Between The Raindrops, Sydney Logan – Book Review

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39103682Seventeen-year-old Scout Ramsey’s life is a mess. With a dead father and a junkie mom, she can’t imagine things can get worse.

Then her mother tries to sell her for a bag of meth.

After her mom’s arrest, Scout’s forced to switch schools in the middle of senior year. Scared and alone, she pours her heart into her journal and dreams of the day she turns eighteen.

For Wyatt Campbell, senior year is predictable purgatory. Then the new girl steals his seat in history class, and suddenly, school’s not so bad. They bond through their love of music, and Wyatt finds himself falling hard for the journal-loving girl with the sad blue eyes.

Wyatt’s heard the rumors. He knows Scout’s had it rough.

He’s determined to be the one thing in her life that’s easy.

In this captivating teen novel, Sydney Logan weaves a touching story that tackles the heartbreak of addiction, the power of forgiveness, and the wonders of first love.

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*ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

Trigger Warning : Drug abuse, physical abuse, threatening of sexual abuse, mentions of human trafficking.

Between the Raindrops follows the story of 17 year old Scout and her struggles after her junkie mom is jailed and she starts living with her abusive uncle. Everything in her life is in the dumps – her mom, her new home, her uncle, she’s forced to go to therapy and the people at her new school are quick to spread rumours. The only respite in her otherwise bleak life is in the form Wyatt, the cute but mysterious boy she shares most of her classes with and his exuberant sister Zoie, who declares Scout her best friend after their first meeting. Things start looking up for Scout after she befriends the Campbells but everything changes when she finds out that her mother is being released from prison and wants Scout in her life again.

Scout is a good protag. She’s got so much negativity in her life but she still keeps her head up and doesn’t curse at everything and everyone for her misery. She makes do with what she’s got and doesn’t complain. At all. But, that continues to her therapy sessions and she’s very reluctant to share anything with her therapist. Because of all that’s happened to her, she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks so much so that even the touch of a man makes it difficult for her to breathe. But, somehow, Wyatt is the miraculous exception to this rule because she doesn’t react badly when he touches her. Scout is bewildered by this and when she tells her therapist about this, the woman is stumped as well. However, they decide to go into more detail about why Scout didn’t feel negative effects of Wyatt’s touch during their sessions to understand it. I was really looking forward to that, but they never do discuss why it might be that Wyatt’s touch doesn’t affect her badly. I mean, this is the classic ‘love cures mental illness’ spiel and really, I AM OVER IT. That is so not true. Someone cannot just miraculously cure it. You have to work towards getting better – every single day. It is not magic. But, that is kind of how it is portrayed in the book.

I do love how Scout stands up to her mother, though. She doesn’t take any flake from the lady and tells her in clear terms that they can have a relationship only if her mother is clean. She’s rightfully angry at her mom for abandoning her the way she did and she lets her mother know it too. But, as much as she wants, she can’t hate the woman because she is, after all, Scout’s mother – and before her father passed away, Scout’s mother had been an amazing mom. I still love how Scout did what she did and put herself first after putting her mother first for a long time. She did what was best for her and not her mother and that is the way it should be. So, kudos to Scout for that.

Then, there’s Wyatt. Wyatt is a sweet, caring boy who is intrigued with Scout since the first time he sees her. She’s the new girl and she’s as smart as he is, sharing all his AP classes. They spend time together when she starts working at the same diner as him and he starts liking her. Soon, the two of them are in a relationship and Wyatt does everything he can to make Scout smile, especially cause she smiles so little.

But, she soon becomes his entire world and she’s all he cares about. Granted, she’s been going through a lot, but Wyatt worries about everything when it comes to her. He panics if he doesn’t know where she is for a minute. Now, with everything going on in her life, I can kind of understand why he would be worried, but he starts smothering her. And, his parents notice. They waste no time in getting him therapy because they realize that everything that is happening with Scout is affecting him adversely too. This was one of the things I loved about the book. Normally, when a boyfriend/husband/fiance becomes overprotective or overbearing towards their better half because of something bad that’s going on in her life, it’s expected that the woman just take it because the guy is doing it out of love. But, that wasn’t the case here. Wyatt’s parents immediately recognized his problematic behaviour and they made him get help because what he was doing was not right. I LOVED THIS PART A WHOLE LOT.

Zoie is also a great character and I love how she supports Scout no matter what happens and vice versa. Zoie had a few issues during the course of the book and Scout was the first person she turned to for help. Scout was there for Zoie through the whole thing and really gave her all the moral support Zoie could ask for. It was really touching.

The Campbell parents were also welcoming and understanding and they were there for Scout whenever she needed it, especially Wyatt’s mom, Gina. She really took Scout in and loved her like her own daughter. The bond between them was so beautiful and I adored it.

As a whole, this book deals with a lot of heavy stuff, but I really wish that it was handled in a better way, especially the mental illness aspect.

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