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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Tick Talk is a work of fiction in the teen drama and social issues sub-genre. It is aimed at young adults and was penned by author Renee Wehrle. The book follows teenager Mia as she starts to show symptoms of an invisible illness that she’s unable to identify. Bereft of support from her family and friends, the growing anxiety about what is wrong with her starts to become crushing until she finds an unlikely confidant in the form of bad boy Ethan, who seems to understand her pain in a way that others don’t. It’s a race against time as the symptoms worsen, and Mia must discover what exactly has started to go wrong with her body.
Tick Talk is a highly engaging young adult novel that does some inventive new things within the coming of age sub-genre. One of the things that I enjoyed the most was how unique the central message of the plot was, setting itself apart from other books in the same genre with its take on invisible illnesses. Author Renée Wehrle is a master at crafting three-dimensional and interesting characters that are a joy to journey with through the world. Protagonist Mia was a fascinating character, and I enjoyed following her journey, especially her developing relationship with Ethan and in knowing herself better. The world around them was crafted beautifully and was easy to envision, making you feel at times like you were part of the story. Wehrle does a beautiful job of exploring and raising awareness on living with chronic illness. I would not hesitate to recommend Tick Talk to fans of young adult novels, especially those looking for an emotional and relatable story.