Everything Here Is Under Control
Amanda is a new mother, and she is breaking. After a fight with her partner, she puts the baby in the car and drives from Queens to her hometown in rural Ohio, where she shows up unannounced on the doorstep of her estranged childhood best friend. Amanda thought that she had left Carrie firmly in the past. After their friendship ended, their lives diverged radically: Carrie had a baby the summer after high school, became a successful tattoo artist, and never escaped Ohio s conservative grid of close-cut grass. But the trauma of childbirth and shock of motherhood compel Amanda to go back to the beginning and to trace the tangled roots of friendship and family in her own life.Compelling and engaging, Everything Here Is under Control is a raw, honest, occasionally hilarious portrait of the complexity, conflicting emotions, and physical trauma of both modern motherhood and the intense, intimate friendships that women forge in their youth.

Everything Here Is Under Control Details

TitleEverything Here Is Under Control
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 28th, 2020
PublisherBlackstone Publishing
ISBN-139781982639648
Rating
GenreFiction, Adult, Literary Fiction, Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Everything Here Is Under Control Review

  • Roxane
    January 1, 1970
    I quite liked this novel of a friendship and how it endured a pregnancy and a shared love and the past must be reckoned with when Amanda returns to her hometown to stay with her best friend Carrie after a fight with her boyfriend Gabe. The twist is interesting but the story cake too easily and everything was too neatly resolved. Some of the plot just doesn’t cohere. Also the race stuff, I appreciate the effort to include black people but it’s really clear that Carrie is a black woman not written I quite liked this novel of a friendship and how it endured a pregnancy and a shared love and the past must be reckoned with when Amanda returns to her hometown to stay with her best friend Carrie after a fight with her boyfriend Gabe. The twist is interesting but the story cake too easily and everything was too neatly resolved. Some of the plot just doesn’t cohere. Also the race stuff, I appreciate the effort to include black people but it’s really clear that Carrie is a black woman not written by a black woman. There is nothing wrong with that. But it shows.
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  • Polly
    January 1, 1970
    Everything Here Is Under Control is a book about so many things. Motherhood. Friendships. Daughterhood. Womanhood. Relationships. Forgiveness. All of which are examined in all their messy complications in a raw and honest way through the lens of the zeitgeist of the 2016 US election campaign. Trump, or Trump-like figures, have appeared in so many books over the last few years, but they often feel like shoehorned-in metaphors or plot devices (even when effective). That's not the case at all here, Everything Here Is Under Control is a book about so many things. Motherhood. Friendships. Daughterhood. Womanhood. Relationships. Forgiveness. All of which are examined in all their messy complications in a raw and honest way through the lens of the zeitgeist of the 2016 US election campaign. Trump, or Trump-like figures, have appeared in so many books over the last few years, but they often feel like shoehorned-in metaphors or plot devices (even when effective). That's not the case at all here, it really does just feel like a book that happens to be set in Ohio in 2016. The story managed to touch on so many topics in poignant and sensitive ways, including race issues in 21st century America. One of the main characters is black with a mixed race daughter, and while living in a Republican, white-majority area, this does come up during the story. It's not the key driving force behind the story at all though (and there is no overt racism featured – other than the Confederate flag making a couple of appearances), instead it's mentioned in passing as a way of creating a more believable background for the story to take place. There is a reveal around halfway through the story that changes so much in terms of the reader's perspective. The way its delivered is perfect – it's matter-of-fact, and something that all of the characters have known, rather than being a shock discovery. At the same time, it doesn't feel like something that's been deliberately held from the reader in a frustrating way to create shock. At the time of its delivery, I wasn't paying full attention to the audio narration, and had to rewind to confirm that a reveal had happened that changed everything. The kind of reveal that makes you want to cover old ground from earlier in the book to see what you've missed. This edition was narrated by Madeleine Lambert. I really liked her delivery of dialogue in particular – Amanda, Carrie, and Nina's voices were very distinguishable. The narration of the rest was a little flat and bored-sounding at times, but that's only a minor critique. Overall, a very human, female-orientated story.
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  • Tahoora Hashmi
    January 1, 1970
    P.O.C.✔Women centric✔Domestic Fiction✔I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator did such a splendid job that I was pulled in from the very beginning. I went into it not expecting much but it was so beautifully written and narrated that I changed my mind from the very first chapter. It mainly dealt with pregnancy and after birth situations while shedding a light on how men should be equally involved in raising a child, especially when the child is an infant. I've realized that a lot of P.O.C.✔Women centric✔Domestic Fiction✔I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator did such a splendid job that I was pulled in from the very beginning. I went into it not expecting much but it was so beautifully written and narrated that I changed my mind from the very first chapter. It mainly dealt with pregnancy and after birth situations while shedding a light on how men should be equally involved in raising a child, especially when the child is an infant. I've realized that a lot of time THAT is when couples fall apart, after birth. The women have to go through so much and most of the time there is a minimum input from the males, and during this time women are not only going through so much physical but also emotional changes that it eventually leads to anger and irritation if the partner is not helping in small tasks like changing the diaper, trimming their nails, giving them a bath etc. It's always women who have to give up on their life, not just professional but they become dependant even for something basic like taking a shower. I could feel the character's pain and irritation through every step and boyyyyyy THE PLOT TWIST ufff. Let's just say it was a VERY INTERESTING READ. Definitely recommending it to everyone.4.5/5🌟
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  • Genevieve Trono
    January 1, 1970
    Filled with the complexities of motherhood, trauma, friendship, and womanhood, I was totally swept into this beautifully written novel. There is nothing like finding a new author to love and follow along with and I can’t wait to see what Emily Adrian writes next.
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  • Ula
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 out of 5 👯‍♀️Female friendship tale'Everything Here is Under Control' tells a story of two BFFs who's lost track of each other's lives somewhere along their way to adulthood. Carrie's got pregnant and gotten birth to a daughter while still in high school. Amanda has been helping her for the first years but right after graduation she left their small Ohio town and moved to NYC with her boyfriend. Several years later, overwhelmed with being a new mother herself, Amanda ran away from her baby f 3.5 out of 5 👯‍♀️Female friendship tale'Everything Here is Under Control' tells a story of two BFFs who's lost track of each other's lives somewhere along their way to adulthood. Carrie's got pregnant and gotten birth to a daughter while still in high school. Amanda has been helping her for the first years but right after graduation she left their small Ohio town and moved to NYC with her boyfriend. Several years later, overwhelmed with being a new mother herself, Amanda ran away from her baby father right to Carrie's house.Reading about the struggles of a new mother reminded me of the first months (weeks? years!?) of my kid. A perfectly written description of her loneliness and postpartum depression made me feel it all. It was especially interesting from her - a responsible adult perspective while compared to Carrie's teenage pregnancy and how she has coped with it. Another aspect of the book was their friendship and their screwed up relationship that got more complicated when the story unravels. I loved their rough, sister-like bound, and their slow reconciliation.Overall, I liked this book and appreciate all the characters and their weird ways to handle life. Although I wish to I've seen more mental health advice. Amanda's mental state wasn't acknowledged at all. And while she tried to ask a question if motherhood is always so dark and scary for everyone, the only answer the book offers was that friendship and love would help with that. That's a quite dismissive approach to depression.If you ever feel like Amanda, please, ask for health. It means not everything is under control.Thank you Netgalley and the publisher Blackstone Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and feelings are my own.
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  • Mom_Loves_Reading
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic book about the complexity of female friendships, motherhood, trauma, breaking the bonds of friendship & forgiveness. Also touching on postpartum depression, the story reminded me of what I felt as a young mother when I had my first child...the sometimes overpowering loneliness, the sleepless nights, the anxiety once the baby does go to sleep, & the all too consuming, 24/7 feeling that you aren't doing enough or aren't a good enough mother, even though you are doing everything as righ A fantastic book about the complexity of female friendships, motherhood, trauma, breaking the bonds of friendship & forgiveness. Also touching on postpartum depression, the story reminded me of what I felt as a young mother when I had my first child...the sometimes overpowering loneliness, the sleepless nights, the anxiety once the baby does go to sleep, & the all too consuming, 24/7 feeling that you aren't doing enough or aren't a good enough mother, even though you are doing everything as right & as well as you know how..I'm also an Ohioan, so I love it when a book (or part of a book) takes place in a real or fictional town in my state. I would love to see a second book as a sort of 'where are they now' about Gabe, Carrie & Amanda. Overall, 'Everything Here is Under Control' is a really beautiful, complex, engaging & diverse book & I look forward to reading more from Emily Adrian in the future. Look for this book today at your local indie bookstore.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for the ALC of the audiobook Everything Here is Under Control.After Amanda has her baby, she is overwhelmed with life as a new mother and heads back to her hometown for a trip, where she stays with her childhood best friend and her daughter. The awkward tension between them is not just from growing apart, but from a past riddled with love, betrayals, and copious amounts of drama.I really enjoyed the narrative voice in this book. The audio version was v Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for the ALC of the audiobook Everything Here is Under Control.After Amanda has her baby, she is overwhelmed with life as a new mother and heads back to her hometown for a trip, where she stays with her childhood best friend and her daughter. The awkward tension between them is not just from growing apart, but from a past riddled with love, betrayals, and copious amounts of drama.I really enjoyed the narrative voice in this book. The audio version was very enjoyable to listen to, and I felt I was being pulled swiftly through the story, learning the ups and downs of Amanda's past friendship and her current life. I was quite shocked by the reveal of why there is so much tension, and it shed a light on the many complications of Amanda and Carrie's friendship.One complaint I have is that a book so much about female choice and friendship seems to be overpowered by the gravity of Gabe for Amanda--that she would choose him over her best friend and her home--and arguably her self-empowerment.This is a story about a difficult friendship, a complicated relationship, and post-partum depression. Not everything is as it seems, and there can be a lot more going on in a relationship than you might expect.I definitely recommend listening to this audio as a quick and intriguing read!
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  • Cindy H.
    January 1, 1970
    Even though my baby is nearly 19 my eldest 28, this book took me right back to those early endless, sleepless days & nights, when the thought of taking a shower seemed a luxury and all I did was fantasize about the different ways I could kill my husband. Amanda and Carrie were childhood besties who like most childhood besties, have a falling out. Now 15 years later, when motherhood has Amanda beaten, she flees her NY city life with baby Jack in tow and heads to her childhood home in Ohio and Car Even though my baby is nearly 19 my eldest 28, this book took me right back to those early endless, sleepless days & nights, when the thought of taking a shower seemed a luxury and all I did was fantasize about the different ways I could kill my husband. Amanda and Carrie were childhood besties who like most childhood besties, have a falling out. Now 15 years later, when motherhood has Amanda beaten, she flees her NY city life with baby Jack in tow and heads to her childhood home in Ohio and Carrie. Carrie, whom at 18 had become a teen mom is now a successful tattoo artist, dedicated single mom and a full functioning adult. Carrie who was once fearless & a hell-raiser is now a conservative which both surprises & amuses Amanda. While Amanda has fled her Republican Midwest American upbringing, Carrie has never left. I really enjoyed the distinct voices of Amanda, Carrie and her teen daughter, Nina. My one small criticism, while this book wasn’t very long, parts felt redundant. This book is set in current times, right before the 2016 election and focuses on motherhood, friendship, perceptions, and Trump’s Make America Great Again.Thanks to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for providing me with an Audio ARC. The narration by Madeleine Lambert was wonderful and added to my overall enjoyment of Everything Here is Under Control. I highly recommend the audio.
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  • Alena
    January 1, 1970
    I think this book could be very much appreciated by mothers because it portrays all the joys and struggles of giving birth and caring for a newborn in detail. As someone who is already terrified of becoming a mother in the future, it just made my fear more pronounced. But, I guess, it also prepared me a bit in what to expect both in emotional and physical terms.What I didn't expect was this book also being very political. It's set in Ohio during the 2016 election year. The way it ridicules repub I think this book could be very much appreciated by mothers because it portrays all the joys and struggles of giving birth and caring for a newborn in detail. As someone who is already terrified of becoming a mother in the future, it just made my fear more pronounced. But, I guess, it also prepared me a bit in what to expect both in emotional and physical terms.What I didn't expect was this book also being very political. It's set in Ohio during the 2016 election year. The way it ridicules republicans made me a bit uncomfortable. I'm not against expressing your political views in a story but what I don't like is when a book perpetuates this constant hate and war between people which we already see every day online.Unfortunately, I have to say that the narrator of the audiobook didn't work for me. The dialogue was okay but the narration itself was very monotone and unemotional which made it very hard for me to empathize with the protagonist. I wish there was an audio excerpt on Netgalley, because then I'd listen to it and decide not to request this audiobook.Thank you to Netgalley and Blackstone Publishing for my ALC.
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  • Shana
    January 1, 1970
    There are many books that depict new motherhood, but I think Everything Here is Under Control captured it exceptionally well. The simultaneous pain and love that is being a new mother is explored alongside a friendship between the main character, Amanda, and her best friend, Carrie. They grew up in rural Ohio together, but the cause for the rift between them is only insinuated in the beginning. Once it is revealed, the story feels a little awkward because there are certain details that don't add There are many books that depict new motherhood, but I think Everything Here is Under Control captured it exceptionally well. The simultaneous pain and love that is being a new mother is explored alongside a friendship between the main character, Amanda, and her best friend, Carrie. They grew up in rural Ohio together, but the cause for the rift between them is only insinuated in the beginning. Once it is revealed, the story feels a little awkward because there are certain details that don't add up. It was still enjoyable, but I think the author could have done a slightly better job at thinking through what the consequences of the revealed betrayal might be, and how others in the story might behave in its presence.
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  • Maya the Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    Check out this review and more on my blog, Maya’s Reviews.Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.~Quick Statistics~Overall: 5/5 StarsPlot: 5/5 StarsSetting: 5/5 StarsCharacters: 4/5 StarsWriting: 5/5 StarsMemorability: 5/5 Stars~Quick Review~I was very skeptical of Everything Here is Under Control at first, but as I read more of the novel I became more and more involved in the story. The novel is a great look into the struggles of mo Check out this review and more on my blog, Maya’s Reviews.Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.~Quick Statistics~Overall: 5/5 StarsPlot: 5/5 StarsSetting: 5/5 StarsCharacters: 4/5 StarsWriting: 5/5 StarsMemorability: 5/5 Stars~Quick Review~I was very skeptical of Everything Here is Under Control at first, but as I read more of the novel I became more and more involved in the story. The novel is a great look into the struggles of motherhood that some might overlook. Overall, the novel is great and I really enjoyed it.~Other Information~Publisher: Blackstone PublishingPage Count: 272 pagesRelease Date: July 28, 2020There is some politics involving the election of 2016 in the novel, so be aware that the characters might not hold the same political views as you.~Quick Synopsis~After a fight with her boyfriend, Amanda decides to take her newborn son, Jack, and pay her old friend, Carrie, a visit. Once she arrives unannounced, she feels a mixture of emotion toward her old and new self, and how her life is right now. She is forced to relive her childhood and friendship with Carrie, events she is not proud of, and events that she is proud of. Between balancing motherhood and her ever-receding childhood, Amanda feels overwhelmed and in need of help from the only person she knows can help her, Carrie.~Characters~The main characters of Everything Here is Under Control are all such strong characters. I found myself in love with Amanda, Carrie, Jack, Nina, and Gabe and their various struggles.At first, Amanda came off to me as self-absorbed and immature, especially when she complains about her newborn, Jack, needing attention from her and his father. Granted, her character growth in the novel made me like her a lot more, but I still found Amanda very snobby and selfish. Even Amanda’s mother points out that Amanda seemed to expect the baby to conform to her needs and life, instead of the other way around. However, Amanda eventually learns to grow up and see that not everything is about her and that she should be grateful for Jack.Carrie, Amanda’s best friend, had a child with Gabe at the age of eighteen. This ends up leading to many of Amanda’s issues during the novel. Amanda feels that since Gabe had a child with Carrie first, that he loves Carrie more (which isn’t the case), which just makes Amanda and Carrie’s friendship strained for the first half of the novel. Anyways, let me say that Carrie is amazing and probably my favorite character from Everything Here is Under Control. She is so strong and independent, she shows the true power of single moms and how difficult it is to be one. I genuinely love this character.Nina is Carrie and Gabe’s daughter, now thirteen years old and very politically active for her age. Throughout the novel, Nina is seen putting “Hillary for President” (The story takes place during the 2016 election, but more on that later) signs around her hometown, which eventually gets her home vandalized, yet she still takes pride in her political views. Also, Nina decides to take a picture of a funeral procession displaying the Confederate flag so as to raise awareness around her town of the problems and racism the flag represents. (Good for her!)The character development in the novel is amazing and made it such an awesome read!~Writing and Setting~Everything Here is Under Control has a unique writing style that I really enjoyed. Also, as mentioned before, Emily Adrian brings up issues such as the Confederate Flag being used despite representing racism and a dark time in America’s history, which I commend her for.The novel takes place in Deerling, Ohio during 2016 (hence the election). The setting actually plays a huge role in the story, inducing Nina’s secrecy in placing “Hillary for President” signs around her hometown, which generally supports Trump in the election. As I said before, her enthusiasm for politics ends up with her house being vandalized by her friend’s sister’s boyfriend, the jerk. Anyways, I loved how the setting actually impacted something in the story, unlike other novels where the setting is just a place, time, etc.~Plot~Everything Here is Under Control is very well-paced, I never found myself bored or longing for the chapter to end, instead I was so excited to get to keep reading! I felt that the entire novel showed me an insight into motherhood and how it’s not all fairies and rainbows, but there are actual struggles to being a good parent. As I am not a parent myself, I wasn’t at any point in the novel connecting to the characters on a level of parenthood, but I can see how much of an actual job that being a parent truly is.Anyways, I really enjoyed the ups and downs of this novel and the character’s fights and apologies, it was so, so good.~Overall Review~Everything Here is Under Control was a great novel and I really enjoyed it. It’s characters, plot, setting, just everything is perfect and I really recommend that you read this (even if you aren’t a parent, haha).AmazonThere is currently a giveaway for Everything Here is Under Control by Emily Adrian. If you would like to enter, click here.
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  • Elldee
    January 1, 1970
    Review of Audiobook version:3.5 stars."Everything Here Is Under Control" is the story of estranged, childhood friends, Amanda and Carrie, reunited when Amanda, unravelling from sleep deprivation, appears on Carrie's doorstep with her 3-month-old baby. Carrie, who had her own daughter when the two were still teenagers, is not exactly thrilled to see Amanda, but lets her in anyway. As the friends fall back into old habits of codependence, bickering, and mutual support, unspoken betrayal lurk just Review of Audiobook version:3.5 stars."Everything Here Is Under Control" is the story of estranged, childhood friends, Amanda and Carrie, reunited when Amanda, unravelling from sleep deprivation, appears on Carrie's doorstep with her 3-month-old baby. Carrie, who had her own daughter when the two were still teenagers, is not exactly thrilled to see Amanda, but lets her in anyway. As the friends fall back into old habits of codependence, bickering, and mutual support, unspoken betrayal lurk just beneath the surface. Gradually, the reader learns that what tore the friends apart may have more to do with any serious infractions than with Amanda's attachment to her teenage grudges and to the childhood version of a friendship that grow up and evolve if it is to survive.This slow-moving, character-driven novel benefits from the audiobook treatment, which helps keep the minute dramas between the friends engaging. Narrated with wonderful realism by Madeliene Lambert, the characters' attitudes and moods are conveyed through distinct and recognizable voices. Even self-absorbed, childish Amanda becomes more sympathetic when embodied by Lambert.Emily Adrien's lucid prose lends itself well to audio adaptation. Much of the story is told through dialogue--conversations between Amanda and Carrie, Amanda and Carrie's daughter, Nina, and Amanda and her partner, Gabe--which makes the audiobook flow as smoothly as a play. Even so, the first half of the novel is sometimes painfully slow, as Adrien seems to be working hard to withhold information from the reader. While I appreciated the power of learning late why Amanda is so uncomfortable with Carrie, I would have preferred to watch her wrestle more openly with the factors that are clearly on her mind from page one. Between the audiobook narration and the writing, all the characters feel like real people talking in the next room. While I found Amanda's stubbornness and self-pity pretty annoying (at times unbearable), Carrie's and Nina's richer and more dynamic personalities kept me engaged until the end. Even if I was wishing the whole time that I got to be in Carrie's head instead of Amanda's.
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  • Book Babe
    January 1, 1970
    “We’re still too cute about all the stuff that happens to our bodies,” says Michelle Wolf in Joke Show, her latest stand up. “We’ve gotta stop being cute. Like, when we have a baby, we say it’s a miracle–stop it!” Having a baby, Wolf asserts, is “a natural disaster,” arguing that women will never get the healthcare and respect we deserve unless we’re brutally honest about our experiences.Enter Emily Adrian’s latest novel, Everything Here is Under Control. This book should — but won’t be — requir “We’re still too cute about all the stuff that happens to our bodies,” says Michelle Wolf in Joke Show, her latest stand up. “We’ve gotta stop being cute. Like, when we have a baby, we say it’s a miracle–stop it!” Having a baby, Wolf asserts, is “a natural disaster,” arguing that women will never get the healthcare and respect we deserve unless we’re brutally honest about our experiences.Enter Emily Adrian’s latest novel, Everything Here is Under Control. This book should — but won’t be — required reading for the strangers at the grocery store who look at your two-week old baby and ask, “Is she sleeping through the night yet?” Or the endless stream of middle aged men who declare, “You’ve got your hands full!” as you wrangle both of your children to the parking lot.In Adrian’s hands, the hazy, mostly terrifying early postpartum weeks are anything but cute.Amanda, a first-time mom living in New York, visits her Ohio hometown and shows up on her friend’s doorstep, partly out of desperation, but also drawn back to this friend, at whose birth she was present years prior, divulging unresolved tensions and revealing tender spots in their relationship. Adrian’s novel tackles the animal ugliness of facing three in the morning with a screaming infant. It tells of the bittersweet encounters of returning to your hometown. Most significantly, it describes and the agitating conflicts of lifelong friendship, as well as its enduring intimacies.Recently, I struck up a conversation via text message with a new mother, someone I had not spoken to since high school. My intention was to serve as a beacon of hope in the wilderness of early motherhood. Her baby is a mere two weeks old. Her assessment: “the nights are so long and lonely.” My response: “Those lonely nights are literally the worst.”The nights are lonely and the emotions are frightening. Why is it that we expose ourselves to the natural disaster of motherhood?A possible answer from Adrian’s novel: “I don’t remember. All I know is that I cannot un-have him, and I have never, for a single moment, wished I could.”Thank you to Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley for the advance copy of this title.
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  • Ramblin Hamlin
    January 1, 1970
    **Thank you NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing the opportunity to read this book early in exchange for an honest review.Beautifully written story about motherhood, friendship and family dynamics. Everything Here is Under Control tells the story of Amanda, a new mother who has a fight with her partner and decides to jump in the car. She shows up at the home of her childhood best friend, Carrie, who she has barely seen or talked to in over 10 years. Their lives were so different that last summer **Thank you NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing the opportunity to read this book early in exchange for an honest review.Beautifully written story about motherhood, friendship and family dynamics. Everything Here is Under Control tells the story of Amanda, a new mother who has a fight with her partner and decides to jump in the car. She shows up at the home of her childhood best friend, Carrie, who she has barely seen or talked to in over 10 years. Their lives were so different that last summer after high school. Carrie had a baby and Amanda moved to New York with her partner. The birth of her son compels Amanda to face the reasons she left Carrie behind and the trauma of childbirth makes her want to repair the damaged friendship. The story is raw, complex and relatable. The writing style of this is a little different than I am used to but I also feel that it was beautiful. The story feels as if it’s written inside the head of Amanda. I felt like I was listening to her inner dialogue. I fell in love with Amanda’s character because she was relatable in the beginning. As a mother myself, the experiences Amanda had took me right back to those first few months as a new mom myself. The death stares to my partner as they snoozed at 3am. The constant worry that something bad was going to happen. The constant fear you are doing something wrong. Covered in baby spit up, no shower and lounging in sweats while completely exhausted due to sleep deprivation. I think many new mothers can relate. I didn’t really see the main plot twist that happens about halfway through the book but I feel like each character and the experiences they had were beautifully woven together. I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone but I highly recommend this book. I would also love to see the same story but written from Carrie’s point of view.http://ramblinhamlin.com/everything-h...
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  • Anne Roberts Cass
    January 1, 1970
    (2.5) Amanda is a first-time mum and she's struggling. Feeling like she has no support from her boyfriend, she gets into the car one night and turns up on the doorstep of her estranged friend Carrie. As teens, the two women were inseparable. But after Carrie had a child while in school, the relationship between her and Amanda fizzled into the awkwardness that is now an unspoken thing between them. I enjoyed this book, I did, but I felt like the main selling point and focus of the story is the al (2.5) Amanda is a first-time mum and she's struggling. Feeling like she has no support from her boyfriend, she gets into the car one night and turns up on the doorstep of her estranged friend Carrie. As teens, the two women were inseparable. But after Carrie had a child while in school, the relationship between her and Amanda fizzled into the awkwardness that is now an unspoken thing between them. I enjoyed this book, I did, but I felt like the main selling point and focus of the story is the almost brutal way that Emily Adrian wrote about having a newborn. As someone who has no children, I don't feel comfortable recommending it for that aspect as I have no way of knowing whether it was well done or not. I don't feel like I've ever read about motherhood in such a raw sense before, but again, I'm not able to guarantee that this is what it's like. What I liked about this book was the writing. It flowed beautifully and I think the author did a great job at intertwining scenes from the past and present day without it ever feeling clunky. The cover is also beautiful. My main issue with this novel was that I never fully bought Carrie and Amanda as close, and I think that's partly why this book was just 'okay' for me. Even when we read about them as teenagers, I grew frustrated at the lack of chemistry. There's also a 'twist' near the end of the book that I felt was unnecessary. It seemed like a very convenient way of explaining why the two lost touch. To summarize, this book was just okay. It was a decent enough reading experience, but I will very likely forget I even read this come 2021. I would read more by the author as I had no problems with the writing, pacing, and overall feel of the book. The story just lacked for me because of the characters. Thank you to #NetGalley for the ALC.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Blackstone Publishing, via NetGalley, for providing an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.**************************Everything Here Is Under Control explores the complexities of motherhood, female friendship, and returning to a hometown - and the people there - you left behind. As the story unfolds, Amanda and Carrie's friendship comes into focus - now in their early 30s, their bond was forged in high school, and their adult relationship defined by the different paths they Thanks to Blackstone Publishing, via NetGalley, for providing an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.**************************Everything Here Is Under Control explores the complexities of motherhood, female friendship, and returning to a hometown - and the people there - you left behind. As the story unfolds, Amanda and Carrie's friendship comes into focus - now in their early 30s, their bond was forged in high school, and their adult relationship defined by the different paths they took after Carrie had her daughter, Nina, the summer they graduated from high school.Amanda's return to their hometown throws into relief the struggles of early motherhood - both single and partnered - and how her relationships to other women often define a woman's own sense of self. Carrie seems to have figured things out so easily on her own, and at such a young age, that it feels like a personal affront to Amanda's postpartum depression and difficulties. There are some revelations along the way that I did not expect, and I thought helped to usher the story to a satisfying close. At times, the setting of the summer of 2016 in rural Ohio felt forced, as the political moment could have easily been tied directly into some of the obvious components of the story (racial identity, class divisions, reproductive rights) that instead went addressed only in one flash point. Overall, a quick but satisfying read about the strengthening of connection between two women, as it ebbs and flows over time. I rate it a 3.5/B, and recommend for readers of Tracey Garvis-Graves, Jennifer Weiner, and Kimmery Martin.
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  • BookwormishMe
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars / This review will be posted at BookwormishMe.com on 14 July 2020 . Best friends. Inseparable. One boy. Both attracted to said boy. Only one ends up moving to New York and living with him. Carrie is left behind. Carrie who had a baby at 18 and has managed to become a sought after tattoo artist with a beautiful, but strongwilled almost-teenage girl. Amanda. Amanda gave up her hopes and dreams and moved into a dorm room with the boy. Living vicariously through his college years. Amanda, wh 4 stars / This review will be posted at BookwormishMe.com on 14 July 2020 . Best friends. Inseparable. One boy. Both attracted to said boy. Only one ends up moving to New York and living with him. Carrie is left behind. Carrie who had a baby at 18 and has managed to become a sought after tattoo artist with a beautiful, but strongwilled almost-teenage girl. Amanda. Amanda gave up her hopes and dreams and moved into a dorm room with the boy. Living vicariously through his college years. Amanda, who now at 31 has had his baby.Everything she ever wanted, right? Until Amanda flees New York City one day with baby Jack and lands on Carrie’s doorstep. Carrie. Best friend. Somewhat estranged for a while now. Carrie is the only one whom Amanda thinks can help her get through this postpartum nightmare she is living. The boy, Gabe, was left behind in New York City. No idea where Amanda actually is, other than knowing she fled home to Ohio. The question is, will she ever return?Fantastic story about three people who have been intertwined for years, but have never come to terms with some issues in their relationship. I absolutely loved Carrie. Tough. Determined. Resilient. For me, Amanda came off as rather whiny and difficult, even though I’ve been where she is. Gabe was kind of an enigma. Or maybe that’s just his carefree way of living. No matter, the story is one that links together people and brings a few surprises along the way.Gotta say, I wish this story would go on. I want to know where all five of these people land in a few years. This is a good one!
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    'Sometimes, love means making yourself scarce. I know that now.'I really enjoyed Everything Here Is Under Control! I honestly did not know a lot about it going in, as I had just glanced at the synopsis. But this book was much more than I was expecting! It was such an honest story of a lifelong friendship, family, discovery, regret, and forgiveness. I am a mother of two younger kids, and found Amanda's struggles with the early days of motherhood to be 100% relatable... the exhaustion, the fears, 'Sometimes, love means making yourself scarce. I know that now.'I really enjoyed Everything Here Is Under Control! I honestly did not know a lot about it going in, as I had just glanced at the synopsis. But this book was much more than I was expecting! It was such an honest story of a lifelong friendship, family, discovery, regret, and forgiveness. I am a mother of two younger kids, and found Amanda's struggles with the early days of motherhood to be 100% relatable... the exhaustion, the fears, and the resentment of your spouse that both of those lead you to. I am also the same age as Carrie and Amanda are in the book, so that was another commonality that enhanced the story for me. I was totally surprised by that plot twist just over half way through the book. I did not see it coming, and it made everything click in to place! I found the story of the estranged friendship between Amanda and Carrie to be so compelling and complex. There was so much history there, good and bad. You could feel the tension and underlying love that was still there between them. Other aspects/parts of the book that I liked and felt added a little something extra to the story were the small town reactions to the 2016 Presidential Election, and also how she touched on the sexual assault of Amanda back in middle school. I also thought the narration was great! Madeline Lambert expressed the feelings between the main characters perfectly for me.. You could feel Amanda's desperation and exhaustion! I did increase the speed since I am an avid Audiobook listener and prefer a faster pace. Thank you so much to Blackstone Publishing my copy of this Audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sarah Lyons
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda is a new mother and is feeling lonely and overwhelmed. In a moment of desperation she heads from New York City to her small hometown in Ohio and shows up unexpectedly on her best friend Carrie's doorstep. Carrie, who became a mother at 18, hasn't seen or heard from Amanda in years. The two attempt to heal their damaged relationship and Amanda sorts through her changing feelings about her boyfriend and father of her child.I thought this was an enjoyable read. I could relate to the struggle Amanda is a new mother and is feeling lonely and overwhelmed. In a moment of desperation she heads from New York City to her small hometown in Ohio and shows up unexpectedly on her best friend Carrie's doorstep. Carrie, who became a mother at 18, hasn't seen or heard from Amanda in years. The two attempt to heal their damaged relationship and Amanda sorts through her changing feelings about her boyfriend and father of her child.I thought this was an enjoyable read. I could relate to the struggles Amanda faced as a new mom. I could also relate to the challenges Carrie had with parenting a teen and feeling like she lost friendships when she became a parent. My main issue with this book was Amanda's lack of backbone and the way she looked to both her boyfriend and former best friend for her identity and worth. I do think facing some of this was the point of the book but it just frustrated me as people similar frustrate me in real life. That being said I liked the book and the friendship of the two women and the surprise hidden in the middle was in fact, a surprise and really made me want to keep reading. Would make for a good book discussion. I listened to this on audio and I thought the actors were well fitting and it was easy to listen to, which makes you want to keep reading. This book is available now. Thank you to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for the audiobook in exchange for my honest review.
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  • MiA
    January 1, 1970
    "Sometimes love means making yourself scarce. I know that now." 3.5 starsCarrie and Amanda were two inseparable friends until Carrie got pregnant at eighteen and Amanda decided to escape the claustrophobic town with a boy. Little to no communication happened between the once close friends. That is until thirteen years later Amanda became a mother. Overwhelmed and at odds with her partner, Amanda takes a break after an argument and the first person she thinks of is Carrie. She leaves New York "Sometimes love means making yourself scarce. I know that now." 3.5 starsCarrie and Amanda were two inseparable friends until Carrie got pregnant at eighteen and Amanda decided to escape the claustrophobic town with a boy. Little to no communication happened between the once close friends. That is until thirteen years later Amanda became a mother. Overwhelmed and at odds with her partner, Amanda takes a break after an argument and the first person she thinks of is Carrie. She leaves New York and drives to Carrie's house in Deerling, Ohio, with her baby. What happens next is an exploration of motherhood, both old and new, and a reconnaissance of teen angst.I loved Adrian's sense of reality and adored her sense of humour. I really liked how she weaved her very intimate story of two women with the small-town politics and the larger US politics of the 2016 elections. The unapologetic honesty about motherhood is a key winner in this book.My concerns though are that there was a bit too much reminiscing through time jumps, a bit too much telling that perhaps led to too much angst. And that big reveal in the middle of the book, I'm not sure it added up. But I went with it anyway, to the end. And I enjoyed it.https://www.instagram.com/p/CC8TCmDHN...
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  • Rabia Khokhar
    January 1, 1970
    It is a Beautiful story covering so many topics such as relationship, motherhood, friendship, love, family, trauma, postpartum depression, forgiveness, and regret. It is a story of two friends Amanda and Carrie who were childhood best friends. Carrie's got pregnant when she was in high school and gave birth to Nina. Amanda was with Carrie initially but right after graduation she left the town with her boyfriend and moved to NYC leaving Amanda and her daughter behind. Several years later, Amanda It is a Beautiful story covering so many topics such as relationship, motherhood, friendship, love, family, trauma, postpartum depression, forgiveness, and regret. It is a story of two friends Amanda and Carrie who were childhood best friends. Carrie's got pregnant when she was in high school and gave birth to Nina. Amanda was with Carrie initially but right after graduation she left the town with her boyfriend and moved to NYC leaving Amanda and her daughter behind. Several years later, Amanda is a mother herself suffering from postpartum depression, and facing struggles of new motherhood went back to Carrie leaving her boyfriend and father of her child behind. It is a story filled with the complexities of relationships and friendship. I am looking forward to reading more from Emily Adrian in the future.The audiobook is narrated by Madeliene Lambert and she has done an excellent job. She has given life to the characters by narrating it with realism. I loved the narration and I think I have enjoyed the story more because of the narration.Thank you NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kali Cannizzaro
    January 1, 1970
    Everything Here is Under ControlBy Emily AdrianAudiobook narrated by Madeleine LambertThis novel about a threesome with an intermingled past and present. Topics of motherhood, relationships, and role expectations are explored. This work of fiction reads in several parts like a new mother’s memoir. Those parts of the book were raw, detailed, and very relatable. There were chapters that absolutely crushed me with their honesty. But the overall story didn’t flow as cohesively as it could have, leav Everything Here is Under ControlBy Emily AdrianAudiobook narrated by Madeleine LambertThis novel about a threesome with an intermingled past and present. Topics of motherhood, relationships, and role expectations are explored. This work of fiction reads in several parts like a new mother’s memoir. Those parts of the book were raw, detailed, and very relatable. There were chapters that absolutely crushed me with their honesty. But the overall story didn’t flow as cohesively as it could have, leaving me questioning. The audiobook narration was good overall. At times, I wished she was more emotive and less flat. I preferred the pacing when I adjusted the rate to 1.25, which had the unfortunate consequence of making the narrator’s voice sound computerized. Although too slow for me, she sounds completely human at the default 1.00 rate. I continue to be grateful to NetGalley for the chance to listen to this and other audiobooks. It was my pleasure to return the favor with this honest review. ***#NetGalley EverythingHereisUnderControl
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  • Megan G
    January 1, 1970
    **Got an advance copy from Edelweiss for an honest review**Honestly I had trouble getting through this book. Maybe if I were a mom I would look at this completely different. But when I read the synopsis, it sounded pretty good. And I'm always looking for new books/authors to broaden my reading. But during this book, I kept trying to remember why I wanted to read this to begin with. And would go back to the synopsis and be like oh yeah that's why. It didn't get to boy issue til over half way into **Got an advance copy from Edelweiss for an honest review**Honestly I had trouble getting through this book. Maybe if I were a mom I would look at this completely different. But when I read the synopsis, it sounded pretty good. And I'm always looking for new books/authors to broaden my reading. But during this book, I kept trying to remember why I wanted to read this to begin with. And would go back to the synopsis and be like oh yeah that's why. It didn't get to boy issue til over half way into the book. Maybe if the timeline on the book had been laid out differently, that might have helped. I did though like the development of the characters. Kids arent easy, being a new mom isnt easy, and being a new mom by yourself isnt easy, and i think the author captures that well.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda and Carrie were BFFs until they weren't. Carrie stayed behind in their small Ohio town with her daughter Nina, now a teen, while Amanda took off for NY. Now, though, Amanda is a new mom who is at sea - things aren't what she thought they would be. SO, of course, she takes off with her son Jack, leaves her partner Gabe, and heads for Carrie. This is the story of how they reconcile with one another and themselves. There are some issues left on the table here, among them Amanda's obvious men Amanda and Carrie were BFFs until they weren't. Carrie stayed behind in their small Ohio town with her daughter Nina, now a teen, while Amanda took off for NY. Now, though, Amanda is a new mom who is at sea - things aren't what she thought they would be. SO, of course, she takes off with her son Jack, leaves her partner Gabe, and heads for Carrie. This is the story of how they reconcile with one another and themselves. There are some issues left on the table here, among them Amanda's obvious mental health concerns, but read this as a book about friendship. Think of it as a second chance BFF and focus on the women (although I liked Nina). Thanks to the publisher for the ARC. A good read for fans of literary fiction.
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  • Cristie Underwood
    January 1, 1970
    The author has a way with words, that is all I can say about this one! Amanda is at a critical point in her life, where she is a new mother that is at the breaking point. Leaving her partner behind, she goes to her old friend, Carrie, that she hasn't spoken to in years. Amanda feels that she needs to revisit her past and understand the relationships there in order to move forward. The author captured the feelings of two people that were close reuniting, but not knowing each other anymore. A lot The author has a way with words, that is all I can say about this one! Amanda is at a critical point in her life, where she is a new mother that is at the breaking point. Leaving her partner behind, she goes to her old friend, Carrie, that she hasn't spoken to in years. Amanda feels that she needs to revisit her past and understand the relationships there in order to move forward. The author captured the feelings of two people that were close reuniting, but not knowing each other anymore. A lot of women have friendships that they revisit at some point in life, especially now where it is so easy to track down former friends on social media. I really enjoyed the journey of these women.
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  • Shellie Zeigler
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced audio copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Stories about two best friends that go separate ways and collide in some way is always appealing to me and many readers. The plot is definitely an ode to the difficulties of motherhood and postpartum depression. I appreciate postpartum being an aspect of this book, the reality of this is not represented enough in fiction. However one of the characters has definite mental health issues that are not ad Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced audio copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Stories about two best friends that go separate ways and collide in some way is always appealing to me and many readers. The plot is definitely an ode to the difficulties of motherhood and postpartum depression. I appreciate postpartum being an aspect of this book, the reality of this is not represented enough in fiction. However one of the characters has definite mental health issues that are not addressed enough. Encouraged for readers that enjoy well-done character development and the woes of motherhood.
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  • Jessica Kafka
    January 1, 1970
    Everything Here is Under Control is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It is a story of friendship, family and regret. After having a baby Amanda drives from New York to a small town in Ohio where she grew up to visit her childhood best friend Carrie. They haven’t talked since they graduated from high school and Carrie had a baby. They have a difficult friendship but this book is about if they can fit each other in their current lives. This is a story where a friendship means more t Everything Here is Under Control is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It is a story of friendship, family and regret. After having a baby Amanda drives from New York to a small town in Ohio where she grew up to visit her childhood best friend Carrie. They haven’t talked since they graduated from high school and Carrie had a baby. They have a difficult friendship but this book is about if they can fit each other in their current lives. This is a story where a friendship means more than anything else. The narration was great. I loved Madeline Lambert did a great job and I loved hearing the story in her voice. The story goes back and forth between present day and flashbacks so you get a deep look into Carrie and Amanda’s lives and friendship. My only complaint was it was hard to determine when the flashbacks were happening in the beginning. I think this was probably because I listened to the audiobook. This is a common problem I have with audiobooks but did not take away from how much I enjoyed this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes character based stories and fiction in general.Thank you NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Erica Shoults
    January 1, 1970
    Everything is Under Control was a great, honest read about the tests a friendship can face in the wake of motherhood and life. As a new mother myself, I related so much to the struggles of Amanda and from the start was invested in each character. This book is a wonderful and interesting look at the way friendships ebb and flow over time.
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  • Dina
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this book more. For some reason I just kept waiting for there to be a point to this story and it never came. It just felt like some girl blabbing on about nothingness. There was really no point to the story, no climax, nothing exciting. I found Amanda to be a real blah character which made it that much harder to listen to.I received this book complimentary courtesy of NetGalley
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  • Caroline Craig David
    January 1, 1970
    This is such an interesting look into motherhood from two very different angles and it also explored friendships that we lose over time even though we know someone is always there for us. It was written in a way that was easy to comprehend and flowed nicely.
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