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Lily's Just Fine

(Galloway Girls #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Lily couldn't have planned life better herself. She lives in the best house in town and she's dating the most popular boy in school. Everything else she can fix. Mum's apathy? On it! The stuffy gala committee? Watch this space! Tom has enough on his plate without trying to drag Newton St Cuthbert into the 21st Century. His sister is sick and there's nothing anyone can do. ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 26th 2020 by Sweet Cherry Publishing (first published July 11th 2019)
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peachygirl
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Finally, a fluffy YA I've been craving for. Thank you Sweet cherry Publishing.
Sometimes judging a book by its cover has its merits. Pretty catchy!

Lily is the girl who's got it all. Or at least that's what everyone thinks. But she has a depressed mother, a dad too busy for family affairs and siblings she sees only during holidays or when someone is sic
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Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Summer, friendship, attraction, control, inclusion.

Content warnings: Depression, anxiety, homophobia.

Book Review: Lily's Just Fine by Gill Stewart

This book was all at once fun fluff and serious issues - and I loved it.

At times Lily can be a rather difficult characters. I definitely didn't always a agree with her, she can be rather selfish and single minded, but she grows and changes. When she learns something, she adjust to it. She is pretty damn firey, but she can also empathise with o
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Jessica Mortimer-brown
A really cute book with voices for important topics such as mental health that need to be spoken about more often, definitely will recommend to others. I’m looking forward to see what else Gill Stewart creates.
Dee ♡
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I would like to thank Gill Stewart and the publishing company for sending me this arc for my honest review. My review reflects my opinion on the book, not the talented author that wrote this.

Although I wasn't a big fan of this book, I did find the writing brilliant though. I know for a fact if I was still in highschool I would've enjoyed this a lot more since I think it's more so targeted for the younger teen audience.

Definitely some amazing themes that are shown throughout this bo
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Sharon Naylor Toris
Thank you to Sweet Cherry Publishing and Netgalley for an Arc in an exchange for an honest review.
This book has a freshness about it that stands out in a field of novels touching upon similar themes and issues. Lily faded into the background for me a bit, but that's only because Stewart writes multi-faceted scenes and characters so well. The confusion soon unravels, and we get a comfortable path through some important issues, blended with natural character motivation. This is a worthy read, at
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Cindy Wilson
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I real liked how this book wasn’t about a girl hung up on some boy. While Lily’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems she doesn’t go on complaining about it.
ronnie
Lily's Just Fine by Gill Stewart
Rating: 5/5
Queer: not the main characters, but there are queer characters!
ARC: I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Lily is a planner who likes to keep busy. She’s the girl who knows it all and can fix it all. Well, until she can’t. Tom’s just trying to keep afloat with his current responsibilities and his sick sister. But he can’t predict that Lily Hildebrand is about to bulldoze into his life. (And heart).

Content Warnings: d
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Ruthsic
Warnings: ableism, homophobia, medical emergency

Rep: secondary characters with mental illness (depression), chronic illness; queer secondary characters

A cute and fluffy story about a take-charge girl who wants to reinvent her town's gala, and a boy who is just trying to not be caught up in her mission, Lily's Just Fine delivers a romance that balances itself well with the plot. Lily is the most capable girl in her town, and brimming with ideas and enthusiasm. Her mission to get over her breakup
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Tash Broom
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed myself with reading this one! I can't say I loved the characters at first, but they really grew on me! It felt a little sad to say goodbye at the end.
Elsa
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book.
Lily was such a strong minded, opinionated girl and I actually loved that! In normal YA books, most girls are presented as being "quiet-and-pretty" with no clear basis. In this book, she was such a spirited character, bringing it more alive than others.

Tom seemed so sweet and I loved how serene he seemed to be. I also liked how the attraction slowly built up, not being insta-love.

Thanks for this ARC, I really liked this one :)
Michelle
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this ARC by Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinions. I read this ARC pretty quickly as it was an easy and enjoyable read. The first thing which brought my attention to this book was its colourful and eye-grabbing cover. Sometimes it pays off to read a book based on a cover! I rated this book 4/5 stars Iver all as it was a great read, had a very thought out plot and likable characters. However I did find it predictable and from around the first fifty pages of the book I had a goo ...more
KT Robson
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s just so much to like about this book. It’s an easy reading YA novel, it’s based in my home country of Scotland (Always a bonus when I’m picking my next read!) and it touches on a variety of tough topics. From various mental health issues and chronic illnesses to LGBT rights. All taking place in a sleepy little town in Dumfries & Galloway on the Scottish west coast.
Lily is a complete busy body; she’s involved in anything and everything, whether others want her there or not. Taking th
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Allanna
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Living in Dumfries and Galloway, I couldn’t resist requesting this book on NetGalley, so thank you so much to the publishers for allowing me to read Lily’s Just Fine in exchange for an honest review! I don’t think I’ve ever read a contemporary YA novel set in Scotland before, never mind one actually set in my region.

I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great summery read (even if it’s not technically summer yet, but hey it was sunny while I was reading and that still counts!) and gen
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Charlotte
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received this as an e-arc through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book would be ideal for teenagers aged 13+, wanting a light and easy read for over the summer. But where I am at currently with my reading preferences, this just didn't hit the mark for me and I'm DNFing at 50%. This was something that I thought about for over a week. If this was 13 year old me, I probably would have enjoyed this and can see how it would be enjoyable.

There were main issues that have led me to D
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Charlie' (MyBooksAreCorrupted)
Disclaimer: Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I am so grateful to NetGalley and the Publishers, Sweet Cherry Publishing, for providing me with a copy of Lily's Just Fine by Gill Stewart.

This oh so fluffy and sweet book was a great read with hidden depths. Lily is the girl who on the surface has it all, she is involved with everything and knows how to improve any event. However under the surface she has a mother who spends all day sleeping, a father who
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Raluca
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a perfect book to put me in the Summer mood.
I picked up this book mostly because of the cover and the title, because I was very intrigued by them. The synopsis promises an unexpected romance set in Scotland but it was more than that in the end.
I enjoyed the dual narrative - even though I don't, most of the time - and I liked both of the main characters more than I thought I will initially. Surprisingly Lily wasn't an a
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Ruby Books
Thank you to Sweet Cherry Publishing for sending me a proof of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately this book just wasn't for me. My main issue is that most of the characters felt flat and underdeveloped so I didn't really care what was happening to them. At the start of the book I also got really confused between the two different perspectives because the narration just blended together.

I have to say that Lily's character really irritated me. She felt so controlling and the
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Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was a quite a quick and easy read. There was some depiction of mental illness, as alluded to in the synopsis by the mention of Lily's mother's 'apathy' and the conservative nature of many small towns especially in regards to LGBTQI rights. The small-minded nature of the town was represented well however I felt that Lily's mother's diagnosis was quite obvious as she had classical symptoms and there is a lot more awareness
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Amy (Golden Books Girl)
In this lovely, light romance set in Scotland, we are introduced to Lily and Tom- two teenagers facing different difficult family situations- who learn that they aren`t as different to each other as they`ve always thought and begin to fall for each other. I loved both characters individually even though they sometimes make mistakes and don`t do quite the right thing, and the fact that the dual narrative allowed you to see both sides of the story, especially as their feelings towards each other s ...more
Colleen Corgel
This is just okay. As a teen romance, it's got its fair share of twists and an extra bit of drama that only a high school romance can bring. It did bug me because Lily is extremely out there, but her co-lead is not, he's more into saving his sister than the world. It was almost as if Gill Stewart thought, "what if we had a story that saw through a manic pixie dream girl's eyes?" There was some depth here, because, while Tom learns a lot from Lily, he's still the more grounded of the two. He's th ...more
Jimmy Fenton
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lily's Just Fine is a book I would highly recommend to any fans of contemporary YA romance, with realistic characters you will easily grow to care for in spite of or even because of their faults, and a "slice of life" style story many people will be able to see parts of themselves in. It is not afraid to take on serious topics like mental and chronic illness and having to come to terms with family members suffering them, as well as LGBTQ+ acceptance, in a way that is realistic without getting to ...more
Hannah
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This was a great contemporary read. I really enjoyed the different aspects of this book, the romance, the LGBTQ and mental health issues. However, they were minor within the book and I would have like them to be a bigger focus within the plot. I felt like not alot would have changed without them there.

The characters were great but I didn't feel like t
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Claire Fullwood
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review. All of my opinions are of my own personal views, and do not reflect on the talented author at all, but unfortunately for me, I just could not finish the book.

I struggled to connect with any of the characters on any level at all, and I actually disliked the main character in the book, Lily.

For me the story needed more angst, as it just felt that the storyline wasn’t actually going anywhere fast. I would get exited at so
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Barbara Henderson
Lily is a fabulous character. FABULOUS, I say, and exactly what Scotland needs. The author demonstrates very clearly that a small canvas of small town politics and hierarchies (rather than monsters, dragons, disasters and dystopian apocalypses which normally dominate teenage fiction) can be as vivid and memorable as a sweeping saga.
The key to its success is Lily: successful, pretty, confident, irreverent and utterly compelling. The genre might be romance, but there is plenty to occupy readers'
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Emily
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads

Lily Hildenbrand has it all. The best house, a great friend, a wonderful boyfriend. Everything else, she can fix. The prom, the gala, her family. Until she finds out not everything is for her to fix.

Tom is just trying to keep his head above water. His sister is sick with a disease that no one can figure out, and he has numerous responsibilities within the community.

I had one major issue with this book : Lily. Lily is constantly trying to manage or fix everyone. Every little problem is for her
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Christina
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lily is a girl who knows her own mind – most people would call her bossy. She doesn’t see it that way though – she just likes to get things done! But there are some things she can’t do anything about and she’s just had a setback in love, so how will her summer pan out? Things get interesting when she meets Tom but he’s not her type at all – or is he? He’s quiet and brooding, and stays in the background, while Lily is always in the limelight. I absolutely loved this story and couldn’t wait to see ...more
Jenny
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, netgalley
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was a coming of age story that would be perfect for any reader.

Lily is a character that readers will love and connect to.

This is a YA read with heart that doesn't shy away from a serious topic like mental health.

I liked that the author addressed tough topics and developed the characters thoroughly.

I will look forward to more from Gill Stewart.

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest r
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Mikaela
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arc
2.5 stars

~ Initial Thoughts After Finishing ~

This is a very easy read, like a good palette cleanser... I almost dnf'd it because it just was very flat and didn't feel like it had much happening.

Plot wise it had a few things happen that brought some drama. But the characters didn't feel fully fleshed out, just cliches that we can attach predetermined knowledge of tropes to without too much background being given by the author.

I'm a bit conflicted about this one, I'm sure I'll have a clearer idea
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Jayasree B
Excellently written novel.
The characters, their progression, the plot, the emotions, the whole novel was very absorbing.
Funny and absolutely endearing to the reader. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series.

For the entire review, visit Frost At Midnite.
Sabrina DiRoberto
Lily’s just fine by Gill Stewart
3⭐

Thank you to Sweet cherry publishing and Netgalley for an E-Arc in an exchange for an honest review.

A Ya contemporary with romance, family, mental heath and LGBTQ+ representation. I enjoy a book that can take hard topics to talk about and grasp the story line. I think the characters were well developed, the plot and story line were also developed pretty good. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a light, but well written book to get lost in.
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