Perfect for fans of John Green's Turtles All the Way Down and Nina LaCour's We Are Okay, this is the poignant and uplifting story of Maeve, who is dealing with anxiety while falling in love with a girl who is not afraid of anything.
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 was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.
Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?
An ALA Rainbow Book List selection
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year
"With Maeve, Mac delivers a character who's heartwarmingly real and sympathetic, and her story provides a much needed mirror for anxious queer girls everywhere."—Kirkus, Starred review
"This is a good companion book for other anxiety-riddled stories, such as The Shattering by Karen Healey, and Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella."—Booklist
"This hopeful offering will resonate with young people for their own lives, even if the journey is hard and takes time and patience...[a] compelling portrait of a teen’s experiences with anxiety and challenging family dynamics."SLJ
"Mac carefully makes clear that Maeve is plenty able to find joy other places than the perfect girl and that she’s working at dealing with her own problems; the romance is therefore lovely and cozy and free from overtones of dependency. The descriptions of anxiety are true and powerful, and romance buffs will likely revel in a book celebrating deep connection."—The Bulletin
"Mac is good at showing how a dread-filled mind works... [An] affecting story.''—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Carrie Mac is an award-winning author. She lives in East Vancouver with her two children. Learn more about Carrie and her books at CarrieMac.com and on Twitter at @CarrieMacWrites.
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10 Things I can See From Here is an interesting coming of age story about a teenage girl with a severe anxiety disorder. I like that the main character is not your typical teenage girl and had high hopes for this book, but it simply did not impress me or hold my attention. I can usually read a book a day, but this book took me almost a week to get through because I had to force myself to read it and just had no desire to pick it up during the day. I voluntarily received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“What is there to worry about? All the things.” 10 Things I Can See From Here is a work of young adult fiction written by Carrie Mac about a young girl named Maeve who suffers from a sever anxiety disorder. I had read a few not so great reviews on this book so I must admit I was quite skeptical about starting it, but I am so very glad that I did. After reading a lot of historical fiction lately this book was a nice break since young adult fiction has always been one of my favorite genres and this book certainly didn’t disappoint. The very first thing that grabbed my attention about this book was when I opened the package and see how beautiful the cover was. The bright and vibrate colors on the book cover made me almost instantly toss out the idea of not judging a book by its cover. It was all I could do not to pick this book up and dive in right away but I still had a stack of other books to review first. I did, however, pick this book up almost daily just to admire the colors on it. The second thing I loved about this book was just the overall topics that this book dealt with. It covers anxiety, alcoholism, drug addiction, and same sex relationships. All of this are such hard topics for people to talk about and Mac covers them all to some extent in this book and she does so with such grace and honesty. This book is all about overcoming difficult situations, finding your place in life, and a family learning to come together. I didn’t have a single complaint with this book and would without a doubt give it 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book for anyone suffering from anxiety and feeling like they are going through it alone or for any teen or young adult who is going through a hard time while feeling lost. You can check out more info on the book here: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/539811/10-things-i-can-see-from-here-by-carrie-mac/ And the Author’s Bio here: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/229865/carrie-mac/ I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
I was really excited to start this book, and actually it jumped ahead of a LOT of other books in my pile. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The thing about Maeve is that she's a really annoying and boring narrator. I understand WHY the story was told as it was, but I just didn't really like her or care about her for a good half of the story. I know that anxiety is a real and often crippling thing for someone to go through, but for my personality type, this book was too much for me. I actually found humor in a lot of Maeve’s thoughts, but they were very repetitive and didn’t move the story forward. I hated the adults in this book. Her dad was a joke of a father, and her mom was... well, not there. Which I get. But she made questionable decisions (such as not allowing her daughter to take medication to help her through her anxiety.) The only adult who seemed to really look out for Maeve and want to help her was her stepmom, Claire, who is a fun and slightly kooky character herself. I liked that there was a f/f romance, but I didn't buy it. I’m not really sure what Salix sees in Maeve. It was a little too "insta-love" for my liking. Salix was actually the best thing about the book, though. By the time I reached the halfway point, the book actually seemed to be developing a plot versus the endless pages of Maeve freaking out about everything. Salix really helped with that. The ending was really good too. So do I recommend this book? It had it’s good parts, but on a whole it was mostly just boring with not much happening plot wise. Ultimately for me this just wasn't a very memorable book.
“10 Things I Can See From Here” is one of the best books that I have read about anxiety disorder. The way the story is written does an excellent job of showing the stream of consciousness that happens when something triggers anxiety. At times I was feeling the anxiety creeping in to my own head. The novel is by no means a one-trick pony, either. The issues of coming out, gay bashing, familial drug abuse, divorce, step-family dynamics, and first love are tackled head-on. All of the characters are developed, and for the most part, likable. I can’t stress this enough: My favorite part is that it did not follow the false trope of mental health issues being solved by meeting the right person. Salix helps Maeve, but she is not a miracle cure. Only Maeve’s dad can kick his drug habit, no matter how hard his family tries to help. Good lessons, in my opinion. I recommend “10 Things I Can See From Here” for anyone looking for books about anxiety or a wonderful lgbt romance. Yay for diverse books! This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
When I saw the comparison to Everything Everything, I was pretty much in, but I also really liked the premise. Sadly, I was mostly disappointed. I wanted to love Maeve. I was eager to get into her head, but it was a struggle. All of the statistics about death and mental obituaries got a little rough to read. The rest of the characters were just okay. What should have been cute twin brothers, I saw them as annoying and bratty. Her dad is a drunk and a junkie, her mom is out of the country, and her step mom is busy being pregnant. Salix was intriguing, but still seemed to fall flat. And I don't even know what to say about Ruthie. I did like some of the descriptions of anxiety. They felt realistic and easy to understand for anyone who has never experienced it. Overall, I guess I just didn't connect. I did debate on DNFing, but I was hoping to see her progress. And by the end, it didn't feel like anything had changed. **Huge thanks to Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**