Yours Truly By Abby Jimenez Book Review

Yours Truly By Abby Jimenez Book Review

Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez is a heartfelt look at love after heartbreak, but also strength through mental health and the journey of accepting yourself and those you love.

I love the fact that in this story the person who seems to be the strongest and most in control is the one with the least control of mental health issues, whereas the character with the obvious anxiety and social restrictions is the one who’s the most in touch with his own mental health journey.

Yours Truly Plot

A novel of terrible first impressions, hilarious second chances, and the joy in finding your perfect match. Dr. Briana Ortiz’s life is seriously flatlining. Her divorce is just about finalized, her brother’s running out of time to find a kidney donor, and that promotion she wants? Oh, that’s probably going to the new man-doctor who’s already registering eighty-friggin’-seven on Briana’s “pain in my ass” scale. But just when all systems are set to hate, Dr. Jacob Maddox completely flips the game . . . by sending Briana a letter. And it’s a really good letter. Like the kind that proves that Jacob isn’t actually Satan. Worse, he might be this fantastically funny and subversively likeable guy who’s terrible at first impressions. Because suddenly he and Bri are exchanging letters, sharing lunch dates in her “sob closet,” and discussing the merits of freakishly tiny horses. But when Jacob decides to give Briana the best gift imaginable—a kidney for her brother—she wonders just how she can resist this quietly sexy new doctor . . . especially when he calls in a favor she can’t refuse.

Yours Truly Book Review

This story handles mental health so subtly and sensitively. There are no caricatures or one-dimensional problems. There’s no breathing into a paper bag. Jacob has learnt to manage his mental health with medication, therapy and a clear understanding of his strengths and weaknesses. His struggles come from the people around him not understanding him and trying to change him.

Jacob was such a great male main character. He’s exceedingly sweet and amazing, and if it weren’t for his extreme anxiety I think he’d be exceedingly boring and perfect. This was one of the problems I had with Jimenez’ last male main character, who I found boringly perfect. I do respect the author’s choice to write sensitive guys in touch with their feelings, but it’s nice to also have a character that’s not so perfect he’s unreal. The description of Jacob’s anxious thoughts were so spot on.

The female main character, Briana, is struggling with her own mental health demons, but seems more put together and stronger by society’s standards. She’s the one who breaks under the pressure eventually and the one who has to admit she needs help to work through her trauma. Her understanding of Jacob’s needs is sweet, and a large part of how they work. She accepts his mental illness in stride and doesn’t try to force him to be someone he’s not.

The fake dating love story is possibly one of the sweetest I’ve read. It’s like best friends helping each other out with some angst and sexual tension thrown in. I did sometimes get annoyed at the thoughts Briana had around this and her insecurities that Jacob didn’t love her and just wanted a physical fling to try and move on from his ex. Like, why would she believe something so horrible of him, when she should know he’s so beautiful inside. However, this thinking does fit with her trauma.

It’s her trauma that creates the drama at the end that almost drives them apart. Which again I almost couldn’t believe. Here’s this beautiful guy who’s obviously given her his entire heart and she’s trying to run to protect herself and everything important. But it did fit with her trauma, so I’m undecided how I feel about it.

Yours Truly Rating

5/5

Yours Truly is such a feel-good, super-sweet romance. It’s got the exciting tropes of fake dating and friends to lovers so I didn’t find it boring. It’s the perfect slow burn leading to the sweetest spice.

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