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5 Reviews Found

Review #1, by PaulaTheProkaryote Therapy

6th March 2016:
For HPFFs review-a-thon

For starters, Im quite glad this was the story I picked to read. I can relate with Hugos struggle with the same sort of thing, while on a much, much smaller scale and without obsessive compulsive disorder. If I see someone put their mouth on a water fountain or dispose of their gloves improperly or the worst Ive seen yet, run barefoot down the corridor of a lab that deals with resistant bacteria at my university, I cant get it out of my head. I will do everything in my power to avoid shaking hands with someone. I desperately hope that goes out of style in my lifetime.

I hate when people say things like Oh, I have OCD about x because in my mind it trivializes a very real disease that causes serious suffering for those inflicted.

To be perfectly literal, the therapist is quite wrong when she says theres nothing on him. There is certainly colonies of bacteria crawling all over his skin. But, as we are aware, his fear of them is not justified despite the presence.

Hermione wanted her kids to be intelligent and informed, which is exactly the same way that I want to raise my future children. My husband is much more like Ron in that he believes we should protect them from the world as long as possible. Its bizarre to me that a simple one shot is enough to make me reconsider something that Ive felt so passionately about.

It is terrifying to have to worry about what your loved ones might contract during research and I hope to never make my own children worry about that. Im not surprised to see Hermione leading the charge in research and I really think that the wizarding community benefits every time they incorporate muggle knowledge. From the story, Im assuming that Hermione was the unknowing carrier of the disease? I mean Rose could have contracted it elsewhere, but that seems most likely. If that is the case, Id like to also get insight into the guilt that Hermione must have felt, assuming she realized it herself. Even the possibility would be enough to send my anxious mind into overdrive.

I think you did an excellent job about discussing such an important topic as mental health in a well written and sensitive way. I really enjoyed this read and will definitely be adding it to my favorites list.

Author's Response: Hey Paula,

Wow. I have to say that I never thought that my stories would challenge the way people think about things or their plans in life. I'm honestly awed that you found this that thought provoking.

I'm also so relieved that you thought I treated the subject tactfully. I think it's so important to write about mental illness, so that it becomes easier to talk about. It makes me feel good to know that you found things that you could relate to here.

In my mind, Hermione was the carrier of the disease and I've actually given a bit of thought to writing a novel revolving around the whole outbreak, but it might have to wait awhile because I have so many open WIPs right now.

Thank you so much for this lovely review and for participating in the Review-A-Thon!

~Kaitlin


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Review #2, by Challenge Cheerleader Therapy

21st February 2016:
Hi Kaitlin!

Here I am to leave a review for you! Before I start off, I'd like to say that you're doing brilliantly and amazingly with all those challenges, so keep up the good work! I know you can make it to the finishline!

I must say that this is a brilliantly written story. It's all very realistic and I love that you kept on portraying Hugo as someone who has had a really though time through it all. It really felt like as if I was sitting there in that office as a bystander, and it's a really good job that you made me able to feel like that. Not many people accomplish that, but you did.

But also the twist at the end. The wording indeed made it seem like it was Hermione, but then the twist that it was actually not her and how it all affected him... It really hit me right in the heart and I was close to tears, really.

I also loved the inclusion, how minor it was, of both Ginny and Harry and how they were there for him and his family, and it really showed the characters well even though you described very little about them. It was also very wise to keep Hermione in the background until the big reveal. Really, kudos to you for a job well done!

It was a brilliant story, so thank you

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Review #3, by NPE Therapy

11th February 2016:
Hi Kaitlin,

Wow. I really like this.

There is something so authentically creepy and unhinged about this, plus your realisation of Hugo feels so authentic.

It reminds me of several horror films, though the cine-literacy is only one of the great aspects.

The closing of this chapter is terrific, and the uncomfortable situation between Hugo and the Lady was so visceral, despite the fact it was just two people chatting.

The dialogue is excellent by the way.

Only bit of CC I can think of is occasionally you are too pointed in your descriptions at times.

But I think this is arguably your best work. Which says a lot.

Nick :)

Author's Response: Hey Nick!

I'm glad you like this. I really enjoy this one as well.

I was so worried about writing Hugo in a way that made him seem real.

I'm happy to hear that the conversation between Hugo and the lady works. I'm actually thinking about writing a novel that explains the backstory of this.

Ah pointed descriptions. I definitely am guilty of them. When I go through and edit, I'll keep my eyes peeled for them.

Thank you so much! I really appreciate all of your wonderful reviews and critiques.

~Kaitlin


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Review #4, by DragonPoxPixie Therapy

11th February 2016:
Oh wow, just wow.

Once more you've wrote and amazingly clever story, I honestly got chocked up a bit when I read about what has happened to his family.

I love how you constructed such a grand background story around how Hermoine worked to fight the disease while still making the reader feel as if they are in the same room as Hugo. Also the way you wrote it where it sounded like it was his mother who died, had the healer mention it, only to find out it was Rosie, that was so close to heartbreaking.

I often find stories involving therapy incredibly annoying too read, since the therapist is often either portrait as stupid or overly sympathetic- but the way you managed to write her made her come accross as an actual human being, so extra points for that too.

Once more you did a wonderful job!

Author's Response: Hello Pixie!

Thank you so much for your kind words!

I'm glad that the bait and switch worked, but I'm really sorry for making it sad. I honestly didn't want to kill of anyone, but it had to be done.

Oh good! I always want my characters to feel realistic, so I'm happy to hear that the psychologist worked.

Thank you again for the review!

~Kaitlin


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Review #5, by merlins beard Therapy

10th February 2016:
Hey Kaitlin,
I believe I still owe you a review from our swap a couple of weeks ago, I'm sorry it took so long.

I picked this because it was the only story without reviews. I didn't want the poor story to feel lonely in the middle of all your other, so well-loved stories.

I have to say, I'm glad that I picked this. I think it's one of your best stories.
Wow, I'm still trying to get a grip on all the feels this gave me.
I'm recommending this to everyone else, it's brilliantly written and heartbreaking and terrifying. To imagine an epidemic in britain in 2013 is an almost unbearable thought. Of course Hermione would be the one to help figure out a cure, but at what cost? She lost one child to the disease and she's in the process of losing another to the after affects, to the traum. I feel really badly for her, but that's nothing compared to how much i just wish i could take all the pain away from Hugo.
Of course I knew that Mysophobia exists, but unless these things affect us personally, whether we ourselves or people close to us struggle with this, we tend to not think about these things too much.
I admire the way you emphasize here, how do you make it look so easy?

Thanks so much for the swap, this is definitely getting a favourite.

♥ Anja

PS. I know you've been having a rough time in RL and I just want to let you know that I'm thinking of you and sending you good thoughts and all the strength I can spare. I'm here if you ever feel like talking.

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