Tuesday, August 11, 2015

{BLOG TOUR} Mini Review: All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder

Title: All We Have Is Now                              
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Publication: July 29th 2015, Scholastic (Point)
Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Source: Pinoy Book Tours (Thank you Dianne of Oops I Read A Book Again)         

What do you do with your last day on earth?

Just over twenty-four hours are 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. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on 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 he has been granting people’s wishes—and gives them his wallet full of money.

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

Misfit Review:

I'll be keeping this short and sweet since I don't literally have the time to be doing reviews... (why do I do this to myself?) All We Have Is Now discusses the issue of "What if the world ended? What will you do?"

This is not the newest concept I've ever actually encountered. I think it didn't help that I've read Tommy Wallach's We All Looked Up which tackled the same issue of the asteroid hitting a certain area.

What I liked about All We Have Is Now is how family is tackled and how one's relationships could fortify another. I didn't really like Emerson as I would've anticipated, thinking that she's headstrong and no nonsense but somehow really just frustrating and a little too naive. Also, I'm not quite a fan of third person novels, since I feel like I can't fully get into a person's complexity as much as I would want, although I don't want to shun out books written in the third person. There are some really good ones... I'm just not a fan of reading too many of them. With characters who are going through different emotions, I think it would've worked better if they were actually written in point of view references, especially in parts where nostalgia is discussed.

It is scary to think that you might have to leave this planet because it's disappearing and you haven't done anything life-changing, worthwhile or noble? Does it matter? But I think we all want that shred of accomplishment. I do. 

Lisa Schroeder has a way with words. Her style is dramatic, driven with flair but at times shrouded in unrealistic situations. One thing that does touch my heart is that it is deep and not shying away from the idea that death is inevitable, the concept of it will always be there.

All We Have Is Now is beautiful, flawed in places, however, it does make you think that there just might be an up out there if you are not afraid to dive into it.

About The Author:                                                                                

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Lisa Schroeder is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens. Her latest young adult novel is ALL WE HAVE IS NOW, and the latest novel for 8-12 year olds is MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS. She lives in Oregon where she spends her time reading, writing, baking yummy treats, and hiking with her family.

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