Don't Panic by Lindsay Paige
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This books shows you how a panic disorder can take over your life. It's fascinating to see the thought process of the person, which becomes jumbled and hard to follow. Many times while reading I felt like I was going to have a panic attack myself. It had me on edge and shaky trying to follow Samantha's thought process. My heart would speed up and I found myself having to take deep breaths when Eli instructed Sam not to panic.
"Think of your attacks as the ocean during a storm. Waves come and crash. They beat on the sand over and over. Slamming into anything on its way. But then, the storm retreats. The water is calm and the waves slowly come and go. Every attack rises and falls. You either have to hold on," he squeezes my shoulders, "or stop it before the storm comes."
The character of Eli was a good balance for the story. He was lovable, supportive, and calming, even when he was unsure of things himself. The way he would hold Samantha and sing to her to get her over the panic was so cute and thoughtful.
'Eli pulls an iPod from the kangaroo pocket of his hoodie. I question how he knew to bring that. " I figured silence was part of it. I had trouble with silence too. Since you like my voice so much." He teases, "all of the songs here should be comforting. When you feel like you are going to have an attack, take this out and listen to it."'
I cannot say the same thing for the character of Chad he seemed to have a mental illness or anger issues but there was no explanation as to why he behaved this way.
The story was a bit choppy at parts. I really wished there was more information pertaining to what caused her panic attacks to start. I would have liked for the book to have been little bit longer.
All in all I thought it was a good glimpse into the mind of a person affected with a panic disorder.
*I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.*
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