The Soul City Salvation by Jonathan LaPoma

400 pgs/General Fiction/New Adult

About the book:

Ten months—that’s how long twenty-six-year-old writer and aspiring actor Jay Sakovsky decides to stay and teach in the bohemian beach town of Soul City, California, to save up cash and overcome his anxiety before moving on to Hollywood.

But after several “friendly chats” with the vice principal about hangover sweats and black eyes from barroom brawls, Jay sees a therapist who helps him connect his self-destructive tendencies and artistic blocks to his undiagnosed OCD, setting him on a ten-year healing journey that drives him to near madness as he explores the limits of his heart, creativity, and psyche.

My take: This book reminded me of two things; one- we are all on different journeys and two- we don’t get there at the same time worse off the same way.

I love how easy it was to relate to Jay, because he was human- he was imperfect, difficult, weary, sweet, hopeful, creative, loving, scared- everything in one and on top of this he did not know how to find his way to the inner peace that he was looking for, because what he saw on the surface as anxiety turned out to be much more.

There’s a part in the book where he asks “How long will it take to fix me?” and it tore at my heartstrings. So, honestly speaking, this is not one of those books you can say will make you feel a certain type of way, and that’s refreshing. It will however make you feel different things at different times and you may or may not fancy it. Major shout out to the cover designer!

I requested to read this book on Netgalley and it’s got to be the first book I’ve read this year that focuses on mental health.

Verdict: heartheartheartheart

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