Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Jamie left home to prove he could cope alone, without the suffocating support of his parents. But instead of finding freedom, he’s struggling with university, money, and depression.
Drawn together by an undeniable spark, their relationship won’t survive the present, unless they can come to terms with the past.
Why I Left You by Colette Davison has a much deeper, complicated storyline than indicated by that short synopsis. Well written and layered, Why I Left You deals with the more serious themes of depression, the impact of media use and teenagers, and suicide. That the discussions for these topics are framed out around a halted romance between Brett and Jamie works beautifully to deliver an emotional punch as well as let the reader into some of the issues that a person with depression deals with on a daily basis.
By necessity Why I Left You is told from both the pov of Jamie and Brett because at the beginning the question of what exactly is wrong with Jamie is up in the air. You are as in the dark as Brett. Then the author moves us through Jamie’s thoughts and actions and it quickly becomes clear. For Brett? It takes longer.
At times this will be a tough book to read. If suicide and depression are triggers for you, you might reconsider reading this story. I will say that Colette Davison treats Jamie’s depression responsibly, complete with doctors and a treatment that includes medication over a long term and no instant cure.
Where does this leave the romance? Still smack in the middle as both Brett and Jamie try to reconnect and figure out what it all means. Again a nice realistic and authentic relationship. The book ends on a wonderful note of hope and love and so much promise of the future for them both, especially after what the past held.
I loved Why I Left You by Colette Davison and recommend it.
Cover art by Charlotte LR Kane is fitting for the storyline and eye catching.
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Smudged Ink Press
Original TitleWhy I Left You
Edition Language English