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11 July 2019

Book Review: Lily's Just Fine by Gill Stewart *AD Gifted

Sweet Cherry Publishing sent me a free electronic review copy of Lily's Just Fine by Gill Stewart via NetGalley.

Lily's Just Fine is a perfect read for summer, full of passion and drive and a wee bit of romance. I loved it.

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Lily couldn’t have planned life better herself. She lives in the best house in town and she’s dating the most popular boy in school. Everything else she can fix. Mum’s apathy? On it! The stuffy gala committee? Watch this space! 

Tom has enough on his plate without trying to drag Newton St Cuthbert into the 21st Century. His sister is sick and there’s nothing anyone can do. Not doctors, not his parents, and certainly not Lily Hildebrand.

Sail away this summer with the unexpected romance of Scotland's most determined teenager.

Perfect for fans of emotive YA stories. 


5 Words: Summer, friendship, attraction, control, inclusion.

Content warnings: Depression, anxiety, homophobia.

This book was all at once fun fluff and serious issues - and I loved it.

At times Lily can be a rather difficult characters. I definitely didn't always a agree with her, she can be rather selfish and single minded, but she grows and changes. When she learns something, she adjust to it. She is pretty damn firey, but she can also empathise with others. And become a bit too caught up in fighting for what she thinks is right, even if it might harm people.

I loved the LGBT+ themes, the way mental health was explored, how changing family dynamics were picked apart. I loved how a side character had chronic fatigue syndrome, the gripes about chronic illnesses and how even now so little is known about it. I also loved the soft, slowly building romance.

Unusually, the setting is a seaside town in Scotland. It had some colloquialisms, I felt that the voices were authentic, and it was a bit of a joy to read. I felt like the accent came through in the writing.

Lily's Just Fine is perhaps a little bit of an issue book, but that's not the whole of it. I found the story perfectly balanced, with enough drive from the characters themselves (rather than their issues) to keep me reading.

This book is perfect for summer, and I'd definitely recommend. I can't wait read more of the Galloway Girls series!


  1. Sounds like a great read for Summer!

    Lotte |

  2. Sounds like an amazing book! I also really like the cover. Lovely review, Cora!😊

    Shirley |

  3. I'm hoping to pick this up on YALC weekend! Great review!

  4. I've been seeing this book all over book twitter but had no idea what it was actually about so it was great to see your review Cora! I may just end up picking up this book to read now!

  5. I love that more books are being representative of LGBTQ+ and mental health. Sounds like a great book :)

  6. Fluff and serious issues is exactly what I love! Great review!

  7. Lovely review! Definitely sounds like a good summer read!

  8. Not sure this is a book for me, but glad you enjoyed it ��

  9. I have been adding so many summer books to my TBR! I don't know if I will be able to finish them all before the season ends.

  10. I love when a fun, summery book also deals with real life issues rather than being solely happy. Great review!

  11. Ahh I love seaside towns! This book sounds super interesting!


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