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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.
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?
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I’m not usually a fan of summaries comparing books to other books, but the comparison to two books I absolutely adored, Finding Audrey and Everything, Everything, was what initially drew my attention to 10 Things I Can See From Here. Though not entirely accurate, for once, the comparison actually made sense given the kind of story this was. I was actually quite pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up liking this one, after a bit of a rough start. For my review I thought I’d share with you all some some great (in my opinion) reasons why I think you should read it.
Representation of Anxiety
Now, I can’t speak for the accuracy of the depiction of anxiety in this book, but to me it felt very real. Maeve’s anxiety is a substantial part of this book and it’s rough guys. Carrie Mac did not shy away from showing just how intense and brutal anxiety can be. Maeve is a worrier, who thinks of the worst possible outcomes to any and every scenario that she encounters. Her brain immediately bombards her with death stats and it’s a little terrifying being inside of her head. Part of why I had a rough beginning with this book was the level of intensity of her anxiety attacks, because I found myself being stressed for her. More than anything, I really do feel like that spoke to the author’s ability to evoke strong emotions from her readers. I would have liked to see Maeve get professional help for her mental state, but I also liked that she wasn’t suddenly magically cured.
From my past reviews, most of you guys probably already know how much I appreciate a positive depiction of family in books. In 10 Things I Can See From Here, we see that, but the twist actually comes from the step-mother being the decent parent here. So often step-mothers are villainized in YA, so it was refreshing to see the positive bond between Maeve and Claire. Interestingly, her actual biological parents were a little iffy in my opinion, with her dad struggling with alcoholism and her mom having moved to Haiti with a man despite knowing just how much Maeve needed her. I also loved how close Maeve was with her twin step-brothers. They were dorky and adorable, and I loved seeing them bond.
Super Cute F/F Ship
I really really liked the romance in 10 Things I Can See From Here. The chemistry between Salix and Maeve was terrific and I loved watching the two slowly grow close to another. I would have loved to see more of them, a little earlier in the book, but when the romance set off, it was amazing. Salix gives Maeve the courage to be stronger, and be more open and I just thought they fit so well together. I think that there’s this misconception/misrepresentation in the media that people who struggle with mental health conditions are not able to love fully, when really that’s not the case at all. I love that Carrie Mac was able to show that even if Maeve had severe anxiety, she was able to find someone to love the complete package of her. Maeve and Salix also discussed sex and their expectations of sex, which I thought was an important conversation to have. I loved that the author brought up the point that sexuality when it comes to female-female couples is hardly ever addressed in sex-education classes, and that’s something that obviously needs to change.
I’m really glad that I decided to give this book a try, because I’ve found a new author whose works I want to check out more. If you’re looking for a diverse YA book, which also features a sweet romance and great family dynamics, this one is a must read.
Check out the other tour stops on the 10 Things I Can See From Here tour:
February 20 – Butter My Books
February 21 – The Compulsive Reader
February 22 – Take Me Away to A Great Read
February 23 – The Mod Podge Bookshelf
February 24 – Bookhounds YA
February 27th – Nick and Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist
Adventures in YA Publishing
February 28th – Ramblings of the Perpetual New Girl
March 1st – In Wonderland
March 2nd – YA Wednesdays
March 3rd – Here’s to Happy Endings
March 4th: Adventures in YA Publishing
March 6th – No More Grumpy Bookseller
March 7th – A Midsummer Night’s Read
March 8th – Rainy Day Coffee and Books
March 9th – The Fandom
March 10th – Picture Books to YA and Everything in Be”Tween”
March 13th – Bookworm Everlasting
March 14th – The Moral of Our Stories
March 15– Fangirlish
March 16– The Young Folks
March 17– Fiktshun
March 20–YA Books Central
March 21– Xpresso Reads
March 22– A Dream Within A Dream