I received an ARC of this book from the author, and I voluntarily reviewed it. Thank you Anne Malcom!
Wow. This was one of my favorite books by Anne Malcom. She had me on the verge of tears so many times. She had me profusely blinking to keep those tears at bay as I read in a crowded train. My skin erupted in goosebumps at the beautiful metaphors; and the beautiful words Malcom was using.
There are so many emotional themes in this book; loss of family, drug addiction, mental illness, foster care. Yes this is Lily’s story, but as I read it, it also felt like Bex’s. She is such an integral part of the book. What both of these beautiful humans went through sends knives at my heart.
Malcom is trying to tell us that our past doesn’t define where we are headed. That our fears should not dictate our future, and that we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and the most beautiful version of ourselves. That we are more than we could ever imagine. That we just have to open our eyes to it. Lily’s insecurity’s hit so close to home, and I think that’s why I was able to get so invested in her story. I saw a lot of myself in her.
I loved the consistency of the metaphors of flowers and sunsets & horizons. It’s the details that truly make a book special. And that’s what this book is... special.