I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
This book was a relatable coming-of-age story about a girl with severe anxiety. She has what her therapist describes as “school phobia” and turns to a reclusive homeschooling life while diving into an obsession with The Beatles.
I, too, had a bit of a Beatles phase growing up (though not quite to this extent) and still love listening to their music to this day. I’m still thrilled to no end that I got to see Paul McCartney play ONE song live. I understand her hype.
But more importantly than The Beatles, I understand anxiety, and I know clinging to an obsession to feel less alone. I think about Harry Potter when I was younger and how I would make long stories in my head about being Harry Potter’s secret sister and marrying Draco Malfoy. It was more than just an interest. It was a chunk of my life. So, when Magali holds so tightly to them and uses them as an escape, I understand. And I felt for her. I could feel how lonely and confused she was.
The only reason I give this four stars instead of five is because I feel like it ended a bit abruptly. I would have liked to see her progression into “normal” life a little more fleshed out.
I want to thank the publishers for allowing me to read this book. I really enjoyed it and it gave me a lot to think about. Not to mention, I now really really want to watch Across the Universe.