Madness by Zac Brewer, Heather Brewer
Published September 19th 2017 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Brooke Danvers is pretending to be fine. She’s gotten so good at pretending that they’re letting her leave inpatient therapy. Now she just has to fake it long enough for her parents and teachers to let their guard down. This time, when she’s ready to end her life, there won’t be anyone around to stop her.
Then Brooke meets Derek. Derek is the only person who really gets what Brooke is going through, because he’s going through it too. As they start spending more time together, Brooke suddenly finds herself having something to look forward to every day and maybe even happiness.
But when Derek’s feelings for her intensify, Brooke is forced to accept that the same relationship that is bringing out the best in her might be bringing out the worst in Derek—and that Derek at his worst could be capable of real darkness.
Thank you, HarperCollins and Edelweiss, for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
DNF-ed at about 60%
I really tried with this book, giving it chances when all I wanted to do was scoff at these characters. Well, let’s see. The book in general was okay enough. The plot was a bit slow paced and I couldn’t find myself caring for the characters.
I’m just really not a big fan of romanticising depression, or the whole “love will save you” concept. A depressed teen meeting a manicpixiedreamgirl/boy and they fall in love and suddenly the world’s a bit more colourful now. And the whole instalove realisation as they’re about to have sex? Ehhhh pass.
So there ya go. I see the intention of the author in their way of telling a story about someone depressed. I’d still say check this out if this kind of plot interests you, it is however not my cup of tea.