Welcome to the Jungle

  • by Hilary Smith
  • Narrated by Jennette Selig
  • 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Bipolar is one of the most commonly diagnosed emotional/psychiatric condition and diagnosis tends to come when one is in one's late teens or early 20s. And yet almost nothing has been written about it from eye level and a young person's perspective.
Welcome to the Jungle fills that gap with its upfront, empowering approach to the challenges of being diagnosed bipolar. Both humorous and immensely honest, it offers a true "in the trenches" perspective young listeners will trust.
With chapters ranging from What Just Happened?: Life Beyond Diagnosis to Here Be Downers: Drugs, Booze, and Suicide to Hippy Shit That Actually Works: Herbs, Wilderness Time, and Other Ways to Help Keep Your Shit Together to Hell is Finding Good Insurance: How to Get Your Ass Covered in Troubled Times, Smith brings bipolar self help to the street level.
You have bipolar. It's you against the mothership. Lock and load, lock and load...


A hip, young, and remarkably funny, perspective on bipolar disorder.
The true insider's view of life with bipolar by a brilliant young writer.

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Perfect look at Bipolar- with a bunch of FUNNY!

Would you listen to Welcome to the Jungle again? Why?

I would definitely listen to Welcome to the Jungle again. It gives an informative look into the the world of bipoloar by someone who actually has been there. Even better she explains bipolar topics in a way that can be easily understood-- plus it is so funny! No pyschobabble here. It was great to feel "Hey, I got what she has and she has it together!" It was a validating humourous story.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Hillary Smith... everything she says is true and I completely identify, but on top of that she is FUNNY and down to earth! Love it!


What does Jennette Selig bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

At first, I didn't relate to the story teller's verbalization of the story, but after the first chapter, I got it and I could see her as Hillary Smith. It worked.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

After reading certain parts I was so inspired, I wanted to share this book with my husband and kids. And I did! It made me feel better because now they can understand what my brain goes thru. It is still something I can't verbalize, I'm glad Hillary can.


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- Elise

Must have book for Bipolar info. A+++++++

If you could sum up Welcome to the Jungle in three words, what would they be?

Bipolar survival guide.


What did you like best about this story?

Easy to follow nonjudgemental factual info from a first hand perspective.


What about Jennette Selig’s performance did you like?

Everything, easy to follow, well thought out and exceptional delivery. The only complaint I have is that the insurance info is now outdated.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, but that in no way detracts from the book.


Any additional comments?

I hope she writes a follow-up book.

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- Laura "I like a lot of different books, but I'm a sucker for a good love story."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-28-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios