What initially drew me to Watch Over Me was the cover (yes I do judge books by their covers) then once I had read the synopsis I knew it was a book I wanted to read. Before I began reading I didn't really know what the story was about, only what the synopsis tells us, and when I opened the first page and saw the dedication I was hesitant to start it. If I had known what some of the story of Watch Over Me was about I probably would not have requested this book at this moment in my life. Having just lost my own Dad through the same thing as Addison's Mum, this book had the potential to hit too close to home, and make my unable to read it.
The protagonist Addison, has lost her Mother to cancer, and her Father to alcohol. With continuous stints in rehab doing nothing to stop this addiction, Addison no longer has the energy to care what he now does, instead all her energy is now focused in Snow's Sugary Sweets, a bakery that her Mum set up and ran as her own business. Watch Over Me follows Addison as she tries to get over her past mistake, and live each day as it comes, not getting too close to anyone in case she loses them too. It also follows Addison as she visits a therapist to talk about what she did, and what she should try to do now, with each new chapter giving us a glimpse at these sessions and aims for Addison to do.
Addison has one person who she is not necessary close to, but someone who shares her pain, Meg her co-worker, and someone who gives Addison the push to make things less sucky. She is the light for both of them, and certainly made me laugh at some of the things she says, whether she was right in saying them or not.
....Money would be nice. I used to work in a daycare, but they sent me an email yesterday telling me that I'm no longer good role model material for the children. Um, hello? Suicidal here! That could have totally pushed me over the edge and they don't even care.
[Meg to Addison, location 213 of 2095, kindle edition]
Every single page of Watch Over Me draws you in, not only physically but emotionally, and I had this finished in a couple of hours. While the basis of this story is the after effects of Addison's Mum's death, it focuses on Addison in her life now, as she tries to get over a past mistake and learn to live again, but also looks at her relationship with her estranged Father.
We get to see her find herself and learn to accept the friendship and love that others offer her with no expectations back. One of these is from Zander, who also has his own history that he doesn't share until caught out. I love how he is there for Addison as a friend, he supports her and makes her smile again, and I loved the little touches of the note he leave and how they are added into the story itself. As pieces of him are revealed, and slip ups are made from family members I did put the pieces together and come up with the truth, but even though I knew what it was I was still surprised when the full truth was revealed, but also saddened at how it came about.
Everything about Watch Over Me is done in a tasteful way that in no way at all makes you feel uncomfortable, and while I had initially worried about the story and had prepared myself for it I was happy to be able to read this book without becoming too upset or unable to continue.