Author: Jennifer YU
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
They’re more than their problems
Obsessive-compulsive teen Clarissa wants to get better, if only so her mother will stop asking her if she’s okay.
Andrew wants to overcome his eating disorder so he can get back to his band and their dreams of becoming famous.
Film aficionado Ben would rather live in the movies than in reality.
Gorgeous and overly confident Mason thinks everyone is an idiot.
And Stella just doesn’t want to be back for her second summer of wilderness therapy.
As the five teens get to know one another and work to overcome the various disorders that have affected their lives, they find themselves forming bonds they never thought they would, discovering new truths about themselves and actually looking forward to the future.
I got sent this book from a publisher to review but that does not change my opinion of the book in any way.
First of all can we talk about the cover of Four Weeks, Five People?! I do have a soft spot for the covers of YA contemporary novels, but this one is definitely one of my faves! It definitely has that summer camp feel to it 🙂 I think i am now just going to jump straight into my review of Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer YU.
Four weeks, five people is about 4 teens who have some sort of disorder such as, an eating disorder, depression, OCD and other mental health issues, who go to a wilderness therapy camp. Andrew, Clarissa, Ben, Stella and Mason are all there for different problems but they all want to get better. Throughout he four weeks of camp you see them becoming friends and eventually talking about their problems with each other.
I thought that this book was a really great idea. I love that is about teens with mental health issues as someone who has suffered from a mental health problem i feel like it isn’t a subject that is in enough YA novels. The plot was really well set out but i did unfortunately find that it was a bit boring in some parts but because i have an uncorrected proof that could have been parts that were changed in the final copy as i have read other reviews where people read it in one setting!
I thought that the way Jennifer wrote about all of the disorders in a great way and with sensitivity to the subjects. I really loved that she didn’t make it so that the characters meet someone and they fixed all of their problems and suddenly they don’t have their disorder anymore because that isn’t what happens in the real world. The book is about recovery and from personal experience i know that you don’t just recover from any disorder in just 4 weeks and I’m glad that Jennifer didn’t write it in that cliche feeling way.
All the characters were intriguing and I loved learning about them. So this novel is written in the POV’s of all five of the characters. In the beginning I will admit that I didn’t quite enjoy that and was a bit worried because i didn’t know if i would feel that connection with the characters that i love to feel, but now that i have finished it i really enjoyed reading it in that was because your learning things about the characters at the same time the rest were so you feel more involve in the story if that makes sense.
I loved the friendship that the main characters created throughout the four weeks and the way they could all talk about their disorders in a way that their friends at home wouldn’t understand. I also really love Jennifer Yu’s writing that made the novel so easy to read!!
Thank you so much for reading my review of Five weeks, Four People!!