Hi all, I do apologize for the late post on the blog tour. I did want to bring you all this review for Everything’s Not Fine by Sarah J Carlson.
Everything’s Not Fine by Sarah J.Carlson
Publisher: Turner Publishing
Release Date: May 26, 2020
Genre: Young Adult,Contemporary
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Rose Hemmersbach aspires to breakout of smalltown Sparta,Wisconsin and achieve her artistic dreams at Belwyn School for the Arts after she graduates. Painting is Rose’s escape from her annoying younger siblings and her family’s one rule: ignore the elephant in the room, because talking about it makes it real.That is, until the day Rose finds her mother dying on the kitchen floor of a heroin overdose. Kneeling beside her,Rose pleads with the universe to find a heartbeat. She does–but when her mother is taken to the hospital, the troubles are just beginning.Rose and her dad are left to pick up the pieces. Now all that matters are her siblings. Rose doesn’t have room to do her schoolwork, let alone pickup a paintbrush. Until Rose is forced to do the homecoming mural with Rafa, a new senior at Sparta High. Rose and Rafa don’t have an ounce of school spirit between them, but Rose discovers her brain still has room to paint.
As Rose fights to hold everything together,and her dreams of the future start to slip from her grasp,she must face the question of what happens when–if–her mom comes home again. And if, deep down, if Rose even wants her to.
Sarah J. Carlson writes contemporary YA that delves into complex, real world problems. Professionally, she is a school psychologist who works primarily with a diverse, mostly low income population. Her professional focus is around supporting the success of children with behavioral and mental health needs and helping to promote resilience in children who have been exposed to trauma or toxic stress. Sarah lives outside Madison,Wiscons in with her husband,two young children,and two energetic terriers.
Review: An aspect I really enjoyed about the book is that it brings up the discussion of drugs, mental health, addiction, family dynamics. One of the most important aspects for me is that characters are developed very well and their stories too. We also feel for Rose as she has a lot to deal with especially during the senior year of high school. Senior year always comes with pressures betwen college applications and school work then Rose also has to deal with her mom’s situation.
I do enjoy how the book was written as you’re invested in Rose’s life and her paintings as well, they are described so well in the writing. The writing also helps you realize that the author has experience dealing with these situations especially through her workplace.
Giveaway: 1 copy of EVERYTHING’S NOT FINE by Sarah Carlson
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I hope to see you all again soon!