Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.
Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.
Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?
*sigh, deep breath* Okay. I really, really wanted to like this book but I couldn’t. I had multiple issues with the whole book. There were SOME things I liked but overall…I just couldn’t.
So to make it easy heres a list of pros and cons.
- Maeve’s anxiety seemed very realistic and I liked that the author made is sound more real than what some books have gone to by glamorizing it. She made it real, ugly and raw.
- The fact that Salix never tried to fix Maeve, she just tried to help her find good coping mechanisms.
- The fact that the writer gave us realistic feeling family members.
- Maeve being gay, jumps on her step mother (who admits to being bi) tells her shes not gay and she don’t understand.
- The birth scenes at the hospital were a bit over the top for a YA book
- The plot felt jumpy and seemed like it had no pace.
- I like Salix okay but other than that I had no emotion for any other character.
- The fact that Maeve needs to be on medication and her parents wont allow it… like seriously girl needs meds.
- The over obsession with death in this book.
- The poor writing in most parts.
Thank you blogging for books and penguin for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review but 2 stars from me.