Worry by Alexandra Tanner

Review by Bridget Keller

Worry, written by Alexandra Tanner, tells the story of two sisters, Jules and Poppy. Anxious Jules has an addiction to social media and is constantly trying to appease the people around her. She’s stuck in a constant cycle of hating her job, checking up on her “Facebook mommies'' and wanting more out of her current life in Brooklyn. Then, spontaneous Poppy arrives at Jules’s doorstep claiming she needed a place to stay for a few weeks. These weeks turn into months. Their lives change; Jules begins to reflect on the situation she was in before Poppy moved in. Poppy begins creating roots, yet she remains on her air mattress instead of moving into the prepared bed that Jules had bought her. Their difficult relationship with their mom gives them something to build their friendship upon. The two women argue just as much as they get along, yet their relationship only grows stronger.

As a mood reader, this book was perfect for when I wanted something fun and different! It’s a story that contained many satirical points and also had a main character who you could relate to but also found yourself disliking her as well. You don’t know where the story is going to go next. There is familial drama, sisterly love as well as sisterly hate, relationship issues, and SO much social media trolling. The book plays out like a sitcom, you continue reading for the crazy but not too unrealistic drama of it all. It keeps you wanting more, I couldn’t stop reading.

This is Alexandra Tanner’s first book and she outdid herself. This book contained so many moments that made you question just how you came across this book. I initially began reading this book because the title and cover drew me in. The cover with a woman face down at a table with a bowl of fruit on her head embodied how I was feeling when I picked up the book. The vibes of the book made me continue reading. As you read you try to imagine yourself as one of the sisters and you just aren’t sure which one could be you. Sure, it is a strange, outrageous book but it is worth the read.