Thanks so much to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review an advanced digital copy of She, Myself, and I by Emma Young! This is Young Adult (contemporary) fiction and has an expected publication date of September 5th, 2017. I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into this. I’m privileged to be able-bodied, so I wasn’t sure if I would connect to Rosa’s storytelling as a quadriplegic. Would I be able to relate? Feel uncomfortable? Regardless, it’s rare to find a book featuring a character with a physical disability, so I was going to give She, Myself, and I a shot, no matter what.
Ever since Rosa’s nerve disease rendered her quadriplegic, she’s depended on her handsome, confident older brother to be her rock and her mirror. But when a doctor from Boston chooses her to be a candidate for an experimental brain transplant, she and her family move from London in search of a miracle. Sylvia—a girl from a small town in Massachusetts—is brain dead, and her parents have agreed to donate her body to give Rosa a new life. But when Rosa wakes from surgery, she can’t help but wonder, with increasing obsession, who Sylvia was and what her life was like. Her fascination with her new body and her desire to understand Sylvia prompt a road trip based on self-discovery… and a surprising new romance. But will Rosa be able to solve the dilemma of her identity?
Okay, first things first- I actually really enjoyed the writing of She, Myself, and I. It’s fluid at times, sharp and broken at others. It’s very much Rosa’s train of thought, done in an authentic way. She is not always reasonable. She doesn’t always have the right answers. And heck, she doesn’t always think straight. But who does? We get all of those nuances and she struggles to find answers to her burning questions. And boy, those are some pretty deep questions.
This book tackles what it means to live, what it means to die, and what it means to have an identity. What makes you, you? Is it your soul? Your body? These are age-old questions that philosophers and religions all have their own answers for, but it was unique to have an eighteen-year-old woman struggle to find the answers for herself. These concepts were great, and very different from YA fiction that I’ve read recently.
There were just a few things that fell flat for me. The book is so focused on Rosa, and rightfully so, as it’s told from her point of view, that it neglects to really flesh out her family, or Sylvia’s parents. Their perspectives would have really added some depth and dimension to the story that I missed from just getting everything from Rosa’s point of view.
She, Myself, and I will be published on September 5th, 2017! Thanks again to Netgalley for the digital ARC!
I rate She, Myself, and I 3/5 stars!