Overcoming an Anxious Adolescent Mind

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That little voice in your head can sometimes be deafening – particularly when it’s forcing your thoughts to take a morbid turn. 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac demonstrates the severely anxious thoughts that can reside in the mind of a teenage girl.

Maeve has dealt with severe anxiety for most of her life and with her mother’s long trip to Haiti with her boyfriend Raymond, Maeve is about to travel to her father’s home to spend time with him, his pregnant wife, and their twin sons.  As her mind drifts toward thoughts that spell out various impending dooms, Maeve is brought back to reality in a calm state by her brothers and Salix, a violin-playing girl she keeps seeing across Vancouver. In navigating the struggles of those around her – her father’s issue with sobriety, her stepmom’s impending home delivery – Maeve is forced to confront events in her past as she works gain some control over her anxiety.

A rather quick read that has elements of stream-of-consciousness with the worst-case-scenario type statistics and downward spiraling that Maeve’s thoughts on seemingly basic, every day life things, which people with overactive minds (such as myself) will easily recognize. I was impressed through much of the book with the distinct qualities offered to the twin boys Corbin and Owen, but just as the story was about to finish there was a broken arm was attributed to the wrong twin, which as a narrative mistake pulled me out of the story in a big way. While the story was entertaining, I was struggling to pin down the audience for this book aside from “young readers,” as some parts seemed to have been written for a younger YA reader (particularly areas around the twins) but then others were written for a slightly older YA reader (with Salix, Maeve, and her various parental figures) without much to easily or functionally bridge connect them for the rather different reader groups.

Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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