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.
This book was so great to read and what really made this story was the quirky and imperfect family of Maeve’s as well as Salix, the love interest. The family played such a large role in the story, an aspect that I love to see in YA literature, and it also showed how families are flawed and can still be loving and supportive. Maeve’s relationship with Salix, as well, was so cute and heartwarming to read. Their relationship and sexualities weren’t hidden away from others which I adored because Maeve’s parents were supportive of her relationship with Salix who helped Maeve grow as a person and learn to deal with her anxiety. While there were a few characters who said homophobic things to both Maeve and Salix, it was denounced and shown that those characters weren’t educated or as accepting as the positive people in Maeve’s life. Their relationship played such a large role in the story, and I only wished that we saw more of it play out in front of the reader.
I also thought that the various issues that were brought up in the beginning of the story, like Maeve’s issues with her mother and father weren’t wrapped up as nicely as I had hoped. It felt as though the problems were forgotten and were never given the development they needed in order to see somewhat a solution to the issues that were addressed. The ending of this book should have been stretched out more, but overall, I enjoyed all I had to offer with the relationships that were created in this story.
As someone who is dealing with anxiety, reading this book wasn’t the most enjoyable experience for me. It triggered emotions that I normally don’t normally feel while reading a novel. Because this touches upon mental illness, it felt too much for me in a way. The anxiety that Maeve felt came off the pages for me and made me feel panicky majority of the time I was reading this story. That is why I refrained from giving it a star rating because my emotions were running wild while reading this book and I didn’t want that factor to lessen my star rating.
While this book has the potential to teach those who don’t suffer from anxiety about one person’s experience with it, I would not recommend it to someone who deals with anxiety who get triggered by reading other people’s experiences.