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I'm an ordinary girl, even though my mum would say 'extraordinary', constantly day dreaming, thinking up my next chapter or writing poetic lines in my head. Although I'm only twenty, I have loved, lost, battled with depression, healed my broken heart and have many more adventures I'm passionate to share.
If you see any jargon in my writing that will be either my Essex slang or my furball Angel, pawing away at the keyboard asking for a little more attention.’
Mental health is such a big subject at the moment and it is something that impacts us all and many people have to consciously deal with every day, whether directly or indirectly. This is the main focus of Once a Year, a story of a holiday romance that triggers a difficult time in 17-year-old Delphine’s life. As is sometimes the case with mental health issues, Delphine doesn’t see her problems at first, and it is her friends and family who are trying to be supportive and help her to cope. However, until Delphine comes to the realization that something is wrong, and she needs that support, nothing can happen to start helping her through this time. It makes comforting reading that her family and friends are supportive throughout the book and that they never give up on Delphine. I think that this book helps to remind us how fragile our feelings can be and how easy it is to succumb and be completely controlled by our emotions without taking a step back. This book also touches on friendship and how true friends will always support you and never use you. Overall I would say that Once a Year is a light-hearted story that manages to cover a number of deeper topics and undertones.