**I got provided with an e-copy of the book by the publisher in return for an honest review!**
The Best Possible Answer came out earlier this month and this the second book by Kottaras that I have read now (check out my review for How to Be Brave here). I wasn’t the biggest fan of her first book, but I am happy to say that I enjoyed this one a lot more.
Going into this, I didn’t really know what to expect. It was going to be a contemporary, most likely with some romance, but that was all I thought beforehand. In parts I was right, because there was some romance, even though it was my least favourite part. It was cute and based on mutual appreciation. Yet, I just knew that it was bound to end in disaster or at least complicate things by a lot – as it tends to happen when you aren’t up front with people you care about. However, the book was about so much more!
Pressure is a wicked thing. Some people can’t function without it and I, for one, know that I would not make some deadlines if it weren’t for that last-minute-panic. But too much of it? Man, I’ve been breathless with anxiety of everything that is expected of me before – it’s not a nice feeling and Viviana was one of the unfortunate characters who suffered regular panic attacks. In my opinion, the topic was treated very well and accurately, even though I wish her parents had handled it differently. There is a reason as to how this all started for Viv, but I won’t go into detail, and I just cannot believe how cruel and inconsiderate most people in her life were. There was a real lack of empathy, but somehow it felt true to reality, to how this would probably play out for real and it made me sick.
There are a lot of different relationships here and tough decisions to be made about them. Sometimes you can love someone but not like them or accept their decisions at all. I believe that it was ultimately a lot more about family, the one you are bound to by blood and the one you choose for yourself, as well as self-acceptance. There is truth in learning from your mistakes, but you have to be allowed to make them first. Lastly, I really loved the chapter beginnings. They were actual tips for people who are in their last years of High School (at least in the US, my final years looked a little different).
Fazit: 4/5 stars! I think this would make a great summer read.
Have you read something by Kottaras? Would you be interested in this one?