I love this author as she has the ability to dress up challenging concepts and parade them in front of your eyes via intriguing story arc. Parallel is one of my favourite young adult sci-fi books, so I was pumped to read All Things New by Lauren Miller.All Things New by Lauren Miller
Published by Three Saints Press on August 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Depression & Mental Illness, Emotions & Feelings, YA Contemporary
Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn't help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumble—now she looks as shattered as she feels.
Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but things go from bad to worse when she realizes she’s seeing bruises and scars on the people around her that no one else can see. She blames it on the accident, but as her body heals and the hallucinations continue, Jessa wonders if what she’s seeing could somehow have a deeper meaning.
In her quest for answers, she falls for Marshall, a boy whose kindness and generous heart slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world—a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.
First Line of All Things New by Lauren Miller
“It catches my eye as it goes dark, lights blinking out all at once, upstairs, downstairs, front porch, snap, like someone hit a master switch.”
My Thoughts on All Things New by Lauren Miller
Ultimately, I did enjoy this book, a lot. However I thought it lagged at the beginning, and then picked up majorly in the second half. It is a very character driven book, so luckily I liked Jessa from page one. She has an accident at the beginning of the book, which leaves her badly scarred. Jessa also has an anxiety disorder, and the knock-on consequences of the accident sends it in to overdrive for her.
I’ve never had to cope with an anxiety disorder, but I feel that I learnt a lot from reading the book. I now understand just how huge it is, and how it impacts on everything. Her thoughts are dark and deep, but there is also a very hopeful outlook which really helped me to process everything.
So thumbs up for what felt like a very authentic depiction. My flat-out favourite thing though was the ideas and thoughts that are hashed out during the book. Like a surreal discussion about Dorian Gray, or stimulating thoughts on philosophy. It was mind-boggling and very cool.
Overall a very original and thought-provoking book. My only complaint is that the start was slow but once I got stuck in, I was hooked. There is a little bit of a religious theme which I normally hate, but it wasn’t forced down your throat and I was fine with it. Also there is a romance, it wasn’t the centre focus of the book, but it was sweet and very nicely done.
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Who should read All Things New by Lauren Miller?
I’d recommend this to you if you want to read an encouraging and realistic-feeling book about a teenager with anxiety. I’d also recommend it to fans of issue focused ya contemporary books, especially if you enjoy authors such as Kasie West or Jessi Kirby.
Thanks to NetGalley and Three Saints Press for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, not matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.