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3.8 2
Young Adult Fiction 1452
Good writing, but plot fails
Overall rating
Writing Style
This book, no matter how extremely well written, is not for me. I read fiction to escape from reality. Green pens a fine novel that expertly mirrors reality. His descriptions of the protagonist’s debilitating anxiety disorder captures much of what she must be feeling and transforms it into a written word. That’s no small feat. However, the main story line itself lacks substance, and I am disappointed by the way Green minimizes the plot in favor of character development.

This book feels like a homework assignment. Good for those who like drama, or want to better understand the experience of mental illness from the character’s perspective, but not for the reader looking for a strong plot with powerful resolution and a happy ending.
Good Points
Green is clearly writing from experience with OCD/anxiety disorder, and does a fine job portraying some of the difficulties of living with such a condition.
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