I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’ll be honest. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I really enjoy reading books with characters that have mental illnesses and being in their head. When I saw this book and read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read it. I made the mistake of reading some other reviews on Goodreads though. Some didn’t like one of the MC’s, others didn’t like either one of the MC’s, and a few others were intent that the girl MC was bi. Anyways, I was nervous going in because of the reviews. But I feel like they all got it wrong. I liked both MC’s and the storyline, and think this is a good book on mental illness.
We follow 2 MC’s, Naima and Dew. Both deal with a lot of different mental illnesses and both are not your normal teen. They also both come from very sad backgrounds. Naima is a super fierce girl who not only lost her father while he was serving in the Marines, but she is also dealing with a complex OCD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and GAD, generalized anxiety disorder. She doesn’t really like anyone, dislikes her stop mom a lot, and is grieving her father like crazy. What makes things worse is that she was mad at him, before he died, for always taking another tour instead of being home with her. She feels better being with her grandmother and grandfather, but she still wants nothing to do with anyone.
Dew is just a super sweet and caring boy. He lost his parents when he was a little younger and was thrown in foster care. At the moment he is with a family that is loving and treats him very well. He even sees traces of his parents in them. Dew deals with a lot of anxiety, especially since he lost both his parents suddenly. He really wants a friend, and when he meets Naima he thinks he found one.
Although Naima wants nothing to do with Dew, he finds ways to break her barriers and become his friend. He is a little strange in his ways of doing it, and she in return is horrible to him, but it’s so understandable since they are both dealing with such loss and mental stuff. I loved that the author note before the beginning of the book talks about how she too deals with the same kind of illnesses that Naimi and Dew deal with. Because of that, I think she has a pretty good grasp on the topic and how to execute it well.
I know this book won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. But if you are interested in different mental illnesses and love reading books with characters that have them, you may very well enjoy this book! Read it and come back and let’s chat!!