All the Things You Are

All the Things You Are

by Courtney Sheinmel
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All the Things You Are 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Puget Sound Council for a copy of this book for review. Carly seems to have a great life--her mom is a wardrobe stylist for a hit TV soap opera and because her of bff's popularity on campus, Carly is also part of the inner circle of cool kids. Her dad was killed long ago and she genuinely loves her stepdad, who she calls "Faux Pa." When her mom is arrested and her friends turn away from her, Carly is forced to look at what is important in her life. Is it important to eat lunch at a certain table at school? Will her stepdad divorce her mom? Who will take care of Carly? THe protagonist has emotions true to any teenager. She is genuinely a nice person, not a sticky-sweet girl but one who can stand on her own two feet, preferring to do so in the company of good friends and family. Teen girls will enjoy this realistic look at how the choices people make affect not just themselves.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
After Courtney Sheinmel's Positively, Courtney and her books officially landed on my book radar, because she has such a knack for writing memorable and poignant middle-grade fiction. Thankfully, her newest release, All the Things You Are, did not disappoint. In Carly Wheeler's life, everything is nearly perfect. She has a best friend named Annie whose funny and one of a kind. She attends a diverse private school filled with lots of interesting and nice people. Best of all, her mom works on Lovelock Falls, one of the top soap operas, and because of it Carly and her friends are constantly meeting celebrities and wearing fancy clothes. However, everything changes when her mother is accused of embezzlement. Suddenly, everything is different. She's dodging questions, her mom, who has always been there for Carly, seems to be drawing back into her own cocoon, and her best friend has betrayed her in the worst way possible. Worst of all, Carly still does not know what exactly happened with her mom.Did she really commit embezzlement? Will she go to jail? Will Carly ever be able to forgive her for turning everything upside down? Only time and more pages can tell in this one of a kind contemporary read. One of the things I always love about Courtney's books is that she always introduces likable and charismatic characters, Carly being one of them of course. Carly and her story managed to take a hold of my heart from the very first pages, because not only did I relate to Carly in some basic ways, as will any tween or teen girl, but also her story is one that is so innocent yet heartbreaking. I especially loved reading about the relationship between Carly and her mother. It was strong yet the impact of the drama and deceit weighed heavily on it, causing lots of drama that constantly managed to test it. The premise of this story is also nearly one of a kind. I do not think I have ever read a book about embezzlement; much less, what happens after to the family of the accused after everything is said and done. It caused for lots of twists and turns as more info was brought into the story, and it allowed Carly and other characters to go from being sometime selfish and materialistic to being stronger people who realized that money is not everything. A coming of age that was unique and memorable to say the least. Courtney's writing was also fabulous. I loved what she did with the characters, and how will she brought their emotions and feelings across the page. Better yet, I loved how this story did not exactly have a happy ending; instead, it was realistic but hopeful. Sweet and heartwarming, Courtney Sheinmel's All the Things You Are is yet another fantastic addition to middle grade, one that will be sure to satisfy previous fans and bring new ones to the mix. Grade: A+
l_manning More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. It's the story of Carly, a girl who lives a fairly privileged life. She goes to a very nice private school, and she gets a lot of perks from her mother's job as a stylist on a soap opera. Sounds like a pretty nice life, right? It is until one day Carly's mom get arrested for embezzling from the soap opera. Suddenly Carly's life is turned completely upside down. One of the main themes in this book is forgiveness. Carly is angry at her mom for making her lose friends and her regular life. She's also upset at those people she thought were friends that abandoned her. Slowly through the book, she comes to terms with things. She also learns that she will have to forgive some things. Carly also learns about acceptance. She learns to accept not only her life, but she also learns to accept those people who are trying to be true friends through it all. I felt the author did a fabulous job of getting into the mindset of the 12-13 year girls. They vacillate realistically between being kids and being young adults. The ending isn't wrapped up into a neat little bow, but it instead allows you to draw your own conclusions. I liked that, because it follows real life. Things aren't always easily concluded. I felt that Carly's growth was at a reasonable pace. This was a good book, and I sure it will be enjoyed by more than just the intended age range. Galley provided by publisher for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book i sa great book about problems and in th eend what wilk make it better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so good i didn't want to put it down when it was done i was sad.:( i love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truly amazing. I feel sorry for carly and i know that if my mother went to jail, i would react the same. U should definetly buy this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a 9 year old book because I never read it and do not know if it is age appropiate but by the comments it sounds good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was SO realistic. I could not put it down. I like that you could tell Carly changed at the end. But if i had to change one thing about the book it would be that Lauren, her friend, got more involved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read. It has good characters and an interesting story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this either but I hope it is amazing. I have never read one of these Cortney Sheimel books but I see she is an awesome author looking at these comments. I will read the book and tell you people how it really is.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this yet, but I hope that it's 5 stars! Courtney Sheinmel is awesome, and I'm sure that she displays that in this book. :) Can''t wait to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This lookes like a really good book
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