The cover of this book draws in its audience to read the blurb. Once I realized it was a Wattpad book and dealt with themes that are honestly expressed these days, I knew I had to read it. Micah Good dives into anxiety and PTSD, so readers become aware yet comfortable with these topics spoken.
After losing his leg in a terrible car accident, Jonas Avery can’t wait to start over and go to college. Brennan Davis would like nothing more than to stay home and go to school, so she can keep her anxiety in check. When the two accidentally meet the summer before they move away, they’ll push each other to come to terms with what’s holding them back, even as they’re pulled closer to taking the biggest leap of all—falling in love. The Opposite of Falling Apart has more than 2.1 million reads on Wattpad.
Thank you to NetGalley who approved my request to read this book and to Wattpad Books who provided a copy!
For an ebook, it’s slow paced and wished it could’ve been trimmed. The story stretches from summer break throughout Brennan and Jonas’ first year in college. The writing itself was beautiful with its eloquent language and captivating emotions. Readers can truly connect with the characters! It could’ve gone smoothly if Micah Good structured their third-person point of views more. While reading, it felt like there was a bit of uncertainty on what point of view to base the story from.
The plot itself is impressive as we’re dealing with two teens, battling with their daily obstacles. They eventually meet and help each other. I loved the realism behind their personalities. Brennan with her constant anxiety and Jonas suffering from PTSD. Few books can touch so deeply on subjects like this. It makes the book more understandable why it was slow paced. It’s because of our two main characters and their recovery/progress through the challenges they face. Of course, there’ll be fails and doubts which both of them have go through, but there were small ways they reformed and advanced the story.
Brennan had a great representation of someone with anxiety. Her thoughts conjured up most of the book, but it’s the reality she faces. Sometimes I wished she gave in, but I know it’s tough. With Jonas’ PTSD as well. Part of me was glad that they weren’t romanticise too much in the novel. Otherwise, it would’ve given the impression that they only got further and more confident through each other. Micah Good made sure we understood that they were there for each other but still gained the courage themselves with each other’s help on the side.
The relationships they have with their family and friends were paced out well. They weren’t involved as much, so readers concentrated on Brennan and Jonas. I adored the development of Jonas and his mother. It was a bit cliche, but the buildup of her being there for him was well addressed. Brennan and her parents faced a lot of miscommunication, which is relatable. It showed that parents don’t understand as much. The challenges Brennan went through with her parents also seemed like an important factor to her anxiety. Overall, the relationships between characters were written and developed nicely.
This book was a rollercoaster of emotions. Highly recommend to romance lovers who are looking for deep and thoughtful characters. Being a Wattpad book, I enjoyed it even more and hope to see more blossom in the future. The Opposite of Falling Apart received a rating of six out of ten.