Reviewing Anxious Characters: 3 Things NOT To Say

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Those of you who have followed me for awhile have probably heard me talk about my experience with social anxiety. For those of you who haven’t, to make a long story short, I’ve had pretty bad social anxiety since I was around 12 or 13 years old (and I’m now 22). So I have plenty of experience with anxiety: what it feels like, how it impacts my life, etc. As a result, I understandably get very happy when books have good anxiety representation. It feels great to see a part of yourself that can be really difficult to deal with reflected in a book you’re reading. But often, I’ll connect with an anxious character and then I see reviewers say some things about that character that really makes me upset. I doubt these people are saying these things to make anxious people feel bad, but regardless of intent, that’s exactly what it does.

So I thought I’d put together a post about some things that you should avoid saying about characters with anxiety. This isn’t really meant to be a complete list, but these are things that I have seen before in reviews that have really upset me and, therefore, are things that I thought to include. Please feel free to leave more suggestions/advice in the comments and if you’d like, I can update my post to include your comments (with credit to you, of course). I might also end up doing a part two sometime in the future if I end up thinking of other things to say or I notice more problems in reviews of books with anxiety representation.

Without further hesitation, here are some things you should avoid saying in a review when discussing a character’s anxiety.

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ARC Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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Published: September 26th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Series: N/A | Length: 464 pages | Genre: YA sci-fi/time travel | Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: violence, sexism (nothing horrendous, but a couple of comments are made)

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Summary from Goodreads:

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

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Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme or prompt for which you come up with a list of ten books or ideas. This week’s theme is a very easy one for me to come up with ten books for: books on my fall TBR. As my followers are probably well aware, I always set pretty ambitious TBRs so there are plenty of books that I could include on this list and it was pretty hard for me to narrow it down. But anyway, I did my best and came up with 10 books that I’m hoping to read this fall!

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ARC Review: The Lost Causes by Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Etting Koosed

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Published: September 5th, 2017 by Kids Can Press | Series: N/A | Length: 344 pages | Genre: YA paranormal/fantasy, mystery | Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: suicide, drug use, murder, abuse

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Summary from Goodreads:

They’re the kids that no one knows — or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they’re out of other options. They’re lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal. 

There’s only one problem. She’s not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power. 

Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price. 
Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover. 

But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who — if anyone — they can trust.

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Around the Blogosphere

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Hello, everyone! It’s once again time for me to share one of my Around the Blogosphere posts. For those of you who may not be familiar with this feature of mine, this is a monthly feature I do to highlight some recent posts from other bloggers that I really enjoyed reading and think others should check out. I love helping people discover new blogs and I think this is a great way to do that!

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Books I Will Probably Never Read Tag

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Today is Friday and while I usually post a review each Friday, I completely failed to get one ready to post today. So instead, I figured I’d post one of the few tags I have waiting to be done! I haven’t been doing a lot of tags recently because I kind of got tired of doing them. But I’ve recently been tagged for a few that I think look really fun, so that’s what I’m doing today. A big thank you to Nikki at The Night Is Dark and Full of Books for nominating me to do this!

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