After an attack lands her in the wrong bathroom, Sam meets Eli who offers to provide help. Faced with the return of her possessive ex-boyfriend and the blossoming of a new romance, Sam must find the strength inside herself to face her anxieties head on.
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About the Author
Lindsay loves to read, listen to music, watch and play tennis, along with watching her favorite hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lindsay is a big fan of Sidney Crosby (87) and buys Penguins merchandise whenever she can.
Lindsay loves to be around her family and best friends. One summer after viewing a video of Nicholas Sparks' house, Lindsay's mother made the comment that she should write a bestselling novel since she "reads so much", that way they could have a beautiful house as well. Lindsay took her comment to heart. She began working on Sweetness. A year later, the novel was complete.
Many of the aspects of the characters in Sweetness were inspired by Lindsay's own struggles, such as a recovering alcoholic father and the anxiety Emily suffers because of her past.
Lindsay has published Sweetness and I'm Yours, and Whatever It Takes and Don't Panic.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I picked up a signed copy of Don't Panic from an author event recently. The cover caught my eye and after reading the synopsis, I had to check it out. The story got into my head right from the beginning and had me going through the motions of a panic attack right along with Samantha. The writing was so vivid that it was as if my own pulse was racing and my palms sweating. The cycle of her behavior with Eli and the panic attacks did eventually begin to feel a bit redundant, but that also helped to show that her problems with anxiety would not have a quick or easy fix. It also demonstrated those feelings of powerlessness that Samantha experienced at the hands of her attacks. These lines from the text best summed it up: "I've come to realize that anxiety is a bundle of rational irrationalities that are centralized on a fear and it feeds on that and negativity. Anxiety thrives on worry, thoughts, and terror. Nothing about anxiety makes sense. Nothing about it is easy and there's no simple, quick way to get rid of it." When Chad rentered the story, he created a whole new element of chaos and turmoil. I was eager to see how everything would conclude. Chapter 8 had me feeling a bit confused. There were so many different elements at play in this chapter and they didn't quite seem to blend in neatly with all that I had been reading previously. First off, it appeared that Samantha made it through an entire school day with little to no panic, which didn't seem to jive with her attempts prior to this chapter. Her father and his abandonment seemed to become slightly more of a factor. And then there was Chad and his warnings about Eli. It was a lot to take in and process this late in the book and it didn't all seem to mesh with the story I had been reading. The following chapters did a good job of tying up these loose ends after their rather abrupt appearance, and by the end of the book it all came together and made more sense. Don't Panic was an interesting read and did well at showing just how controlling and devastating anxiety can be. I look forward to reading more of Lindsay Paige's books in the future.
This is a perfect young adult book that tackles real issues with a nice love story on the side. The profanity is very minimal, and there are no sex scenes. The characters are quite relatable, and I think that young people would understand this story in ways that I cannot. The story is not complex, and it was good to see the teens getting the help they needed. For me, this book was just average, but that is only because I am not a teen, and I don't know anything about panic attacks. It makes me want to look up information, and I hope that the author has some helps on her site to direct teens to places for help if they experience panic attacks. I wish she would have had a section in the book at the end that could direct teens to the help they need. Any of my criticisms shouldn't bother young adult enthusiasts. For me, young adult books are hit and miss. Typical young adult books--this book is one of them--don't often resonate with me, but it does not mean that I don't see the great importance of this book. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.