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Me & Milo the Great

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My name is Holiday Sanchez. I carry a heavy burden.

But I'm not the only one.

There are others who know what it feels like to remember. Maybe they are the answer. Maybe we can help each other. Maybe I'll finally get past it.

Maybe it just takes time—and a little bit of magic.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 14th 2017 by Michelle Schlicher
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Alex (PaperbackPiano)
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinions, which are my own.

I didn't really know what to expect from this but it turned out to be a cute contemporary that was very well-written. I found the story intriguing and original, and the protagonist, Holiday, was very relatable.

The portrayal of anxiety in this book was very realistic and not patronising. It actually reminded me of 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' which is one of
Nicole Alycia
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of the ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Holiday suffers from debilitating anxiety, so bad she can barely leave the house most days. When she was younger she suffered through a traumatic experience and she never came to terms with what happened. Years later, she's finally trying to make peace with what happened. And then she meets Milo and everything changes.

As someone who suffers from anxiety, I found this book to be incredibly interesting. Sometime
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Advanced copy received from the author for review.

Often feeling like this was a memoir, and that's no criticism, this is a deep, moving novel about a girl, Holiday, who loses her mum when her father bombs the train she is on. She never calls him dad and he certainly never behaved liked one. The protagonist goes back and forth in time detailing her loss and her healing journey. I loved Holiday and I felt as if I had really gotten into her mind, was experiencing the feelings she was experiencing,
Maggie • Library of Colors
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Posted first at Library of Colors.

I was sent an advanced copy of this book by the author for a review.

When Michelle Schlicher emailed me asking me to read her book, I was really excited. I’m currently flying through a lot of contemporary novels, and this one sounded great! It wasn’t quite as “fluffy” as the rest of the ones I’ve been reading, so it was a nice change in my rhythm.

When I leave the library, I notice my step is quicker. With every conversation, I am empowered. I feel something I hav
Cassie C
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Review to come!

Update 9/5/17:

See more reviews on my blog Novels and Necklaces

I was given an advanced copy of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating 4.5 stars

I am absolutely blown away by this novel!! Me and Milo the Great was a beautifully written and touching read that is sure to be a major hit! I have never read a novel by Ms. Schlicher previously, but I am definitely going to check out her past novels (and any future ones) as well! Everything about this book w
Emily Eitniear
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway! This young adult novel is by far on the top of my recommendation list for high school students. This book deals with social situations, dealing with anxiety and a little bit of fate. I loved the way this story bounced back between the history behind the situations to give you a great backstory and current times, it gave so much background behind the characters. Holiday Sanchez the main character can be somewhat difficult to relate to, giving the ...more
Stormi (Bewitched Reader)
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Me & Milo the Great is a quick and touching read. I really enjoyed getting to know Milo and Holiday. They are both unique and quirky characters that had devastatingly painful childhoods. Michelle Schlicher has a way of weaving romance with sentimental stories that will touch you and pull at your emotions.

I voluntarily received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kate (Beyond Bookish)
Such a great story! While I have not experienced tragedy like Holiday I found a lot of myself in her. Anxiety and guilt can be debilitating but the magic that Schlicher creates in this novel is really remarkable!!
Nathasya Elizabeth
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
First posted on Sweater Weather >> Me and Milo the Great | Book Review

When I first read the synopsis, I thought this was going to be a high school story. How wrong was I! The characters are grown adult; Holiday is a 24 year old woman who suffered from anxiety due to a horrible past event. She couldn’t move on from the incident as it involved both her parents.

Intriguing Build Up

It was clear from the start that this book tells a story of healing. The beginning of the book is very intriguin
This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is my third time reviewing a book by Michelle Schlicher. I always feel really happy when I see she has a new book coming out, so I couldn't turn down the opportunity to read this one. It's unfortunate that I didn't really enjoy it though. My biggest issues were that: I couldn't connect with Holiday, I didn't really buy int
Books Before Bedtime
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A million thank you’s to Michelle Schlicher for sending me a copy of her upcoming novel, Me & Milo the Great. Michelle sent me one of her books last year (Come This Way) and I LOVED it (I even bought a copy for my mom!), so I was obviously over the moon to review another one of her books. And 1) Me & Milo the Great did NOT disappoint! I’m really excited to tell you all about it - spoiler-free, of course! Besides the fact that spoiler-free is my modus operandi, M&MTG doesn’t actually ...more
Avni Mittal
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“I guess you could say it was a bit like well… magic”
This line from the book actually defines it! it wasn’t and harry potter magic but magic in the simple things that happen to us, which if had happened in a different way then life won’t have been the way it is. That’s magic too, isn’t it?!
This story is about a girl- Holiday Sanchez, who had a father- Stan, who was never her dad and her lovely mother Rita. Her life changed because of Stan’s craziness and now she suffers with anxiety and is afrai
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was very excited to receive an email from Michelle Schlicher asking if I'd be interested to read and review her book. After reading through the blurb, and seeing that it has such a cute cover, I accepted without hesitation. 

This is my first Michelle Schlicher book and I must say that I am impressed. There were several times I found myself tearing up while reading. And when a book is able to stir up my emotions like this, to me it is a good book.

This novel is split into alternating chapters -  
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2017
I wasn't sure what to expect from Iowa author Michelle Schlicher's newest book. The synopsis doesn't tell the reader much about the story and you go in a little blind. But, since I had read one of Schlicher's previous books GRACIE'S SONG, I was confident I would like it.

Going into this story blind is just what you need to do. Let the story evolve for you through the way Holiday tells her story. As you flip back in forth from the past to the present you get an idea of the person Holiday Sanchez i
Lyss Gaertner
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
“He harbored demons within him. We both knew it, Mom and me, but it wasn’t easy to escape.”

As with any person, Holiday has difficulty moving through life after a cruel tragedy explodes into her life. She is plagued with panic attacks and social anxiety, pushing her into a mild case of agoraphobia.

“You live with yourself at the end of the day.”

But then she meets Milo. Not just Milo, but Milo the Great, a comedic magician who spends his days perfecting the art of getting tricks wrong. All of a su
I was sent an eARC from the author for an honest review.

Me & Milo The Great was such an interesting and emotional book that focuses on an individual’s journey towards healing, and subsequently helping the readers who are struggling through similar problems as well. It is a story about a young girl called Holiday who loses her mother in an attack carried out by her dad…although she never considered him as her father since he never behaved like one. The author goes back and forth in time, givi
Bunny theshybooks
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Spoil Free Review
Me & Milo the Great by Michelle Schlicher
4.5 Stars
Release Date | September 14th
Summary | Goodreads
Amazon | Preorder
Pages | 250

A story about what it takes to survive, live and even learn to believe in a little bit of magic.

The author sent me this book for a honest review! I am happy to say that I really love this book. Therefore, I am giving it 4.5 stars! This is an ARC (advance reader copy) but it will be release on September 14th!
I don’t read many contemporaries because I a
Susan (The Book Bag)
Me & Milo the Great is a wonderful, thought provoking, emotional story which I found to be very different from most of the books I have been reading lately. And this one is a bit different from Michelle's previous books, all of which I thoroughly loved. This one deals with the aftermath of a tragic event and how it affected the life of a young woman. It has a more serious tone than her other books, but it is also filled with hope.

Holiday lives a complicated, secluded life for something that
Tiffany Giovino
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

You literally go in to this book without know a lot. I think it's so good to have that mysterious sense about a book. I went in to this book not knowing whether or not I was going to enjoy it. But I've read another book by Michelle and I loved it, so I expected to love this one as well.

Holiday Sanchez has been through a lot. She has a social anxiety as a result from a traumatizing event during her childhood. This is the story of
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holiday Sanchez has suffered a tragedy, lived through atrocity. Can she cope? How will she heal?

This story was so deeply moving for me. I loved getting to know Holiday and the reasons why she is how she is. Holiday has suffered, and even years later, she still has not been able to heal herself enough to deal with it. The synopsis is short, and it is good that way, because you do not need any other information about this book. The mystery is the fun of Me and Milo the Great. There are so many thi
Brianna Remus
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In just a few words, this novel is heart wrenching, warm, and magical. It has been a while since I have come across a book that truly makes me feel exactly what the characters are feeling. Schlicher has an incredible gift with words in a way that made Holiday and Milo so real for me. Holiday's story is tragic and defeating and in those moments I felt as if I was her. I could feel her depression radiate off the pages. The way her character went through life is a portrait of what someone with depr ...more
Ashley (bookishmommy)
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I received an advanced review copy of Me & Milo the Great in exchange for an honest review*

I was pleasantly surprised by Me & Milo the Great! I didn't really know what to expect because the only thing I knew about it was from the little blurb on the back which says,

"My name is Holiday Sanchez. I carry a heavy burden.

But I'm not the only one.

There are others who know what it feels like to remember. Maybe they are the answer. Maybe we can help each other. Maybe I'll finally get past it.

Laura (thechronicbookworm)
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Me and Milo the Great was one of those books that I could only read in parts as it was quite an emotional reading. Holiday had a traumatic experience in her past which she struggles to move on from. The writing was beautiful, it made me feel everything that Holiday feels as she grows throughout the book. The story weaves in and out from current day 24 year old Holiday to parts of her childhood and teenage years. It was amazing to be able to fully get to know Holiday’s character.

The story is all
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay… so the main character has so many internal and emotional struggles. Don’t get me wrong, with her past Family problems/accident don’t blame the poor girl for having such intense anxiety about everything!! The way the character kinda talks to the reader at first, feels like she’s reaching out to you for help? Her story and her pleas Makes me want to help her. Then she Meets a guy which adds an element of romance to the story –with a plot twist later that I didn’t see coming– and although the ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Will Holiday Sanchez be able to overcome the sins of her parents or will she continue to let fear hold her back from living her life?

Me and Milo the Great helps to overcome the stigma of mental illness by its ability to connect the reader to the characters. I found myself, "walking in the shoes" of Holiday. This book is a raw and realistic look into the life of a character struggling with the crippling effects of anxiety. It gave me a greater appreciation for the daily trials that those with an
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story was so unique and special. Before opening the pages, I didn't know exactly what it would be about, as the synopsis gives a teaser about the plot, but doesn't give anything away. In trying to do the same with this review, all I'll say is that it was a book I'm glad to have read and one I hope many more get the chance to read - I think men and women of any age would appreciate it. The plot is so creative and different than other books I've read. The characters were complex. The way the ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
The synopsis doesn't give much about the story so I honestly did not know what to expect when I started reading Me & Milo the Great, and it surprised me.

It is about the road to healing of a young lady, Holiday Sanchez, who has anxiety and experiences panic attacks due to a traumatic childhood experience. At present, she's 24 years old and is trying to do things to heal. Then she meets Milo, a 22 year old magician, and she felt things that she never thought she would.

Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A book of hope, letting go and finding your way. I loved how the main characters move through life on their own timelines.
Lauren - SERIESous Books
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
--Read my full review of the book at! Spoiler Free!

**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

I had a lot of questions when I started this book: What was the burden? And what's this about magic? I couldn't wait to get the answers!

I don't want to give too much away because the reveal of Holiday's "burden" was a big "wow" moment for me. So I'll just say it was a story that I'
Sumedha (the wordy habitat)
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
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Note: I got a free e-copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

Going into this book, I hardly knew anything on what it’s about. As you can see, the synopsis is VERY vague. It doesn’t tell anything about the story. And I thought would be an actual magic element in it? (There isn’t.) I really wish there was a better synopsis written.


Holiday Sanchez lives a reclusive life. She hardly goes out and speaks to people.
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MICHELLE SCHLICHER grew up in the Midwest. She attended the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University, but her love of writing came much earlier than that. Michelle wrote her first novel in fifth grade at recess. That story was lost and never been published. From there, she wrote short stories about vampires, babysitters and summer trips. After the birth of her second child, she decid ...more