About the Book:
Samantha Branson is having severe anxiety attacks. Her heart beats unusually fast, her breath quickens and her hands sweat. Every detail screams in her head that she is the center of unwanted attention. Everyone can hear her thoughts, her heart and her breathing. The silence of the classroom is so loud that focus is impossible. After an attack lands her in the wrong bathroom, Sam meets Eli who offers to provide help. Faced with the return of her possessive ex-boyfriend and the blossoming of a new romance, Sam must find the strength inside herself to face her anxieties head on.
From the first paragraph of the first page of the first chapter of Don’t Panic, I was sucked in to Samantha’s story. I found the book to be very rough in spots. The dialogue was stilted in places and the introduction of Eli was so sudden that I wondered at first if he was a figment of Sam’s imagination.
For all the unevenness, though, I must highly recommend this book because it so clearly depicts the struggles a person with anxiety must go through on a daily basis.
Why is this happening to me? My throat constricts as my body heats up. Sweat forms
and drips from my chin. No. No. NO! I have to get out of here. I can’t be in this classroom for
another second. It’s too much. My hands are trembling, and my legs won’t stop bouncing up
Up and down.
Over and over they bounce as fast as they can. I can’t stop sweating. I can’t keep my
palms from being clammy. I can’t make my body stop shaking and I cannot prevent my legs
from bouncing up and down. Why does it feel like everyone is watching me when their backs
are to me? Why does it feel like everyone can hear my thoughts? I dig my fingernails into my
palm as a distraction. It works for a half second.
I have situational anxiety – certain events, like a party where I won’t know anyone or a job interview can absolutely terrify me, so I have some small inkling of what it feels like. My mom and Bud, however suffer from GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) which is much more difficult to deal with and which is the same condition that Samantha deals with in the book.
If you or someone you love has anxiety, I recommend this book so that those who do not have it can come to understand how it feels and so that those who do have it can see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I give Don’t Panic 3 1/2 bowls of ice cream (Samantha’s favorite dessert).
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review through Charisma Media Network. All opinions are 100% my own.
About the Author:
Lindsay Paige is a young adult romance author from North Carolina. Most of what Lindsay writes are her daydreams in lavish details. (Please excuse that fact when you read one of her future works about a girl who sleeps around.;)) When not writing, she is working to finish her first year of college.
Lindsay loves to read, listen to music, watch and play tennis, along with watching her favorite hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lindsay is a big fan of Sidney Crosby (87) and buys Penguins merchandise whenever she can.
Lindsay loves to be around her family and best friends. One summer after viewing a video of Nicholas Sparks’ house, Lindsay’s mother made the comment that she should write a bestselling novel since she “reads so much”, that way they could have a beautiful house as well. Lindsay took her comment to heart. She began working on Sweetness. A year later, the novel was complete.
Many of the aspects of the characters in Sweetness were inspired by Lindsay’s own struggles, such as an alcoholic father and the anxiety Emily suffers because of her past.
Lindsay has released Sweetness, I’m Yours, and Whatever It Takes. Don’t Panic will be Paige’s fourth book.
Follow Lindsay on her website