Tough Love by Max Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first of Max Henry's books I have read, and it won't be the last. I'm giving this 4.5 stars!
Tough Love touches on some pretty tough subjects; bullying, abuse, death, regret, self-loathing, forgiveness, and guilt. I think the author did a fantastic job at tackling all of these subjects without trivialising anything.
In this book we meet Amelia as her world is set to change. A family crisis means that she has to reconnect with the people who, when times got tough, weren't there to support her. I can't even begin to imagine how that would feel, but I think the author portrayed it very well.
I enjoyed watching Amelia slowly crawl out from under her veil of hate, guilt and numbness, all of which were justified. I think I would have reacted the same way had I been in her shoes. Seeing her come to terms with things and finally start putting those feelings behind her was quite uplifting.
I also have to give mention to the story being set in New Zealand! Being a fellow kiwi, I always love finding these little gems. There's nothing quite like reading a book set in familiar territory.
All in all, Tough Love was a well written story that I really enjoyed. I look forward to reading more from this author!
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