A new installation on my blog that I hope to do with semi-regular frequency is this new idea I’ve had called “UKYA Features” which is exactly what it sounds like – it’s a feature to highlight UKYA (or sometimes UK adult) literature. UKYA is such an incredible, diverse area – but it’s also one that tends to be a little drowned out by all the brilliant fiction winging its way over from America.
Each UKYA feature will have a mini overview of the book, as well as a teeny little review from me, and then a little bit about the UK author! They’ll be bite-sized reads, perfect to flick through to get some reading suggestions.
About The Book:
Sydney’s dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around their small Ohio town.
He is also unexpectedly dead.
Is Sydney crazy, or is it kind of weird that her dad-a guy whose entire job revolved around other peoples’ secrets-crashed alone, with no explanation? And why is June Copeland, homecoming queen and the town’s golden child, at his funeral?
As the two girls grow closer in the wake of the accident, it’s clear that not everyone is happy about their new friendship. But what is picture perfect June still hiding? And does Sydney even want to know?
A Smol Review:
The first thing you have to do when reading this is let go of the assumption that this is a thriller/mystery, because it’s not. It’s a really thoughtful consideration of many things, mostly grief, but also depression, mental health, male privilege, friendship and abuse. It’s not heavily plot-focused, and a large majority of the book is Sydney learning to cope after her father’s death, and how falling in love amongst other things helps her with that.
The writing style is really lovely, colloquial but not overly chatty and the cast of characters is really well-drawn. Sydney is an awesome heroine, and though I disagreed with how she chose to handle her friendship with Olivia at times, I do think it was depicted in a way that made me think and I liked how it was resolved. Leo is similarly awesome, as was June. I did really like the diversity in the cast, with both June, Olivia and Leo being PoCs, and then Sydney, Leo and June being LGBTQ. I loved the friendship dynamics between Leo and Sydney, and then the romantic dynamic between June and Sydney. If you’re a fan of emotional books with character-based plotting, you’ll enjoy this.
For fans of: We Are Okay by Nina Lacour
About the Author:
Savannah grew up in Wadsworth, Ohio, and currently lives in London, England. At age 19 she self-published a collection of poetry called Graffiti, which was a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found watching conspiracy theory documentaries, making faces at her cat, or worrying