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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.
Delphine is sassy, fierce, and loyal to her friends. She goes on holiday ‘once a year’ to a beautiful Greek island where she meets Nikos a handsome and witty Greek boy. Each year, the chemistry between them is intense and intoxicating, full of promise and passion. When she returns home, it’s like she doesn’t exist. Nikos ignores her messages and leaves her feeling empty and hurt.Delphine begins spiralling downhill, suffering from panic attacks and blackouts. She starts making bad decisions and the worst part is, she can’t remember most of it happening. She refuses to believe or recognise she is depressed. Delphine’s best friends, Kirstein, Brad and Carl, try their best to make her happy. Can they reach her before something dreadful happens? Will Nikos reciprocate her love or is love closer to home and Delphine just can’t see it?
Closing date: 01/11/2020
Publication date: 13/11/2019
Publisher: Independently published
|Publication date:||13th November 2019|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
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.’More About Charlotte Rose