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Praise for Waiting for Fitz

Kirkus Reviews


"Debut novelist Hyde offsets the painful realities of mental illness with gentle surprises and such humor as Fitz’s naming his hallucinations after popular country singers. Thoughtful and thought-provoking"

School Library Journal

  "An accurate, honest rendering of teenage mental illness. Fans of John Green and Jennifer Niven will enjoy this realistic portrayal of some heavy subject matter."

A Podcast with Spencer Hyde

A Discussion with Spencer Hyde on Mental Health Awareness

About the Author

Spencer Hyde spent three years of his high school experience visiting 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. He wrote Waiting for Fitz while working as a Teaching Fellow in Denton, Texas. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University. Stories have a way of changing lives—Spencer learned that the first time he picked up a Tom Stoppard play and realized that words can nudge the world and build bridges to hope. Spencer and his wife, Brittany, are the parents of four  children.

Other Writings

The Hummingbird Wives

 Two years ago I bought a book of commandments owned by one of my nine great grandmothers. Yes, nine. Read more.

Thought Diving

We began our drive back to what some describe as The Holy City, or Jerusalem, or the City of David, or al-Quds. Read more.

It's About Time

 They say the metric standard for the definition of a second is based on the ground state, electronic transitions of Cesium-133 atoms. Read more.


1994. All is silent. Klaus Wagner stands in a dirt hole over the 4,000-pound blockbuster bomb, the “cookie” dropped by a British Avro Lancaster in 1943. Read more.

Light as Wings

  I started researching hearts the same day my buddy Adrian dumped kerosene on his body and set himself on fire. Read more. 

Percussionist's Post NCAA Tournament Game Recap

 Well, early on we were clearly off our game. It seemed like we were reenacting Duke’s brass section’s famous Elite Eight meltdown from back in 1998.  Read more.