Friday, July 18, 2014
Review: Maybe Maby by Willow Aster
Mabel Armstrong is on the verge of giving up. But just when things feel bleakest, there seems to be a shift in the universe. People come out of the woodwork. Her ex won’t leave her alone. An old friend finally tries to become more. Even the cute guy at the coffee shop starts paying extra attention.
Maybe Maby is a heartbreaking, and at times, hilarious story about coping with loss, finding love in New York, and learning to recognize hope in the middle of it all.
Maby is a flawed character but it is because of those imperfections that her character grabbed my attention rather quickly. She has a SERIOUS case of OCD. I was flat out exhausted by the end of this book. She counts everything, washes her hands nonstop, is always reorganizing things, etc. Somedays are better than others, but for the most part she is getting worse. She is letting the OCD consume her and it is pulling her under. Factor in that she is also battling depression and it leads to some VERY bad decision making on her part.
And it is mainly when it comes to the men in her life.
Saul was her friend that vanished from her life around the same time her boyfriend, Dalton, did. And ironically, they both make a reappearance at the same time as well. And then there is Coen, the cute coffee shop guy. To say Maby's life goes from one extreme to another rather quickly would be an understatement! You would think a girl who has not one but THREE guys vying for her attention would be in a happy place. But it was clear from the start who held her attention, even if she fought it tooth and nail.
I tried throughout the book to remain sympathetic to Maby's situation, but found it hard to more than once. There were a few times I wanted to shake her and ask "what the hell are you thinking?!!". But at the same time that I was frustrated with her, I also got it. Her choices were a direct reflection of the daily struggles she had battling her OCD and depression. She felt like she was unworthy of the love those around her were so desperately trying to give her because of her flaws.
And while there were three guys in this book, only one caught my attention. He was truly a perfect fit for Maby. He was accepting of her even at her worst and really seemed to balance her out . I am not going to say WHO it is though as I don't want to ruin the story for anyone!
The one guarantee I can make about picking up a book by Willow Aster, it will be unlike any you have read before! She has a knack for writing stories that are fresh and unique. Her characters (even when they are irritating!) are ones who pull you into their world and hold you there long after the book ends. And that is very true for Maybe Maby! I can't wait to see if Ms. Aster gives us more of Maby and a certain hottie who will go unnamed!
Willow Aster is the author of True Love Story, In the Fields, and Maybe Maby. She lives with her husband and two kids on a tropical beach in paradise. Well, at least part of that is true … the rest is Story Lala Land, where Willow spends most of her time.