The Chaos of Standing Still
Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.And his name is Xander.When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.Ryn can’t move on.But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.

The Chaos of Standing Still Details

TitleThe Chaos of Standing Still
Author
ReleaseNov 28th, 2017
PublisherSimon Pulse
ISBN-139781481499187
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

The Chaos of Standing Still Review

  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    Hmm, I have a conflicting feeling about this book. 🤔 Not bad in general but the story could be plotted better, imo. Anyway, review to come!
  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I looooooove 24 hour time frame books. They’re frustrating and fantastic and I was beyond excited to see that Jessica’s book was all about one day. And it didn’t disappoint. Love love love Ryn and Xander. She’s so deep in grief, it’s almost like she’s drowning. Xander is fun and flirty. Together they’re both going through stuff and it was captivating to see how they worked it out. Of course there were some sweet swoons and laughs and they’re sprinkled through at the best moments. Plot wise, it w I looooooove 24 hour time frame books. They’re frustrating and fantastic and I was beyond excited to see that Jessica’s book was all about one day. And it didn’t disappoint. Love love love Ryn and Xander. She’s so deep in grief, it’s almost like she’s drowning. Xander is fun and flirty. Together they’re both going through stuff and it was captivating to see how they worked it out. Of course there were some sweet swoons and laughs and they’re sprinkled through at the best moments. Plot wise, it was perfection. I loved seeing the small flashbacks with Lottie and the way it’s shared truly shows how Ryn felt so alone. The location of an airport sets up so many fun things and this cast of characters is one I could read forever. Overall, it was hopeful and heartbreaking and hilarious with an ending that made me hug the book when I was done. **Huge thanks to Simon Pulse for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    Trying to decide how to review this book so I'm going with 3 stars for now. It was well-written and explores many issues -- but I'm just not sure I loved the book. Just because there is grief and loss and other heavy issues doesn't mean the book was "good"... I mean I think I enjoyed it? But also not really? I had a hard time connecting with Ryn. Which made me feel bad because she is a girl that is struggling to grieve for her best friend. But... I just didn't connect with her. Or like her. I pr Trying to decide how to review this book so I'm going with 3 stars for now. It was well-written and explores many issues -- but I'm just not sure I loved the book. Just because there is grief and loss and other heavy issues doesn't mean the book was "good"... I mean I think I enjoyed it? But also not really? I had a hard time connecting with Ryn. Which made me feel bad because she is a girl that is struggling to grieve for her best friend. But... I just didn't connect with her. Or like her. I probably should have felt really bad for her? Instead I just wanted to shake her. But people who are grieving (or not grieving, in this case) can be irrational? See why I'm having a hard time with this rating? *tears out hair*
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    “Any system, if left unattended or isolated, will eventually result in entropy. Or chaos.” This is the holiday contemporary you should reach for if you want more than just an adorable romance. Don’t get me wrong, it’s got that too, but The Chaos of Standing Still is all about friendship and healing and learning to move on when you’re desperately holding onto the past. The snowed-in airport was the perfect setting for the story, and we got to meet a lot of interesting characters. While there w “Any system, if left unattended or isolated, will eventually result in entropy. Or chaos.” This is the holiday contemporary you should reach for if you want more than just an adorable romance. Don’t get me wrong, it’s got that too, but The Chaos of Standing Still is all about friendship and healing and learning to move on when you’re desperately holding onto the past. The snowed-in airport was the perfect setting for the story, and we got to meet a lot of interesting characters. While there were some weird side plots, Illuminati airport conspiracy theory anyone? For the most part, this was a fun and heartfelt read that is perfect for this holiday season.I received a copy of the book from Simon Pulse via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Kristi Housman
    January 1, 1970
    I'm kind of surprised how much I liked this book and how much it made me feel. The whole book takes place in one day, but there are flashbacks. But so much happens in that single day.Ryn hasn't been able to live a happy life since her best friend, Lottie, died almost one year ago. Ryn is flying home and needs to be there before 10:05 am, the time Lottie was killed. But the Denver weather had other ideas and she is stuck at the airport with no where to go.Xander is heading to visit his parents in I'm kind of surprised how much I liked this book and how much it made me feel. The whole book takes place in one day, but there are flashbacks. But so much happens in that single day.Ryn hasn't been able to live a happy life since her best friend, Lottie, died almost one year ago. Ryn is flying home and needs to be there before 10:05 am, the time Lottie was killed. But the Denver weather had other ideas and she is stuck at the airport with no where to go.Xander is heading to visit his parents in Miami when he runs into Ryn. Actually, she falls into him, and they accidentally swap phones. This little moment in a day changes everything for both of them.Ryn and Xander end up spending the entire night having adventures around the airport. Ryn is hesitant for most of it, but something about Xander makes her feel alive. But Lottie is still on her mind (she actually talks to Ryn inside her head). She can't get the last message Lottie sent out of her mind. She refuses to read it, thinking that once it's gone, Lottie is really gone, too.Ryn and Xander meet others in the airport and some of those characters really made the story for me. Especially Siri and Troy. Siri helped break up some of the tension and Troy was just an interesting character. I loved when Ryn went with him to explore the conspiracies of the airport.While I loved the growing relationship with Ryn and Xander, I really loved how they both helped each other without even really trying. I also really liked all the backstory. While it was obvious to the reader that Lottie wasn't a perfect person, Ryn just had a hard time letting that image of her friend go. Ryn didn't know who she was without Lottie. She thought Lottie made her who she was, improved her. But Ryn didn't see how damaged Lottie was and that she needed Ryn just as much.There were so many emotions that Ryn went through and everything felt very real to me. I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Jessica Brody is one of my insta-buy young adult authors, right up there with Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot, and Richelle Mead. Her books always succeed in impressing me, no matter the story lines and characters introduced. Case in point: A Week of Mondays, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and The Fidelity Files. Therefore, when I heard about The Chaos of Standing Still, her latest YA, I instantly added it to my TBR pile. The storyline sounded great, the setting sounded Jessica Brody is one of my insta-buy young adult authors, right up there with Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot, and Richelle Mead. Her books always succeed in impressing me, no matter the story lines and characters introduced. Case in point: A Week of Mondays, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and The Fidelity Files. Therefore, when I heard about The Chaos of Standing Still, her latest YA, I instantly added it to my TBR pile. The storyline sounded great, the setting sounded even better, and the cover was a show stealer. The Result? Equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking, The Chaos of Standing Still is at its core a story we have seen time and time again (a timid, shy girl suffers the incredible, devastating loss of her beautiful and wild best friend); however, Jessica Brody managed to put her own unique spin on it. Introducing a winter wonderland setting, a cast of characters that brought the laughs and the tears, and a romance I couldn't help but root for, Jessica Brody makes this book incredibly hard to put down. There was so much to enjoy about The Chaos of Standing Still; however, one of my favorite parts was the setting. Who knew an airport as a setting could bring about so much fun, adventure, and trouble? I certainly didn't, but boy did Jessica manage to change my views on that one. I want more books with airport settings and stat! It was so much fun to see the airport become its own little world in the blizzard, and I loved the many ways in which Jessica managed to use it and its resources to further the plot and the characters. Plus, she even included conspiracy theory in, and I don't know about you all but I love a good conspiracy theory. The Chaos of Standing Still also brought to life a large and wonderful cast of characters. Prior to starting the book, I was slightly worried about Ryn. Some reviews I had read seen hadn't been too found of her, and I was worried I would struggle with connecting to and liking her as well. As it turns out, I didn't really have too much of a problem. I didn't like her as much as Jessica's previous protagonists, but I still did like her overall. When we're first introduced to Ryn, she's in an incredibly bad place. She's suffering, more sad and regretful then happy and hopeful, and obsessed with the only thing she has left of her best friend - a single unread text message. One of the things I loved about Ryn was how Jessica showed through her character that everyone grieves differently - there's no right or wrong way to grieving and sometimes it can get pretty ugly and include more than one rock bottom, but there's nothing wrong with that. Ryn wasn't the best at moving on from Lottie's death. She was closed up to the world, refusing to let anyone in, and I understood that. It's hard, even more so when you feel responsible, but throughout the book, I hoped and wish that she would learn to live again, and maybe even open her heart up to Xander. Additionally, I enjoyed and valued the progress she experienced as the book progressed. It was rewarding to see her begin to make new friends and open up to others, no matter how hard it may be. Xander, on the other hand, was great. I loved his humor, his spunk, and his dirty little secrets - the later of which I completely didn't see coming! Like Ryn, Xander's also dealing with his own problems, ones that seemed to have no solution. It was interesting to see them urge the other to move on and face their problems and fears head on; however, I will admit sometimes it was hard to see Ryn blow up at Xander about certain things but I did understand and respect why it was important to the overall story. The plot in this mainly involved around grieving, learning to find happiness in the little things, and finding love in the most unexpected of places. Basically, it was the kind of YA contemporary that had my heart continuously fluttering in happiness. I also liked how Jessica included flashbacks of Lottie and Ryn's past. It helped in developing their friendship. Plus, it was interesting to see who Lottie was first hand, and let me tell you, Lottie was a completed character. She was someone who inspired a lot of mixed feelings in me, but mostly, I did like her as a person - she was crazy and reckless but she did love Ryn. I could go on about this book all day, but I won't. I will say, however, that if you love emotional books, The Chaos of Standing Still is the book for you! As always, I can't wait to see what Jessica writes next. Grade: A-
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  • Caitlin Bauer
    January 1, 1970
    I am completely in love with this book and these characters. Jessica is an incredibly gifted writer. This beautiful story is equal parts funny and heartbreaking.Full review to come...
  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Ryn lost her best friend almost a year ago and she isn't coping well in the aftermath. After being stranded at the Denver Airport due to a raging blizzard, she spends twenty-four hours before the one day anniversary of Lottie's death reminiscing the past, falling in love, finding new friends, and discovering that there is hope in moving on.At first I felt sorry for Ryn losing her best friend, but then during flashbacks we meet Lottie, and that made me wonder why Ryn was friends with her in the f Ryn lost her best friend almost a year ago and she isn't coping well in the aftermath. After being stranded at the Denver Airport due to a raging blizzard, she spends twenty-four hours before the one day anniversary of Lottie's death reminiscing the past, falling in love, finding new friends, and discovering that there is hope in moving on.At first I felt sorry for Ryn losing her best friend, but then during flashbacks we meet Lottie, and that made me wonder why Ryn was friends with her in the first place. Lottie was manipulative, self-centered, bossy, and impulsive. She regularly forced Ryn to do stuff she didn't want to do and always guilt tripped Ryan into acting as her compliance. Their friendship was toxic right from the beginning with everything revolving around Lottie. One prime example of Lottie's manipulative personality was her ordering Ryn to apply for a summer job with her and then officially changing her name (from Kathryn to Ryn) and demanding she go by that name from now on. Ryn never had a backbone to stand up for herself whenever she had to unwillingly tag around with Lottie (for instance, Lottie blackmailed her into shoplifting, not caring that Ryn didn't want to). Lottie was a horrible, toxic person who only cared for herself. And while Ryn wandered the airport, she had conversations with Lottie (her brain talked back to her in Lottie's voice which made me wonder if she was schizophrenic). Even Lottie's voice in Ryn's head was bossy and narcissistic which made me confused on why Ryn remained friends with her for so long. She met Xander right away and they fell in love by the next morning. Her new friend Siri was like Lottie, demanding, bossy, self-centered, and only thinking about herself and how Ryn could benefit her. Ryn pretty much was a self-centered child since she ignored every text her mother sent her asking if she was alright. Like Katniss in The Hunger Games, Ryn went off on tangents that had nothing to do with the story.The synopsis made me interested, but upon reading I was very disappointed, mainly in the characters and the lack of development. I only finished because I was granted an ARC.I received an ARC of The Chaos of Standing Still from Edelweiss.
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  • Kales
    January 1, 1970
    What a fantastic, heartwarming, rom-com book. I saw this on the silver screen, it was a movie in my head, you know, starring Olivia Holt and Tyrel Jackson Williams or other Disney/young actors. I would love a good movie set in DIA!Not gonna lie, I LOVED all of the Denver references. As a kid who grew up going to DIA--calling it my airport--I was stoked to have a clear picture of all of the scenery and setting and the conspiracy theories. I knew every painting and section that was mentioned. All What a fantastic, heartwarming, rom-com book. I saw this on the silver screen, it was a movie in my head, you know, starring Olivia Holt and Tyrel Jackson Williams or other Disney/young actors. I would love a good movie set in DIA!Not gonna lie, I LOVED all of the Denver references. As a kid who grew up going to DIA--calling it my airport--I was stoked to have a clear picture of all of the scenery and setting and the conspiracy theories. I knew every painting and section that was mentioned. All of the gates and terminals were clear in my head. And ever Tattered Cover was mentioned! It was like being behind the scenes which was super cool.In terms of story itself, it was formulaic and predictable, but that's a rom-com. Stuck in an airport for 24 hrs with a young girl with baggage and a young cute man with baggage...oh yeah! And it's New Years Eve. You know what's gonna happen. But that didn't stop me from enjoying it. It was a comforting and satisfying read.One of my largest problems was Ryn's obsession with Lottie. I struggle with characters that are so dependent on other characters--there were points were I wondered if Ryn was bi and secretly in love with Lottie, that's how intense it got at some points. I understand that was the point of the story, but the whole time I was screaming at Ryn for being manipulated by Lottie--I wasn't sure if it was a healthy friendship in the first place. I think the grief was well portrayed but Ryn's obsession was weird and Lottie's controlling nature, and Ryn's willingness to go along with it was frustrating and somewhat disturbing at points.All in all, I really enjoyed this mac & cheese read. It's fun and set in Denver (which is biased of me but earns it lots of points) and a sweet love story between friends and a rather cute boy in the airport. It's the perfect set up and it's satisfying.Conclusion: Keep
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  • Isidora
    January 1, 1970
    The Chaos of standing still is a book about Ryn and Xander. And one wild night on Denver's airport.When snowstorm happens in Denver,Ryn ends up stranded on airport in Denver. Even though she plans to spend all the time alone with her secrets,she accidentaly meet Xander,a boy with secrets on his own. What will happen when those two collide (literally!) will stay in your hearts always.This book made me feel soooo much! It's a really heartbreaking book but it will also made you heart warm,because i The Chaos of standing still is a book about Ryn and Xander. And one wild night on Denver's airport.When snowstorm happens in Denver,Ryn ends up stranded on airport in Denver. Even though she plans to spend all the time alone with her secrets,she accidentaly meet Xander,a boy with secrets on his own. What will happen when those two collide (literally!) will stay in your hearts always.This book made me feel soooo much! It's a really heartbreaking book but it will also made you heart warm,because its romance is perfect,especialy in this time of the year,it's a fall/winter kind of romance.Also,I liked that we had before/now altering point. I love that a lot in a books,it just makes story richer and that was the case with this book too. Because of this points,we get to meet Lottie,which is a really important thing because with meeting Lottie,we meet Ryn also. It gives us more insight in her life.So,all in all,I adored this book! Of course,this book is not perfect but it came in the right moment and I enjoyed every minute reading it! This is a perfect book for lovers of Jennifer Niven and John Green and I seriously doubt there is somenone who will not love this book. If you want to feel love this winter,then this book is perfect for you,because I'm sure this book will not disappoint you.If you want to read whole review go to my blog :)
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  • Breeny
    January 1, 1970
    I was able to read an arc of The Chaos of Standing Still in exchange for an honest review, via NetGalley.The Chaos of Standing Still was a solid book. I really enjoyed the main characters, Ryn, and her love interest Xander. The growth and depth of their relationship are what kept me invested in this book. The portrayal of grief, and different types of grief, seemed really well researched and portrayed. However, I did notice a lot of ableist language (such as the repeated use of the words insane I was able to read an arc of The Chaos of Standing Still in exchange for an honest review, via NetGalley.The Chaos of Standing Still was a solid book. I really enjoyed the main characters, Ryn, and her love interest Xander. The growth and depth of their relationship are what kept me invested in this book. The portrayal of grief, and different types of grief, seemed really well researched and portrayed. However, I did notice a lot of ableist language (such as the repeated use of the words insane and crazy throughout the novel), and that did put me a little on edge. I thought the ending was really well-crafted, and I really liked the openended-ness of it. All in all The Chaos of Standing Still was a solid read.3/5 stars
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  • Be A Rebel
    January 1, 1970
    Jessica Brody shines in this touching window into unresolved grief of a best friend.
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    **I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**I have to say I have some mixed feelings about this book. I would like to say first that I don’t think I have ever experienced the death of someone I loved so much that it affected me deeply, so the parts where I had trouble relating to Ryn might not be the case with other readers. But unfortunately, I just could not stand her as a character or a person while I read this book. I enjoyed the airp **I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**I have to say I have some mixed feelings about this book. I would like to say first that I don’t think I have ever experienced the death of someone I loved so much that it affected me deeply, so the parts where I had trouble relating to Ryn might not be the case with other readers. But unfortunately, I just could not stand her as a character or a person while I read this book. I enjoyed the airport plot and the romance greatly – it was fun, humorous, enjoyable – but Ryn just kind of made me want to slap her sometimes.When I first started reading this, I thought that maybe I just couldn’t comprehend the closeness Ryn had to her best friend Lottie, who died the previous year. But as the story progressed, and there were more and more flashbacks to her time with Lottie, I started to feel like Ryn was just kind of obsessive and even slightly possessive of her. She was so completely over-protective, and I could not for the life of me figure out why they were even friends. I understand opposites attract and all that, but they seemed like they were two completely different species here. In fact, it was like Ryn was just caught in Lottie’s orbit and pulled along for the Lottie’s wild rides (an analogy that actually made an appearance towards the end of the book so good to know I was on the right track with that one). I just didn’t think it was a healthy friendship, and I just didn’t understand why they were friends at all.I was also really annoyed with Ryn’s self-centeredness. She seemed to believe that no one could have it as bad as her, that no one could possibly understand her grief or her problems. And when she starts spending time with Xander, she is so in her own world she repeatedly fails to realize when he is showing her his own problems that are plaguing him. Even after he makes it clear that he isn’t happy with his parents, she still believes he has it better than she and that his problems can easily be fixed. I was just so angry and annoyed at her for being so completely obtuse about Xander’s feelings. And, of course, never once does she actually realize her mistake and apologize for it, because everything comes back to her and her issues with getting over Lottie.The pacing of this book was good, and there were a lot of interesting side characters that really made the story interesting. And like I said, I enjoyed the airport shenanigans and the romantic plot. But since Ryn was just an unlikable and self-centered character who was obsessed with a friendship that didn’t even make sense to me, I am left with mixed feelings about this book. 3 stars.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published at www.bickeringbookreviews.comSummaryRyn doesn’t have any friends. She doesn’t want any friends because she has Lottie. Lottie her best friend since childhood. Lottie the girl who could get Ryn to do anything. Lottie the girl who died a year ago but Ryn can still hear her voice. Lottie who sent Ryn a text message right before her death that Ryn still has been able to read. Ryn has spent the last year avoiding her grief about Lottie’s death but when her plane gets grounded a Originally published at www.bickeringbookreviews.comSummaryRyn doesn’t have any friends. She doesn’t want any friends because she has Lottie. Lottie her best friend since childhood. Lottie the girl who could get Ryn to do anything. Lottie the girl who died a year ago but Ryn can still hear her voice. Lottie who sent Ryn a text message right before her death that Ryn still has been able to read. Ryn has spent the last year avoiding her grief about Lottie’s death but when her plane gets grounded at the Denver airport Ryn will begin to accept her best friend’s death with the help of a sweet and beautiful boy named Xander.ReviewOn the surface “The Chaos of Standing Still” is a fluffy book about a teen girl finding romance while being trapped in an airport overnight but as you move through the story you find so much more. Ryn’s grief over the loss of her friend is palpable throughout the story. She is grieving and she is broken and you can see that on the page. Her life was changed by an intense friendship that we only see in tiny bits in flash backs but it is easy to understand that Lottie changed who Ryn is fundamentally. Brody does a fine job of showing the loss of hope that befall someone when they are grieving. Ryn doesn’t want to live, she doesn’t want to move past Lottie, she doesn’t want to have experiences her friend never will and her pain is realistic and believable. Her grief feels so real that to break her from it’s spell we need an equally real antidote which we find in Xander, a boy dealing with his own issues. Their interactions are sweet and cute without ever moving into the saccharine zone. Their one night adventure in the airport is filled with moments that allow their emotional intimacy to gradual grow. Their relationship is the shining point of the novel and also proves to be it’s weakness because the moments lack their interactions feel unwanted and made the book feel little long with one sub-plot feeling entirely unnecessary. Yet, readers of this genre will happily overlook the few unnecessary plot point to enjoy Ryn’s emotional journey.Bottomline: A book about love, loss, and grief that will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson.Final Rating: 4 out of 5I received an eARC of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amelia
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars—I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.Such a sweet and heartfelt contemporary with an awesome setting. I love unusual settings and having the entire book take place in an airplane/the Denver airport was very cool. Also the entire book spans 24 hours, which I also love. The story follow Kathryn aka Ryn as she gets stranded in the Denver airport on her way back home to San Francisco on New Year’s Eve. The story itself is very much about grief, how to cope (or not cope), and 3.5 Stars—I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.Such a sweet and heartfelt contemporary with an awesome setting. I love unusual settings and having the entire book take place in an airplane/the Denver airport was very cool. Also the entire book spans 24 hours, which I also love. The story follow Kathryn aka Ryn as she gets stranded in the Denver airport on her way back home to San Francisco on New Year’s Eve. The story itself is very much about grief, how to cope (or not cope), and moving on with life. Ryn’s been stuck in a proverbial holding pattern in the year since her best friend died, and she struggles to grieve properly and move on. All she wants is to be home by 10:05am on New Year’s Day to mourn the one year anniversary of Lottie’s death. Instead she’s stranded in an airport with a cast of characters that unknowingly challenge her. While I liked Ryn, I would’ve liked her even more if she had depth beyond Lottie’s death, which was the hallmark of her character. However, I think their friendship dynamic (as told through flashbacks) was realistic. The only part that tripped me up was the end, where Ryn’s auditory hallucinations of Lottie blend with reality too much for my liking. The romance was okay, but I didn’t feel the chemistry between Ryn and Xander. I did like the distinction that was made—that both of them needed saving and a kiss/romance wouldn’t save either of them. The pacing was generally on point, but the book sagged somewhat at the halfway mark and NYE party. I enjoyed some of the side characters like Troy, and others not so much, like Siri. Overall, it was an enjoyable read, and I’d recommend it.
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  • Rebecca Greer
    January 1, 1970
    This unique novel takes place over the course of one day, focusing on Ryn who is dealing with the most difficult time of her life; the death of her best friend. As she struggles to get through a night stranded in the Denver airport she meets an entertaining cast of characters, including a 14 year old unaccompanied "miner", Siri, and a mysterious boy. Fully fleshed out and wild characters keep the plot constantly moving and will push readers curiosity. This novel shows everyone has something goin This unique novel takes place over the course of one day, focusing on Ryn who is dealing with the most difficult time of her life; the death of her best friend. As she struggles to get through a night stranded in the Denver airport she meets an entertaining cast of characters, including a 14 year old unaccompanied "miner", Siri, and a mysterious boy. Fully fleshed out and wild characters keep the plot constantly moving and will push readers curiosity. This novel shows everyone has something going on beneath the surface, and it might be worth getting to know what that something is.
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  • Makenna Fournier
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book so much, and I am pretty sure it is my favorite book from Jessica Brody. This book felt very different than all of Jessica Brody's other contemporaries in that it definitely felt like it was aimed towards older YA and not younger YA, and it dealt with deeper subjects than just the cute or funny romances. (not that there is anything wrong with books where the romance is the main focus, I love those books, it's just different.)The main character, Ryn, lost her best friend a year I loved this book so much, and I am pretty sure it is my favorite book from Jessica Brody. This book felt very different than all of Jessica Brody's other contemporaries in that it definitely felt like it was aimed towards older YA and not younger YA, and it dealt with deeper subjects than just the cute or funny romances. (not that there is anything wrong with books where the romance is the main focus, I love those books, it's just different.)The main character, Ryn, lost her best friend a year prior to when this book starts, and the grief that she is dealing with is the main focus of this book. While I was not a fan of the said best friend, Lottie, in the flashbacks, I could feel the loss that Ryn was going through and it may have brought on a few tears.While I didn't Lottie, I really liked all of the people Ryn met while stuck at the airport. Of course I liked Xander as a love interest, but I also liked Siri, Jimmy, and Troy, they were great comic relief.
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  • Heather Brown
    January 1, 1970
    In a romance novel about reactions to grief, dysfunctional parents, and being stuck in an airport, it may be surprising that there isn't any sex. More books should go that way. I really enjoyed Ryn's ascent from deep depression and her ability to find ways to cope with the death of her best friend. Xander is an amazing love interest for such a broken girl. Even though his parents haven't been there for him, Xander obviously learned a lot from them.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so happy that I finally got to read this book! The PDF would not open on my device for a while but after reading it I devoured it. It was romantic and sweet and full of heartbreak and love. A beautiful story about a young woman who has lost her best friend and herself in the process. A chance airport meeting helps her find her way back to who she needs to be to start living her life again. Excellent read!
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  • Maddy
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me laugh and cry and captured me into the universe that is Ryn Gilbert's life. It's beautifully written, funny, sad, romantic, happy, cute, and I felt like I was trapped in the Denver Airport with her and rode the roller coaster that was The Chaos of Standing Still.
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  • Jean Pfluger
    January 1, 1970
    Fun YA adventure.
  • Sam Kozbial
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5 StarsHeavier than I expected, but the ending was really strong. Full review to follow. *I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book.
  • Sage Thoughts
    January 1, 1970
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