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10 Things I Can See From Here

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10 Things I Can See From Here

I have read and reviewed almost 30 books for Teenreads.com throughout my years in high school and I would like to officially name 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE by Carrie Mac as my favorite Teenreads book ever. Honestly, right when I finish writing this review, I am going to go reread this book because it is truly incredible.

The protagonist of my new favorite novel is Maeve, a high school artist who uses her talents to lessen the extremity of her near-constant anxiety attacks. As a person with a mental illness diagnosis I was overwhelmingly impressed with Carrie Mac’s realistic interpretation of severe anxiety. It is very difficult to put mental illness into words but Mac did it beautifully.

"I honestly could talk about 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE forever but instead I’m going to send this review in, reread the book, and then start passing it off to every single one of my friends. This book is a must-read. It really felt life changing and I would highly recommend it."

For Maeve, everyday life is a struggle. So when her mom, her biggest advocate, decides to spend six months in Haiti with her new boyfriend, Maeve’s life pretty much turns upside down. For half a year Maeve moves down to Vancouver to live with her recovering alcoholic father, very pregnant step mom and two rambunctious step brothers. As she arrives, Maeve experiences yet another panic attack. She cannot imagine a reality where she survives these six months, let alone enjoys them. Her father is struggling with his sobriety again. Her stepmother is planning an extremely life threatening and terrifying home birth. And her favorite next door neighbor is very old and not doing very well.

But then something strange happens: Maeve meets Salix. Salix is a musician. She sports a rainbow patch on her bag (to Maeve’s delight). She knows exactly the right things to say when Maeve is feeling anxious. And she loves spending time with Maeve’s crazy family. Maeve holds on to Salix’s positivity and strong heart and begins to embrace her months in Vancouver. She goes on adventures, draws in her sketchbook and begins to enjoy her life. Moment by moment she pulls herself closer to the people she loves.

There are so many things that make 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE my favorite Teenreads review. First of all, every single character who Carrie Mac has constructed is essential to the plot line. Every single character has depth and personality. By the time I finished the book, I felt attached to each and every person in this book.

Again, Mac’s description of the symptoms and realities of severe anxiety was impeccable. She reminded me that a person is never defined by their illness. She reminded me that there is depth to every human. She reminded me that no one needs to face mental health struggles on their own. Additionally, Mac wrote a novel that seamlessly wove LGBTQ relationships and acceptance into every single word. As our world becomes more accepting, our books become more diverse and this was the perfect example of that diversity coming to life in a novel.

I honestly could talk about 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE forever but instead I’m going to send this review in, reread the book, and then start passing it off to every single one of my friends. This book is a must-read. It really felt life changing and I would highly recommend it.

If you’re feeling lost in your struggle with mental illness please talk to your friends and family or call the Lifeline Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. If you’re a struggling LGBTQ youth or ally The Trevor Project (http://www.thetrevorproject.org) is a really amazing resource for lots of love and support.

Reviewed by Aliza M., Teen Board Member on February 24, 2017

10 Things I Can See From Here
by Carrie Mac