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? (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
The first thing I want to say is that this book has the most unique narrative that I have ever come across. I could explain it, but I want you guys to read it, and find out for yourselves. Because this narrative is the whole book, and I cannot ruin it for you.
The prose of this book is so heart wrenching, and the writing is so detailed that I felt like I was sitting right alongside of Elyse and Josh. Flash forward a bit, and then you watch the two characters suffer in their own way with survivors guilt, and over-coming their injuries. I enjoyed Rivers writing style, and I think she nailed how these two kids would feel having been the only two survivors and losing all their friends, and favorite teachers, and having to learn to navigate the world being famous and constantly having cameras shoved in their face and stories being told.
Although this story is sad, it is also very sweet, and that last chapter, good lord I cannot believe how it ended. I was slightly taken aback, and had to really think it out. Karen Rivers, you definitely pulled at all my heartstrings.
This book is out Oct. 30th. I will include some helpful links below!
Are you happy now?
Are you still happy?
Are you happy enough for all of us?
If we had lived, we would have been happy.
We would have done everything.
You have to do everything.
Because you lived.
You have to do it for us.
You are us.
We are you.
You are the everything.
We are watching, watching, watching, wanting.