Title: Sweet Tea
Author: Wendy Lynn Decker
Genre: Young Adult, Mental Health
Synopsis: Cover reveal with blurb
Buy book: Book Depository
Review: This book made me feel every emotion possible right from the start and it’s just one of the factors that made me love it.
The story is set in Georgia, Atlanta and focuses on the life of sixteen year old Olivia and her mother and siblings. After watching an afternoon talk show, Olivia realises that her mother’s strange behaviour is similar to symptoms of a certain mental illness and since her father is dead the only other person she can turn to is her older sister CeCe. Things continue to spiral downwards and therefore Olivia and her sister and brother have no choice but to turn to a stranger and a woman her mother met in hospital.
I adored reading this story. It was funny but also heartbreaking at the same time. Olivia and her siblings had to deal with things that no one that young should have to deal with. CeCe was left in charge most of the time to look after both Olivia and Luke which left her stressed as she also had work and college to attend in order to help provide them with money for food, clothes, bills etc. Although it’s a fictional book I found myself getting upset over the experiences they had with their mother and her illness as it’s something no child should have to go through. This, for me, is what makes a book better though as you have real feelings towards the story and characters.
Olivia was a strong character but she was very fearful of a lot of things. One of the major things that stood out was the fear she had of her sister leaving to try and make it into stardom as it would then leave Olivia in charge of everything. I liked that Decker often showed us Olivia’s thoughts about it all as it helped her character grow as we gradually seen her get over her fears as the book came to a close. Cece was a more reserved character but very strong-minded. She did everything she could to help her family whilst their mum was being treated. The thing I loved most about this character is that even though it was clear she was hurting inside, she was always strong for both Olivia and Luke and at some moments became the mother figure. Although the rest of the characters were pretty minor, it still felt real as they each had their own personality that was shown throughout the story and there was no character that I felt the story could’ve done without as they all played a part in helping the story become what it is.
There isn’t a single thing I can say I disliked about this book. Everything about it was strong and real. It’s a light read mostly aimed at teens but I would recommend it to anyone as it will not disappoint!
I posted the cover reveal post of this book a few weeks ago so you can check that out by clicking the link beside ‘Synopsis’ at the top of this review. I’d also like to thank Aimee for allowing me to be part of the cover reveal as well as sending me a copy to review. Head over and check out her blog if you get the chance!