By: Erin Stewart
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Published: 30 Mar 2022
ISBN: 9781471184512


A beautifully realistic, relatable story about mental health and the healing powers of friendship and art, perfect for fans of Kathleen Glasgow's Girl in Pieces and Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places.

It’s been two months since the Night on the Bathroom Floor – when Lily found her sister, Alice, hurting herself. Now Alice is coming home after treatment and it’s getting harder for Lily to outrun the compulsive thoughts she's having.

Meeting Micah, a guy with a troubled past of his own, the pair embark on a poetry project that helps Lily to see that the words she’s been holding back, desperately want to break through. But what will Micah think if he finds out who she really is?

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Lily is a very high achiever who is all set for Berkeley University next year - she is brilliant both on the track and at English.

Lily is already without a Mum, who died in childbirth six years earlier, and she must now try to cope with finding her older sister Alice in the bathroom after she self-harmed.

Lily is just trying to keep herself together, and continually struggles with anxiety and her own self-harm.

With Alice now home and Lily slowly falling for Micah, who was previously in the same facility as Alice with his own struggles, Lily’s life should be getting better - but is it?

Tackling tough themes of suicide, self-harm and a family’s struggle after attempted suicide, this novel will only suit readers aged 15 and older. However, it is so well-written and really delves not only into the heart of their struggles, but also the way out, that it tells a really important and hopeful story.

Reviewed by Rob