Book Review: Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth (ARC)
"Aideen has plenty of problems she can’t fix. Her best (and only) friend is pulling away. Her mother’s drinking problem is a constant concern. She’s even running out of outlandish diseases to fake so she can skip PE.
But when Aideen stumbles on her nemesis, overachiever Meabh Kowalski, in the midst of a full-blown meltdown, she sees a problem that—unlike her own disaster of a life—seems refreshingly easy to solve. Meabh is desperate to escape her crushing pile of extracurriculars. Aideen volunteers to help. By pushing Meabh down the stairs.
Problem? Solved. Meabh’s sprained ankle is the perfect excuse to ditch her overwhelming schedule. But when another student learns about their little scheme and brings Aideen another “client” who needs her “help,” it kicks off a semester of traded favors, ill-advised hijinks, and an unexpected chance at love. Fixing other people’s problems won’t fix her own, but it might be the push she needs to start."
I received Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth for free on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Andersen Press for approving my request!
I adored The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth so when I saw Not My Problem on NetGalley I requested it straight away and I loved it just as much!
I loved all of the characters, they were brilliant and so fun to read! Our protagonist Aideen is wickedly funny, smarter than she gives herself credit for and a really good person. She is a bit of a lone wolf and except for best friend, she doesn't let anyone get too close. However, that is all about to change when she is roped into helping Meabh and quickly becomes the one that everyone comes to when they need a favour.
I really enjoyed how character driven this story was and I felt like I got to know all of them so well! I loved how each character had complex layers that we got to explore along the way and see behind their masks that they project to the world. It was so sweet to see the bond forming between Aideen, Meabh and Kavi throughout the story as they slowly started to let each other in and each realised that it's ok to ask for help which is such an important message to share.
The friendships formed in this story were so touching but I was also so happy with how sapphic it was! Ciara Smyth puts such fantastic representation in her stories that immediately makes me want to pick them up plus her writing style is absolutely incredible! It flows so nicely and I always find it impossible to stop reading because I get sucked into the story from the start!
Not My Problem is heartwarming, full of hope, love and friendship and packed with emotion! An amazing read and another fantastic book from Ciara Smyth, I can't wait to see what she writes next!