About Waiting for Fitz
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 get to San Juan Island, everything will be okay. If not, he risks falling into a downward spiral that may keep him in the hospital indefinitely.
Waiting for Fitz is a story about life and love, forgiveness and courage, and learning what is truly worth waiting for.
This book touched me. The plot line about Addie being in a psychiatric ward was really interesting to me. It’s not a place I ever would have thought to have set a book. But the author really made it work. He made me feel as though I’d been there with Addie. I loved that!
Addie is a great character. I think if she had been real, we would have been friends. We like many of the same things. I wasn’t sure just why Addie was placed in the psychiatric ward. It seemed to me that her situation would have been better with outpatient care, but she did seem to be getting at least some better. I think I understand OCD just a little bit better after reading this one. Addie does a good job of explaining how she feels, even if she doesn’t understand exactly why she’s feeling that way.
I liked Fitz too. The reader doesn’t see anything from his point of view. But I felt like we got to know him fairly well, especially near the end when he explains as best as he can to Addie what had happened to him.
This one has so many deep meanings, it’s really hard to know exactly what to say. I loved the way I learned many things as I read this one. It’s a fiction book, but the way things are presented, the reader learns about many different things. This one made me feel. And that’s something I loved about a book.
I was sent a copy of Waiting for Fitz as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
About the author
Spencer Hyde spent three years during high school at Johns Hopkins for severe OCD. He feels particularly suited to write this novel because he’s lived through his protagonists’ obsessions. Spencer worked at a therapeutic boarding school before earning his MFA and his PhD specializing in fiction, short humor pieces, and essays. He wrote Waiting for Fitz while working as a Teaching Fellow in Denton, Texas. Spencer and his wife, Brittany, are the parents of four children.
What to read after Waiting for Fitz
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