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{Read Ebook} ì Borderline è A cynical, paraplegic screenwriter with borderline personality disorder gets recruited to join a secret organization that oversees relations between Hollywood and Fairyland in the first book of a new urban fantasy series from debut author Mishell BakerMillie is a bit of a mess she s cynical, disabled, and self destructive And she has borderline personality disorder So she s a little confused as to why she s been recruited for a top secret agency that oversees deals between Hollywood icons and fairy muses Even though this hidden, fantasy Hollywood isn t exactly wheelchair accessible, Millie is determined to ace her first assignment and not let her mental illness get the best of her But when her first routine mission takes an unexpected and dangerous turn, Millie finds herself hip deep in some of the scariest situations Fairyland has on offer and she may not make it out in one piece Okay, this was an astonishing example of how diversity revolutionises genre The story here is pretty standard urban fantasy young woman introduced to magical world, meets ragtag gang of misfits, solves crime It s perfectly good urban fantasy, well written and niftily handled, just nothing to set the world on fire What makes this an astounding read is that the protagonist narrator has borderline personality disorder, and this is not window dressing or treated lightly It informs every aspect Okay, this was an astonishing example of how diversity revolutionises genre The story here is pretty standard urban fantasy young woman introduced to magical world, meets ragtag gang of misfits, solves crime It s perfectly good urban fantasy, well written and niftily handled, just nothing to set the world on fire What makes this an astounding read is that the protagonist narrator has borderline personality disorder, and this is not window dressing or treated lightly It informs every aspect of the plot, her motivation, her behaviour, reactions of others This wouldn t be anything like the same story with a neurotypical narrator I stress this point because there are so many tiresome people who like to bleat about diversity being shoehorned into books, as if different perspectives and experiences didn t lead to completely different output, or as if you can slot in white cis able men to any plot without making a difference As it happens the narrator is also a double amputee after a failed suicide attempt That isn t gratuitous, and the consideration or lack thereof for her physical difficulties and pain is an ongoing thread, but it s not plot crucial the ways her disability intersects with the plot could have been handled by other means if need be That s not a criticism, rather the opposite as with all divrse rep, we needdisability rep in books that isn t plot related, because people aren t always plot hooks Whereas her BPD informs everything , for good or ill, mostly ill, and becomes a hugely compelling aspect I can t comment on the accuracy of the depiction, or on how Borderliners might feel about reading this I will say that, if you have had an untreated Borderliner in your life, you may find the narrator s behaviour hits home at points I had to put the book down a few times because it brought back some very raw feelings BPD is depicted with enormous clearsightedness here in my entirely uninformed opinion we come to empathise with Millie, and desperately wish her success, but the book doesn t make excuses or seek to minimise the consequences of her words and deeds on others.Startlingly good and I really want a sequel Reviewed by Rabid Reads4.5 starsI ve been book funkyfor likeWEEKS I ve binge watched Gotham , The Flash , and the first three seasons of Suits I ve decimated my Secret Garden coloring book And on the day I read BORDERLINE by Mishell Baker, I tried to read four different books FOUR This is the only one that stuck Millicent Millie Roper is a most unlikely urban fantasy heroine She has two prosthetic legs And I m not talking futuristic bionic limbs that give Reviewed by Rabid Reads4.5 starsI ve been book funkyfor likeWEEKS I ve binge watched Gotham , The Flash , and the first three seasons of Suits I ve decimated my Secret Garden coloring book And on the day I read BORDERLINE by Mishell Baker, I tried to read four different books FOUR This is the only one that stuck Millicent Millie Roper is a most unlikely urban fantasy heroine She has two prosthetic legs And I m not talking futuristic bionic limbs that give her superhero like speed or strength NOPE Just the usual kind Not that I m saying people with prostheses can t be heroes, it s just not the standard in fiction She lost her legs when she landed feet first from a seven story jump, and, YES, I do mean jump it was a suicide attempt A suicide attempt that took place after a failed romance with one of her professorsMillie also has BPD Borderline Personality Disorder.Basicallyshe s a HOT MESS.She s also one of the most compelling characters I ve read in recent memory.When we meet Millie, she s languishing in some kind of a rehabilitation recovery facility With shrinks She s been there for six months, and while it seems like her stay hasn t done her much good, as the story progresses, we see that it really, really has She s learned terms that help her identify her behaviors She s learned coping mechanisms And we learnabout her disease than I ever thought was possible without falling asleep But as it turns out, people marked by unstable moods, behavior, and relationships,NOT boring Especially when they get recruited by a government funded agency to liaise between the humans and the feyRecruited with a bunch of other craziesWho all live in the same house.So that s awesome.Also awesome is Baker s writing I have so many highlights, so many ridiculously good examples of Baker s awesome that it almost physically hurts not to be able to use them all SO After careful consideration, I limited it to threeI m Gloria, she said I, uh My brain felt like a bumper to bumper traffic jam You ve never met a little person before She giggled, in that cute way Southern women do instead of punching you in the teeth I know that giggle I may have even used it a few times myself.Then there s Millie s painful honesty Like when she discovers Caryl has separated hervolatile emotions into a familiar I had a sudden desperate urge to talk to Dr Davis This woman, her former patient no less, had torn her mind in half Her Emotion Mind was perched on my shoulder while her Reason Mind drove the car and told me it didn t matter It was fascinating and horrible, and I was deeply, sickeningly envious rubs fist over heart But where Baker really excelled was in her throwaway descriptions Union Station is the sort of place that looks like it ought to have ghosts And it does, if you count the dead eyed people shuffling through the cavernous main terminal or perched in uncomfortable chairs, watching rows of demonic red numbers That shit is EVERYWHERE.BORDERLINE by Mishell Baker is that rare something new, something different, something GOOD that we re all silently hoping for every time we pick up a new book Baker puts her own unique spin on the fey, while maintaining their basic integrity Her writing is bloody fantastic Her characters are real, and I straight up love Millie she is deeply flawed, possesses an honesty that is alternately painful and hilarious, and manically likable Any fan of urban fantasy should check this one out Highly recommended This was an unexpectedly good Urban Fantasy novel with Fae and a differently damaged protagonist that sets it apart from most by dealing with mental illness.What Mental illness What kind BORDERLINE Personality Disorder Just think unstable and you ve pretty much got it It makes for hell on all her personal relationships, her professional relationships, and to make things worse, her suicide attempt took her legs from her.Woah She s got problems It should make for some rather interesting This was an unexpectedly good Urban Fantasy novel with Fae and a differently damaged protagonist that sets it apart from most by dealing with mental illness.What Mental illness What kind BORDERLINE Personality Disorder Just think unstable and you ve pretty much got it It makes for hell on all her personal relationships, her professional relationships, and to make things worse, her suicide attempt took her legs from her.Woah She s got problems It should make for some rather interesting reading in any normal circumstances, I m sure, but it looks like she s just been selected for an untraditional work therapy program with Fae It helps that this UF ties creative abilities with the Fae and we re in LA I mean, everyone s fairly close to the borderline anyway and I m sure no one would blink an eyelash when they were told that Hollywood is run by the Unselee Court OR some variation The rest of the novel picks her up as an investigator which is pretty boilerplate but I didn t care in the slightest because of all the interesting twists and turns Is it primarily a character driven novel Absolutely Is it fresh Absolutely Did it renew my faith in UF Absolutely The fact that the author took on a topic that is difficult and disturbing and wasn t afraid to let me actively dislike the main character while simultaneously making me search and find things to love about her is definitely a big bonus Bravo A fairly ordinary urban fantasy plot and setting made stellar by a brilliant protagonist and a fascinating cast.This is basically Men in Black with Fey and magic instead of aliens, which sounds cool but it s been done before What takes it into brilliance territory is Millicent Roper, a sufferer of Borderline Personality Disorder who is recovering from an extremely serious suicide attempt that s left her a double amputee, physically scarred and with some brain damage on top of her existing BPD A fairly ordinary urban fantasy plot and setting made stellar by a brilliant protagonist and a fascinating cast.This is basically Men in Black with Fey and magic instead of aliens, which sounds cool but it s been done before What takes it into brilliance territory is Millicent Roper, a sufferer of Borderline Personality Disorder who is recovering from an extremely serious suicide attempt that s left her a double amputee, physically scarred and with some brain damage on top of her existing BPD Very much not your typical uber competent UF protagonist, but perfect for a position with the Arcadia Project.The Arcadia Project is the Men in Black organization It s staffed primarily with people with significant mental health issues who live in group housing so they can be warded against hostile fey I m not sure I quite buy that, but it makes for some really interesting household workplace dynamics Milli s first case looks to be trivial, but it turns out to be anything but, and she turns her formidable intelligence and creativity to getting to the bottom of the situation.The fey, the missing persons, the magic, the portals and the bad guys, all of this is pretty standard urban fantasy material and it s done well here Great world building, action packed plot, interesting bad guys with a diabolical scheme All good And nothing to do with why I m giving this five stars.No, why it deserves five stars is that it s really opened my eyes to a whole lot of issues regarding the treatment and competency of the mentally ill and to a lesser extent, disability One thing I remarked on early in the book is how the people that Milli lives and works with give almost no consideration of her issues When walking they don t wait for her she s a double amputee with a below the knee prosthetic on one leg and an above the knee prosthetic on the other The share house she s in doesn t allow any form of drugs most leg amputees deal with significant stump pain when they use a prosthetic An assault by her early on, that has some provocation, nearly gets her kicked out And for a lot of the book I have no idea if these people are being assholes or actually being pretty wonderful.Another thing about this is the nature of this employment for people with these issues There are several reasons why people with mental health issues are perfect for this job One of the reasons that you realize fairly early on they re expendable Another is that jobs with this group may be just about the best jobs people like this can get, so the Arcadia Project has enormous power over these employees and can enforce some pretty strict rules I m really not sure if I m ok with any of that, but it probably extrapolates well to all sorts of employment situations that exploit people like this.It s all really eye opening, but there s positive messages here too Milli s strengths, her near obsessive drive actually potentially part of her BPD , her creativity again, common with BPD and her acknowledgement of her condition and the various coping strategies she utilizes, all of these end up allowing her to save the day And I think that s something really positive to read about when people like this are often demonized.Loved it You should read it