Bet on It: A Novel by Jodie Slaughter
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
No. of Pages: 315
Date of US Publication: 12 July, 2022
My Rating: 3 stars
I went into this figuring on a lighter read, a meet-cute, friends-with-benefits rom-com. But this, it’s decidedly very realistic, and rather grittier than I was expecting, given the super cutesy illustrated cover. This book triggered my own anxiety and at 14% of the way in, I had to stop for two days because it was too heavy, and way too serious for my lighter-hearted Thanksgiving week plans.
The author wrote about the mental health issues the main characters dealt with, beautifully. She put into words quite succinctly what PTSD and anxiety can sometimes look like. The very real issues addressed in this book were too much for me to read straight through, and I found that I had to portion this one out.
ARC kindly provided by St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley.