Guest Blogger: Gabrielle, Grade 10
Setting (Place): Indianapolis, Indiana
What would you rate this book: 5 out of 5 Stars
Aza Holmes, a high school student, struggles with anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She often feels as if she is not real. Aza has two close friends, Mychal, the aspiring artist and Daisy, the outgoing adventurer. Aza rediscovers her friend Davis, whose father has recently gone missing, and with the help of Daisy, breaks out of her shell and begins to leave her mental illnesses behind to help and bring peace to Davis’s mind and her own.
“ ‘If taking a pill makes you different, like, if it changes the way-down you… that’s just a screwed up idea, you know? Who’s deciding what me means – me or the employees of the factory that makes Lexapro? It’s like I have this demon inside of me…’ ”
Teens and young adults would like this book. Others should read this novel because it is easy to find oneself within each of the characters. Also, this book can help someone understand how they feel the way they do, why, or how and why one of their friends may feel this way.
Want to make a recommendation?
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten