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Tell Me When You Feel Something

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This book had a lot of potential but I couldn’t really get into it. Some of the scenes felt really unnecessary while others felt rushed through. I was a little caught off guard by the SA so definitely a warning for those that do read this.

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Viv has secrets she doesn't want to share with anyone, including her closest friends. But when it seems that all hope is lost, she turns to someone she thinks she can trust to help her out. When Viv ends up in a coma after a party, her friend Davida is determined to find ou what happened to her and why. When she does, will she be able to save her friend and herself before it's too late?

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I can see what this book was going for. It's a unique kind of mystery, reading like a murder mystery even though no one dies. The surprise ending wasn't especially surprising, though. The suspects were telegraphed pretty hard throughout. And the pacing is quite slow, dwelling unnecessarily on scenes that add little to the plot.

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A very eye opening tragic story into the world of a very traumatized Viv. Davida's POVS show just how well Viv was able to hide her problems. The police reports were an interesting break in the narrative as was the flashbacks to Vivs POV. The intriguing way it was written kept me reading to find out all the secrets. The way the plot points were revealed in real time & flashbacks really made the story come together. This lead to a really solid reading experience that really kept me guessing throughout.

The ending had me reeling in emotions & I was very happy that I was unable to predict wat was going to happen.

Would recommend this but PLEASE! Checky for trigger warnings. This could be a very rough read for a lot of people.

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This was a beautifully written, page-turning, nuanced exploration of characters. Really enjoyed it start to finish!

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The plot changes were quick and hard to follow at times. Overall I enjoyed this one okay. Definitely TW for SA though.

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Tell me when you feel something tells the story of a trio of teens, Davida, Tim, and Viv, over the course of about 2 months in the lead up and aftermath of a party. Firstly I do think this book should have come with a trigger warning for SA. While I personally was not affected, many people are and I truly didn’t expect that aspect to play a part in this book when I first decided to pick it up. Meanwhile, I did enjoy the short chapters and the alternating perspective of the characters, and while the time jumps were a bit confusing at times I did think the story worked with that kind of writing style. I also very much enjoyed the SP/ medical school aspect. I thought it was a very interesting concept that I haven’t seen done before. Other than that this book felt very meh to me. It took me about 40% of the book to fully understand what was going on and I’m not sure if it was the formatting of the book but at times it was very confusing to read. While I did read this book in 2 sittings, I didn’t really enjoy the reading experience. I kept reading mostly to finish it and see how it all was gonna wrap up. I saw the ‘plot twist’ from about 50% into the book and while I was somewhat satisfied with an aspect of the ending the other part seemed a bit too cliche and easily wrapped up. I would have like a slightly different spin on how it wrapped up. It was a decent read and a decent mystery but nothing revolutionary

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So.. this book had a lot of potential. The synopsis draws you to the book; however, the story, or maybe the writing, was a tad confusing to me. The beginning of the book seemed really promising, but I got lost very quickly between all the shift in characters and POVs.

I am also fortunate that I don’t have a ton of triggers; however, this book does touch on a lot of sensitive topics that should have been addressed in the beginning.

TW: sexual assault, rape, mental health/trauma, alcoholism.

All in all, though the story could have been executed better, it is a YA book, which I can’t seem to stop reading, but always have a harder time with. So if ya books are up your alley, give it a try.

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This was a twisty and ultimately kind of vague and whiplash-y teen thriller that overall I didn't enjoy very much. I'm rating it two stars and I just want to say that with some editing and tightening this could have been a much better book.

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This was a dark read, but the changing timelines kept my interest. I understand why some say the subject matter is hard to read. While the underlying premise seems far fetched and the fake-patient aspect seems bizarre, all in all, I found this to be a decent story. 3/5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ for this one.

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Vicki Grant's Tell Me When You Feel Something is a rough ride, and unfortunately one that does not come recommended. From the vague writing that is all over the place to the substantial triggers sprinkled throughout the book, this is not an enjoyable read. Nor is it an easy one, as the narrative is confusing and difficult to follow.

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huge thanks to netgalley for giving me this eARC !

the title makes u so curious that anyone would buy this book from the shelves of bookstores. however, i'm not the biggest fan of the book cover ( it looks like something straight out from wattpad ) and the way the book is written is just meh to me. would recommend to anyone who's looking for a short book to read.

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The format of the book made it a bit of a difficult read for me. The constant switching of time before what happened with Vivienne and after was a little whiplash-y. It was also kind of frustrating having Davida’s and Tim’s points-of-view vaguely mention things but not spell out what had actually happened. I understand that not everything can be laid out at once, but there was too much ambiguity. The culmination of the story was a shock, though, and I do appreciate that a lot in a story. Completely took me by surprise.

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Thank you to Penguin Teen Canada for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: YA thriller
In one sentence: Viv and her friends work as "simulated patients" for a local hospital - but pretend medicine leads to real consequences when Viv ends up in a coma.

I loved the concept behind this book, and it was clear from the beginning that something was awry at the hospital. I liked the multiple timelines and perspectives as Davida and Tim tried to figure out what happened to Viv. The book was a bit of a slow burn, but the ending surprised me. Teens may enjoy this one!

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3.5 rounded up. It was okay. I think I enjoyed the concept of the book more than the book itself. It could have been a bit better paced and I also didn't feel connected to the story or characters as much as I should have. Good thriller for teen readers though, so I do recommend it.

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I really loved the various perspectives and time jumps in this book.The mystery and slowly finding out pieces of the story made for an exciting read. The actual events however seem a bit unrealistic and created a rather anticlimactic ending to the story.

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Started reading then stopped then started then stopped. This book just wasn’t for me. But if you like YA thrillerish books I’d say give it a shot

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TELL ME WHEN YOU FEEL SOMETHING is a Young Adult mystery that tackles some pretty difficult topics and does so with maturity and the grace needed to handle it. It follows the characters of Viv, Davida and Tim as they work as simulated patients for med school students. When Viv overdoses, Davida begins to question everything she knew about Viv and about her relationship with Tim. We’re taken through three different narrations to find out what happened. Davida suspects the overdose wasn’t by choice, Tim knows things but can’t share them and we’re shown Viv’s perspective from before the overdose, leading us through her time at the simulated patient program and her finding people she can and can’t trust.

This is an entertaining and quick read with numerous twists and turns, and gives us plenty of people to suspect along the way. It takes us through the journey Viv has while trying to recover from being an alcoholic, having parents that care more about fighting each other than about her, and about dealing with her father’s remarriage.

This book dealt with topics such as alcoholism and sexual assault, and handled it in a soft and delicate way that makes you feel what the character is feeling. The prose wasn’t difficult to follow and the storyline wrapped up nicely. I felt that this book was fairly unique, as the Simulated Patients program wasn’t one I’d seen done before.

Some of the present chapters with Tim and Davida seemed a bit null, as it was fairly simple and nothing much happened. Other than that, I enjoyed my read and would definitely pick up another of Grant’s books. This book definitely did need trigger warnings as the sexual assault storyline came at the end of the book and appeared quite hastily. I had no warning that this was going to happen, which some people would definitely need before going into this book.

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Yeah…..
I tried, but i’m just not a YA thriller type of reader. So this just wasn’t a good match for me.

Although, i know YA thriller readers will very much enjoy this one!

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I absolutely loved this book! I found it hard to put down. I highly recommend reading it! You won’t be disappointed.

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