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Review: You Are the Everything by Karen Rivers

While You Are the Everything may be shorter than you might be used to, it still manages to delivers an emotional story focusing on one girl’s struggle to make sense of life and death.


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?


(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

You Are the Everything is an emotional almost stream of consciousness from Elyse. As she thinks about the person she wants to be, the meaning of fate, and the repercussions of events beyond our control. You spend a lot of time in Elyse’s head, jumping between memories and thoughts, but on the way there, you’re treated to some truly emotional thoughts. There’s a raw honesty to these thoughts. To these late night, in the middle of the night confessions.

This book takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. Everything from, “OMG” all the way to tears. There’s a quiet elegance, a quiet truth, a quiet heart break between the words, between the pages. Elyse is a girl full of dreams, fantasies, and her own thoughts. This isn’t the book for those who want tons of action, this is for those who want quiet reflection, memories you have to sift through, and ruminations.

In an instant everything changes, goes from the slow to the rush of everything happening, all while being grounded in a story with anxiety, PTSD and more. You Are the Everything deals with the pressure of moving onwards, of trying to find happiness and not knowing where it lies.

Find You Are the Everything on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


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