Monday, 19 November 2018

You are the Everything by Karen Rivers | Book Review, Q&A, and Giveaway | Blog Tour

You are the Everything

Karen Rivers

271 Pages


Sent to me for review by Thomas Allen and Sons

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Can you want something—or someone—so badly that it changes your destiny?

Elyse Schmidt never would have thought so, until it happened to her. When Elyse and her not-so-secret crush, Josh Harris, are the sole survivors of a plane crash, tragedy binds them together. It’s as if their love story is meant to be. Everything is perfect, as perfect as it can be when you’ve literally fallen out of the sky and landed hard on the side of a mountain—until suddenly it isn’t.

When the pieces of Elyse’s life stop fitting together, what’s left?

You Are the Everything is a story about the fates we yearn for, the fates we choose, and the fates that are chosen for us.

I was kind of taken aback when I started this books, and that’s because of the shocking and semi-unsettling narration. In You are the Everything, You are the narrator. You are the protagonist. You are Elyse Schmidt. This narration style is shocking and sets you right within the eye of Elyse’s storm. While it takes a while to get used to, and I can see how it might be frustrating for some readers, it ends up really driving the plot forward later on in the novel. 

I didn’t find Elyse a likeable character, but a fascinating one. It was odd to be aligned with someone who I wasn’t interested in liking, as it creates this really interesting feeling of sympathy for her. She’s got a temper, she’s stubborn, and frustrating. But her memory is constantly playing tricks on her, and we as readers know how disorienting her life is. But I still wasn’t a fan of a lot of her actions, and as a character, she’s my least favourite part of the book. The narrative style, on the other hand, was incredible. 

I was expecting the plane crash to take more time within the book, but the story really follows Elyse and Josh Harris (all one word) as they try to put back the pieces of their lives. The crash leaves Elyse (or us? Potentially?) with a brain trauma, causing her to lose memories, and more often than not, time. The narrative style is confusing, jumping from point to point, but as a reader, you’re never lost. Karen Rivers’ narration is masterful, and makes for a really interesting reading experience.

Overall, Karen Rivers has crafted a really interesting story told in an incredibly unique way. While the characters are not the strongest points of the novel, the narration more than makes up for it. If you're looking for an interesting story told beautifully, this is your book.

4/5 Stars.

Karen was kind enough to answer some questions for all of us on the blog tour! Make sure to check out all the other posts to see what Karen's answers are!

IW: How do you choose the names of your characters?
KR: I’m not sure that I do, they generally arrive in my head with names already attached. I’ve only had one character in one book whose name I struggled with, and it wasn’t this one. Josh Harris and Elyse Schmidt just showed up! 

Did you listen to music when you wrote this book? If so, what did you listen to?
I didn’t! I don’t listen to anything while I write because if I do, sometimes the song lyrics leak through onto the page. I like it to be silent, only the sound of the crackling fire (in winter) or the fan (in summer) and the dogs barking at me every once in a while to go for a walk. 

What’s your top book recommendation?
WHEN YOU REACH ME, Rebecca Stead. 

What’s the best writing advice you ever received?
Give yourself permission to write crappy first drafts. 

Meet the Author
Karen Rivers’s books have been nominated for a wide range of literary awards and have been published in multiple languages. When she’s not writing, reading, or visiting schools, she can usually be found hiking in the forest that flourishes behind her tiny old house in Victoria, British Columbia, where she lives with her two kids, two dogs, and two birds. Find her online at and on Twitter: @karenrivers. 

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Tour-wide Giveaway!

The winner will receive 1 copy of You Are the Everything (HC) by Karen Rivers.

Giveaway Details: 

-Canada Only (full rules found in the T&C on Rafflecopter) 
-Giveaway ends on Wednesday Nov. 28th @ 11:59 pm EST 
-Winner will be drawn randomly through Rafflecopter, contacted via email & will have 48
hours to claim their prize 


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