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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
Gemma is an IT business analyst at a medium to small-sized insurance firm. She loves her job, but she just wants to be invisible. Will they let her be? The meetings never end, as every day there’s a new one and she has to be there. Jack, a colleague, is her nemesis; he yells even when he’s talking to no one in particular. Gemma just wants to sink into a hole whenever the madness starts. And then there’s Nate “McGruff” Parker, a software engineer who works in the same building as Gemma. While she pushes him away, by any means possible he stalks his way into her life. Will Gemma ever give Nate a chance? Will her anxiety let her be more? Find out in Gem of Anxiety by Camille Michaels.
Gem of Anxiety by Camille Michaels is a mix of humor, social issues, and subtle elements of romance. It centers on chronic anxiety, which is a genuine issue that many deal with today. The etiology is indeed diverse, however, many people don’t understand the seriousness. I loved the plot which brought to fore this social/mental health issue in a simplified and relatable manner. Also, Gemma’s navigation through her situation sheds light on therapy. Mantras are just buzz words that may not help unless we believe and put in the work. It is also okay not to be perfect, as this will help take the pressure off our minds. There’s just so much to learn from this book amidst the humor. This was an educative read, and Camille should write more books like this.