The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras (eArc Review)


Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Page Count
: 272

**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?

19 thoughts on “The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras (eArc Review)

  1. Ohh lovely review, Kat! I think I’ve seen this book on NetGalley before, but didn’t take time to read the synopsis. I’m glad I did now, and I’m also glad to hear the main characters’ struggles and panic attacks seem relatable and accurate, I’m kind of looking to read more books with characters having these kind of struggles.

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  2. I haven’t read anything by the author but this goes right into my summer reading list, as advised by you, my dear. I love the whole concept of family, by blood or choice, and the endless possibilities it gives. Also, I’m curious to read about the panic attacks. They can be different depending on the people but usually someone who suffers from this can tell if the author did a good job. I’m on a hunt for the best books dealing with it to create a big post with what to read when you’re looking for this kind of issues. Great review!

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    • I have to admit that I have not had full blown panic attacks, but I sometimes have trouble breathing. Gladly I found a way to control that. The main character here has trouble with that too, but she also gets nauseous and claustrophobic. So, that felt very true to me.
      I am looking forward to that post of yours!


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