Adella is facing the dawn of a new year and the end of her twenties - and she's in a psychiatric unit recovering from a mental breakdown. A decade earlier, her life held such promise; she had every option in her hand. How did it come to this?
As we go back and walk with Adella through her twenties, she searches for her grand purpose through love, career and travel. At her side through the tumultuous highs and lows is her best friend, Jake, facing his own challenges and opportunities. They both know the future must have something better to offer - but why does it also always feel, in the bottom of their stomachs, as though something bad is going to happen?
Raw and revelatory, Something Bad is Going to Happen is a heart-stopping new work from one of Australia's most exciting writers. Dealing with the weight young women bear through pressure, anxiety, rejection, this is a generation-defining novel - wise, witty, deeply compelling.
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Jessie Stephens' Something Bad is Going to Happen is a remarkable novel about the fragility of happiness and the complexity of mental health. When Adella finds herself in a psychiatric unit recovering from a breakdown, she begins to reflect on the pivotal years of her twenties, filled with aspirations and the weight of expectations, and the intense bond she shares with her friend, Jake. The novel spans almost a decade, and through Adella and Jake's stories, Stephens explores the struggle to find purpose and connection in a world that often seems indifferent and uncaring. Her nuanced understanding of young adulthood and insight into our internal realities is refreshing and deeply moving. With a casual tone and moments of wit and lightness, the story beautifully captures the time in our lives when innocence gives way to wisdom.
Love love loved!! Couldn’t put it down, finished in 24hrs! To anyone who has ever struggled with trying to understand who they are and how we fit in this world, this is and honest, no filter, relatable story ❤️
Wow just wow
Thank you for this amazing relatable read!
Accurate portrayal of life of a young woman
This book is a scarily accurate portrayal of the life of a young woman living in Australia. Dealing with issues of class, religion, mental health, dating and friendship.
Well done Jessie xo