Thanks in advance to anyone willing to give some advice.
LILITH, BUG, AND THE WHALE is a 74,000-word YA contemporary novel based in Hawaii. It explores grief, loss, and the power of friendship. With an emphasis on anxiety and panic disorder, it will appeal to fans of SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen and FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell.
The beginning of Lilith’s summer before her senior year was supposed to start off like all the others before it – taking pictures for her portfolio, hanging out with her best friend, Kat, and soaking up the sun while her mom and little sister surf at the local beach. But then her nine-year-old sister, Cassie dies in a surfing accident, and Lilith’s dream of a perfect summer becomes a distant memory.
Everything about Lilith’s life is changing – her mom, whose moods have taken a nose-dive for the worse, her Mondays, which she now spends with a spunky therapist called, Doc, and then there’s the fact that every time she looks into Cassie’s room, she sees the whale, a monster that crushes her chest until she can’t breathe.
Desperate to escape her mother’s sole focus for the summer, Lilith gets a job at the new surf shop in town and meets a group of people she can start over with. But can she hide the truth of Cassie’s death and her crushing anxiety from them forever? Especially from Bug, the boy who looks at her as if she’s as transparent as the island waters and maybe – possibly makes her heart feel a little less numb? And will Lilith ever be able to face the whale, or will her mental illness send her down a road of no return?