Monday, March 9, 2020

Finding Balance by Kati Gardner - OPTIONAL

Finding Balance by Kati Gardner, 320 pages. Flux (North Star Editions), 2020. $12.

Language: R (117 swears, 10 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG



High school is difficult enough to navigate with two legs and a healthy body, but Mari, a junior, and Jase, a senior, are pressing forward the best they can despite their trials. However, lies, secrets, and betrayal hurt the same for those people who don’t look like everyone else -- something Mari and Jase are learning the hard way.

Finding Balance is a cancer romance book, like a light-hearted The Fault in Our Stars. I discovered after reading it that this book is a sequel, but the first book is not required to understand Mari and Jase’s story. While there are some noticeable inconsistencies, I did my best to overlook those in favor of choosing to enjoy the story. I love the message of self-acceptance woven from Mari’s and Jase’s differing points of view. This life is about being you and being happy with that and about becoming the you you want to be by using your struggles as springboards. I’m not sure how I feel about the way the romance ended in the last couple chapters, though, which, unfortunately, marred my feelings about this book. The mature content rating is for underage drug and alcohol and for mentions of genitalia.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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