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10 Things I Can See from Here

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,755 ratings  ·  422 reviews
Think positive. Don’t worry; be happy. Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubl
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Jenny I do interpret Maeve as being lesbian. While I don't think she ever uses the word to describe herself, she does say she likes girls and that she has z…moreI do interpret Maeve as being lesbian. While I don't think she ever uses the word to describe herself, she does say she likes girls and that she has zero attraction to boys.(less)

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Elle (ellexamines)
Actual rating: 2.5 stars. I'm going to be honest - this was just an utterly forgettable read for me. I keep looking for great f/f romances and YA contemporary just... isn't... delivering.

That's not to say the book was terrible - there were a few good points here and there. First of all, Maeve's severe anxiety was never played for laughs, which is rarer than I'd like it to be. I adored the focus on healthy relationships in stepfamilies. As someone who lives with a stepfamily, I've really not
Taylor Knight
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I really liked the writing style of this book and I definitely appreciate Maeve. I've never read a book where the main character has anxiety before and I thought it would be great to read about a character who has anxiety (I also have anxiety). But I actually had a hard time reading about Maeve's anxiety without becoming increasingly anxious myself. Maeve's anxiety is a little different from my own but she still made me anxious. It got a lot better as the book went on but it still hindered me fr ...more
Alice (Married To Books)
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
T/W- Panic Attacks

As a book reviewer who has an Anxiety disorder, I could definitely see a lot of the main character Maeve in me. She is worried about lots of things such as driving (I don't want to learn to drive!) and her Mum travelling away meaning Maeve living with her Dad and his new wife. There were a few characters in this novel I really didn't like and their behaviour at times I found to be quite uncomfortable. What I loved however, was Maeve's stepmother as a character who was determine
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up liking it which is a bit of a shame. There were some really strong aspects of the story. I loved the f/f relationship, Salix was such an amazing love interest! The depiction of anxiety was also amazing (another pro is that Salix never 'fixed' Maeve's anxiety, instead helping her find coping mechanisms and stuff like that which was sweet and more realistic).

One of the main things I enjoyed seeing was a main character who had a positive relatio
When I saw the comparison to Everything Everything, I was pretty much in, but I also really liked the premise. Sadly, I was mostly disappointed.

I wanted to love Maeve. I was eager to get into her head, but it was a struggle. All of the statistics about death and mental obituaries got a little rough to read. The rest of the characters were just okay. What should have been cute twin brothers, I saw them as annoying and bratty. Her dad is a drunk and a junkie, her mom is out of the country, and he
catherine ♡
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wanted so much to love this book, but I just couldn't get into it. There were lots of characters that I felt remained underdeveloped, and the plot itself seemed like a brain dump of random events than a fleshed-out story. The main character was hard to connect with as well - I did like how anxiety was written, but I grew tired of hearing her narrative style, which also felt awkward and disconnected. ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
There were quite a few good things going on in this book, so I am going to start with those.

Maeve's anxiety, especially her intrusive thoughts, were so eerily accurate that I had to actually put the book down a few times. She was scared of so many things, but especially death, and since I have the same panic and anxiety surrounding death, I related to her so much. At one point, s
rachel ☾
10 Things I Can See From Here was a solid contemporary story about family, mental health and first relationships. The characters and their dynamics were definitely what made this book for me. Romances tend to be a hit or miss in these kinds of stories but Mac managed to balance Maeve and Salix’s blossoming relationship perfectly with the other elements of the story. It was never overpowering or unrealistic. It unfolded at a steady pace from simple attractions through several awkward, fumbling fi ...more
Kelly Gunderman
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley-reads
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

***Actual Rating - 4.5 stars***

As someone who has suffered from severe anxiety and panic disorders since I was young, I was really excited to pick up this book, because it features a main character who pretty much worries about everything all the time, and her anxiety pretty much takes over her life. Because of this, I really thought this was going to be a book that I would be able to relate to completely.

You are not your anxiety.
Don’t worry your pretty little head.
It doesn’t matter.
Don’t exaggerate.
Why get upset about something so small?
Just put it out of your mind.
All good things. All good things.
Ignore it.
Let go and let God.
Think positive.
Move on.
Get back on the horse.
What’s the matter, honey?
If you visualize good things, good things will happen.
Manifest destiny, Maeve. Make it happen.
You be the master of your life. Take charge!
Don’t underestimate the power of positi
“10 Things I Can See From Here” is one of the best books that I have read about anxiety disorder.

The way the story is written does an excellent job of showing the stream of consciousness that happens when something triggers anxiety. At times I was feeling the anxiety creeping in to my own head. The novel is by no means a one-trick pony, either. The issues of coming out, gay bashing, familial drug abuse, divorce, step-family dynamics, and first love are tackled head-on. All of the characters are
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books
This book is hard for me to rate. I didn't love it or loathe it, but I also feel like there wasn't anything memorable or enjoyable about it.

The two main things about this book I liked were that Salix was never presented as a love interest who was trying to "cure" Maeve's anxiety and that Maeve's sexuality in this book was really casual. There was no major coming out plotline. Maeve just was queer without any pomp and circumstance. I liked that.

However I also had a lot of things about this book t
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
This book was so great to read and what really made this story was the quirky and imperfect family of Maeve’s as well as Salix, the love interest. The family played such a large role in the story, an aspect that I love to see in YA literature, and it also showed how families are flawed and can still be loving and supportive. Maeve’s relationship with Salix, as well, was so cute and heartwarming to read. Their relationship and sexualities weren’t hidden away from others which I adored because Mae ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, mh-book-bingo
My first read for Mental Health Book Bingo is complete!
I'll update with a proper review when I get time but here are my current thoughts!
Really enjoyed it! LOVED the f/f romance, it was really well written and there's discussion of stuff that's not often really written about and I loved that! Some of the anxiety stuff was not quite as good as I would have liked but I also think it was well explained and that I often set my expectations super duper high for this sort of thing so that probably doe
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ah this was such a DELIGHT, and at turns heartbreaking, adorable, and uproariously funny. It's a quick read, but I spent HOURS looking up the morbid things Maeve is obsessed with and anxious about, so I was thankfully able to really take my time and enjoy this.

This is a 2017 release, so I'll leave it at that for now and write a longer review later!

Thanks so much to Knopf for the review copy!
Megan  (thebookishtwins)
I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

Maeve struggles with severe anxiety. She can’t help but worry about everyone and everything, which can often be debilitating. When her Mum decides to take a 6 month trip to Haiti, Maeve gets sent to live with her Father, a recovering addict struggling with sobriety, and her pregnant step-mum in Vancouver. However, her move to Vancouver brings a new slew of worries which Maeve struggles to control. She meets Salix, a cute violinist, and a roma

Maeve suffers from severe bouts of anxiety, and like most cases, it doesn't poof away on a good day. This book was pitched as Everything, Everything and Audrey Wait! through the premise, but sadly, I don't see the relation to either. After her mother and stepfather jet off to Haiti, she's sent off to live with her father and his very-pregnant wife, Claire, and their young twin boys, all the while she struggles to figure out a way to combat her anxiety independently.

-The first c
Nicka Cassandra
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Fair warning for everyone who experiences anxiety and panic attacks I wouldn’t recommend you reading this book because this book has ANXIETY written all over it! I too somehow got a little bit triggered but I managed to get through it! This book is definitely not for everyone to read. But it’s not a reason for me to hold back from reading it!

Let’s talk about why I loved this book so much!

This book is a great mental illness representation when it come
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
What's ironic about this book, is that the cover is flashy as hell. Like annoying flashy. Like I can see this book on my bookshelf in the dark flashy. The actual content of the book however, is just... bleh. Everything felt so meh and mediocre. I felt no emotion or connection to this book at all. I trudged along throughout this book, with no resounding hate towards the book, but honestly, I had no resounding emotion(positive or not) to this book in general.

I didn't feel anything for any of th
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get into this book but I must say that it got me. This is a story that is very relateable I feel. I feel so bad for Maeve because she is shipped to her father's house to live with him for 6 months but her father is a pile of trash.

I definitely feel like she has a little bit of anxiety but I just couldn't help but feel like she was more OCD. She reminded me A LOT of Aza from Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Listening to her constantly freak out was a whirlwind holy c
The premise of this book sounded good, but it wasn’t as well worked out as it needed to be. The characters were flat, and there wasn’t really a plot line that led somewhere. I was not fully grasped with the story, sometimes it was even confusing and in the end did not really care. Overall an average book, nothing special.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Why did I only hear about this book through my library?? Oh my gosh it was absolutely brilliant! I loved the writing and each of the characters from the very beginning! This was a well thought out coming of age and coming out novel that I feel is severely under rated. I will read anything else this author comes out with. However, I do believe that it needs a trigger warning for sexual assault.
trigger/content warnings; ableism, fatphobia, sexual assault, queerphobia, biphobia, lesbophobia, lesbophobic slurs, gendered slurs, misogyny, slut shaming, alcohol consumption, child abuse, addiction, pregnancy, anxiety, anxiety/panic attacks,

rep; maeve (mc) is a lesbian and has anxiety. salix (li) is queer. ruthie (sc) is queer. claire (sc) is bisexual.

Okay, I don't really have anything positive to say about this book. Honestly, I wanted to call it quits before I even made it halfway through.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Apr 08, 2017 added it
Shelves: ya, q
i largely liked this book, which is about a sixteen-year-old girl with anxiety trying to deal with it, but a few minor things soured me on a lot of it....

there's an old best friend character who we only ever see in flashback, who's Awkward and Nerdy and who we (spoilers) find out late in the game forced a kiss on the main character, which is what led to their falling-out. and the way this best friend is described is not only as awkward, but as fat in these phrases that just made me, A Fat Person
Jan 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs-read
I really disliked this book which was disappointing because the premise sounded good and the introductory letter from the editor in my copy left me with some positive expectations. I was thoroughly let down.

For starters, I couldn't stand the main character. I feel bad because I know she has anxiety and I can't tell if my dislike of her is because of that or just because I found her to unlikable. She would look up facts about the number of people who died doing certain things (ex: taking trains,
Anna (Adventures with a Book Nerd)
Guys, I really wanted to like this book. I really did. But I guess that my expectations were just too high. This was a book that sounded so good on NetGalley, and I didn't actually think that I was going to be approved. So I was super excited when I was! Then I read the book and went f**k, now I have to write a negative review.

In this book we follow Maeve as she is forced to live with her father while her mom is off saving lives with her new boyfriend. Well, you could say that Maeve is less than
there's some things i liked about this book, but unfortunately also a lot of things that i didn't. it was a fine book to read overall, but when i weigh the good vs the bad, the bad things (although really small) vastly outnumber the good. so two star rating it is.

here are the things i liked about this book:
- the description of maeve's anxiety: a lot of her spiralling thoughts, nervousness, & panic seemed very real to me. so much so that i sometimes had to put the book down, bc it was making me t
Sylvia (Serial Bibliophile)
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenge
The first thing I love about this book, is LITERALLY the first page. It's titled "Stupid Things People Say" and it's a list of things people with anxiety are tired of hearing, like; "You are not your anxiety.", "It doesn't matter", "Don't exaggerate", "Just put it out of your mind.", "Why get upset about something so small?"... and maaaaany more.

The second thing I love is the way the chapters are written. The way the story flows makes it easy to follow and jumps from one situation to another wit
Elvira Bianchi

I've been putting off writing this review for days now and I still don't really know what to write.

As someone who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, it was interesting to read about a character with the same issues I have to confront every day, but at the same time it was so hard for me to get through it sometimes because it would cause my anxiety to act up, even if I was chilling on my bed reading.

Overall I didn't mind the story, even though I would have appreciated more "bite", there
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“I was astonished at what I could do. And I wondered what else I could do. Maybe I would always wear the heavy boots of anxiety and the prickly coat of worry, but maybe -- even still -- I could just be a person who belongs in the world, even if it's hard.” 4 likes
“What can I do?" Salix pulled away. "Can I make you a cup of tea? Want to go for a walk?"

"I just want to stop worrying so much!" I can't even do anything, so what's the point?"

"You told me that you can't really help it, right?" She wiped my tears with her shirt.

I nodded.

"So worry. Just go ahead and worry. Worry as hard as you can, and then keep worrying."

"That sounds awful."

"But if you can't stop worrying, you have to figure out how to worry and keep living, right? We need to find you a really, really big box."

"What for?"

"Not a box. A backpack."


"For you to put your worries in, so that you can take them with you, and when you figure out how to not worry so much, you can get rid of them one at a time. And then the backpack will get lighter and lighter until you'll be so light you'll float off the ground."

I kissed her then, because there were no words for how much I liked her in that moment. Loved her, maybe.”
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