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It has been a hot minute since I last wrote a book review. But when I heard that one of my favorite podcast The Bright Sessions was getting young adult book focusing around my favorite couple, I knew I had to get it. And then I was over the moon when I received an advance reader's copy from Netgalley.
So this book focuses on two main characters Caleb a footballer player who is sent to therapy after a fight where he discovers that he is an atypical. Atypicals are people that have extraordinary abilities, in Caleb's case he is an empath who feels everything that people around him are feeling. Our second character is Adam, who is a quiet boy who suffers from depression.
The book focuses on Caleb trying to understand all the emotions and Adam trying to deal with his depression. It is told through alternating chapters so we get a better understanding of both characters are going through.
I loved how Caleb describes how he sees or feels emotions that depressions feels like a black sludge taking over. It made everything so tangible and it brought back so many memories of all the heighten emotions from high school. The crippling anxiety that Caleb feels during his trig test, the deep jealously that he feels coming off of classmates and all the insecurities pouring off of the bullies.
If you have never heard of The Bright Sessions, which revolves around Caleb's therapist Dr. Bright and her atypical clients with varying powers, this will be a solid read. But because if you have listened to them I think I have a better appreciation of the characters. I loved being in Adam and Caleb's head as they try to navigate a tentative friendship to a first romance to a relationship that deals with depressions and superhero abilities.
I do think it would be better to listen to the podcast then read the book. My complaint about this book is that I wish it was longer. I want there to be a sequel so badly but I think we are only getting more companion books focusing around other characters.
I give this book a 4/5.
To check out The Bright Sessions, click here.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.