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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Final exams and end of year parties don’t seem so important at your brother’s funeral.

Two short weeks, and Meg would have survived her senior year relatively unscathed. But when her best and only friend—her brother—dies in a questionable road accident, being the loner in her year doesn’t fit as well as it used to.

One act of kindness from the man her small town isolated am
Published October 11th 2016
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Nina (_simplyinspired_)
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Meg is 17 and in her last year of school. Little does she know that her whole world is about to change...and not for the better. While working her shift at the grocery store, she receives a message from her mom...

"Come straight home after work. It's urgent."

When she arrives home all is not as it seems. Her brother, Den, who was also her best friend and whole world, has been killed in an accident on his way home.

"Den's dead"
"Den's dead"

To say her parents are devastated is an understatement. A
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a beautiful and heartbreaking story. One that pulls you in and has you truly yearning for a happy ending. Meg and Carver are two very similar souls that happen to find each other when they need it the most. Both have been considered outcasts within school and their hometown, both have experienced loss in their families and just have been dealt a crappy hand in the way of parental role models. Max is like 6-7 years older then Meg but the connection they have is beautiful and I ...more
Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)
This was my first Max Henry book and I can say that after this one I am now going to keep my eye out for more. My chest was aching throughout this whole book and I wanted to kick some major butt on several characters throughout this book. Your heart will absolutely shatter for Meg and all the pain she is about to face in this book. At the same time your heart gets lighter after she meets Carter aka Brett. He helps her so much throughout this book, not only with coping with it all but with growin ...more
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Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5* read.
First thing to say is I LOVE this cover and this author so this book was a definite must read before I'd even read the blurb.
Meg goes through so much in this book that my heart broke in places for her and I was an emotional wreck reading it. When Brett comes into her life i was rooting for them to have a happily ever after after everything shes gone through. I don't want to say to much but this a must read for any reader out there. I couldn't put it down till I'd read every last word and
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog."

This was my first read by this author and it's been on my tbr for so long that I almost forgot about it until I saw randomly someday available on Kindle Unlimited. I didn't need anything else to borrow it.
This book is filled with tension and emotional situations.
Megan is seventeen that works in a supermarket and it's saving money so she can finally leave that small town she lives. On the last week of school, wh
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Malaise by Max Henry was a refreshing read. Focusing on Meg & Carver (Brett). Both Meg & Brett as characters were facing real life issues that many of us can relate to or know someone who can relate to them. Max gave us two characters that were on equal footing throughout the while story, no character stronger than the other and each facing their own demons both growing stronger as the story developed. I loved that about Malaise having such related able characters made forming a connection easie ...more
5 Forever and always stars

I certainly finished that with a happy sigh, I loved the journey Max Henry took me on with Malaise.

I was quickly drawn into the story of Meg and her loss in the first chapters that tells of her grief and how she copes or rather doesn't cope with the loss of her brother and best friend Den by drowning in alcohol.

The same night Meg's brother dies, like a guardian angel in a rough and sexy exterior she meets Carver. Carver is from one of those families with a bad reputati
Lindsey King
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Angst 3

Tears 3

Storyline 4.5

Panty Schorching 3

Value 4.5

Overall Rating 4.5

I just love Max Henry. Her stories are amazing. This one is very very different from her others and it was great! I lived how the story flowed and the characters become so immersed with one another.  This isn't a pretty story all wrapped in a nice neat bow. It's about the rough people. The ones on the wrong side of the tracks. And how people judge when they couldn't walk a mile in their shoes. 

Meg is a lost girl looking to f
~lil maso~
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The loss of a sibling is something I have dealt with and it's never easy even with time so I felt for Megan. I had tears in my eyes as I read her feelings of losing her brother, her only sibling and best friend. When she slept in her brother's hoodie and bed my tears flowed.

The cruelty of her parents was a 'what the fuck moment', I was pretty disgusted with how her parents treated her, times like these are supposed to bring you closer but her parents were complete assholes.

Luckily for her she h
Nic Spears
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a book!!! Max is a new author to me and by hell she certainly made an impression.

Malaise was such a heartbreaking yet beautiful story that you couldn't help but get swept away by it.

I had tears, I had laughter and I was left with a bittersweet sigh and smile on my face.

I loved Meg and Carter. They found each other at one of the lowest times for Meg. When those who were supposed to care for her abandoned her, he was there holding her up. Telling her to keep going, to keep living. Betw
Natalie Miernicki
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story evoked so many emotions for me... Meg was a totally relatable character who is just trying to navigate her way through her last year of high school all the while trying to be invisible from the would be bullies! When the unthinkable happens and a grieving Meg is cast aside by the people who are supposed to care about her the most, she must learn to survive on her own. In walks Brett Carver the town outcast bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks... The two of them together share a c ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a brilliant book, God I dont think a book has ever taken me through so many emotions before. I was heartbroken through the majority of this book.  I just couldn't believe what I was reading. My heart was aching for Meg and all that she had to go through.

The story is a sad tale to say the least but through it you see, small patches of silver linings and hope. I cried a lot reading this book but I smiled more than I thought I would. The chemistry between Meg and Carver and Meg And Tanya is gr
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
The lost of a sibling is something I have dealt with and it's never easy even with time so I felt for Megan. I had tears in my eyes as I read her feelings of losing her brother, her only sibling and best friend. When she slept in her brother's hoodie and bed my tears flowed.
The cruelty of her parents was a 'what the fuck moment', I was pretty disgusted with how her parents treated her, times like these are suppose to bring you closer but her parents were complete assholes.
Luckily for her she ha
Lainey's Book Blog
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A complete emotional and heartbreaking story with a beautiful ending. This book shows a story of two people who meet by chance at the worst time but end up being the right people for each other in every single way!!!!!! Check out my full review ...more
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Finished, loved!
That cover... is everything!
Review- 4.5 Stars, Brilliantly written, raw and powerful. Max is truly a gifted author, be sure to check this one out!
T. Rosado
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 Stars!

This is a real love story about real young people finding their way in life against what feels like impossible odds. It's somewhat gritty in the familial aspects and speaks to the dysfunction found in families across the social spectrum.

Malaise is the perfect title to define 80% of this story. I often felt the discomfort and despondency as described in Meg's POV as she deals with death, depression, bullying, and parental conflict. It's while she gets to know Brett Carver that she can sta
Margaret Watkins
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Malaise is not a story to enjoy and savour, but rather one that makes you grit your teeth and push through to the end, because the story line is good but the circumstances are tragic. This sad tale speaks of a small minded community where judgements are made on appearances rather than the quality of a person’s character. Meg's family appear to be socially acceptable on the surface but there are severe cracks below the facade. When Meg's brother and best friend dies in a tragic accident, the crac ...more
Linda Diamond
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Max Henry is one of my favorite authors and I love her books but this one is by far my absolute favorite, Meg and Carved both won my heart he comes off as a total badass but well everything I say will be a spoiler so just know he's amazing. Meg brings out my mommy instincts her part in this book literally gutted me there were so many times I wanted to crawl through that book and strangle her parents this book will stay with me for a long time it made me think of things long buried when a
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an emotional read. This story not only has characters that you will fall in love with but also shows how much the human spirit really can endure. How love really can be a life saver.

When tragedy strikes and Meg loses her older brother in a terrible accident she has no one to turn to. Brett, the local "Bad Boy" enters her life just when Meg desperately needs someone to love her. Both Meg and Brett begin to have feelings they have never felt before. Can two lost souls survive heartache and p
Pat Raab
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A deeply moving story about beating the odds. The loss of her brother and her parents' reaction when Meg goes off the rails with grief and finds help from an unexpected direction, shows how deeply prejudice impacts and directs the lives of people who are looked down on by those who consider themselves better for whatever reason. There are those who finally give up when life keeps knocking them down, and then there are some with the strength and determination to fight their way to a better place. ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

This is a lovely story about overcoming other people’s perceptions about what a person should be based on their history and family.
Meg is a strong young lady who has the worst parents ever! She has to deal with the death of her brother and with the help of Brett she finds the strength to find her way.
Brett is really up against it with his family history but he is a good guy at heart.
The pair really do make each other stronger and together they fight to be together.
A good book.
Penny Ellen
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such an emotional, raw, angst filled read. Max Henry has written a brilliant story about the struggles that can happen when your world falls apart and sometimes the person to put you back together is totally unexpected.
I loved this story and couldn’t put it down, I was hooked from page one. The connection you feel from the characters and the heartbreak they go through you feel every moment of happiness and torment they feel.
The connection between Carver and Meg is strong and full of chemistry
Lisa I
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In all honesty this is a brilliant book and a definite must read!!! Max Henry's work only recently came into my life but I have now read quite a few of her books and I have loved every single one. Malaise blew me away with its raw intensity. It was refreshing to read as it showed a different side to Max's emotional style of writing so prepare yourself to feel every real emotion possible. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ...more
Christine Menditto
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review.

Wow this book had my emotions going through the gauntlet. Carver was a great hero and he really was amazing to Meg. Meg was harder for me to like just due to her immaturity being new adult, which is the whole part of her character. I really enjoyed this book and had a pretty easy time following the kiwi terms. I definitely recommend this book.
Ursula Schutte
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Max Henry you have out did yourself once again. Congratulations on a epic story line. Meg and Carver had me on an emotional coaster ride with all the ups and downs going on in their lives. In the end love conquors all. Anyone wanting to read this book will be hooked once opening up the first page.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was so emotional. Everything in these two main characters lives were so hard it made the book heavy on emotions. I loved that Meg and Brett pull each other up when everyone around them does the opposite. This was another good one from Max Henry.
michelle sommer
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Malaise captures the atmosphere of depression and loss perfectly.

Max Henry writes about troubled characters with such skill she makes them real, and it's so refreshing to read an author who writes about depression and loss with such empathy.
Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
First off I have to say Hat's Off to Mrs. Henry for writing something that's completely different than from what she usually writes. Although this book is still kind of dark in its own right, its not like the dark in her Butcher Boy's series or Fallen Aces' series. But there are still dark undertones to this book.

I fell in love with Meg I really did. I felt her pain and anger. I felt for her and everything she went through. Meg loses her big brother Den in an accident and than basically outcast
Qubra Modak
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Had me captivated from the beginning to end.
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