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Review: All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder

All We Have Is NowTitle: All We Have Is Now

Author: Lisa Schroeder

Genre: YA Contemporary/Science Fiction/Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 272 Pages

ISBN-10: 0545802539 (Point/Scholastic)

ISBN-13: 978-0545802536 (Point/Scholastic)

Reviewed by: Zed

Synopsis:

From the author of THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU, a groundbreaking novel about what matters most — when time is running out.

What do you do with your last day on earth?

There are 27 hours and fifteen minutes left until an asteroid strikes North America, and, for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home last year. Since then she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them that he has been granting people’s wishes. He gave his car away so a woman could take her son to see the ocean for the first time, and he gives Emerson and Vince all the money he has in his wallet.

Suddenly this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in 27 hours — maybe even their own.

Quick & Dirty: A tedious countdown until doomsday.

Opening Sentence: NO ONE saw it coming.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

I thought this book would never end. I hate giving one star ratings but boy was this the longest read ever, which is ironic since the story is based on time running out.

All We Have Is Now is essentially a countdown until the asteroid hits America and they all die. The story focuses on how Vince and Emerson spend their last few hours and the lives they touch along the way. The two teenagers have survived living on the streets for the last few years so although they have never had much, their approach is ‘what do they have to lose?’

I sort of liked Vince and Emerson’s friendship but the chemistry and conversations felt forced. Emerson and Vince follow Carl’s lead (a stranger who grants Vince’s wish and hands him his wallet of money) and decide that since their time is limited, they will spend their last few hours to grant other people’s final wishes. A nice enough thought but I can’t really imagine two kids doing this when all hell is breaking loose.

As Vince turns the corner and heads down the road, he says, “When you hug them, you’ll be glad.”
“How do you know for sure?”
“Because no one regrets a hug. You only regret not giving one when you had the chance and didn’t take it.”

The moral of the story is touching; appreciate everything you have, make the most of your life and no regrets. The problem was that I found it so boring and unrealistic. I was literally skim reading parts of the book because a countdown until they all die with no hope of survival is depressing- even with my standards!

It wasn’t entirely bad; I liked the linkage of characters and event, how one action impacted a complete stranger’s life and so on. Carl was one such character. If he hadn’t met Emerson and Vince on the bridge, they could have all committed suicide and that would have been the end of their tales. But his one action had a domino effect, almost like their meeting was fate. I thought that aspect of fate/destiny sparked some magic into the story. I also enjoyed some of the poems in the book.

It’s like a song that
pulls you in and
fills you up
and gives you what
you didn’t even know
you needed until
the sounds, the melody,
and the voices
wash away the pain.

They have each other,
and it’s all they need.

However, despite the pros, the ending was awful. I was so disappointed in the way it was told because it was rushed and left the reader with many unanswered questions. Without revealing any spoilers, the ending reaffirmed my decision to give this a one-star rating! But as I always say, just because this book isn’t for me doesn’t mean you won’t like it.  :-)

Notable Scene:

“You know that saying, ‘Ignorance is bliss’?” she asks him.

“Yes.”

“Well, sometimes ignorance is also necessary for one’s sanity. And since it’s one of the few things I have in my possession at the moment, I’m not quite ready to give that up.”

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FTC Advisory: Point/Schlastic provided me with a copy of All We Have is Now. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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