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Lily's Just Fine

(Galloway Girls #1)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  62 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.
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Paperback, 1, 228 pages
Published July 11th 2018 by Sweet Cherry Publishing
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peachygirl
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
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Jessica Mortimer-brown
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.
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
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Hadewych
*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
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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.
ronnie
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
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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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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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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
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.
Elsa
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 :)
Michelle
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 th
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lua
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
Charlotte
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
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Allanna
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
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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
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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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
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Ruby Books
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
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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Georgia_books
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lily is outgoing, strong willed and is absolutely sure this summer will be the best, most productive summer she's ever had, despite her recent relationship break up. Tom on the other hand is quite the opposite and has no plans to take part in any of the nonsense going on in town this summer, looking after his sick sister is his main priority.. That is until Lily comes along.

The premise of this book was cute, I mean I've never really read anything about teens spending their summer preparing for a
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Eve beinguniquebooks
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lily is juggling a lot from school finishing she finds herself involved in the local gala where she comes up with many great ideas but mainly what the elder folk don't like.



Meanwhile Tom's sister Sarah has been ill for a while with a mystery illness that's undiagnosed while his friend Gemma who's Lily's best friend ropes him in to help at the gala too as he does sailing.



As Lily and Tom slowly get together, Lily's mum suffers from a very bad depressive episode while Sarah becomes worse too and at
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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
ailsa cummins
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really well paced story for young people around 11-13 group maybe younger depending on maturity. I enjoyed the story and character development. Gill Stewart has pitched the tone excellently for accessing school reading clubs/ class discussions/ nurture groups. I did think for a while that there was too many different areas of life covered: Illness, family relationships, peer relationships, depression, anxiety, friendships, gender, homosexuality, generational differences, coping strategies and ...more
Rhiannon
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
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Jimmy Fenton
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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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Patricia
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was never quite sure what to make of this one!! The plot reminded me of middle grade classics such as Cathy Cassidy, but the odd swear word/sexual reference definitely marks it as YA which meant the overall mood was a little muddled for me.

The representation of chronic illness was very good and Sarah's character was by far my favourite, in fact the characterization throughout is believable and interesting. However the plot's climax could have been handled in a more thrilling, dynamic way, and
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