I received this book from Thomas Allen & Son for review and participation in the blog tour. This does not impact the content of my review.
Book: You Are The Everything
Author: Karen River
Published: October 30, 2018
Publisher: Algonquin Books For Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Thomas Allen & Son
Can you want something—or someone—so badly that you change your destiny?
Elyse Schmidt never would have thought so, 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, 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.
When the pieces of Elyse’s life stop fitting together, what’s left?
You Are the Everything is a story about the fates we yearn for, the fates we choose, and the fates that are chosen for us. (Goodreads)
This book is unlike anything I’ve every read before. Karen Rivers’ writing is unique. It is strange. You Are The Everything is written in second person POV and is both intensely emotional and completely surreal at the same time.
To be completely honest…I didn’t love this book. It is well-written. The story is intriguing. The characters are fully developed and interesting. But it was painful. It was hard for me to read. During an already emotional week, this book was too much for me.
Karen Rivers has found a way to write this story so that the reader feels what Elyse feels. We feel the disjointed, agonizing, slow-motion… everything of the plane crash. And then, throughout the rest of the book she is able to evoke the feelings that go along with the struggle of survivor’s guilt and the anxiety that comes from being one of the only survivors of a horrendous plane crash. The flashes of images, into and out of memories is jarring. And yet, it’s supposed to be. As a reader, we get to experience Elyse’s reality. And it’s a lot to feel.
You Are The Everything is not what I expected. I was expecting more romance, less journey. It is an experience. A strange, emotional experience. But one, that if you don’t mind being a little confused and a lot teary, you might just want to try.
About the Author
Karen Rivers’ books have been nominated for a wide range of literary awards and have been published in multiple languages. When she’s not writing, reading, or visiting schools, she can usually be found hiking in the forest that flourishes behind her tiny old house in Victoria, British Columbia, where she lives with her two kids, two dogs, and two birds. Find her online at karenrivers.com, on Twitter: @karenrivers, and on Goodreads.
- In the book, Elyse has a strong desire to move to Wyoming. Was there ever a time when you wanted to live somewhere else?
I have lived in the same place for most of my life, but I do have a lot of fantasies about moving, even though I know there is no place that will ever measure up to this spectacular city where I’m lucky enough to reside. That said, I can see the allure in starting fresh, being new-in-town, not knowing anyone, carving a newer shinier better version of yourself…
- What’s your preferred mode of travel: plane, train, or automobile?
I’ve never travelled by train, but it sounds very romantic, so I’d love to try. I’m not crazy about flying, at all. It’s a necessary evil. I’m a huge fan of the road-trip-with-no-fixed-destination, especially in a really great car that isn’t prone to breaking down!
- Who is your favourite author?
I have many favourite authors. So many! I’m always saying, “Oh, she’s my favourite!” about so many people. Madeleine L’Engle was my favourite back when I was a kid and it seemed possible to choose just one though, with Judy Blume a close second.
The winner will receive 1 copy of You Are the Everything (HC) by Karen Rivers.
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