I would just like to thank Jessica Koch, who is so incredibly lovely and who gave me the chance to read this book.
The fact that this book is based on a true story is pretty heartbreaking. So Near The Horizon is definitely not a light read. While the romance is sweet, this book is gritty. It’s the story of three people trying to deal with the hands they were given in life, while also trying to live with the judgement they face on a daily basis.
While their stories are touching, I couldn’t really connect with the characters. Jessica is our narrator, and she really irritated me. She was judgemental and childish, and when she found out about Danny’s illness, she straight up flinched away from him, after promising that she wouldn’t run away from him.
One thing that I do want to mention is the portrayal of addiction in this book. Not many people consider addictions to be a mental illness, but they are. They change the way you think and act, making you desperate. There was one particular scene where a character is forced to go to an inpatient facility after a relapse and it was so realistic.
While I’ve never been addicted to drugs, I have been in a state so consumed by my illness that I haven’t cared who I hurt, both emotionally or physically. It completely takes over you, and Jessica captured that desperation perfectly.
Overall, I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a good old cry. While it hasn’t been my top read this year, I’m pleased I read it because So Near the Horizon deals with a topic that isn’t covered nearly enough.