A beautiful tale of friendship between Laila (the quirky introvert) and Matty (the all-American boy next door). When Matty is diagnosed with depression, he takes part in a medical trial of the unique drug ‘effugium’ - a magical pill that allows him an escape from the melancholy of reality but this is one adventure that he cannot keep to himself. He needs Laila too. But will she be brave enough?
Laila stood out as a remarkable and relatable character. Although alone, she is never lonely. She is accepting of her flaws and unique characteristics - this is reflected by the love and light she brings to Matty’s life. A true angel of friendship.
Eggleston creates a vivid and colourful description of the parallel universes that are explored by Matty, allowing the reader to feel as though they are breathing and living in the same alternate world. Seeing what Matty see’s, feeling what Matty feels.
My only critique is that I wish the book was longer, I came so involved with the characters that I didn’t want the journey to end so soon.
This book makes you want to laugh, cry and hold somebody you love that tiny bit closer. A great book for teens and adults alike.
This is a story of Laila & Matty. Two teens that were on opposite sides of the social ladder form a friendship while working in an ice cream shop.
Matty has been feeling off for years and he doesn’t know why and opens up to his parents. Depression is a large theme in this book. He starts trying different methods to help his depression ie: therapy, meds... nothing is helping. This new drug trial he’s in is promising. When he takes the first pill it’s unlike he ever experienced. Sort of magical.
Very fun imagery throughout the book. I think this book is a perfect for teens as it’s a quick, easy read and could potentially open up the discussion of mental health with parents. It was an open ended ending where this could potentially become a series.
I don’t want to give too much away. This was a very short book but I think the geared audience of 12-18 makes it great. Really feel it could help parents and teens connect and discuss important issues.
This is a debut novel that has clearly been written from the heart and feels like a story that is very personal to the author.
I found the plot intriguing and unique; covering issues of anxiety and depression in teenagers the story assesses how far is too far when we want to escape reality.
I found second half of the book especially compelling as I began to enter the world of the characters to a greater depth.