Following the success of their debut, Five Feet Apart, Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott are back with a new YA contemporary set to be released September 29th. All This Time follows a teen boy as he deals with loss, self-identity, and finding love after a harrowing accident.
Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends—literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life could possibly understand. Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss she thinks was her fault. And when their paths cross, Kyle sees in her all the unspoken things he’s feeling. As Kyle and Marley work to heal each other’s wounds, their feelings for each other grow stronger. But Kyle can’t shake the sense that he’s headed for another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he’s started to put it back together.
This book shifted from a three star read to a five star read to an ultimate four star read in the span of about 300+ pages! It basically just took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions! It starts off somber and then sweet until about halfway through the book. Without giving away spoilers, this book will shock and surprise you about midway through and will alter your entire perspective on the story in a good way.
In addition to the dynamic plot, I also really enjoyed the flower imagery and the meanings behind each flower. Marley and Kyle use flowers to convey their emotions or feelings for one another and it made the story a little bit sweeter and more meaningful.
On top of that, the message about believing in fairy tales and being a dreamer is inspiring and shows that the world is what we make of it. If we believe we deserve darkness, then that’s what our world will be filled with. However, there is always hope and light waiting for us too.
This book made me hopeful, sad, angry, happy and shocked all just gave me all of the feels! It will bring you a whirlwind of emotions and is such an easy book to read in one sitting. While it’s vastly different from Five Feet Apart, Daughtry and Lippincott definitely weave together a fabulous story that will stick with me for a long time.
*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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