Touching on mental health, family, friendship and the pressures that teenage carers face, as author Cat Clarke says, TENDER is "a compassionate, compelling and unflinching novel". Marty and Daisy spend their lives pretending. Marty pretends his mum's grip on reality isn't slipping by the day. Daisy pretends her parents aren't exhausting themselves while they look after her incurably ill brother. They both pretend they're fine. But the thing about pretending is, at some point, it has to stop. And then what?
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - Eve has done it again. She really knows how to write such a gripping book that will pull on your heartstrings and always is to do with something that we need more off in YA. She isn't afraid to take chances and this is possibly my favourite book by Eve.
This book is about young careers. I was excited to see that she was writing a book about young careers because my auntie works with young careers and when I was younger I was always with her to help out and we would take them out on fun days so it was something just for them and I got to know these kids and their lives as young careers so, I really enjoyed this book and they reminded me of some of the kids I know. They are some of the strongest people I know and she really shows that in this book.
Marty and Daisy have something in common. Marty has a mother whose grip on reality is slowly fading, he's missing school and is just trying his best to keep his home life going. Daisy has a little brother who isn't well. She knows it's hard on her parents and it's hard on her too but, she wants to make everything okay. They're both pretending their fine, they're not telling people the whole truth.
Marty and Daisy are wonderful characters. I really enjoyed reading about them and each of their home lives. As teens they have the weight of the world on their shoulders but, coming together they can confide in each other and even though times get tough for them they both get through it and they come out stronger than before.
A brilliant novel from Eve that everyone needs to read and look into the lives of these young wonderful people.