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Lily's Just Fine

(Galloway Girls #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  83 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.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 11th 2019 by Sweet Cherry Publishing
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Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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

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 sick or goes missing. With her need to control everything, life is not going as planned. But
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

3.5 stars
I definitely enjoyed reading this book, but the plot wasn’t anything special. I must say that the mental health rep and the fight for inclusivity earned the book half a star. Overall, I just found Lily to be a tad bit on the annoying side but I can definitely see why she was acting the way she did. I think the ending was satisfying, as the loose strands have been tied up well.
Cora Tea Party Princess
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

Lily is expecting her summer to be perfect, but when her boyfriend dumps her after prom, and she's left alone with her inattentive mother, she needs to find something to do. When it's revealed that the town gala needs some more volunteers, and there's no one under the age of 50 on the committee, Lily joins up, along with best friend, Gemma, and Gemma's neighbour, Tom. Lily wants to change it up, adding a reg
Sharon Naylor Toris
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Hadewych The Study Books
*3,5 Stars
I got this book on NetGalley for a review.
First of all I love the cover. It's so cute and it really fits the book.
Lily's Just Fine was a quick and fun read, but predictable.
The first chapters weren't that interesting, but after a few chapters it became more interesting.
If you are searching for a cute romance with drama, this book is perfect for you!
Dee ♡
Jul 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
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
Cindy Wilson
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Title: Lily's Just Fine
Author: Gill Stewart
Series: The Galloway Girls #1
Source: Thank you to the author, the publisher and to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This has not altered my opinion of the book.

Lily is one of the most popular girls in school: energetic, involved and always in control, it's easy to see why Tom Owens isn't a fan. From a distance she seems to be incredibly annoying despite what their mutual best friend Gemma insists.
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
Colleen Corgel
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
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
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I, unfortunately, had to DNF it after a couple of pages (I read 20% of the book)

It's not that it's bad, I just think the book targets people that are younger and not as old as me; I think 13 years old me would probably have loved this book while adult me couldn't finish it.

My first problem was that I didn't like the way it was written, I'm not a fan of like long, pompous, metaphorical descriptions, but in this book they were almost none of if they were they were written very matter-of-factly. J
Aida ☾
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-have-it, arc
the things i liked about this book:
-the setting in general
-the conversation about mental health that needs to be talked about.
-the character growth

it was a fun, quick read. enjoyable, but not quite outstanding. a bit predictable, but fun however.
Tash Broom
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 :)
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
This book was received from the publisher in return for an honest review

Summer is just getting underway in Newton St Cuthbert; exams are done, and Lily Hildebrand is off to the ball she planned. The ending isn’t quite as she expected though when her boyfriend breaks up with her so now, she needs to find something to fill her summer with so that everyone else will know she’s just fine. The book moves relatively quickly throughout the summer as Lily decides on her plans and takes steps to make the
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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 the le
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Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anaconda
Maybe internalized misogyny has lead me to believe women who try hard are irritating instead of leaders. It's not as if Lily imposes on others. She has a self image of impenetrability but the more she opens up, the more I like her earnestness. She recognizes the potential in others and rather than turning a blind eye, she encourages them to simply do what makes them happy. She's a facilitator organizing and mobilizing action. Her straightforwardness side steps the awkward, "Does he like me enoug ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
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
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
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Emma Seaton
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-copy for an honest review!

Lily is someone who likes to keep busy. She's the girl who knows it all and knows how to fix it all. Until she can't. Tom is just trying to get on with life and trying to look after his sister who is sick. But what happens when Lily bulldozes into his life (and maybe heart?)

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

Lilys just fine delivers a s
Ruby Books
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-copies

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 th
Lindsey Flower
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Firstly I would like to thank Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this book, in exchange for an Honest Review.

This book is a cute YA romance, told from 2 different perspectives, that is perfect for a Summer read. It includes important topics such as relationships, depression and inclusion and discuses these quite well.

Lily for me was a hard main character to like, the reason for this is she is one of those people that thinks she is better than everyone else, quite judgemental and couldn’t see th
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