Book Review: Love and the Seas and Everything in Between by Brian McBride

IMG_2529WINNER OF WATTPAD’S 2016 WATTY’S AWARD “We are bright. We are brave.” College Freshman Adam West’s world has been falling apart for a long time. Broken, betrayed, abandoned, alone… there’s nothing left for him but a handful of mental illnesses. He’s tired and ready to end it all. Then, Elizabeth Richards comes along. All it took was the kindness of a stranger to make Adam’s world a just little bit brighter. For the first time in a long time, as they travel the West Coast together, he’s starting to see that there are still some adventures worth living for. But pain isn’t easily forgotten. And the past doesn’t just disappear. Sometimes the only way to come alive is to fight and wrestle through all the darkest places. For fans of Stephen Chbosky’s THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and John Green’s THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, LOVE AND THE SEA AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN shines a light on some of the darkest places of human struggle. Heart-rending and raw, it reminds us that love has the power to bring healing to even the most broken places.

“I know what you mean. Sometimes, you look at extraordinary stuff for so long, it starts to become ordinary. Sometimes you have to take back your wonder from whoever stole it form you.” – Brian McBride

Wow. In regards to Mental Health, I never did expect that I will be able to relate to a fictional character that at some point — I could really empathize with.

Adam is a teenage boy who is finding himself. Someone who has a negative perspective on life. This is where I could relate to Adam. He has a huge understanding of the bigger picture in life. This book shows how a person could be vulnerable. That a simple broken promise can damage a person. But at the same time, it shows that all people could be a catalyst and at the same time guilty if there will be a broken relationship and most of the time, in life, it happens without your control.

And I’m guilty of that as well. More often than not, we only think of ourselves and we don’t even think how our certain action could affect someone. Maybe it could break your family, or maybe, being insensitive can start a misunderstanding. There are various ways in life that we don’t have any control of. The only thing we could control here is how we will perceive the negative action from the outside and how we will turn this negativity into positivity.

Love and the Sea and Everything in Between shows the two sides of the coin. For Adam, what he is fighting for is something big deal for him. But for some, like my earlier mindset, his problems are way too small to deal with. As I read through the book, I realized that every problem has a different impact on a person. It could be nothing to someone but at the same time, it could be everything to someone.

Although I am not much of a fan of a story where the broken guy is being saved by the girl and it turned out, the broken guy is being saved by the broken girl being saved by the broken guy, I still appreciate how some huge events in their lives are being handled maturely.

One of the things that I would like to point out here is about Liz’s perspective. She is a ray of sunshine who keeps on trying to see the positive in the situation. In other words, the silver lining. Speaking for experience, it is difficult to have a positive mindset when you feel like everything is letting you down. When it feels like, you don’t have control over a situation where your perspective is in line with the thought that having a positive mindset is like you are just prolonging the agony and the pain that is yet to come.

That’s what I admire with Liz. She is stellar that even if she has her own demons, she keeps on fighting. She keeps on being the light to every situation. And that is what this book is, Love and the Seas and Everything in Between is a brave book that talks about mental health, and at the same time discuss issues to man up for the consequences of your action (if you look at it on that perspective) or just grow up to be a better person. Which one would you choose? To remain stagnant or to be better?


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Born and raised in Oregon, Brian moved to California at sixteen, where he has lived ever since. He’s been writing since he was thirteen-years-old and has been reading for longer. Now 22, Brian is pursuing a degree in Social Work, which he hopes to use to help rescue children and families from bad situations. A fourth generation pastor, he is heavily involved in his local church in the San Francisco Bay Area and is also pursuing his Minister’s License. Brian is currently building his first home, a Tiny House On Wheels (#THOW) in his parents’ backyard. Among other things, he is also passionate about iced tea, animals, adoption, and the arts.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Love and the Seas and Everything in Between by Brian McBride

  1. Woww the cover attracted me so much. And reading this review makes me want to read it! I love reading books about mental health but I get your point about a boy/girl saved by boy/girl. I don’t like it that much but sometimes if the storyline is unique and different than others, maybe it’s not that bad…
    Anyway, nice review! Will check this book out! 💫👏🏼


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