Last week I started a reading binge after finally letting go of Sage for beta readers to tackle. Somewhere Only We Know by Cheyanne Young was one of those books. I actually didn’t even read the synopsis when I bought it. I had read books from Cheyanne before and enjoyed them so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.
Emotional. That’s only one simple word to describe how that book left me after I finished reading it.
Here’s the synopsis:
Sadie Bradford’s life is one anxiety attack after another. All she wants is to escape life’s realities for the summer and hang out with her best friend Aaron. But her grandmother has other plans: Sadie will get a job. Sadie will do volunteer work. Sadie will make new friends – friends without brain injuries that make them forget everything…friends that aren’t Aaron.
While Sadie struggles to survive her anxiety with all these new changes, she finds an escape when she dreams herself into the beautiful world of Isola Fiona. It’s a place that cures memory loss and anxiety. It’s a place where she and Aaron can fall in love.
But after dragging Aaron along with her to her dream world, things take a turn. Every time they return home, Sadie’s anxiety is a little better but Aaron’s memory is still gone. And Isola Fiona may not be much of a dream after all. As Sadie realizes that Isola Fiona is as real as her anxiety, she rushes to change the course of fate and make things right, but she may be too late…
This is one of the saddest stories I have read in a long time. I even shed a tear. This review will be brief because it’s more about how it made me feel than anything. I’m not going to go over what the book is about because the amazing synopsis above says it all.
So many of us go through the daily chaos of anxiety-driven thoughts and for Sadie, sometimes it was hard for her to even breathe. I connected with Sadie, understood that sometimes there weren’t explanations for that feeling of bricks laying heavy on your chest that made you feel as if you couldn’t breathe. Or that trembling that starts in your hands and slowly spreads throughout your body, that you’re so certain you’re going to die.
But you don’t.
And Aaron is that person who she holds on to, makes her feel as if everything is right with the word, even by simply stroking her hair.
And when I found out what inspired the story behind Somewhere Only We Know, it made it even more special.
Raw. That’s one word to describe how it left me.
So please click on the link below to see what inspired Somewhere Only We Know. Despite having a fantasy twist to it, this book is real. So thank you, Cheyanne for writing this amazing story.