You Are The Everything
Can you want something—or someone—so badly that you change your destiny? Elyse Schmidt never would have believed it, until it happened to her. When Elyse and her not-so-secret crush, Josh Harris, are the sole survivors of a plane crash, tragedy binds them together. It’s as if their love story is meant to be. Everything is perfect, or as perfect as it can be when you’ve literally fallen out of the sky and landed hard on the side of a mountain—until suddenly it isn’t. And when the pieces of Elyse’s life stop fitting together, what is left?

You Are The Everything Details

TitleYou Are The Everything
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherAlgonquin Young Readers
ISBN-139781616208158
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Drama

You Are The Everything Review

  • Lily ☁️
    January 1, 1970
    ➳ 3 1/2 stars✨ You can find my full review + giveaway link on my blog!Someone teach me how to talk about a book that made you feel emotions you can’t name, because you’ve never felt them before, please?You know how people say that there’s a crack in everything, and that’s how the light gets in? This book found its way into my heart, and my soul, and enveloped both so seamlessly, that it didn’t need the tiniest sliver of a crack to begin with.You Are the Everything invoked a whole new capacity of ➳ 3 1/2 stars✨ You can find my full review + giveaway link on my blog!Someone teach me how to talk about a book that made you feel emotions you can’t name, because you’ve never felt them before, please?You know how people say that there’s a crack in everything, and that’s how the light gets in? This book found its way into my heart, and my soul, and enveloped both so seamlessly, that it didn’t need the tiniest sliver of a crack to begin with.You Are the Everything invoked a whole new capacity of emotive value in me, as well as introduced me to a whole new dimension of storytelling. It’s a book that, in my opinion, should be read without knowing all too much about the characters, their motivations, and the story arc.Commemorative of We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, I was led, both by the synopsis, and the cover, to expect an all-too endearing book, filled with fluff, and light-hearted banter, even amidst tragic events.Instead, I read a book that was all that, but also so much more; a story that is eerily reminiscent of the magical realism genre, somewhat mysterious, brimming with melancholy, and serenity, and all kinds of tangled up emotions that leave a bittersweet taste on your tongue.I loved the narrative voice, and the many little anecdotes and details that infused every aspect of this story with vivacity, and color, and poignancy, and made me fall in love with the few characters that it focuses on. Both the friendship, and the romantic adoration aimed at the love interest were so realistically depicted, that I was wholly entranced. “(…) maybe that’s how it is for everyone to some degree. Maybe all of us are holding tight to what we think matters, and releasing everything else into the morass of the past, a hazy place you once visited, taking with you only a handful of glittering stones containing all that you want to have matter.” I was left feeling spell-bound, and fascinated by everything about this book, but especially the foreshadowing, and the little clues along the way that, looking back, make you realize how brilliantly this book was crafted, and how much thought went into the plotting, and planning, and the wonderful writing.I can’t wait to read everything else Karen Rivers has written, and will write in the future.Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for a spot on the blog tour and promotion of the book.Blog | Bloglovin’ | Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter
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  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    This book ruined my life. I do not remember the last time I cried so hard. God, what an interesting narrative. What a talented author. What a horrible thing to do to me.
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5Highly unusual, You Are The Everything by Karen Rivers is so much more than a contemporary romance, and more like a weird dreamworld. What it's about: Elyse Schmidt is on the way back to California from a band festival in Paris when the plane she is on crashes, and the only survivors are Elyse and her crush Josh Harris. Both of their families move to Wyoming to escape the attention from media and other people, and Elyse and Josh start a relationship bound together by what they both survi ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5Highly unusual, You Are The Everything by Karen Rivers is so much more than a contemporary romance, and more like a weird dreamworld. What it's about: Elyse Schmidt is on the way back to California from a band festival in Paris when the plane she is on crashes, and the only survivors are Elyse and her crush Josh Harris. Both of their families move to Wyoming to escape the attention from media and other people, and Elyse and Josh start a relationship bound together by what they both survived.. I don't want to say more about the plot because the end threw me for a loop and there isn't a good way to mention it without giving anything away. Although the book is considered a contemporary romance, it was really more about dealing with anxiety and trauma after a tragedy. The book is written entirely in second person told from the viewpoint of Elyse, and I thought she was very relatable. She is 16/17 in the book and she has major anxiety, panic attacks, and arthritis. Now just add being 1 of 2 survivors of a plane crash and isn't that a ton of stress. You Are The Everything is very quirky, if you can't tell already from the second person narrative, but also heartbreaking. I didn't actually cry while reading it, but I'm sure some people will. Also something important to note is that Elyse always calls Josh by his full name in the book, and Josh always calls her by her full name or just Schmidt (which she doesn't like but won't tell him). I can see how that would bother some people and it was weird seeing "Josh Harris" all the time, but it didn't really bug me. I was probably too busy trying to understand exactly what was happening.Final Thought: The ending of this book is just CRAY, and I really need other people to read this and help me decipher exactly what was going on. It basically left me with that "what did I just read?" feeling that so many of us love so much. Overall it was a quick read and did make me laugh as well as hit me in the heart. I recommend checking it out if you are into something a little unusual that is not your typical YA contemporary romance novel.
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  • Malanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided as part of TFFBC blog tour in exchange for an honest reviewWait. What do you mean that's how it ended???????? No spoilers but what the f*ck? | 🌸BLOG🌸 | 🌸TWITTER🌸 | 🌸INSTAGAM🌸 |
  • Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you @algonquinyr for sending me an advance reading copy of You Are the Everything by Karen Rivers. Release date is October 30!This YA book is about Elyse, a 16 year-old lost in her head, who best communicates her thoughts by drawing graphic stories. She’s returning from a band event in Paris and sitting on the plane back to California next to her dreamy crush Josh Harris. The beginning of the novel felt very juvenile and middle grade. However, the narrative perspective was so unusual I had Thank you @algonquinyr for sending me an advance reading copy of You Are the Everything by Karen Rivers. Release date is October 30!This YA book is about Elyse, a 16 year-old lost in her head, who best communicates her thoughts by drawing graphic stories. She’s returning from a band event in Paris and sitting on the plane back to California next to her dreamy crush Josh Harris. The beginning of the novel felt very juvenile and middle grade. However, the narrative perspective was so unusual I had to Google it. The book is told in first person by Elyse but she refers to herself in the third person. So, apparently this is something that narcissists do. And it’s also a coping mechanism for those with anxiety or stress. I read that it’s a way to remove yourself from the situation and view it from afar so that you’re better able to cope. Ok, now I was intrigued. That’s all I can share without providing any spoilers. Bottom line - stick with it until the end.
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  • Bookreporter.com Historical Fiction
    January 1, 1970
    From Karen Rivers, the author who brought readers the compelling and complex novels BEFORE WE GO EXTINCT, THE GIRL IN THE WELL IS ME and LOVE, ISH into the young adult and children’s book worlds, comes a new mind-twisting story of survival in YOU ARE THE EVERYTHING.Elyse Schmidt was on the trip of a lifetime as her high school band was selected to go to a competition in Paris. She gets to spend time in the most romantic city in the world with her best friend Kath and her crush Josh Harris. But t From Karen Rivers, the author who brought readers the compelling and complex novels BEFORE WE GO EXTINCT, THE GIRL IN THE WELL IS ME and LOVE, ISH into the young adult and children’s book worlds, comes a new mind-twisting story of survival in YOU ARE THE EVERYTHING.Elyse Schmidt was on the trip of a lifetime as her high school band was selected to go to a competition in Paris. She gets to spend time in the most romantic city in the world with her best friend Kath and her crush Josh Harris. But things don’t turn out as rosy as Elyse had hoped when the weather in Paris is gloomy, she gets into a huge fight with Kath and, on the trip home, their plane crashes.Elyse has always thought about death, drawing comics about strange ways people have died (death by taking selfies in weird spots is a leading cause) and always thinking she has some sort of strange malady, but she never expected to survive. When their plane goes down, Elyse and her crush Josh Harris are the only survivors. As the sole survivors, they are bound together on a deep level, battling the media’s attempts to make them celebrities and getting closer to each other. Together the two try to figure out how to live with the physical and emotional scars of the tragedy, and how to live without the people they lost.YOU ARE THE EVERYTHING dives into topics of grief, loss and guilt. Elyse must cope with the guilt she feels as a survivor and her grief over losing her best friend and parts of herself. Karen Rivers does an amazing job of getting inside the mind of a teenager who is battling two sides of herself. She explores teenage familial and romantic relationships, as well as a teenager’s relationship with their self.Told in second person point of view, Elyse is portrayed as a unique character with many quirks and flaws. Though Elyse becomes idolized by the media and by her boyfriend, Rivers still makes her flaws apparent and doesn’t try to mask her quirks by grief or romance. Many of the side characters in this novel including Josh Harris, Kath and the members of Elyse’s class are given unique voices as well. Rivers expertly uses dialogue to push the plot forward. Although stories are not often told in second person, Karen Rivers manages to do it really well, still giving readers insight into the minds of the characters and leaving them astounded with the conclusion of the story.YOU ARE THE EVERYTHING is such a powerful tale of emotional and physical loss, as well as mental health and relationships. Readers who enjoyed GOODBYE DAYS by Jeff Zentner, WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart, or EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE by Katrina Leno will love the tragic and twisting tale of Elyse in YOU ARE THE EVERYTHING.
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  • Nay Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Received a copy from the publisher for review.Where do I even begin with this story...gripping, interesting, heartfelt and everything in between. This story will make you cry hard and leave you slightly wounded. I'm giving this story a 3.5 star rating because the narrative was very different. It was written in a way that made the reader feel as if they were the main character.Elyse Schmidt and Josh Harris are on a plane returning home from Paris with their school (I believe it was the band) when Received a copy from the publisher for review.Where do I even begin with this story...gripping, interesting, heartfelt and everything in between. This story will make you cry hard and leave you slightly wounded. I'm giving this story a 3.5 star rating because the narrative was very different. It was written in a way that made the reader feel as if they were the main character.Elyse Schmidt and Josh Harris are on a plane returning home from Paris with their school (I believe it was the band) when their plane crashes and they're left as the soul survivors. Elyse ends up with a glass eye and traumatic brain injury which causes her to also have a hard time remembering many things. Despite that Josh Harris, who happens to be her crush, is there to help her through and remind her of how beautiful she is.This is a YA contemporary romance that will rip your heart out of chest. The interactions between Elyse and Josh are compelling. The writing is detailed which I thought was amazing as it pulled me into the story more than most contemporary romances do. Paired with the narrative style, it was all so real and amazing.That ending...WHYYYY?! It threw me for a complete loop! I was not expecting that to happen at all. It felt like the end of a dream or fantasy.Do I recommend this, yes I do. Especially if you're looking for 1) a tear-jerker and 2) a different writing style.
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  • Belle Ellrich
    January 1, 1970
    *I WAS PROVIDED WITH AN E-ARC COPY FROM THE PUBLISHER FOR THIS TOUR. MY REVIEW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS*The first thing I noticed and the first thing that bothered me the most about this book was that it was in Second Person POV. For those of you who don't know what SP-POV is, it's basically just the excess use of "you" throughout the book; otherwise known as the POV fanfiction writers are most common for using.Now, I'm not hating on the book just because it's in Second Person POV, but I will say *I WAS PROVIDED WITH AN E-ARC COPY FROM THE PUBLISHER FOR THIS TOUR. MY REVIEW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS*The first thing I noticed and the first thing that bothered me the most about this book was that it was in Second Person POV. For those of you who don't know what SP-POV is, it's basically just the excess use of "you" throughout the book; otherwise known as the POV fanfiction writers are most common for using.Now, I'm not hating on the book just because it's in Second Person POV, but I will say that it did bother me—a lot—while reading.However, one thing I did really like about this book, was the switching of the perspectives. By that, I mean that in one chapter, we were reading through the plane crash, but then in another chapter, we were reading in the hospital or across the states. I love when authors do this, as I like the out of order events.It was clear throughout the book that the words and actions of the characters were supposed to pull at your heartstrings and make you feel what the MC was feeling. And I did—I felt for the MC and I felt what she was feeling. I understood her pain over her loss, and I understand everything she chose and went through after the crash.If you aren't fans of Second Person POV, I wouldn't suggest this book for you. However, if you are fans of Contemporary Romance (aka fluff), this would be a book for you.I rate this book 3.5/5 stars.
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  • Ceridwenn
    January 1, 1970
    I was expecting something REALLY different! A novel in which the female main character, totally in love with a school mate finds out that there are more important things than being kissed in life; especially after she survived a plane crash. I was hoping for a teen romance while discovering who you really are... it isn't!I felt like i was watching a movie with no sound with the button Fast-Forward pushed on constantly. I felt like everything was fast-forwarding, there were no details, no emotion I was expecting something REALLY different! A novel in which the female main character, totally in love with a school mate finds out that there are more important things than being kissed in life; especially after she survived a plane crash. I was hoping for a teen romance while discovering who you really are... it isn't!I felt like i was watching a movie with no sound with the button Fast-Forward pushed on constantly. I felt like everything was fast-forwarding, there were no details, no emotions, almost no dialogues!!!The fact that it is a second person narrative is REALLY disturbing!! "You don't want to marry with Josh Harris. You want to fall in love with him. That's different." At first I thought i just had to get used to it, but eventually it was more and more annoying as i continued reading! As for the plot, the major plot twist is pretty predictable, there are hints all over the book and at the beginning of part two I had already figured it out. The ending is really well-written nut it doesn't make up for the rest of the book, the author wanted to get THERE and it feels, but the journey to this ending was not as enjoyable as I thought it would be.I received this novel (e-arc) for an honest review.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Elyse Schmidt has the biggest crush on Josh Harris, but he has no idea. When tragedy strikes on their plane ride home, Elyse and Josh are the soul survivors of a plane crash. They must rely on each other to get through it and a relationship blossoms between them.As a result of the crash, Elyse suffers from Traumatic Brain Injury and has trouble remembering things. Josh is patient through it all, even when Elyse grows emotional. Elyse also has a glass eye from the wreck, but Josh believes she's a Elyse Schmidt has the biggest crush on Josh Harris, but he has no idea. When tragedy strikes on their plane ride home, Elyse and Josh are the soul survivors of a plane crash. They must rely on each other to get through it and a relationship blossoms between them.As a result of the crash, Elyse suffers from Traumatic Brain Injury and has trouble remembering things. Josh is patient through it all, even when Elyse grows emotional. Elyse also has a glass eye from the wreck, but Josh believes she's as beautiful as ever. Everything seems perfect.... until the end.This was probably the hardest review to write without giving spoilers. It was also the first book that I've ever written in second point of view. While I prefer first or third, it was refreshing to step out of my comfort zone. If you're looking for a contemporary romance that's different from any other book you've ever read, this one is for you. Karen Rivers address several topics in this like interracial dating, plane crash survivors, and the struggles of traumatic brain injury.Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of contemporary romance, unique plots and writing style, and emotional reads that address sensitive topics and diverse characters.
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  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.The first thing I want to say is that this book has the most unique narrative that I have ever come across. I could explain it, but I want you guys to read it, and find out for yourselves. Because this narrative is the whole book, and I cannot ruin it for you.The prose of this book is so heart wrenching, and the writing is so deta Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.The first thing I want to say is that this book has the most unique narrative that I have ever come across. I could explain it, but I want you guys to read it, and find out for yourselves. Because this narrative is the whole book, and I cannot ruin it for you.The prose of this book is so heart wrenching, and the writing is so detailed that I felt like I was sitting right alongside of Elyse and Josh. Flash forward a bit, and then you watch the two characters suffer in their own way with survivors guilt, and over-coming their injuries. I enjoyed Rivers writing style, and I think she nailed how these two kids would feel having been the only two survivors and losing all their friends, and favorite teachers, and having to learn to navigate the world being famous and constantly having cameras shoved in their face and stories being told.Although this story is sad, it is also very sweet, and that last chapter, good lord I cannot believe how it ended. I was slightly taken aback, and had to really think it out. Karen Rivers, you definitely pulled at all my heartstrings.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This is so unusual, so clever, so moving, and so powerful. Elyse is flying home from France with the rest of her bandmates after an unsuccessful competition, but the plane crashes. The only survivors are her and her long-time crush Josh. When they return back to California and endure long periods of recovery, the two of them become a couple. Become famous. Become happy. Become the new kids at a high school in Wyoming. Everything is perfect and glimmery and shiny, finally. Until we get to the end This is so unusual, so clever, so moving, and so powerful. Elyse is flying home from France with the rest of her bandmates after an unsuccessful competition, but the plane crashes. The only survivors are her and her long-time crush Josh. When they return back to California and endure long periods of recovery, the two of them become a couple. Become famous. Become happy. Become the new kids at a high school in Wyoming. Everything is perfect and glimmery and shiny, finally. Until we get to the end and (view spoiler)[ we discover none of it happened at all. It was Elyse turning into her safe space, Elyse tuning out the impact of the crash, Elyse being an utterly unreliable narrator who tells the story of missed connections and opportunities upon her death. (hide spoiler)]Emotionally resonant, this one will appeal to readers who want a contemporary YA that is well-written, immersive, and DIFFERENT. I'd hand this one off to (view spoiler)[ readers who love Gabrielle Zevin's Elsewhere or Amy Huntley's The Everafter. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Jennifer Shanahan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very intriguing. I do not think that I have ever read a book written in second person. It sets a different tone that is for sure. This book was definitely not what I was expecting after reading the summary. I was expecting a teen romance developing after the plane crash. I do not want to give the story away because this is something that you have to experience yourself. Elyse is on a trip with her school band to Paris and her plane begins to crash. She goes back and forth between t This book was very intriguing. I do not think that I have ever read a book written in second person. It sets a different tone that is for sure. This book was definitely not what I was expecting after reading the summary. I was expecting a teen romance developing after the plane crash. I do not want to give the story away because this is something that you have to experience yourself. Elyse is on a trip with her school band to Paris and her plane begins to crash. She goes back and forth between the past and present and future in her thoughts and sometimes it is a little hard to follow (I reread a lot of parts). She is hopelessly in love with the boy sitting next to her on the plane, Josh Harris, whom she talks and thinks about all the time (literally, I do not think that there is a page in this book that doesn't mention Josh Harris on it in some form or another.) Elyse is losing time and having panic attacks and trying to fit the piece of her life back together but something seems to be missing. A thought-provoking story to say the least with quite a different spin and feel than the typical YA novels out there today. I definitely recommend this one!
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    Whoa. I have never read a book quite like this one. I went into this book knowing nothing about the plot, and that is the best way to go about reading it. This book really took me by surprise and I was not prepared for any of it. But, it was thought provoking—it made me question what was reality. I think the best way I can describe it is by comparing it to the movie Vertigo. It sort of leaves you with the feeling "What!? That was the ending?," but you still have good things to say about it becau Whoa. I have never read a book quite like this one. I went into this book knowing nothing about the plot, and that is the best way to go about reading it. This book really took me by surprise and I was not prepared for any of it. But, it was thought provoking—it made me question what was reality. I think the best way I can describe it is by comparing it to the movie Vertigo. It sort of leaves you with the feeling "What!? That was the ending?," but you still have good things to say about it because it was so intriguing. It also has many déjà vu moments, which is similar to how Vertigo's Madeleine acts. I wouldn't have compared it to Vertigo, but upon the mention of vertigo (not related to the movie), I realized the book was a lot like the movie. To add to the intrigue, it was written in second person which was what originally sparked my interest as I have (probably) never read a book in second person (as it is so rare). While it was completely different from what I was initially anticipating, it was probably even better (and moodier).
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  • Calafia
    January 1, 1970
    This book is hard to talk about without spoilering things. It's gorgeously written, relatable to youth everywhere (never underestimate what a comfort reading about another's similar insecurity can be, or finding out that you're not the only one thinking very hard about the small details).You Are the Everything is a book you finish reading, then pick back up again, to read it knowing how it ends, and see it in that new light. So, without giving away too much, it has a lot of twists and turns, and This book is hard to talk about without spoilering things. It's gorgeously written, relatable to youth everywhere (never underestimate what a comfort reading about another's similar insecurity can be, or finding out that you're not the only one thinking very hard about the small details).You Are the Everything is a book you finish reading, then pick back up again, to read it knowing how it ends, and see it in that new light. So, without giving away too much, it has a lot of twists and turns, and a surprise ending. It's a ride that will pull you in, under, and along.I'm going to recommend you think about the lyrics to the REM song by the same name, by the way.
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  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)More 3.5You Are the Everything is an emotional almost stream of consciousness from Elyse. As she thinks about the person she wants to be, the meaning of fate, and the repercussions of events beyond our control. You spend a lot of time in Elyse's head, jumping between memories and thoughts, but on the way there, you're treated to some truly emotional thoughts. There's a raw honesty (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)More 3.5You Are the Everything is an emotional almost stream of consciousness from Elyse. As she thinks about the person she wants to be, the meaning of fate, and the repercussions of events beyond our control. You spend a lot of time in Elyse's head, jumping between memories and thoughts, but on the way there, you're treated to some truly emotional thoughts. There's a raw honesty to these thoughts. To these late night, in the middle of the night confessions.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    This book surprised me a little. I was expecting a fluffy teen romance and survival story, but what I got was so much more.This piece hops seamlessly through time and space while the main character, Elyse, tries to put pieces of her life and her mind back together after surviving a horrendous plane crash. Mysterious, reflective, and thoughtful- this novel is part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part coming of age teen novel.I recommend to people looking for something a little different an This book surprised me a little. I was expecting a fluffy teen romance and survival story, but what I got was so much more.This piece hops seamlessly through time and space while the main character, Elyse, tries to put pieces of her life and her mind back together after surviving a horrendous plane crash. Mysterious, reflective, and thoughtful- this novel is part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part coming of age teen novel.I recommend to people looking for something a little different and like mind-bending fiction!
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  • Cherie
    January 1, 1970
    The book starts off with a plane crash. The only two who survive are Eylse and her crush, Josh Harris; Josh is only sitting next to her because he switched seats with Elyse's best friend after they had a fight. Their fantastical world happens, only because the two of them SURVIVED. Just read this beautiful book, that is all. ARC. YA.
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  • Nancy Mijangos
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Heartbreaking novel about an alternate reality, the angst of first love, and finding one's place in life. Great book.
  • Melinda
    January 1, 1970
    Read as a Netgalley ARC. Review to come. But holy COW that was not what I was expecting!
  • Ashlin Edmisten
    January 1, 1970
    This book was certainly interesting, filled with all sorts of red herrings and easter eggs. I enjoyed reading it and found the story and characters to be compelling.
  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    What did I just read?
  • Nerdette Podcast
    January 1, 1970
    Meh. Charming, but not as surprising as I'd hoped.
  • Magdalyn Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to come
  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I. AM. SHOOK.Rivers' books have been a mixed bag for me. I really enjoyed her exploration of grief and guilt in Before We Go Extinct, but I wasn't a fan of the weird-but-not-in-a-good-way The Girl in the Well Is Me (and as someone who adores the weirdness that is Andrew Smith's science-fiction, that should tell you something).So I wasn't sure what I was would get with this one--and I'm still not sure what I just read. But Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I. AM. SHOOK.Rivers' books have been a mixed bag for me. I really enjoyed her exploration of grief and guilt in Before We Go Extinct, but I wasn't a fan of the weird-but-not-in-a-good-way The Girl in the Well Is Me (and as someone who adores the weirdness that is Andrew Smith's science-fiction, that should tell you something).So I wasn't sure what I was would get with this one--and I'm still not sure what I just read. But it's damn near a 5-star read. The blurb just doesn't do it justice. Yes, it's about a pair of teenagers who survive a plane crash, find love, and deal with guilt. But...it's also NOT about that at all. I felt extremely anxious throughout the entire book...there are pieces woven in that are confusing and disturbing and produce WTF moments that you kind of shrug off. BUT THEN THEY MAKE PERFECT SENSE AND WHY DID I SHRUG THEM OFF?! My anxiety levels were off the charts.This is a terrible review, I know. I just honestly don't know what to say without giving away large spoilers. If you like reading books that offer something different and that keep your emotions reeling, read this. And if you're one of those spoiler-happy people...here you go: (view spoiler)[I MEAN. I SUSPECTED MAYBE SHE WAS DREAMING OR DEAD OR IN A COMA BUT I WAS NOT EXPECTING WHERE THIS ACTUALLY WENT AND THERE WERE MANY TEARS INVOLVED. (hide spoiler)]
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