Tilly in Technicolor
by Mazey Eddings
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Pub Date 15 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 29 Aug 2023
St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books
Tilly in Technicolor is Mazey Eddings's sparkling YA debut about two neurodivergent teens who form a connection over the course of a summer.
Tilly Twomley is desperate for change. White-knuckling her way through high school with flawed executive functioning has left her burnt out and ready to start fresh. Working as an intern for her perfect older sister’s start up isn’t exactly how Tilly wants to spend her summer, but the required travel around Europe promises a much-needed change of scenery as she plans for her future. The problem is, Tilly has no idea what she wants.
Oliver Clark knows exactly what he wants. His autism has often made it hard for him to form relationships with others, but his love of color theory and design allows him to feel deeply connected to the world around him. Plus, he has everything he needs: a best friend that gets him, placement into a prestigious design program, and a summer internship to build his resume. Everything is going as planned. That is, of course, until he suffers through the most disastrous international flight of his life, all turmoil stemming from lively and exasperating Tilly. Oliver is forced to spend the summer with a girl that couldn’t be more his opposite—feeling things for her he can’t quite name—and starts to wonder if maybe he doesn’t have everything figured out after all.
As the duo’s neurodiverse connection grows, they learn that some of the best parts of life can’t be planned, and are forced to figure out what that means as their disastrously wonderful summer comes to an end.
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I absolutely loved this book! I found the depictions of Tilly and Oliver, two neurodivergent young adults, to be extremely realistic and authentic. It really shows what is like for children and adults with ADHD and autism, and it will help readers better understand what the neurodivergent experience on a daily basis. I was rooting for Tilly and Oliver through their triumphs and their struggles as they each learned how to navigate a new job and new feelings. A strong supporting cast of family and friends added to my enjoyment of this book. I will be recommending this book to all my friends and buying a copy for myself when it is released!
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this eArc in exchange for my honest review.
This book was so wonderful! Everything about Tilly was a delight and her relationships with others was so realistic. As an educator of Neurodivergent students, as well as a person with neurodivergent folks in my life, I appreciated everything about this story. Tilly and Oliver’s relationship was very realistic and I loved feeling it evolve. Tilly’s overbearing hover other is such a reality that I even found myself rethinking my parenting decisions. Having as many sweet YA books out there that accurately reflect the beauty and difficulty of neurodivergence is so important and this book hits all the marks. Thank you so much for sharing this story with the world! Well done
When our neurodivergent FMC, Tilly, travels to begin a new internship abroad in Europe, she quickly encounters Oliver, her fellow intern, who is also neurodivergent. Throughout their travels, he and Tilly connect on multiple levels and Oliver is a supportive presence as Tilly further learns about the way her brain works and decides how to move forward with her life,
I would absolutely recommend this book! It had me laughing out loud several times and I also appreciated how it highlights how sometimes a parent’s protection from the world’s rejection can actually be more damaging.
Mazey Eddings has swiftly become an auto-buy author for me, so when I was gifted access via @NetGalley to her YA debut, I was over the moon to be able to offer a review. As a teacher, and parent to a neurodivergent child, Tilly and Ollie are the main character representation that I could only dream about for young adult readers. Their missteps and uniquely beautiful perceptions of the world around them, on their way to finding each other is stunningly beautiful, and a reminder that everyone is deserving of a happy ending. Sweet and funny, do not sleep on getting a copy of Tilly in Technicolor in your hands.
I wish this book had been around when I was a kid. I think it's special, and I love the different takes on neurodivergence that the author explores through the couple. With a budding relationship and typical teen drama at the forefront coupled with disability, this is the type of book I hope publishing will purchase more of. We need more representation with kids who have disabilities, regardless of what type! 5 out of 5.
Mazey Eddings does it again! As a huge fan of her other books (A Brush with Love, Lizzie Blake's Best Mistake) I was thrilled to be able to read her YA debut! Tilly in Technicolor is an absolute gem! Tilly is anything but ordinary, unsure what she wants to do with her life as well as trying to navigate having ADHD. She gets the chance of a lifetime to travel around Europe as an intern for her older sister's new nail polish company. She happens to meet a young man named Oliver on her flight who seems to dislike her, but really he's just as socially awkward as she is and is on his own personal journey of being autistic and pursuing his dreams. I absolutely loved the neurodivergent representation in this book! The characters are all very relatable and lovable, and it shines a light on how the world can be perceived by those on the autism spectrum or those who have ADHD and how they are able to cope with every day obstacles. This was a very sweet, heart-warming story that I could not put down!