Release Date: September 14, 2013
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Oliver Hurst has always been abnormally normal.
His grades are horrible, his best friend just left for Utah, and he's depressed. His overly religious parents don’t help, especially since they control every facet of his life. One stupid sentence said in desperation gets Oliver tossed in an adolescent psych ward, where his depression and fears become even more of a reality.
When Oliver meets snide, tough girl Lacey Waters he doesn't think his life could get any better, that is, until she becomes the ray of sunshine he has desperately needed on his cloudiest of days.
A Million Little Snowflakes is a novel that deals with the teenage depression and how, occasionally, it is dealt with. The issues are hard to come to terms with, but I found the narrator of the story quite humorous at times and really lightened the book when needed. This novel is great for someone who wants a YA contemporary that not only deals with difficult issues but is also narrated from a male point-of-view.
Oliver's religious parents put him into a psychotic ward after he makes a joke about committing suicide. It completely spins out of control, and no matter how much he tries to tell them he didn't mean it, they simply don't listen. In the ward, he makes friends and learns how to make relationships, especially with Lacey who seems to be the only one he can talk to when no one else will listen to what he really has to say.
I liked Oliver's tone. He was blunt and it is evident that he isn't completely okay and is depressed, but it just made the humor shine through a bit more. Some may find him hard to like, but for me he was great to read about. On the other hand, I absolutely loathed Oliver's mother who was narrow minded and annoyed me to no end. Could someone please just stick tape over her mouth and make her stop?
On the most part, I did like the plot and what it had to offer. It had romance and a narrator with a clear and interesting voice. A Million Little Snowflakes didn't blow me away, but perhaps it's worth giving a go if you are looking for a YA contemporary told from a male's POV and manages with difficult issues.
A review copy was provided by the author