Happy December! =D I had to post this review for our #TBT Review! Perfect for winter, it's a YA realistic fiction, filled with angst and humor. Check it out!
~Published: September 14th, 2013
~Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Oliver Hurst has always been abnormally normal.
His grades are horrible, his best friend just left for Utah, and he's depressed. His overly religious parents don’t help, especially since they control every facet of his life. One stupid sentence said in desperation gets Oliver tossed in an adolescent psych ward, where his depression and fears become even more of a reality.
When Oliver meets snide, tough girl Lacey Waters he doesn't think his life could get any better, that is, until she becomes the ray of sunshine he has desperately needed on his cloudiest of days.
For the most part, I enjoyed this plot. Following the experiences of a depressed young man put in a psychiatric ward is certainly a different kind of story thank I normally read. Filled with a contemporary sort of realistic fiction, this book is honest, funny, and inspiring.
The main character, Oliver, is certainly a person I can relate to, and would imagine a lot of people could relate to. Many teens with overbearing and smothering parents tend to feel depressed from time to time, especially if their best friend moves away. Oliver is an endearing and honest character, that is truly interesting to read about. Lacey stumps him and shocks him all the way through the book. The romance between them, and the love that grows from that romance, is sweet and innocent. First loves are intense, and these two show that kind of true love wonderfully.
Written much like a memoir, this book gives an inside look into the mind of Oliver. His humor, his jokes, his frustration, and his worries are all laid out and explained in an entertaining story. The ending was very much a shocker, and made me desperately hope there is a sequel with a positive story, to show what happens between Oliver and Lacey. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes contemporary romances, realistic fiction, or shocking endings.
*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Originally published on October 27th, 2013; re-posted for our TBT Review!