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All That I Can Fix: 12/23/19
All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan is about the long, slow recovery of a family after an attempted suicide. The blurb highlights instead a subplot involving animals escaped from a nearby zoo. They're there but in the background like the animals set free in Twelve Monkeys. They are an exotic menagerie of red herrings.
Instead we have Ronney who has taken upon himself to keep the house standing and the bills paid after his father's attempted suicide and now lingering, debilitative depression.
A friend of Ronney's wants to photograph the animals. Ronney agrees to go along when he can — when he's not trying to do the work of two parents while still being a teen. Meanwhile, the rest of the town is reacting as one can expect in a gun crazed society — shooting everything they can.
This is not a happy book. It's not a fun book to read. It has its place. It might be a relatable book for teens with parents who are living with depression or anxiety. I personally prefer the way Chicken Girl handled the same themes.