When I first read Willow Aster, it was her book True Love Story. I immediately became a fan of her writing. Not only is it so creative, it’s more than that. It’s witty, and smart and so stylistic. So when I heard about Maybe Maby coming out I knew that I wouldn’t be disappointed. And I WASN’T! I loved this book so much. The characters are so extremely loveable, and the storyline through which they flow will have you wanting more at every turn. It has a little bit of everything angst, drama, romantic stuff, sexy stuff and some pretty funny laugh out loud moments. All around it was just great.
“Symmetry is a requirement. Anything else is… evil.”
Mabel (Maby) is a young woman with OCD. She’s had to deal with some pretty rough stuff in life, including loss and betrayal which basically makes her condition ten times worse. Any type of stress, including emotional distress can bring her to a breaking point where she falls into a deep depression. This tore my heart out reading about her struggle with the disease, especially knowing that this, in fact is something that real people go through every day. Because of this Maby has a huge wall up and is afraid to let anyone one in. She deserves love yet she doesn’t see it that way. She thinks it’s easier for everyone just to keep their distance because her biggest fear is letting someone in her heart, for her to just trample on and ruin with her weird quirky faults. That’s how she sees herself—as a risk or a problem.
“It all sounds so trivial for me to say it outright, but trust me, it isn’t. I’m actually a huge risk that I’m not sure anyone should take.”
Maby has a whole swirl of characters in her life. A cranky selfish boss, a nice-but iffy best friend, a horrible ex- boyfriend, a sweet charming coffee boy, an awesome hair stylist, and of course the ghosts from her past.
Maby doesn’t realize what is right in front of her the whole time. She has the drive and need to love someone, she just doesn’t have the capability of directing her emotions in the right place. She struggles with not one—but two romantic relationships. It’s a bit of a triangle at times, and to be honest I loved that. Nothing gets me sitting up straight in my chair like a good old fashioned love triangle. I was like oooooh---ohhhh. That’s where the angst comes in. Willow Aster has a sneaky way of making you fall in love with one character, and then making you change your mind completely to a different one! It’s kind of awesome.
“Being with you makes me forget who I really am.”
“Maybe I just remind you of who you want to be… who you are when you’re not trying to be something else.”
By the end I was just in love with what happened. I was swooning so much at one point that I actually sighed. I never sigh! This story is so much more than a woman trying to get passed her OCD. It’s about her trying to overcome and accept herself for who she is. She has this great guy in her corner who truly just wants to lift her up and love her forever (hence the swooning and sighing). And this truly amazing group of people who I like to call her adoptive family, because they just took her at face value and loved her so much that she couldn’t help but calm down and breathe a little. This is such a unique little gem of a story and I would recommend it to anyone who needs to feel a little extra love in their lives. We all need love right? So so good—it warmed my heart.
“You’ve taken possession of my heart little by little, and now you own it, Maby. Completely.”