Title- This Close to Okay
Book of the Month Selection
Genre- Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction, Contemporary
POV- Alternating between Tallie and Emmett’s perspectives
Trope- This was a heavy read with themes of suicide, betrayal, therapy, mental health and healing from grief.
Similar Books/Comps– The Kindest Lie (see my review later)
My emotions- Waiting for it to improve
Tallie Clark- recently divorced, therapist
Emmett- about to commit suicide
Tallie is on her way home from work when she spots a man precariously standing at the edge of a bridge. Without a second thought, Tallie pulls over and jumps out of the car into the pouring rain. She convinces the man to join her for a cup of coffee, and he eventually agrees to come back to her house, where he finally shares his name: Emmett.
Over the course of the emotionally charged weekend that follows, Tallie makes it her mission to provide a safe space for Emmett, though she hesitates to confess that this is also her day job. What she doesn’t realize is that Emmett isn’t the only one who needs healing—and they both are harboring secrets.
They inch closer to the truth of what brought Emmett to the bridge’s edge—as well as the hard truths Tallie has been grappling with since her marriage ended.
Readers could learn about support systems and mental health. It could be a healing book for some.
What I’d change-
I was expecting romance based on the cover, and this is not romance.
It wasn’t my favorite, kind of dry in the writing style.
I would recommend this to readers who like slower-paced, clinical, and relationship-based books that are more “realistic” and not focused on a romantic connection.