PH Blog Tour: The Upside of Unrequited

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Hello everyone! Welcome to your first stop for The Upside of Unrequited PH Blog Tour hosted by Jasmine at Jasmine Pearl Reads. It is an honor to be the first one to review this book in all of its glory. So let’s start this tour with a bang.

The upside is that I believe that this book stood out as a book that matters, especially in the society we live in today. I want to stress that in this review. But first, a few fangirl moments.

Before Reading:

BLESSED BE THE BOOK GODS. The news is too good to be true! I get to read The Upside of Unrequited early. And why do I feel like it is the story of my unrequited life? Wait… should I prepare tissues? I’m not ready for this. But no… I AM. Let’s just get to reading.

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Cover-Reveal-The-Upside-Of-Unrequited-LargeTitle & Author: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Year Published: 11th of April 2017

Series: None

Publisher: Balzer & Bray / Harper Teen

Source: Paperback, provided for the tour

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

Buy it on: Amazon | TBD

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

After Reading:

Yes, you can say there were tears. AND IT WAS BLOODY 3 AM. Do you know how hard it is to render 3D animation misty eyed? No, it’s not hard. It’s just that the progress bar is all blurry. BUT STILL. THIS BOOK. MOLLY, YOU ARE LOVELY. ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT.

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The Upside of Unrequited is a character-driven story that focuses on Molly. She is a big girl who is insecure and careful. But because of that factor, it makes her real.

Why does The Upside of Unrequited matter?

It matters because it lays pressing issues on the table. First, is the feeling of what it is like to have someone you admire returning your feelings back. (I know, I said feelings a lot.) Conveying the depth that lies within the unrequited is no easy task, but the beautiful prose within was enough to tug heartstrings. I can testify to that, since compared to Molly’s 27, I am probably in a predicament that is much worse. The emotions were swirling, and it felt human. I wanted to just jump in that universe and give Molly the biggest hug. Having the feeling of something unrequited is probably one of biggest pains anyone can feel. But yes, this book has the upside to it all.

It matters because it doesn’t shy away from presenting a modern family. The representation presented in Upside is natural. It felt like they were real people that did not have a single hindrance on living as themselves. The Peskin-Suso family is the sweetest. Nadine and Patty were the coolest moms who offer the most solid advice and support to Cassie and Molly’s troubles. They honestly deserve all of the happiness that was given to them in the latter part of the book. That being said, seeing Molly grow as her own person throughout the story may have been a bit of a pain especially if you know the feeling too well. But looking at the bright side, it will feel so good once you see how her actions affect her family as a whole.

It matters because it teaches the reader to love themselves. It conveys the message that through loving yourself, you can have the confidence that other people love you to the moon and back. That was the message that reached me, and as someone who is probably in the same department as Molly, it goes without saying that I felt that this book represented me. No more, no less.

*I loved the Easter eggs in the book. It can make any Oreo lover scream. 😉

What mattered to me is that The Upside of Unrequited made me feel that I was worthy to be a young adult heroine. Big girls like Molly get to be happy, and it gives a glimpse of hope to see a character like myself as happy. To be honest, nothing warmed my heart more than reading about Molly’s happiness. The way she grew out of her comfort zone and became her own person is one story that can put the biggest smile on your face.

Why read The Upside of Unrequited?

Like it’s older brother Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited is a cute story about self-love and finding love. It also proves that seeing your family happy is the best. But what takes the cake (or rather, the cookie dough in the mason jar) is the love that you gain for another book that will make you want to love yourself. Highly recommended on a summer day while eating Cadbury Mini Eggs and in the mood where you just want something sweet.

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Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. She now lives with her family in Atlanta.


To Becky Albertalli,

Since May is the month for moms, I want to thank you for the two lovely books that you have. It is truly lovely, and one can say that one them is like the story of my life. At one point, I almost wanted to just go ahead and call you “mom” on Twitter. The reason being is that you just shine and you’re so amazing.

Truly, no words can express how blessed I felt to have read your novels. The Upside of Unrequited really has a special place in my heart. You are a gem. I hope you are aware of that. Thank you for making me feel that I am represented. You are the best. 💙


Huge thanks to Jasmine at Jasmine Pearl Reads for letting me join this blog tour. Honestly, this gave me the boost that I needed to make myself believe that 2017 is better than 2016. All the love. 💙

Follow the rest of the tour:

Nicka at Read by Nicka [Review]

Inah at The Bibliophile Confessions [Review]

Fay at The Bibliophile Soprano [Review]

Josiah at The Bookish Fanboy [Review]

JM at Book Freak Revelations [Review]

Jasmine at Jasmine Pearl Reads [Review]

Now, have you read The Upside of Unrequited? How many crushes have you had? What body positive books can you recommend to me? Let’s chat! It’s been a while. 😉

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PH Blog Tour: Goodbye Days

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Before Reading:

I have always had this soft spot for heartbreaking contemporaries. I do not care at all, because for as long as it hits me right in the kokoro (heart), I am all for it. Jeff Zentner made a lot of buzz last year because of The Serpent King. But sadly it was one of the books that I did not have the opportunity to read, given the killer time frame. But I thank the book gods for being so good to me, and PH bloggers for taking a chance on me. I don’t know what to expect really. I just know that this book will probably make me get a bucket. You know, so something can catch my tears and make me less of a mess. Kidding.

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9781783445516Title & Author: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction,

Year Published: 7th of March 2017

Series: None

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Source: Paperback, provided for the tour

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

Buy it on: Amazon | TBD

Summary:

What if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?

One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts.

The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend.

Soon the other families are asking for a Goodbye Day with Carver, but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?

After Reading:

Tears, tears, tears, all of the tears. I just want to cry and hug all of my best friends. Especially my weird friends from high school. This book made me miss them so bad. Jeff has this weird way of getting you invested in his book because I was hooked when the tears started flowing. I knew I should have had that bucket ready. That was a bad move.

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It was probably because of a recent loss that made me resonate with this book so much. Maybe? Or maybe not. Goodbye Days is mainly a book that tackles grief, and the guilt that every person feels when someone dear dies. This book emotionally drained me, but it also gave me the feeling of redemption.

It is hard enough to lose someone, let alone the people that matter the most to you. Losing a second family can mess anyone up. And that is how I came to understand Carver’s pain. (Actually I am more comfortable in calling him Blade. The only problem is that I might cry just a little bit.) Goodbye Days captured the essence of grief: the long process of letting go and going on with life without the ones we love. In that grief, we encounter people who we can lean on. The people who understand the pain and who can help with the healing process.

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The book also contained slight glimpses of the past, in which the reader can picture what is was like when Blade’s friends were still there. It may have added to the heart-pulling, but it brought out one of the most beautiful friendship dynamics that I have read in a while. The Sauce Crew was the ultimate group, and like I said earlier, it made me miss my friends very much.

What I loved the most about this book is that it kept on reminding me that Blade was not alone in his journey. He may have had a few people breathing down his neck (but I mean, even I understood where those people are coming from), but at least he had a support group. Not only was his sister the best and essentially the most badass sister role model around, he had parents who will do anything for him no matter what happens. A friendship was lost, but another friendship was gained in the form of Eli’s girlfriend, his therapist, and Blake’s Nana Betsy, where the Goodbye Day surfaced.

To be honest, a Goodbye Day sounds like a good way to reminisce and let go of a loved one. But let’s be real here: if you ever plan to read this book, it is mandatory to have tissues with you. Also, please consider investing on a tear bucket.

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Jeff Zentner lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.

Now he writes novels for young adults. He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.


Want to win a copy of Goodbye Days? Click the photo below!

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Hugs and kisses to Jasmine at Jasmine Pearl Reads for letting me be a part of this lovely blog tour! Thank you, for now I am a converted Jeff Zentner fan. Huge thanks as well to PRH Global for the review copy for the tour.

You see, I haven’t read The Serpent King yet. But I know I’m in for a ride. I’m not ready to have my feels to be messed up again, but I hope I could get to it really soon. But what about you? Have you read Goodbye Days or The Serpent King yet? On a scale of 1 to 10, how is your heart? Let’s talk about it!

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Timekeeper Blog Tour Kick-Off + Giveaway

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Wait, apparently it’s already November! I never thought that this day would finally come. If you have been a follower of my blog for quite some time now, I made this book club because I badly want to promote books that have amazing male leads. Now this has only been my dream for a while now, but thanks to Sky Pony Press, our book club is finally doing a lovely purpose.

I am more than happy to announce that for the next two weeks, some of the loveliest members of FBCYA and a few guest bloggers joined together to share their love for Timekeeper by Tara Sim. The tour will run from November 8 to November 16, and I hope you will keep coming back to this post as I will be updating it once each blogger has posted their review.

MC at Blame It On The Books

November 9

Michelle at The Writing Badger

November 10

Windie at Dip into Books

November 13

Christina at Books and Prejudice

November 14

Inah at The Bibliophile Confessions

November 15

Reg at She Latitude

November 16

Maan at The Pigeon Reads

November 17

Bianca at The Ultimate Fangirl

November 18

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Title: Timekeeper

Author: Tara Sim

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Teen, Mental Illness

Date Published: 1st of November 2016

Series: Timekeeper #1

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Summary:

Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Tara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.

Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.

TIMEKEEPER (Sky Pony Press, Fall ’16) is her debut YA novel.

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So to celebrate the release of Timekeeper, and courtesy of Sky Pony Press, we’re giving away a finished copy to one lucky winner! Giveaway is for U.S. and Canada only. (Sorry international peeps!) Click on the picture to be redirected to the giveaway link. Go go go or else you will miss the chance to win this lovely book. ❤

Are you excited for Timekeeper as I am? Honestly, I am still getting jitters since this is the first event that I have handled. But either way, I would choose Timekeeper. 🙂 Don’t forget to add Timekeeper on your TBR’s, okay!

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PH Blog Tour: Nevernight (Review)

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Before Reading:

I don’t really know what I am getting myself into. Kidding! Of course I know what this is. Jay Kristoff has a history of ripping people’s hearts out in pieces. I could give you Illuminae for that. But this is not it. Nevernight’s on the spotlight now, and it has the moment. Considering how I am shattered and devastated by Jay’s writing style, I decided to give it another go because it comes with the weirdness of my inner self. This book is beautiful, dark, gritting, and is unlike any book I have ever seen.

Please don’t tear me to bits.

Too late.

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Title: Nevernight

Author: Jay Kristoff

Genre: Young Adult (?), Fantasy

Date Published: 9th of August 2016

Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Source: Paperback, ARC for the tour

Rating: 4/5 stars on Goodreads

Buy it on: Amazon / TBD

Summary:

The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

After Reading:

I do not have feelings. I am numb. I do not know what to feel. What is this sensation that is left within me? Am I even allowed to even speak or squeal? I can feel a reading slump brewing. OH MY gods…

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Entering a new world is always scary, especially if that specific genre is not your usual cup of tea. Yet in all of the glory it holds, Nevernight managed to convince me to stay and read the bloody book in less than a hundred pages. Nevernight is an example of an exquisite and delicate book with a promise so great that it could instantly hook you in. It also has it’s fair share of your usual young adult fantasy tropes that will hit you right in the face if you’re as meticulous of a reader as I am. Add in an author who is fantastically hilarious, and you get 600 pages worth of all the sleep that you may need to sacrifice to finish this badass book.

Within Nevernight’s pages is the world of Mia Corvere, a girl who is out to seek revenge for her family’s downfall in the hands of powerful men. She enters the Red Church to be trained as a deadly assassin, where she faces the challenges that will either make or break herself. I cannot help but draw my comparison of Mia Corvere to Juliet Capulet in the anime adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. They have similarities in regards to what motivates them to do what they do, and seeing that comparison helped me to connect with Mia. Mind you, I have a history of disliking female characters in some cases so this book automatically gets plus points for that. But the comparison with Juliet stops there, because Mia is not your sometimes damsel in distress. She is still a growing character, and I want to continue on hoping that as the series will progress, she will grow into a character worth of all the praise that anyone could throw at her. She is a strong individual who can stand alone, and I admire her for that. She is an amazing female lead that many can look up to.  She is honorable, courageous, and imperfect. Honestly, she might not even need a love interest. That is how badass she is.

In Mia’s journey, we get this array of characters that we have to be careful not to have feelings for, because as a reader, you must keep your guard up on this book. We get a look of her mentors, who are (almost) too good in almost every aspect. They are almost intimidating, but there is this side of them that is still practically human. As for her peers, let me just say that I will never look at people the same way again. It is difficult not to judge a book by the cover, but you can always see through if you are observant enough.

It is not difficult to get into Nevernight’s atmosphere because of Jay Kristoff’s beloved footnotes. Not only were they hilarious, but they were a reliable souce to get you hooked into the story. Think of the footnotes as your crash course to the history of Itreya. It is my personal liking to know more about the history of the world that I am getting myself into. The setting of Ancient Rome and The Prince of Venice sat well with me. I could just imagine the grandiose and the extravagance of it all. And I would dare not leave out the Red Church. The Red Church is breathtaking, almost as if it will kill you with it’s beauty. It is the perfect setting for would-be assassins and their respectful Shahids. I love the brutality, the frankness, and the attitude that the Red Church gives out. Not really surprised if someone is already dying in the next book. Kidding.

Noting these factors, I would recommend you read Nevernight in all of the glory it contains. Not only would you expect blood, but you will expect something different. Mia Corvere is not your typical YA heroine, and Nevernight is not your typical book with similar fantasy plots. Give this book a try, and you might get that #stabstabstab vibe, too.

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Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

Follow Jay on social media!

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Huge thanks to Kate at The Bookaholic Blurbs for letting me join this lovely tour for Nevernight and Harper Voyager UK for providing the ARC for the tour. I will also be leaving the links of the other blogs who joined the tour so as to spread more love for this amazing book. (Also for you, the reader, in case you need more proof of Nevernight’s sheer awesomeness.)

JM at Book Freak Revelations – [Review]

Inah at The Bibliophile Confessions – [Review]

Imogene at Amidst the Pages – [Review]

Mara at Mara Was Here – [Review]

Kim at Divergent Gryffindor – [Review]

Lyra at Defiantly Deviant – [Review]

Kazhy at My Library In The Making – [Review]

Kai at Amaterasu Reads – [Review]

Kate at The Bookaholic Blurbs – [Review]

Alright. I know that I am not alone on this lovely train. Hit me up with your thoughts on Nevernight and let’s fangirl over in the comment section.

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PH Blog Tour: Everyone We’ve Been (Review + Giveaway)

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Before Reading:

I love books like these. It seems promising, and I want a book to break my contemporary reading slump (Spoiler alert: it did cure my contemporary reading slump.) From the synopsis itself, the book draws attention and a lovely thought: loving oneself before anything else. I badly need this one, alright.

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28503699Title: Everyone We’ve Been

Author: Sarah Everett

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Date Published: 4th of October 2016

Series: None

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Source: Paperback, ARC for the blog tour

Rating: 4/5 stars

Buy it on: Amazon / TBD

Summary:

Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.

Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.

But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

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Here’s why you need to read this lovely book:
1. It may sound clićhe, but it’s not.
Girl in a small town rediscovers herself with the help of the people from her past. That’s the general storyline. But the main point here is that it does not stop there. When things started to get a bit weird, I buckled myself in. I expected that there will be paranormal elements, since Addie is seeing things from her past that no one else can see. Yet it is so much more than that. What I can say without spoiling you guys is that it does not dive deep into the paranormal aspect as the story stays true to its form in the entire book. If less means more, then Everyone We’ve Been shines in that aspect. It delivered a poignant story that made the main character shine, and it succeeded that way.

2. Addie is wonderful lead to follow.
It is very comforting when we get a lead whose voice is easy to understand. She is equally relatable as well, and I find her charming and unique. Addie has this sweet and innocent voice, and it adds up to the build up of the story. Chapter by chapter, her voice intensifies, leading up to the point where the story takes its stand. She blossoms into this amazing girl who is one with her music.

3. It is all about support.
Last but not the least, it is not always smiles and sunshine when it comes to the family notion behind this story. Yet, it becomes a key to the story that puts pieces together.
Addie has a wonderful family that was pulled apart by a divorce. It was not an easy decision, and bit by bit, we see it unfold in the story. Developing the bond of this family is no easy task, and I admire the author for helping the character find herself through the people that she loves.

This book is refreshing on its own, and I love how different it is despite being cornered as a book that seem to be like other ones. It’s not really, and all you have to do is to pick this wonderful book up and see for yourself. Go on a journey with Addie, and you may find yourself as well.

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Thank you so much to Inah at The Bibliophile Confessions for letting me join this blog tour. Check out the rest of the tour below:

Inah at The Bibliophile Confessions

Areli at Books at Photographs

Nicka at Read by Nicka

Hazel at Stay Bookish

JM at Book Freak Revelations

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Now, have you read Everything We’ve Been? Why have you not read it yet? How did you find it? Comment below!

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