Born Scared by Kevin Brooks

Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!

I really need to read the fine print when I download eARCs because this was one that had already been published (years ago) in another country. I like to stay current, but sometimes get tricked with pre-published material. Foiled again, lol. Oh, I received this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Elliot has been afraid ever since he was born, when his twin sister was absorbed in the womb. This young man can only barely function with the anxiety pill regimen he takes. Without the pills, he becomes a frightened sobbing mess in his room. With the pills, he stays cloistered in his room and only interacts with a select few people. It is super important that he take his pills regularly throughout the day. However, when the pharmacy has a mix up with his pills around Christmas, Elliot becomes dangerously close to being without his meds. After the neighbor who was supposed to bring the pills by never shows, Elliot’s mother walks over to see what is going on. When hours pass and she doesn’t come back, Elliot makes the trek without his pills. This short distance becomes immense, when neighbors, dogs, and criminals disrupt Elliot’s journey to his mom and his meds.



This book was strange. I still don’t really know how I feel about it. I don’t necessarily know if this is an accurate portrayal of mental illness. I feel bad for Elliot, but I never connected with him. It was a strange book…



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