So after the events at the end of the last book, Mia’s life is in upheaval and she refuses to get out of bed. It gets so bad that her parents have to resort to something that was a long time coming—they bring her to a psychologist.
While Mia hoped that the accidental kiss with J.P. wouldn’t bother Michael, he decided that they had too many issues to be anything more than friends for the present. Lily refuses to even talk to her, leaving her without her best friend or her boyfriend for support. After wallowing for several days, she is unceremoniously brought to Dr. Knutz’s office in the hopes that she will start to shower again.
Aside from losing two of the most important people in her life, Mia faces more humiliation from a new spiteful website, and the increasing anxiety over a speech that she must give to a prestigious female organization. To help her cope, Mia discovers new and unlikely friends and a diary from an ancestor that has a profound impact on her life.
This is one of my favorite books in the series, probably because there is very little of Lily in it. Or it could be how Mia’s depression is portrayed. I can remember having thoughts just like that in high school (and beyond) and times where it seemed exhausting to pretend to be okay. In the end there is hope for Mia, and a lot of relief.