Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review: 10 Things I Can See from Here

Title 10 Things I Can See from Here
Author Carrie Mac
Release Date February 28, 2017

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?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31019571-10-things-i-can-see-from-here
Review

This is a tough one for me to review/rate. Let me break it down a little.

Maeve has severe anxiety. The way her anxiety was portrayed was crazy accurate. This was both a positive and a negative. On one hand, seeing anxiety that realistic was astounding. I was seriously impressed. On the other hand, that kind of realism can be difficult to read. This is coming with someone that understands what it's like to have anxiety. It's exhausting. Reading about it, page after page after page, with that kind of intensity is almost too rough to get through.

Moving on to Maeve's parents... Good lord, these are some incredibly selfish people. It's so obvious that Maeve is struggling more than the average person. Her parents seem to be well informed, but medication? Nah. Let's let her struggle and be miserable. They've got other things to worry about. So frustrating. Luckily, though, we do see a relationship with a parental figure that's pretty healthy with Maeve's stepmother, Claire. I did enjoy that.

As far as the love interest goes, eh. There was too much insta-love going on for my tastes. Not to mention, Salix seemed like a very one dimensional character. Their relationship sort of fell flat for me. While their relationship didn't cure Maeve's anxiety, it did seem to lessen in a way that I've found predictable in books. Relationships aren't a cure for anxiety and this was disappointing.

Overall, I felt like 10 Things I Can See from Here was just too busy. There's a lot going on for Maeve and it felt rather messy. There's her anxiety, her selfish parents, her relationship with a new girl, her failing friendship with her best friend. Yeah, life is messy like this sometimes, but it didn't work as a book for me.

Rating

2 out of 5 stars

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