Thank you to BookishFirst and the publisher for providing me a copy to review.
TW: suicide, attempted rape, disassociation, suicidal ideation
I really wanted to love this book. This book came up on to BookishFirst after the passing of my grandmother and I was looking for a book with a character who was also dealing with grief like me. This book seemed perfect because I saw myself in Biz and it was even dedicated to Anna! Though as I read it more and more it was less of the book that I hoped it to be.
There is nothing inherently wrong with this book. It is about Biz healing from the death of her father, living with PTSD, and trying to understand her place in the world. Biz was a genuine person, she messed up, she cried, she is coping. She is trying. I think the accuracy of the mental health rep in this book is because it is an own voices book. The overall plot was enjoyable but the ending was something to be desired. It was not exactly clear what was going on. I don't want to go into details because spoilers but I wish that it was more concrete. However, leading up to this point it was not bad. The writing is poetic which fits the style of the book. I would definitely be interested in reading another one of Fox's books for her writing style. Also, weird side note, I loved the setting. It was set in Australia and this was the first time that I have read a book set there so it was interesting to see
I think my dislike of the book came from the fact that I put to much hope into it. I thought that it was going to this magical book that was going to move into my soul and patch it up, which is a lot to ask of any book.