Mental by Sherry Ashworth | indie e-book review

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Mental by Sherry Ashworth, reviewed on indie e-book review...


All three characters are equally well developed which is extraordinary. Jamie could so easily have been nothing but a foil, yet he has as valuable a role to play - it reminds me of the line from About a Boy where the boy realises that two people aren't enough in life - 'you need backup.' Each of the characters provides a 'backup' to the others at points in their joint journey.

Throughout the novel, realities change for all of our teens. Luke gains insight, Kate grows up and Jamie gains depth of emotional engagement. The novel shows some unpleasant (yet familiar) realities as well as some more unfamiliar (and perhaps scarier) ones but offers the characters (and readers) the chance to face up to and cope with all that is thrown at them, in the process enabling the development of understanding and awareness that the 'norm' is not a reality. It doesn't shy away from the difficult stuff but it offers a way of dealing with many of the issues that young adults face about issues which are so difficult to talk about inter generationally. I think this is a valuable book for the teen market, but also for adults, who it may give an insight into the nature and issues of young adults in our contemporary society. CALLY PHILLIPS

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