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Mental Health Was Left in the Dust: Saving Everest by Sky Chase

It was sad to see a book about Mental Health leaving this topic on the side.

by Sky Chase
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date:
October 8th 2019 by Wattpad Books
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Rating: ★★★
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From the outside, Everest has it all, but there’s only one person who can see him for who he truly is . . . and it changes his life forever.

In this tender, poignant debut novel by newcomer Sky Chase, two teenagers on the cusp of adulthood learn to embrace life in ways neither of them ever anticipated.

Everest is the most popular boy in school. He’s handsome, wealthy, and captain of the football team—he has the world at his fingertips, but he’s desperately unhappy. And when those feelings become too much to bear, he tries to take his own life.

On the surface, Beverly’s different from Everest in every possible way. She’s quiet, shy, hard working, and keeps to herself on campus, focusing on her schoolwork and her part-time job, distracting herself from her less-than-perfect upbringing.

When Everest returns to school after his attempt, he’s in more pain than ever. Discarded by his friends, he draws little empathy and too much attention from those who surround him. But when Beverly and Everest meet unexpectedly in a dusty corner of the old library, they discover together just how rich life can be when given the freedom to just be yourself.
Everest was undeniably admired by everyone. Shockingly, it seemed as though I was the only person who felt any sympathy.

I greatly wanted to love this book. The premise sounded like I was going to fall head-over-heels in love. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Despite that, I still enjoyed this book a lot!

Everest is the popular kid in school who soon turns into a pariah when rumors circulate he tried to kill himself. Beverly is the quiet girl at school who suddenly doesn't want Everest to be alone through a dark moment in his life and decides to befriend him. What comes out of this is a beautiful friendship that teaches hope and acceptance.

I thought the rain was beautiful, but nothing compared to this--watching someone broken finally getting a glimpse of happiness after so long.

(I'm sitting with my laptop on my blank, staring blankly in hopes I can put my thoughts together *ahem* Let's try this again in bullet points and see if it works better.)

🌻 The Characters:
I genuinely enjoyed Everest and Beverly, individually and as friends. They were simply adorable together, neither wanting to admit they liked each other. Their friendship felt more like a relationship without them knowing it and I was so giddy over it! It did get old, at times, because it was beyond obvious that their behavior towards each other wasn't just friendly, but it was cute, nonetheless.

I liked Bev's character a whole lot more, though. Her growth shines throughout the novel and it was breathtaking to see her coming out of her shell and befriending her classmates.

Everest, while I liked him, I have conflicting feelings. He starts off being this mouthy, nonchalant, don't-give-a-f*ck-attitude jerk that I was not a fond of. His acting out and his reckless decisions hurt various people and I was just hoping something would happen so he'd change. Thankfully, he did.

I totally adored the friends that Beverly and Everest made along the way. They were friends that truly cared and just wanted what was best for you. Two cute little ones were introduced and I wish I had more time with them! Those were Hadley, Everest's sister, and Manny, Beverly's cousin. They made things super fun and adorable.

🌻 The Relationship:
I love romance, and I loved how these two were behaving with each other. BUT! It became the sole focus on the book. Normally, I do not mind this at all, especially how cute it was! My problem was how because of this, depression wasn't really talked about in the novel.

I was just a lost guy who'd befriended a ghost girl whose soul shone so bright, I sometimes believed that she wasn't human.

🌻 The Plot:
This is were my feelings grow even more conflicted. I was expecting an in-depth novel, creating more awareness for Depression in high school teens. Sadly, I saw the "Depression" angle used more to have something interesting at the beginning of the novel and that's it. It was rarely talked about in the book, until this one specific scene (almost at the end of the book) shows light on the matter again.

I liked the idea that the book was on a lighter aspect, but at the same time, it wasn't educating me, or giving me reasons as to why this topic got introduced in the first place, except to throw it in there and serve its purpose of having the popular kid become an outcast.

"You don't want to die. You just need to figure out how to start living."

🌻 The Holes in the Plot:
This novel also introduced many other issues that were never really resolved. They were thrown in the book to mention them and that's it. There was the case of racism. I was expecting something more and once again, it was only named in passing.

The familial issues were yet another thing that weren't resolved as they should have been. For the entire novel, we see Everest's dad being closed-off and talking sh*t about Everest. Then suddenly, he says ONE SENTENCE that gives the inkling that things are better.

We also have Bev's mom and aunt, who irritated me to no end since the book started. Same thing happened with them. Something happened between Bev and her mom, in which I was expecting a full resolution and I didn't get it. It was more of a pat on the back and we're good.

As I mentioned, I liked how it started. It showcased how a happy-looking person can actually be dying inside with so many demons tormenting them. But soon, this fizzled to nothing, left in the past, to focus on the friendship/relationship, specifically Bev's character.

I know I pointed out so many negatives but I did like the novel, mostly for the friendships made. If you want a really light Mental Health novel, then this might just be for you :)

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