Somewhere Only We Know, by Cheyanne Young
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Paranormal
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Publication: June 15, 2014
Summary: 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...
"The great thing about dreaming is that in dreams, you can do whatever you want. Sure, you may not always realize you're dreaming at first, but even when the scary parts happen, you'll wake up. I never have to stay stuck in a dream that I don't want to be in."
This book was unique and special. Yes, it actually does have a huge meaning behind it, and that was one of the reasons why I did adore this and give it all of my time and pleasure for. The author has a story behind it, and the concept of anxiety and mental disorders make it even more special.
Sadie has lived with anxiety for the past three years, and the only person who could help her feel better at times is her best friend, Aaron, who has short-term memory loss after a high fever when he was young. This summer, Sadie's grandmother would like Sadie to go social and drop all of her worries and get a job and live. One night, Aaron and Sadie are dragged into a dream world where the anxiety is gone. But what's better--the dream world or reality?
I loved the concept of this book. You could tell that it was researched and had a lot of thought put into it to make it amazing. The concept was 100% perfect, and I ended up having no regrets with the way it went with the mentality and reality of the characters. These types of things the characters were going through were no joke, but Sadie's depression and anxiety did begin to fade away as she learnt to live and not worry about the thoughts that haunt her.
Sadie had a huge problem, but either way, I loved her as a character and main protagonist. She was strong and dealt well with her personal demons. Characters like her are truly ones to remember, and I totally praise them up to the bookish gods. *grows a halo* She was a person that created the somewhere only she knew.
Aaron was... eh.
He was cute and all, but it's not like I chose him to be my book boyfriend or anything. He was just adorable in his own way, but no crush or anything. He was perfect for Sadie, though, and I was glad that he made her feel better through her problems.
The plot was weak at times. It was very thin and the dream world should've been a little more thought through. I found that the characters were put the most thought and detail into, while the world-development stayed at risk and put readers in questioning. I wish that more of my questions were answered, since this was a standalone fascinating story itself. Sure, it was fast-paced and got to the point, but the few tweaks were spotted missing.
"What if you had to give up your whole life here and never see anyone else again? Would you still come with me?" Aaron leans in closer and whispers so no one can hear. "Of course I would."
The relationship that Aaron and Sadie had was indescribable. Their romance and friendship left me breathless, especially because they were so alike in so many ways. Not only because of their emotional struggles, but also because of their personalities and the way they took things. They might have not seen it, but they were really formed beautifully. Let's thank the author for that beauty.
Chey really shocked me by the end. She left many plot twists that really got us thinking about what this novel really meant to the average YA reader. It was a unique read that was fairly enjoyable and absolutely recommended, despite the review tweaks needed to be looked over.
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About Cheyanne Young
Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her family, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world.
She also writes under the pen name Amy Sparling.