Friday, June 21, 2013

Angst by Victoria Sawyer ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway


***Recommended for ages 17+ for adult themes and frequent use of harsh language.

There are two things I want out of my freshman year of college: to hook up with confusing hottie Jared and to chug some beer as soon as possible.

Getting wasted is like purely medicinal freedom. I murder my secret and constant soul sucking fear and tense nervous body beneath 17 glorious shots of pseudo-sanity. And destroying self-conscious crazy me reveals a sexy confident stranger who likes to try wild new things.

Then there’s the Jared complication, the guy with the Halloween costume that features his ripped and naked chest. It’s an attraction I can’t deny. Too bad I can’t understand what he wants because half the time we’re making out on the dance floor and the other half we’re screaming at each other about whether or not I’m a party slut.

And as the year party-crashes to an end, my drunk-scapades and severe panic attacks want me to pay up, big time. What little sanity I started out with is clinging by a thin thread and when that thread snaps, I’m lying on the cold basement floor of my parents’ house, a loaded hand gun kissing my hot tear streaked forehead.

As I’m craving the freedom and soothing blackness of death, he calls and I open up like a fire hose of self-hating hot mess. After we hang up, I make a choice.


WOW! This book hit home for me alot as I work in the medical field and see tons of patients daily with anxiety, depression and panic attacks. I don't really think people realize how many people you would look at as "normal" on the outside that suffer from mental illness. “Angst” is the story of Victoria as she begins a new chapter of her adult life as a freshman at college and faces these issues. 4 stars.

Angst give us an inside view as to what a person with a mental illness deals with on a daily basis.  I felt Victoria's pain, misery, and hopelessness.  This story take's you more inside Victoria's head than the story that is happening around her. It does have somewhat of a love story to it. I def recommend this book, especially if you love getting inside a characters raw, gritty, emotions.

Meet the Author

“Passionate about writing, graphic design, creativity. Fueled by the light and dark. Beauty, color, euphoria, artistic frenzy, depression, panic, anxiety.”

What you see on the outside is not what you get on the inside. On the outside, Victoria Sawyer is polished, confident, put together, but on the inside things are a bit different. She’s creative, thoughts whirling, anxious, alternately depressed and happy or self-critical and confident, energetic, charismatic, cranky and panicked.

She has suffered from panic attacks, anxiety and depression since the age of 10 and has been writing for just about as long. Her love of writing started as journal entries as therapy and eventually morphed into a melding of fact and fiction. Sometimes writing drives her to drink or drinking drives her to write or sometimes it’s depression, anger, mental illness or love.

Angst is a story she has always wanted to tell, a fiction retelling of her own struggles as a college freshman. Her goal is to be completely honest about mental illness and life’s struggles and to reduce the stigma of mental disorders. She hopes to follow up with a second book featuring Victoria in the future.

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1 comment:

  1. It sounds a little messed up, but in the same way....this might actually be a book that moves me and stays with me. They are really hard to find. Thanks for the review and insight!