Books, YA

Escape by Emma Eggleston Book Review

I believe in loving people even if they’ll never love you properly back.”

Excerpt from:
Escape
by Emma Eggleston
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Laila is Richardsville High’s quirky girl. She’s just biding her time until graduation when she has an unusual encounter with Matty, the all-American boy next door. When Matty and Laila start to talk, he shares a secret with her. He’s a part of a clinical study for a medication called effugium and it can really transport him to other places and times. Will Laila trust Matty enough to try the effugium?

Before I share my thoughts, I simply want to express my gratitude to Ms. Emma Eggleston, the author, for allowing me the opportunity to read and evaluate her book. I’ve never been asked to review a book by an author, so I’m really grateful and thrilled to comply. I’ll base my review on my experiences while reading the book.

Escape, which was released on January 16th, 2021, according to Goodreads, was sent to me as a digital copy. This book is YA fiction with a supernatural and psychological element. It touches with serious issues including substance misuse, sadness, and anxiety.

This is the first novel of its kind that I’ve read, despite my preference for reading books with strong psychological themes. I sensed the author’s honesty when reading the first chapter. And as I turned each page, I realized that this novel was not for me. I’m not that old, but I can’t identify to how the adolescents felt, therefore I couldn’t really immerse myself in this work. Though I found myself wondering about how depression may change and persist in one’s life, particularly how it affects adolescent’s life. Many of us believe that there are reasons why someone is depressed, but this novel will help us grasp what depression is.

The effugium’s mechanism of action also astounds me, and if it were true, and if it were made available over the counter, it would undoubtedly be a huge success in the medical sector, even if many people would misuse it.

Adults should read this book so they may get a glimpse of what’s going on in the thoughts of the youths. I’m not claiming that all teens are like this; I’m simply stating that some may have been in a similar circumstance where they felt the need to flee from what they currently have or what they once did.

I would absolutely suggest it to any book fan out there, especially those interested in reading novels about depression and anxiety. This will undoubtedly be a fascinating read.😊

My Overall Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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