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  • An amazing although triggering #ownvoices novel

    Thank you to Wednesday Books for providing the opportunity to take part in the ‘Six Goodbyes We Never Said’ Blog Tour. 3.5 / 5 Six Goodbyes we Never Said is one of the most representative #ownvoices books that I have read. However, I must give a really big note here that this novel is extremely triggering, and although I will try my hardest to avoid triggers in my review, please take caution while reading this post. With representation of PTSD, GAD, OCD, Loss, Feminism, Body Positivity, Bi-racial, Latinix, depression, social anxiety, Ganger has certainly done an amazing job of building up out two main characters, Naima and Dew. Naima and Dew both deal with different aspects of mental health; Naima deals a lot with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and GAD (generalised anxiety disorder) and Dew is shrouded in PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). I loved both these characters, but really struggled to read about Naima. Outside of our two MC’s, all the side characters seemed hardly fleshed out - it was as if the author had put so much heart and soul into Naima and Dew that she had nothing but dregs to give to anyone else. It also took me a little while to get into the hang of figuring out whose POV I was reading as there are a lot of different media images in this novel, however after a few chapters it was easy enough to navigate and I really enjoyed it. Dew is certainly my favourite, he seemed so raw and real, but Naima seemed very cruel and hostile. Although grief does make people hard, I have to say that I struggled to read Naima just as I would struggle to approach someone hostile in the same room as me. Another thing that shows through this novel, is the author’s personal connection to mental illness. Throughout the novel I was approached by feelings so raw and powerful that I felt they were my own, and for someone who struggles a lot with her own mind, I found this to be very confronting. However, I was aware that these tells would be in this novel, and so I hold no action against the author for this. At the end of the novel, I found that I was slightly confused by the use of all these mental health representations, but I am certainly better off for reading this novel. Again, please know that before you read this book, it is very confronting and may trigger some people.

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