10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Age Group: Young Adult
Perfect for fans of Finding Audrey and Everything, Everything, this is the poignant and uplifting story of Maeve, who is dealing with anxiety while falling in love with a girl who is not afraid of anything.
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?
First of all, I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for the opportunity.
Maeve, the main character, has to temporarily move in with her father, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, her very pregnant stepmother and twin stepbrothers while her mom travels to Haiti with her new older boyfriend to work at a clinic. On top of that, she has to deal with severe anxiety.
I actually liked Maeve as a character. She could get a little bit intense, as her brain kept coming up with deadly scenarios and I definitely started feeling secondhand anxiety over her. I guess that was the point though.
Another thing that I quite liked was the relatonionship between Maeve, her stepmother and her siblings. It's refreshing to see such an healthy relationship. Maeve cared a lot about her brothers and Claire. And they all cared about her too. I just wished her parents weren't so opposed to giving her medication. Some times it's necessary and it was obvious that the therapy alone wasn't helping, so it seemed a little cruel to make her go through it.
Maeve meets a girl and she falls for her. Her name is Salix and she plays the violin. I feel like their relationship could have been a little more developed, it all felt a little rushed, but then again, they're teenagers so I guess we can give them a little discount.
All in all it was a very nice read and it was very easy and quick to read.