Hi readers! How have you been? I’ve been busy lately and haven’t posted for a while but I’m back now with another book review! 😊
Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumbles. Now, she looks as shattered as she feels. Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but things go from bad to worse when she realizes she’s seeing bruises and scars on the people around her that no one else can see. She blames it on the accident, but as her body heals and the hallucinations continue, Jessa wonders if what she’s seeing could somehow have a deeper meaning. In her quest for answers, she falls for Marshall, a boy whose kindness and generous heart slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world, a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.
My Thoughts on All Things New:
A compelling story about love, coming of age, anxiety and psychological issues, All Things New by Lauren Miller is a worthwile read.
I used to not like books having characters that deal with mental health wherein the characters fall in love but I guess I can make an exception to this. Jessa and Marshall’s chemistry remind me of Hazel and Augustus in John Green’s novel, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and it’s just bomb.
I’m sorry this review is very short. I just can’t find the words to describe how much I enjoyed this book. It may seem like I only gave emphasis on Jessa and Marshall but I promise, there’s so much more to this book than just revolving around the two.
About the Author:
Lauren Miller grew up in Georgia. She went to college at Yale and law school at Berkeley, then got married and moved to Los Angeles to practice law.
She liked it. But at the same time, she felt like she was supposed to be doing something more creative. That feeling got stronger. So she started writing. It wasn’t long before she found herself typing out random bits of dialogue on her phone and pitching story ideas to her co-workers. One of those ideas became a script for a TV pilot. When it didn’t sell, she wrote another one and another one. Soon, she was ducking out of work to go to pitch meetings at studios and networks. She felt like she was getting somewhere.
She wrote a novel in the first 100 days of her child’s life and blog about it, an experiment she called “embracing the detour.”
That novel was her debut, PARALLEL, which came out in May 2013 from HarperTeen. Her second novel, FREE TO FALL, followed it a year later. Her third, ALL THINGS NEW, is coming out in August 2017 from LA-based indie publisher, Three Saints Press.
*Big thanks to NetGalley for sending me an ARC of All Things New.
Thank you for reading! 📚💕📖