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* A Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2017 *
Read the book New York Times bestselling author Amber Smith calls “powerful and haunting,” and acclaimed author Peter Brown Hoffmeister calls “beautiful and sad.”
Now Is Everything is a stirring debut novel told in alternating THEN and NOW chapters, perfect for Sarah Dessen and Jennifer Niven fans, about what one girl is willing to do to protect her past, present, and future.
The McCauleys look perfect on the outside. But nothing is ever as it seems, and this family is hiding a dark secret.
Hadley McCauley will do anything to keep her sister safe from their father. But when Hadley’s forbidden relationship with Charlie Simmons deepens, the violence at home escalates, culminating in an explosive accident that will leave everyone changed.
When Hadley attempts to take her own life at the hospital post-accident, her friends, doctors, family, and the investigator on the case want to know why. Only Hadley knows what really happened that day, and she’s not talking.
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Amy Giles is the author of Now Is Everything and That Night. She lives on Long Island with her family. Visit her at www.amygiles.net and follow her @AmySGiles on Twitter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a thriller of sorts, but it’s also a portrait of abuse. From the outside, Hadley’s family looks perfect. But the reality is far from that image—Hadley’s father is controlling and abusive, and she spends every day just trying to live up to his expectations so that she doesn’t set him off. And she’s trying to keep her little sister out of the crossfire. But you learn at the very beginning of the book that something has gone very wrong. There’s a plane crash and Hadley is the only survivor—we know members of her family are dead. Her father? Her parents? Her whole family? It’s not clear at first. And the question of what really happened lingers. You sort of doubt it was just a simple accident, but you’re definitely kept guessing. Throughout the book, we piece together the past and find out what led to the crash. We also get chapters that explore the present and show us how Hadley is dealing with the emotional ramifications of the plane crash. It’s not until the very end that we discover what really went on the day of the plane crash. I found this book incredibly emotionally compelling. Hadley’s struggles at home and her attempts to hide them are heartbreaking. I loved the relationship between her and Charlie and the fact that Charlie wasn’t willing to just leave well enough alone. The snippets of interviews with Hadley’s friends and teachers (in the NOW sections) give insight into what others’ perceptions of the situation were. My only small complaint was something about the final reveal of what happened with the plane crash didn’t sit quite right with me. I felt like, in some ways, it lacked the emotional punch it could have had. BUT overall, I really loved this book. I give it 4.5/5 Stars. ***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
I enjoyed how the book was set up into then and now chapters. Usually when I’m reading a book alternating between then and now or different character points of view I tend to enjoy one more than the other. In this case I enjoyed reading from both then and now perspectives equally. The book was equally plot driven and character driven. I usually prefer a story to be more character driven, but in this case the plot was so good I loved it. I thought the interviews help add a bit of mystery to the story, which was a great addition. I found Hadley to be a very level-headed character, who embodied a bunch of amazing qualities. She was a complex character, who loved more than she was loved. There were plenty of relationships talked about such as, friendships, family, and romantic ones. I loved hearing about Hadley and Lila’s relationship, and I thought Charlie and Hadley’s relationship was so pure and and true. This book was not exactly what I expected it was a much more deep and raw read. I thought it worked so well throughout the whole story. It was so much more complex than anything I expected. The story was written in a very sensitive way to many very deep topics. It covered abuse (both mental and physical) and suicide/suicide attempts. The book built up suspense in such a wonderful way, i was highly impressed. Overall, I thought this was a wonderfully stunning read. I found the authors writing style both deep and easy to comprehend. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a very deep contemporary read where the focus is not on romance, though it does have a romantic portion.
FIVE STARS!!!!! Right after I received this book in the mail, I did that thing where you tell yourself you're only going to read the first sentence, then the first paragraph, then the first page...which became the first 100 pages, all while standing at my kitchen counter, unable to stop reading long enough to even sit down! Seriously, I am NOT a fast reader by any stretch of the imagination, but I read NOW IS EVERYTHING in less than 24 hours! It was THAT unputdownable. The writing was beautiful, first of all. The way the author portrayed the father's rage and mood swings was completely pitch perfect, and then the level of dysfunction between the parents was handled so realistically. But what I loved the most was the way we could see main character Hadley changing and becoming stronger and more sure of herself. AND I am in such awe of the story's structure -- going back and forth between the past and the present. Those breaks happened in all the right places. I never felt like it was jarring or that it took me out of the story at all -- it was seriously flawless! This was an amazing debut novel, and I can't wait to see what Amy Giles writes next!
“The sky is black and unwelcoming outside my bedroom window. It tells my body to go back to sleep, but even the heavens have no jurisdiction in this house.” This was another emotional read - and it grabbed me by the heartstrings and pulled me in. Amy Giles’ debut Now Is Everywhere is the haunting story about survival. Told in a then-now format before and after a tragic accident, we follow Hadley McCauley as she tries to navigate life under the controlling thumb of her abusive father. I don’t really want to say much more, because I think it’s really best to go into this book not really knowing much. Suffice it to say, I enjoyed this book. Things I Liked We get some interviews woven throughout the story that really show both character personality and backstory to the tragic event the story opens up with. They immediately hooked me and they were some of my favorite parts. I really liked the writing throughout the story! It was immersive and descriptive without being too lyrical. There’s nice creative almost poetic phrasing used in the “Now” sections of the story that sets it apart tonally without feeling disconnected. The then-now format really shows the full character journey of where started and where we end up. It drives the story well emotionally. Hadley was a really easy character for me to connect to. We really get to see her deal with some heavy stuff emotionally, but I loved seeing her be lighter with her sister, Lila, her friends, and Charlie. I also love that she loves watchng Cupcake Wars and cheesy disaster movies, because I can relate. I really liked the romance we see develop between Hadley & Charlie. Their meet-cute is sufficiently adorable and filled with flirty banter, but we get to see them really open up to one another and develop feelings over time. I freaking LOVED that they discussed sex, birth control, and STI testing when they felt like they were ready to take that step in their relationship. And there is zero pressure from either side - it’s all very respectful and loving and I am so freaking here for safe sex and open communication in YA. Things I Didn’t Like Mean-girl Claudia was underdeveloped and one-dimensional. She honestly could have been left out of the story and it wouldn’t really have changed anything. Her role and it’s implications on other characters, could have been more fleshed out. Hadley becomes a bit of an absent friend and sister once she starts her relationship with Charlie. I get the honeymoon stage and everything, but I feel like I didn’t get to know Meagan and Noah as much as I could have, if she didn’t go MIA after getting with Charlie. But I do like that she was called out on it - always a plus. Hadley’s dad is THE WORST. I can say nothing else about him, other than I wish him only bad things and he is one of the worst characters I have ever had the displeasure of coming across. [He’s tied with Kiko’s mom from Starfish for worst parent ever award] This book was honestly really had to read at times, Hadley’s father is a controlling and abusive piece of work. But I deeply enjoyed seeing Hadley’s journey and struggle. I connected with the characters - always a plus, and I was invested in the romance, which is always fun. Despite the heavy topics in the story, there were happier moments that were well balanced and never detracted from the seriousness of the subject matter. Now is Everything is an emotional story of the overcoming abuse and finding love and happiness that pulls you
I read this book in less than 24 hours. NOW IS EVERYTHING has perfect pacing. It never felt slow, and every word was important. I never skimmed. I soaked up each word and each piece of information that Amy Giles strategically placed throughout the story to help us unravel Hadley's mystery. Equal parts heart-wrenching and hopeful, Hadley's story is one that will stick with you long after you close the book. I can't recommend this book enough.