Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: All Things New by Lauren Miller

Publication Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Three Saints Press
Genre: YA, Contemporary 
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Synopsis: Jessa 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 visible scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumble—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, where she meets 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.

ALL THINGS NEW is a love story about perception and truth, physical and emotional pain, and the messy, complicated people we are behind the masks we put on for the world, perfect for fans of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.

My Rating
3/5 stars

My Review
Such a beautiful story with a really great meaning. 

After finding her current boyfriend cheating, Jessa decides to drive herself home. When a driver hits Jessica and sends her to the hospital, the last thing that Jessa has is gone. With new scars on her face, Jessa has lost the one thing she's been able to hold on to, her beauty. Now ugly and broken on the inside after her parents divorce, Jessa moves away from LA to Colorado with her dad. Can she find a way to repair the damages that have been with her for such a long time.

I truly liked Jessa's character. While she is broken and sad, she doesn't necessarily shut everything down and is open to getting better and listening to other people and their opinion. While she may not see it, she is very smart and kind. I really loved her.

The side story to this book is about Hannah and Marshall, a set of twins both going through their own pain, which end up becoming best friends/boyfriend to Jessa. I honestly enjoyed Hannah's story the most and was constantly waiting to see what happens to her.

While I loved all the characters, and I was constantly excited to see what happens to them, there wasn't much action or intensity to this story. There wasn't any crazy plot twist or any intense action that kept the reader engaged. I feel like if you don't like the main characters from the beginning then you wont enjoy the story.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and the characters, but I would have liked it much more if the story wasn't so predictable. I would still highly recommend this book to anyone, especially if you love stories about mental illnesses and/or guardian angels.

Happy Reading,

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