We are so excited to review 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac for the Blog Tour Stop today!
From The Book Flap
Self-deprecating, nuanced, and real, 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | On sale February 28, 2017 | Ages 14 and up | $17.99) by award-winning author Carrie Mac explores the complexities of mental illness with wit, honesty, and sincerity. At once profound and delightfully humorous, this coming-of-age novel deftly explores anxiety and falling in love for the first time.
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 were something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. When Maeve is sent to Vancouver to live with her dad, her very pregnant stepmom, and her twin six-year-old half brothers, she struggles to rise to the challenge.
Vancouver brings a wide array of new worries, but Maeve finds brief respite—as well as even more worries—in Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Though the summer includes catastrophes than even Maeve could never have foreseen, she is able to reach inside herself to find the courage to be there for the ones she loves.
About The Author
CARRIE MAC is an award-winning Canadian novelist making her US debut. She lives in East Vancouver, where this story takes place. Check out her website at Carriemac.com and follow her on Twitter at @CarrieMacWrites.
Overall: Contemporary YA can provide a mixed bag for me, but this book was a quick and enjoyable read that left me curious about Carrie Mac’s other works.
This is a very realistic portrayal of Maeve, a girl who clearly has an anxiety disorder. Told from her point-of-view, you could see how the most insignificant thing could spin her thinking out of control. She is definitely a “worst case scenario” thinker, but also an extremely creative and sensitive soul. She is very much a sympathetic character. It can be very painful to be inside her head and I would warn anyone that may be triggered by extremely anxious thinking to be aware before picking up this book.
Maeve must move to Vancouver to live with her father, stepmother and step brothers (Corbin & Ownen, oh my!!). Again, Carrie provides a very realistic portrayal of a mixed family. Mac uses a delicate hand and avoids the trope of evil stepmother by making Claire extremely sympathetic and kind. Maeve’s mother the distant mother who runs off to Haiti with a man she hasn’t known very long. Maeve’s father’s drug and alcohol abuse, current and past, is the cloud that looms.
From Maeve’s first encounter with Salix, to their meet/cute, to their eventual relationship, I can not say enough positive things about the portrayal of this F/F love story. Filled with music, whimsy and just adorable and awkward banter, I do ship these two so very much. Kudos to Mac for providing a realistic portrayal of a GLBT love story that many can identify with.
Cover: I love the color progression of the cover so much that I made a fashion set for it on Polyvore.
Don’t miss all the stops on this 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
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