5th January, Puffin
352 pages, Paperback
Themes: sudden death, self-guilt, upheaval, tough emotions, getting much needed help, rebuilding a life, taking life a day at a time, content: self harm, inappropriate adult behaviour to children, lots of tissues needed
Summary from Puffin
Daisy's mum is gone. Her dad refuses to talk about it. As far as Daisy's concerned, it's all her fault. As her life starts to get out of control, panic leads to tragedy and Daisy's left alone.
But sometimes the kindness of a stranger can turn things around. A stranger who desperately wants to save Daisy - if she'll only let herself be saved....
I enjoyed the first book, Being Billy, but I adore this one because I always click more with female protagonists. Daisy is a pro at blaming herself. I suspected where one plot thread was going, and was sorry to see it come true. Most pages I was in tears for what Daisy has to do to get to grips with life. All her emotions and actions related with self-harm and depression are scarily accurate, and will help any involved with someone in that situation understand it all a little bit more. Definitely a 10/10 read. I really want a sequel!
Another book where a girl needs help in a place like Daisy did, is Zelah Green: Who Says I'm a Freak? by Vanessa Curtis