someone couldn t be bothered with you read it if you want an amazing story.
This book is a horror story for every tom girl and modern woman Times may be tough, but they certainly could be and have been worse We won t be thrown in an insane asylum for wanting to become educated nor are our fates decided entirely by male relatives Also, as much as we mock clinics that allow patients to sign in and out at will it is better than having someone else hold absolute people to our mental health Wildthorn is not just a great book, it s an important book, as it is was inspired by true stories of women who were incarcerated in asylums in the nineteenth century.
Historical teen fiction often paints a glamorized view of old fashioned life It s all balls, corsets and gentlemen who come to court you Wildthorn spits in the face of those clich s and gives a glimpse of what it would be like if a woman from our time was sent back.
Louisa Cosgrove has no desire to be married or to bare children She wants to be a doctor Such an aspiration now would be admired, but in Louisa s time it leads her to be labeled as mad Her constant studying and disregard of gender norms has led to her being locked away in Wildthorn Hall, an asylum The head of the asylum tells her that she is Lucy Childs not Louisa Cosgrove.
Drugged, confused and completely alone all Louisa is left with is her knowledge, inner strength and memories.
The book goes back and forth through time and we are able to see Louisa develop into the woman she is today Her father, a doctor, encouraged her studies while her mother, hoped that she would grow into a conventional girl The relationship with her family is really a complex ride and each time you think it gets clearer, something new develops Reading about life in the asylum is painful, especially when keeping in mind that it is inspired on true events Knowing that these women were starved, psychologically tortured and given awful treatment will infuriate you The character of Beatrice truly broke my heart and I wanted to kick Weeks down a flight of stairs Louisa s character was interesting and reading about her life made me feel grateful for the relationship I have with my family I couldn t book this book down and as I was reading, I felt so many emotions, because it connected with me in a way I m not used to.
This book comes very, very highly recommended Final Grade A Really, this book was fascinating to me, especially as a history junkie I love it when writers expose the good as well as the bad about historical eras For me, this book is terrifying because the events in this book could have happened to us if we were born then Also, it s just crazy to imagine that once person, who doesn t really care that much about you, could have control over your future, your life and even your health.