Thank you to TBR & Beyond Book Tours for letting me participate in the blog tour for The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart.
Check out my review below!
About the Book
The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart
Release Date: March 15, 2022
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
A beautifully realistic, relatable story about mental health and the healing powers of art–perfect for fans of Girl in Pieces and How it Feels to Float.
It’s been three months since The Night on the Bathroom Floor–when Lily found her older sister Alice hurting herself. Ever since then, Lily has been desperately trying to keep things together, for herself and for her family. But now Alice is coming home from her treatment program and it is becoming harder for Lily to ignore all of the feelings she’s been trying to outrun.
Enter Micah, a new student at school with a past of his own. He was in treatment with Alice and seems determined to get Lily to process not only Alice’s experience, but her own. Because Lily has secrets, too. Compulsions she can’t seem to let go of and thoughts she can’t drown out.
When Lily and Micah embark on an art project for school involving finding poetry in unexpected places, she realizes that it’s the words she’s been swallowing that desperately want to break through.
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Trigger Warning: Mental Health (BiPolar Disorder/Depression/Anxiety/OCD), Self-Harm, Suicide
This book is beautiful. Erin Stewart knows how to tug at your heartstrings. The mental health representation hit close to home as bipolar disorder and anxiety runs in both my family and my husbands.
The writing was well developed in a way that makes you feel what the characters are feeling. It was so poetic. Although this book dives deep into mental health you can still find the lightness in the dialogue between Lily and Micah. I loved the banter they had with each other.
Each character was well defined and played an important part in putting the pieces of this family back together after trauma.
I definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for a YA contemporary with beautiful writing around mental health, trauma, family dynamics, and a tough of romance.
About the Author
Erin Stewart is the author of SCARS LIKE WINGS, her debut novel. Erin is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern and a BYU undergraduate who works as a freelance writer and editor, as well as a weekly columnist in Salt Lake City.
Erin lives in Utah with her husband and three children. She is represented by the amazing Rebecca Sherman of Writers House.