Think positive. 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?
My rating:4.5/5 stars
I read Ten Things I Can See a From Her soon after Make a Wish by Ashely Blake, and I couldn’t help but draw parallels.Both have f/f storylines,both have these very complex plot lines about dysfunctional families and both are able to balance the seriousness and the fluff very well. As a bonus, I loved both of them! So if you’ve read one but not the another, or haven’t read either of them,you should definitely read them!!!
I think the best part of this book was the depiction of Maeve’s anxiety. It was so accurate and well described and honestly I felt anxious while reading it, which I mean doesn’t feel that great and I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book if that’s something that may overwhelm you.Mac did an excellent job in portraying this mental illness that isn’t always really easy to depict. One thing that I think could’ve been interesting to see was the topic of medications: she talks about wanting to take some to help her with her anxiety but her parents won’t let her.Taking medications is a really taboo subject and I think it could’ve been an interesting thing to explore.
Another thing that was phenomenally done was the family dynamics. Maeve’s father is an alcoholic and drug addict who is trying to stay clean but is struggling immensely and I thought the way the addiction was handled was really great. It was heartbreaking to see Maeve watch her dad spiral out of control,and the fact that he was expecting a baby made it all the more interesting.Addiction is such a complicated subject but I think the author handled the topic skillfully. On a more positive note, I absolutely loved the relationship between Maeve and her stepmom and halfbrothers. It was a really sweet and I would’ve liked to see a little bit more.
While the romanc was very great and I thought Salex and Maeve were really great together, I feel as though Salex character wasn’t developed nearly as much as it could have been. I liked learning about her violin playing but I felt like we knew very little about her.I would’ve liked jut a little more insight into her personality.
One major problem that I had was the ending. I feel like it could’ve been longer and delved deeper into certain issues. Especially about her mom, because we really don’t get much about it and it seems like a pretty important part of the story to me. 50 more pages or so would have been really great to strengthen the ending.