Book: This Close To Okay
Author: Leesa Cross-Smith
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Mental Health
Pages: 321 (Kindle)
Release Date: 2nd February 2021 (UK)
Today’s post is a book review of This Close To Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith. Enjoy!
Trigger Warning(s): Attempted suicide, brief mentions of SH and loss of a loved one.
This Close To Okay is a new sweet read from Leesa Cross-Smith. It begins when recently divorced therapist Tallie Clark is driving home, and she spots a man standing on the edge of a bridge. Tallie quickly rushes to his aid and asks him to join her for a cup of coffee. He agrees. Over the course of the weekend, Tallie persuades the man to reveal his name (Emmett) and to talk about his life and his circumstances. Little do they know that they are both hiding secrets from one another, and as the weekend comes to a close, their new-found friendship is put to the test.
From the beginning, I knew I’d enjoy this book. Leesa Cross-Smith has both an engaging and warming writing style, which quickly draws you in. The chapters alternate between Tallie and Emmett’s perspective and the sections are split into days. Through this, Cross-Smith describes their journey slowly and sweetly, enabling the warmth to just radiate from the book. This was aided further by the mouth-watering descriptions of food and hot coffee each morning. It’s honestly such an incredibly homely read, that it almost feels like you’re invading Tallie’s house yourself!
The relationship between Tallie and Emmett almost had The FlatShare vibes to it. The honest, understanding, and at times awkward, relationship between the two was lovely. As expected, there are mentions of suicidal thoughts and intent, depression and grief, which some readers may find difficult to read. Yet Tallie shows such understanding, and as she presses Emmett for answers, she begins talking herself – resulting in a cathartic weekend for them both.
There’s only a little that I can share with you, as it’s a short book at just over 300 pages. I don’t want to drop any spoilers! But this book does stay true to its synopsis, so if you like the sound of it, then I say absolutely give it a go! There are some elements of this book that readers may find difficult and/or triggering to read. These include suicidal thoughts and intent, mentions of SH, depression, a panic attack, loss of a loved one and grief. If you would like further details on any potential triggers, feel free to contact me and I’ll do what I can to help.
Overall, I rate this book four out of five stars. I took a while debating between the four and five mark, but I wanted something more at the end, which unfortunately just wasn’t there. Again, I can’t go into too much detail because of spoilers. I’m glad I found a new author in Leesa Cross-Smith and will be checking out her other books too. If you’d like to stay up-to-date with my reading progress, feel free to add me on Goodreads.
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