You Are The Everything by Karen Rivers
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: October 30,2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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?
*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 use.
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.
Karen Rivers is the author of twenty-one novels for children, teens, and adults, including the highly praised The Girl in the Well Is Me, All That Was, Before We Go Extinct and A Possibility of Whales. She lives in British Columbia, Canada. Find her online at karenrivers.com or on Twitter @karenrivers.
ONE winner will win ONE copy of YOU ARE THE EVERYTHING by Karen Rivers. This giveaway is USA only. It began on October 23 and will end on November 11.