A soaring novel by the critically acclaimed author of The Half Life of Molly Pierce and The Lost & Found, perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven and Rainbow Rowell.
Lottie Reaves is not a risk taker. But she’s about to take a leap into the unknown…
When Lottie's beloved Aunt Helen dies of cancer, it upends her careful, quiet life.
Aunt Helen wasn’t a typical aunt. She was the world-famous author of the bestselling Alvin Hatter series. She knew a thing or two about the magic of writing, and how words have the power to make you see things differently.
In her will, Aunt Helen leaves Lottie a series of letters—each containing mysterious instructions. As Lottie sets about following them, she realizes they’re meant to make her take a risk, and, for once in her life, really live. But when the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about her aunt’s past—and the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series—Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fears once and for all.
Part mysterious adventure, part love letter to the power of books, this is a brilliantly woven novel about loving, reading, writing, grieving, and finding the strength to take a leap.
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Katrina Leno is the author of Everything All at Once, The Lost & Found, The Half Life of Molly Pierce, and Summer of Salt. In real life, she lives in Los Angeles. But in her head, she lives on an imaginary island off the coast of New England where it sometimes rains a lot. Visit her online at www.katrinaleno.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Books can make you live a thousand different lifetimes, a thousand different lives. Books can make you immortal.” Everything At At Once is a beautifully moving story of grief and finding happiness when you feel like there is none left. Following letters from her recently passed aunt, Lottie Reeves grows in courage and boldness in this fun and engaging contemporary with a bonus scavenger hunt feel! Things I Liked: Lottie and her family are charming and create a warm atmosphere that easily invites you into the story. Aunt Helen's letters are familiar and comforting. They further this wonderful sense of family in the story. I also LOVED the hints of magic in the story and the whimsiness it added. It really elevated the story and made the entire story a grand event, which I'm sure Aunt Helen would have appreciated. There was really excellent pacing in the story. Often when we have a character who is reading letters from someone, were begging them to hurry up and “keep reading, you’ll get your answers,” but here, Lottie doesn’t dwell on the letters, or let them hold her back. Yes, she’ll reflect on them, but they really serve to move the story and her development forward. Things I Didn’t Like: I had a few clarity issues in the story. It took me forever to figure out who was the older sibling and who was the younger sibling between Abe and Lottie. A minor detail, but it was a little annoying for me personally. I also must have spaced, because it took me a while to realize they were in New England. I’m also a little confused about why Sam reached out to Lottie, was it just because of her relationship to Aunt Helen, or something else? This was a super fun summer read, that packed a lot of emotion into a great discovery story. The characters and family shines, captivating you and drawing you into their world as they come to terms with a recent tragedy. You really connect with them and Aunt Helen as we follow these little adventures she left for Lottie. Everything All At Once is an emotional adventure that feels both familiar and magical. I received a copy of the book from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
The prologue for Everything All At Once immediately showed me that there were going to be some surprises in this story, because in what should’ve been a very sad scene I laughed out loud at this family’s heartbreaking homage. Lottie Reaver’s favorite Aunt Helen has died and left her 24 letters to be opened after she has completed each task listed in the letter. Lottie’s Aunt Helen is a famous author of a children’s book series, kind of equivalent to J.K Rowling and Harry Potter in popularity. It is hard for her to grieve for her aunt when the world wants to stop you and give their condolences. Everyone loved her aunt and her Alvin Hatter series. This novel is about Lottie learning how to grieve, but the bigger story is Lottie’s self discovery and dealing with her anxiety. Lottie and her aunt shared these anxiety attacks and as the book goes on we realize that the tasks Helen has left Lottie are multi-purpose. They are to help her gain confidence, allaying her anxieties, but also teaching her how to live and take courage in the living of her life. The letters also lead up to a big personal secret of her aunt’s that is mind blowing and takes this novel in a direction I didn’t foresee. I loved this novel! It had such heart, and the more I came to know Lottie, the more I really liked her and wanted to see her overcome her fears of life and of death. Her aunt’s letters revealed a lot about Helen’s personality giving the reader insight into why Lottie and her family were so overwhelmed with grief. This author did such a great job of adding subtle depth to each character that their quirks made them interesting and added to their real-ness. There was only one plot point that made me stop in my tracks and go “what??”. You’ll either love it or hate it, but I loved it and didn’t want the story to end where it did. This was my first novel by Katrina Leno and if they are all this good and quirky, I’ll be a fan forever.
Everything All at Once is one of the books I'm looking forward to read from HarperCollins' summer 2017 list. When I first read the synopsis, I jumped in excitement and hope for the best to read it. Helen Reaves, the famous author of best-selling Alvin Hatter series (which I'd like to imagine as J.K Rowling in real life for her Harry Potter books) and aunt of the main character, Lottie, has left a series of letters in her will. Lottie and aunt Helen are like best friends. They are more like each other that is why Helen knew it would be the hardest for Lottie after she's gone so she left those letters, especially Lottie having an anxiety disorders. They did not only contain encouragements; it also contain instructions and revelations they never knew before. The letter series reminds me of Cecelia Ahern's P.S I Love You and Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes, which I both adored. Lottie is an obviously flawed character. She has anxiety disorder which I believed worsened when her aunt died. She thinks about death a lot. She thinks of ways a person might die or hurt. Sometimes I don't know where her pessimism comes from, whether from her anxiety or the death of her aunt. It bothered me at first but I understood her in the long run. However, I didn't see any character development towards the end of the book. Perhaps I expected a lot from this book. I'm excited to read it. It made me turn the pages after another but I couldn't say it excite me. There are times that I feel like the pace was slow or maybe I just got bored. It took me a while to finally finish it. The things I liked about this book are - guess what - books and writers and the love for them! I think this is the third book I read this year that is a story within the story. Every before chapter, there's a short "excerpt" from each of the Alvin Hatter series and in turn I saw snippets of the story. I almost wanted to ask the author, Katrina Leno, whether she really wrote an entire Alvin Hatter series. It's really cool. I also picked up some phrases that I relate to. Since the main character is grieving, the tone of this book is sad and quite heavy. It portrayed the theme well and Lottie is an effective character. I like that there is humor in it as well, the prologue made me laugh out loud. There was a one huge turn, though, that I never saw coming (I did caught something in the middle but I let it pass afterwards). I suspected wrong about someone in the book. I guess I wished I was right? I mean, the twist was unexpected which I often like in a book but here it feels...out of place? Unfit for the story? It was sudden and entirely different from the more than half of the book, at least for the genre. The twist happen towards the end and it feels abrupt and just ended there, and like hey, that's it? I'm not sure what I should feel about it. Everything All at Once has the message to get out of your comfort zone and live. It is an okay book for me but I would still recommend it in case the theme matches your taste. (Language content: minimal swears.) Originally posted on: https://yoursblackbutterfly.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/book-everything-all-at-once-by-katrina-leno
This book was a truly beautiful read. I didn't know what to expect at first but I was quickly drawn in and it kept me hooked for the entire book. Lottie is such a great character and she suffers from anxiety, which is something I can identify with. Her aunt dies and leaves her some letters which tell her to do things that are both outside her comfort zone and simple things that make her enjoy life. They inspired me to think about life, too, and what I can do simply every day to make someone's day and appreciate the day that I have been given. It is definitely a must-read for me and I hope to inspire people to read it, too!