I received this book at no cost from the publisher or author.10 Things I Can See from Here by Carrie Mac
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on February 28th 2017
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, 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?
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When Carrie Mac was born, her right eye gawked off in one direction while her left eye looked the other way. Well-meaning adults thought she was a changeling and so they wrapped her up and put her on the porch for the fairies to take back, please and thank you. It was snowing. It was dark. No fairies came. The same well-meaning adults decided she’d catch her death out there. So they brought her in and kept her after all.
She’s read millions of books and has sat happily at the feat of a legion of storytellers. She is equally fascinated by disaster and grace. car wrecks, hurricanes, plagues, and genocides on the one hand, small and stunning everyday miracles on the other. She sometimes wishes she were a pirate. She’d often wished she’d run away and joined the circus when she had the chance. She spends a great deal of time in the company of her imagination, and when she isn’t, she’s wide-eyed and awed by this planet and the people running amok all over it.
Maeve is now stuck with her somewhat sober father, her pregnant step-mother, and twins since her mother is working in Haiti. Since Maeve has an anxiety disorder, the chaos is not something she is equipped to easily deal with. What is different in this case, is that the family, especially the step-mom, is actually quite supportive of her issues. Maeve tends to overthink and has a few OCD tendencies with her obsession of death and anxiety statistics. When she has a cute meet with a street musician, her anxiety decreases. Maybe her meeting a person who accepts her for who she is, turns her thinking around a bit.
Even without her normal safety net of her therapist and her mother, the new neighborhood shows her amazing support. I loved how Maeve could see beyond herself and how her illness impacts others. This story touches on why Maeve’s anxiety is one that most teens can relate to in new relationships. The author does an amazing job at how Maeve and her family come to terms with her sexuality. I just hope that more books like this are written to support these kids. There are a few uncomfortable parts but overall, a good read.
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