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My Week with Him

My Week with Him

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A beautifully written, coming of age YA that explores complex relationships, family drama and the healing power of love— in all its many forms. I haven't read books set in Texas before and found it a good setting for a story about a promising singer. A coming of age book is perfect as it allows the characters to reflect on their own lives and also the impact they leave on other people.

It was so hard to see Nikki hope, and to hope along with her that things would start to be okay, and to see her hurt again. From Joya Goffney of Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry comes a stirring YA coming-of-age, best-friends-to-lovers romance about a girl named Nikki who plans to run away from small-town Texas but ultimately finds that her oldest friend, Mal, just might be the one who’s been there for her all along. Nikki is unhappy and struggling with life problems, especially with her relationship with her mum and disappreance of sister.

Songs for the soundtrack: "The Worst" by Jhené Aiko, "Such A Thing" by Alex Isley and Jack Dine, "Promises" by Cleo Sol, "home with you" by FKA twigs, "Love. By the end of this book I felt so at peace knowing that these characters will go on to live very good lives off-page.

Joya Goffney somehow always manages to mix just the right amount of drama, difficult family relationships and young love and I just eat it up every time. Which is such a kudos to the author's skill - that she's able to let her characters make mistakes without making them horrible people- absolutely love to see it. She is constantly at war with her mother and after an epic row erupts involving her sister Vae she is determined to quit Texas and go to.

I think my only “issue” (and it’s not really an issue) is that I would’ve liked to have seen a bit more of Nikki interacting with her other friends, and for the big to be a tiny bit longer. The book is a heartbreaking and raw exploration of Nikki's struggle with her mother's cruelty, highlighting the impact of neglectful parenting on a person's light.

But, it does add a layer of complexity that may be useful in starting further discussions with young readers surrounding such a sensitive topic.It was such a simple question but the weight it held- it felt like a very pivotal moment for all the characters, it was an acknowledgment that she didn't deserve the abuse, it was the heart-breaking realisation that she still on some level blames herself, but it also felt like an answer - there was no reason, there never is a valid one.

This was my second Joya Goffney book, and it was pretty different from the first one I read, her debut, but I again really liked it.I could identify with her internal conflict between wanting to protect herself and also wanting to give in and take the small blessings when they come.

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