TITLE: All This Time
AUTHOR: Mikki Daughtry & Rachael Lippincott
GENRE: YA, Contemporary
WORD/PAGE COUNT: 336 pages
PUBLICATION DETAILS: by Simon & Schuster on October 7th, 2020
RRP: $17.99 AUD (paperback)
ALL THIS TIME is a wonderfully moving YA novel that flirts with melodrama on occasion, but succeeded in making me invest in the protagonist and root for him to heal from the immense trauma he suffers and find new meaning in life.
Kyle tragically loses his high school sweetheart in a car accident that leaves him seriously injured and adrift in life. To say he’s depressed would be putting it mildly! While he’s reluctant to reconnect with old school friends, he finds himself forming a bond with a fellow mourner at the cemetery, Marley, who is recovering from the loss of her twin sister. I found the development of their friendship to be super sweet and while I’m not normally into friends-to-lovers, their dynamic really worked for me because they were both so broken and being with each other helped them recover from grief.
There were a couple of crazy blindsides in this book that had me stunned and applauding the authors for flipping the script so thoroughly. I didn’t expect it from a cozy contemporary novel and that really elevated the reading experience.
Recommended for fans of starcrossed romance, complex friendships and sad but ultimately hopeful stories about characters dealing with loss.
Personal Rating: 4 out of 5 kitties recommend this book.
Disclaimer: Physical copy provided by publisher free for an unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.