Synopsis from Edelweiss:
Lottie Reeves has always struggled with anxiety, and when her beloved Aunt Helen dies, Lottie begins to fear that her own unexpected death might be waiting around every corner.
Aunt Helen wasn’t a typical aunt. She was the author of the best–selling Alvin Hatter series, about siblings who discover the elixir of immortality. Her writing inspired a generation of readers.
In her will, she leaves one last writing project—just for Lottie. It’s a series of letters, each containing mysterious instructions designed to push Lottie out of her comfort zone. Soon, Lottie’s trying some writing of her own, leaping off cliffs, and even falling for a boy she’s only just met. Then the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series. Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fear once and for all.
About: Everything All At Once is a young adult fiction written by Katrina Leno. It will be published on 7/25/17 by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins, 368 pages. The genres are young adult, contemporary, mental illness, and fiction. Please see below for more information about the author.
My Experience: I started reading Everything All At Once on 7/12/17 and finished it on 7/15/17. This book is really a great read! There were many valid questions that makes me think about life and death. I love the characters and plot. I love the letters Aunt Helen left behind for Lottie and how meaningful they are. Despite the seriousness of the topic in this book, I love those rare humor that creeps out. I love how well Aunt Helen knows Lottie. The letters feels so real, as if she’s there talking and I can’t help smiling while reading them.
“It is one thing to crawl into bed after a normal day, but it is another thing to crawl into bed after an adventure – that’s the best kind of sleep, the still-excited, still-buzzing kind of sleep where dreams blur into reality and it’s almost like the sleeping and waking worlds blur and become one.” 41%
In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Lottie Reaves, a senior in high school going through the motions of losing her aunt to terminal cancer. She has anxiety attacks but she keeps it a secret, only her aunt Helen and best friend Em knows. Her family suspects of it but gave her space. Lottie is very close to her aunt because her parents are doctors and overworked and her aunt often babysit her and her brother Abe. Before her aunt passed away, she wrote 24 letters with missions/tasks for Lottie to complete. Her aunt was famous similar to JK Rowling where she published Alvin Hatter and the Overcoat Man series. Her letters would ask Lottie to take risk once in her life, let go of something she couldn’t live without, or cry hard and long. This book also posed a question of immortality and would you drink it if there is a fountain of youth available.
“for every single thing you learned about someone, there were a hundred other things you might never know.” 73%
This book is very well written. The characters are well liked and the plot is interesting. I love Lottie and her brother Abe’s relationship. I love Abe’s book collection. I like her friendship with Em. I like the diversity in this book where Lottie’s English teacher is Vietnamese, her mom is Peruvian, and her friend is a lesbian. I like Lottie-da’s easy going family. The letters from her aunt are interesting to read. I like following Lottie’s train of thoughts, yet it is sad and it makes me cry. One thing I don’t enjoy much from this book is the snippets of Alvin Hatter and the Overcoat Man series. It reminds me of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell’s snippets of Carry On. I just personally don’t enjoy little pieces of a story because it’s a constant cliffhanger. Other than that, this book is a page turner and I highly recommend everyone to read it.
Pro: questions to think about life and death, questions about time, diversity, family dynamic, friendship, page turner, fast paced, adventures, humor,
Con: not really a con, but just be prepared to cry because there are sad parts
I rate it 5 stars!
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About the Author:
Katrina Leno is the author of The Lost & Found and The Half Life of Molly Pierce. She grew up on the East Coast and now lives in Los Angeles. She believes in the multiverse and takes comfort in the idea of infinite possibilities. Visit her online at http://www.katrinaleno.com. (Photo obtained from the author’s website and Info obtained from Edelweiss).
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Katrina Leno, publisher HarperTeen, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.