The Most Dangerous Thing by Leanne Lieberman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
*** 3.5 Cranky Stars ***
Sydney is a painfully shy high school student with anxiety attack issues. She is unable to look people in the eye and can't bear to be touched. She also secretly suffers from depression which she calls the fog! She develops mental and physical coping mechanisms to deal with the fog.
Syd is a member of a Jewish family and is very close with her Zayda (grandfather whom she visits regularly, the cranky, grumpy old gentleman loves her unconditionally and gives her stock market tips.
As introverted as Syd is, so extroverted is her older sister Amy who is planning (to Syd's absolute horror) on staging a version of The Vagina Monologues at school for the senior drama festival. Her lab partner gently starts courting Syd and although she is attracted to him is totally out of her depth as she is unable to even think about sexuality, much less talk about it.
The day comes when the fog wins and Syd has a breakdown; therapy and meds follow and Syd has a breakthrough in her personal relationships.
This is a gentle non-intrusive book that chronicles the story of teenage depression amidst the already difficult task of just being a teenager, as well as loving support from family and friends.
This book gets 3.5 stars
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