Anxiety Girl by Lacey London, 333 pages, SSO Publishing, March 23rd 2017, Genre: Literature & Fiction/Social and Family Issues. Warning: Contains Spoilers.
Review by Leigh Holland.
“I don’t need help. I don’t have depression, anxiety, or any of the other scary words Aldo was spouting last night. I just need to have a positive mental attitude, that’s all.”
Sadie Valentine had a life many would be envious of. Her mother won the lottery in her youth and she’s always been financially secure. She’s never had to worry about how she’d pay for the basics of life. Her mother even bought Sadie a lavish, large, upscale apartment. Attractive, young, healthy, and stylish, Sadie Valentine should be on top of the world. Right?
Changes happen faster than Sadie can wrap her head around them. Her fiance breaks off the relationship and tosses her out. Her artwork’s venue ends their business arrangement, cutting off her personal source of income, and she’s unable to find a new one. Her relationship with her mother is distant; her mother’s idea of warmth is to fly herself to Cancun and improve her tan. Unable to figure out what went wrong in her break-up with Spencer, Sadie goes on drinking binges and serial dates. Nothing seems to lift her mood. After further negative events, Sadie begins suffering from anxiety attacks.
I found Sadie likable. I became frustrated with her inability to see that her girlfriends weren’t worth her time and weren’t really her friends. Those three vipers deserve each other. My favorite character was Aldo. A true, loyal, concerned friend, Aldo had heart. I enjoyed traveling along Sadie’s journey with her and seeing her personal transformation.
London does an excellent job of describing what those with anxiety suffer. I was impressed by how accurate the descriptions were. Sadie begins her journey with mythical thinking about anxiety and looking at mental illness as a personal deficit of her own character. She doesn’t want medication as she believes this will make it real. Sadie doesn’t want to believe what’s happening to her is real. She tries to be “strong” by keeping her feelings bottled up and her condition hidden. Along the way, Sadie learns that reacting this way only makes her suffering worse.
I enjoyed reading Anxiety Girl. Its core message is that if you’re suffering from anxiety or depression, seek help for what you’re going through, because you’re not alone in this struggle. There’s hope and there’s help. Seeking help doesn’t mean you’re weak-it means you’re stronger than you know. That’s a message I can certainly get behind.
This book can be found at Anxiety Girl.
From the best-selling author of the CLARA ANDREWS series!
Sadie Valentine was just like you and I, or so she was…
Loving life in the glitzy village of Alderley Edge, Sadie Valentine thought she had it all.
With her gay best friend, Aldo, for company, Sadie spends her time sipping bubbles amongst the glitterati in her many local bars and restaurants.
However, unbeknown to the outside world, Sadie is battling a broken heart.
Keeping her mask in place on a daily basis proves harder than Sadie anticipates and when she is dealt more blows, her positive exterior starts to crumble.
Sadie soon realises that sometimes, it’s not quite as simple as picking yourself up and carrying on.
Once a normal-ish woman, her mental health wasn’t something that Sadie ever thought about, but when the three evils, anxiety, panic and depression creep into her life, Sadie wonders if she will ever see the light again.
With Aldo by her side, can Sadie crawl out of the impossibly dark hole and take back control of her life?
Once you have hit rock bottom, there’s only one way to go…
The characters in this novel might be fictitious, but the feelings and emotions experienced are very real.
Lacey London has spoken publicly about her own struggles with anxiety and hopes that Sadie will help other sufferers realise that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
About the Author
Lacey London is the bestselling author of THE CLARA ANDREWS SERIES and ANXIETY GIRL SERIES.
Lacey’s latest novel in the Anxiety Girl series, Anxiety Girl Falls Again, is available to order from Amazon Worldwide in ebook and paperback now.
Lacey London lives in Cheshire, England with her husband and their Yorkshire Terrier. When she is not writing, she can usually be found in one of Alderley Edge’s many bars or restaurants. Failing that, she is probably sleeping. Lacey loves fairy-tales and hates numbers, except the ones in her bank account.
Books in the Clara Series: MEET CLARA ANDREWS, CLARA MEETS THE PARENTS, MEET CLARA MORGAN, CLARA AT CHRISTMAS, MEET BABY MORGAN, CLARA IN THE CARIBBEAN, CLARA IN AMERICA, CLARA IN THE MIDDLE AND CLARA’S LAST CHRISTMAS
Books in the Anxiety Girl Series: ANXIETY GIRL and ANXIETY GIRL FALLS AGAIN.
Lacey can be found on Twitter @thelaceylondon and at http://www.laceylondon.co.uk
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