Truly, Wildly, Deeply by Jenny McLachlan
Published: March 8th 2018 by Bloomsbury
Format: Kindle e-book (ARC)
Annie is starting college. She can’t wait. No more school, no more uniform, and no one telling her what to do. It’s the start of a new adventure and Annie’s not going to let anyone or anything get in the way of that. Freedom matters to Annie. She has cerebral palsy and she’s had to fight hard to get the world to see her for who she truly is.
Then she meets Fab. He’s six foot two, Polish and a passionate believer in…well, just about everything, but most of all Annie and good old fashioned romance. The moment Fab sees Annie, he’s wildly drawn to her and declares she must be his girl. Annie’s horrified. She doesn’t want to be anyone’s anything, especially if it means losing her independence.
But then Annie finds herself falling for Fab. As things go deeply wrong, Annie realises that love can make you do wild, crazy things, and so she sets out to win his heart with a romantic gesture of truly epic proportions!
I received an ARC from Bloomsbury via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
A few chapters into Truly Wildly Deeply, I had to double-check which genre this was classified in. Even though is categorised as Young Adult, it reads a lot more like a Middle Grade novel. While it picked up in the second half of the book, I definitely felt like this was aimed at the younger side of the YA spectrum.
Annie is a complex character. She has cerebral palsy but she doesn’t let it hold her back from doing all the things her peers can do. She fights every day to get people to see beyond her disability. She’s tough and sweet, a great friend and daughter. Despite all this, I didn’t particularly like her character. I thought she was a little bit condescending and rude when she didn’t need to be, and used people for her own personal gain.
Annie’s Polish classmate, Fab, was great. He was so funny and loveable, definitely my favourite character. Fab is just such a great guy, I wish he was real because anyone would be lucky to have a friend like Fab in their life.
McLachlan’s writing style, unfortunately, is really not my thing. All the adults behaved like teenagers, and some of the teenagers seemed wise beyond their years. It didn’t really make any sense at all to me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not badly written, just not for me.
The story isn’t particularly unique. A classic tale of girl meets boy. I liked how McLachlan incorporated Wuthering Heights into the story. Wuthering Heights is one of my favourite books, and definitely my favourite classic, and reading this book has encouraged me to buy another new edition of the book (that I definitely didn’t need).
This book was truly, wildly, deeply not my thing, but I’m sure other people would love this story and its characters. So give it a read, you might love it a whole lot more than I did!