Book Review – All Things New

Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumble—now she looks as shattered as she feels. 

Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but her anxiety only gets worse in the wake of the accident.  That is, until she meets Marshall, a boy with a heart defect whose kindness and generous spirit slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world—a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

All Things New is a love story about perception and truth, physical and emotional pain, and the messy, complicated people we are behind the masks we put on for the world.

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This story provides its readers with love, drama and an insight into mental illness. We follow Jessa as she struggles with her panic attacks and adjusting to a new life. She meets many different characters along the way; there’s kind hearted Marshall, obsessed Hannah, intriguing Dr I and many more. This teens and YA book, published in August 2017, offers the younger generation a glimpse at what it is like to live with a mental illness.

However this book was not my cup of tea, in fact I found it a struggle to read. For me a sign of a good book is when I find myself completely disconnected from the world, I am glued to the book and spend any spare minutes I have reading, sadly this was not the case with this one. I did persevere to the end and felt that all the loose ends were all tied up but I didn’t feel like I enjoyed the book. I can’t put my finger on it as I’ve read so many Teens and YA books before and really enjoyed them, I’m also a sucker for a good love story. I guess that sometimes you don’t gel with a book.

I’ve read a lot of reviews from people who have a lot of love for this book so please don’t let my review put you off. There are moments that I enjoyed reading so I’m not saying that I hate it, hate is a strong word but I wouldn’t read it again. That is why I’m giving it 3*’s.

This is the first of Lauren Miller’s books that I have read and no it hasn’t put me off. I don’t think one book can sum up an author so I would definitely read another of her books.

Until next time

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