Chaos Theory tackles hard hitting topics without shying away. Shelbi and Walter are characters you can’t help but root for! Check out my full thoughts below. Thank you to NetGalley, Simon and Schuster UK and Nic Stone for my early copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Title: Chaos Theory
Author: Nic Stone
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Release Date: 28th February 2023 (UK)
Chaos Theory is a powerful read that does not shy away from tackling some difficult topics including mental health, self-harm, suicide, alcoholism, grief… to name a few. Don’t go into this expecting a light hearted read because it is anything but light hearted. I definitely recommend reading the Author’s Note at the beginning of the novel which sheds some more light on the issues tackled in this book. Whilst this book certainly packs a punch, it isn’t all doom and gloom and there are plenty of highlights and moments to make you smile.
Shelbi and Walter (Andy) are special characters that are so realistic and fleshed out that it is impossible not to empathise with them. Neither of them have a straight forward life, despite how it may look on the outside. Shelbi has bipolar disorder and self-harms, Walter turns to alcohol to help him deal with his grief. Somehow these two complicated individuals come together and a gorgeous relationship blossoms between them.
This was a super quick read – I actually read it in just a couple of hours – but it is one that will stick with me for a long time. I would love a second book to see what happens next!
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