Review: The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart

Title: The Words We Keep

Author: Erin Stewart

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Simon YA

The Blurb

It’s been two months since the Night on the Bathroom Floor – when Lily found her sister, Alice, hurting herself. Now Alice is coming home after treatment and it’s getting harder for Lily to outrun the compulsive thoughts she’s having.

Meeting Micah, a guy with a troubled past of his own, the pair embark on a poetry project that helps Lily to see that the words she’s been holding back, desperately want to break through. But what will Micah think if he finds out who she really is?

The Review

I have read a lot of YA over the years. A lot. Tons. So it always surprises me when I am so moved by a book that after I have finished I want someone else to read it so I can talk to them about it that very second. That was how I felt when I read The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart.

The story is about a family who are falling apart at the seams but are keeping themselves together with plasters and selotape. Lily, our protagonist is trying desperately to hold her family together. She is dealing with her own mental health problems alongside being a teenager, falling in love, trying to be the perfect student among other things and it is getting too much for her. The Words We Keep is the story of the individual struggle that a person can have and the need to find someone who can help.

Issues surrounding mental health are dealt with so unflinchingly that it is hard to read at times – not due to the writing I must say but because you care so much for the characters and you can see things from several perspectives even though it is a one voice narrative.

The Words We Keep is an absolutely wonderful read.

The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart is available now.

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