DIVERSE READ: Main character dealing with anxiety, f/f realtionship
Genres: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Summary: 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 thoughts: 10 Things I Can See From Here is a heartfelt contemporary novel showcasing the life of Maeve who struggles with anxiety. She is sent to live with her father, and his family, for six months which flares up a lot of nervousness within Maeve. Her life isn’t always happy and steady. Things are always changing despite her best efforts to keep them the same, and she is constantly suffering from thoughts that cause her to panic during every day situations. So living with her father for six months is sure to cause some issues.