Book Review: Mikey and Me - Life with my Exceptional Sister by Teresa Sullivan

Brief synopsis: The Sullivan family consists of two parents that love each other but don't get along, and two daughters - one ...


Brief synopsis: The Sullivan family consists of two parents that love each other but don't get along, and two daughters - one of which has a cognitive disability. Unfortunately, it's the 1960s and no one knows about cognitive disorders. Mikey, the oldest of the two daughters, and the one with the disability, is blind and mute - in the simplest terms. She requires around-the-clock care, but no one knows how to really help or diagnose her yet. This heart wrenching memoir dives into how an exceptionally needy family member can effect the lives around them.

Much like The Glass Castle, this memoir is one of hope and inspiration. I definitely recommend this read for anyone who loves someone with a mental disability. Teresa Sullivan writes a heartbreaking story in Mikey and Me.

It is generally very difficult to judge or rate a memoir. A lot of hard work and vulnerability is put into each one. Memoirs are so different from novels because they are true.

I'll start by saying the book was interesting, full of hope, and also very sad. Other emotions I felt include anger, frustration, and annoyance. There were times when Terry's choices drove me up the wall. And while the story was mostly in chronological order, some story bits fell out of place, which could be confusing at times. Additionally, the story telling was too slow paced for my liking.

This is written from Terry’s perspective, so a lot of the story is on how she was effected by her sister. I do wish I could have learned even more about Mikey. I do understand that was nearly impossible to do since Mikey was unable to communicate how she felt herself.

However, as mentioned before - this book is worth reading if you're into inspirational memoirs, so I would recommend checking it out if it’s up your alley. (It wasn’t so much up mine.)













Thanks to Booksparks for providing this book to me free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own. 


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