Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Young Adult / Social Issues
Goodreads Average: 3.29 *as of 11/01/18*
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?
Highly 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.
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.