‘Jade is just trying to get by. She doesn’t want to talk about it. She doesn’t want a fuss.
But one day she meets Nick and everything changes.
Out of the most difficult of situations, Nick and Jade’s friendship grows into something both of them never knew they needed.
Jade used to be sure that she was better off alone. But could it be that together with Nick by her side, she can start to feel something like happy again?’
This book is a thoughtful read with a theme that addresses depression and grief .
It follows the lives of two young people: Jade and Nick, who meet by chance and it changes things for both of them.
Both characters are trying to deal with troubles and grief in their own lives, which you begin to learn more about as the story unfolds. And through Jade and Nick’s relationship, different perspectives on how mental health illnesses can affect daily lives is portrayed. The characters are likeable and you want to be able to help them.
One thing I really loved about this book is something the Jade introduces Nick to: ‘A happy list’. This a strand that runs through the story and brings the two main characters together. Without giving too much away (I don’t want to give away any spoilers in case you would like to read the book yourself), Jade explains to Nick ‘It’s things to do when I feel sad. To cheer me up.’
A happy list is such a great idea for anyone to do. I’ve heard many people speak about this idea before, but reading about it in this book made me really think about how it can benefit yourself and others. We can all do with a little boost now and again and having a simple list like this could help give you that.
This heart-warming and thoughtful read takes you through the journey of a blossoming friendship and romance. It shows how small but thoughtful gestures and suggestions can make such a difference to someone and can actually be a like a life line for them. It also conveys that through help and happiness you can overcome some of the most dark and tough moments.