I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Eveerything All At Once by Katrina Leno
on July 25, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
From the author of The Half Life of Molly Pierce and The Lost & Found comes a magical new YA novel about 24 dares, 3 weeks, and taking a leap into the unknown.
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.
This gorgeous novel is perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven, with the scavenger hunt feel of Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, and a dash of magic that evokes Tuck Everlasting.
I was drawn to Everything All At Once by it’s lovely illustrated cover. The premise sounded fantastic too. I love a good scavenger hunt and story involving letters. This book had both. The story fit it’s lovely cover. This is an emotional book about family, bravery, and finding yourself. It was a wonderful coming of age story that I enjoyed a lot.
Lottie was the kind of main character that we can all relate to just a little. She struggles with anxiety and doesn’t venture outside her comfort zone very often. I liked her a lot. I loved her unwavering determination to do the things her aunt asked, even when they were hard. I loved her aunt. She was a J.K. Rowling like phenomenon. The book doesn’t start until Helene has already died, but her presence and personality shine in her letters to Lottie and Lottie’s memories.
There’s a little romance. I liked it, but I never felt a ton of chemistry. That was fine, because it’t not the focus of the story. I did love Lottie’s relationship with her parents and her brother. If you like involved families then this is a book for you! There’s also a wonderful friendship that I loved.
Everything All At Once is another one of those books with snippets of another story throughout. Each chapter has a short piece from Helene’s fiction series, Alvin Hatter. This seems to be a big new trend in YA, or I’ve just been coming across this more often. Either way, I enjoyed it. I was pretty invested in Alvin’s story too by the end of this book.
The only thing that kept me from flat out loving this book was the pace. It dragged a little at times. This isn’t an action packed story, obviously, but I do wish things would’ve moved a little faster. Other than that this was a wonderful story.