Days Like This
Sometimes the only thing standing between fear and hope is you.Almost a year ago, nineteen-year-old Cassie Harlen had a lot to deal with. A stack of college acceptance letters waiting for answers, a proposal from the boy next door, and a mother whose most recent bipolar episode left Cassie hurt and confused. Tired of cleaning up the messes caused by her mother’s disorder, of resenting her mother for not being there, and scared of being trapped by an inevitable future—which included marrying Graham Tucker—Cassie did the only thing she could think of to keep from ending up like her mother: she left.
Graham never knew why Cassie walked away. He woke up one morning and she was gone—along with the life that he’d created around her. After eleven months, Graham has a new plan for his future. One that doesn’t involve Cassie Harlen.
When Cassie’s mom nearly burns down her house, Cassie’s forced to return home. Back to a mother she’s tried to ignore and the guy she’s been unable to forget. Graham doesn’t know how he’s going to spend the whole summer living next door to the person who broke his heart without letting those old feelings push through to the surface.
Neither does Cassie.
Days Like This is a story about a woman who ran away from the promise of a marriage and from the sick mother who needed her the most. A story about a woman who came back hoping for a second chance.Honestly, I don’t know what to feel. I think, this novel is bone-crushingly sad. It crushed me and made me sad. I may not know a lot about bipolar disorder, nor have I encountered anyone who has it, but I think I can feel the pain they themselves feel when they couldn’t control themselves and let their alter-ego take its place.
But what I also don’t get is how and why Cassie behaved worse than her mom. I simply didn’t like the idea of her running away, just because she heard her mom say something about her dad and why he left them. I thought that she could have had a talk or confrontation with her mother when she was on her happy days. Or maybe she should have had told Graham about her dilemma.
Of course, I also realized that this book won’t be possible if things were left out settled at the beginning of the story. I wouldn’t be having this review if what I wanted to happen, happened. You know what I mean.
Somehow, deep inside me, I knew that I really liked Days Like This. That deep inside, I could feel the pain endured by all the characters, from Cass to Graham, from her mom to her bestfriend June, from her ex Rohan to Graham’s girl, Molly. This is indeed a story with complications, with a little mystery and with a wide impact.
Danielle Ellison wrote a novel that pierced my heart. She’s a competent author who can give the readers a glimpse of the good, the bad and the ugly that is called life. Kudos to Ellison for a great piece of fiction!