Never Been Better
by Leanne Toshiko Simpson
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Pub Date 05 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 05 Mar 2024
PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons
Is she falling in love, or falling apart?
Dee, Misa, and Matt were the "three musketeers" of the psych ward. A year after discharge, Dee is eager to convince everyone that she’s finally turning things around. But Matt and Misa are tying the knot in Turks and Caicos, surrounded by guests who have no idea where they met, and the secrecy isn’t sitting well with Dee, who has been hopelessly in love with Matt since before she got kicked out of the hospital.
So, when Dee arrives at the swanky resort with her high-voltage sister, Tilley, it’s now or never to confess how she feels. But disrupting her best friends’ nuptials would jeopardize the entire support system that holds the trio together. When it comes to happily ever afters, how is a girl supposed to choose between love and recovery?
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Never Been Better revolves around a trio of friends, Dee, Misa and Matt, who met as patients in a psychiatric hospital. When Dee is invited to the wedding of her two friends, she is thrown into turmoil—she has been in love with Matt since they were in the hospital, and besides deciding if she’s even strong enough to go to the wedding—is she strong enough to confess her feelings to Matt? There are some very tender moments in this book, along with some offbeat humor. What fascinated me the most, though, was watching as all of the complicated, messy relationships in this book unfolded. There is a lot of love between them, but there is also a lot of hurt, deception, and misunderstandings. The author does an amazing job of making this relationships feel real, as emotions surface. Dee, Matt, and Misa are written with a delicate but honest and raw touch, as they come to terms with their illness, how it affects their own lives along with everyone around them. Congratulations to the author on her debut novel, for giving a voice to those who are often lost and misunderstood.