Hello there! Happiest of release days to this AWESOME book! I had the amazing opportunity to read it early and be part of the blog tour! Read on for a playlist, review, and a giveaway 🙂
The Chaos of Standing Still
by Jessica Brody
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: November 28th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
About the Author
Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. (Click here for a full list of foreign sales and publishers.) She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.
This was a quick read for me! I really, really liked the voice of Ryn. She is someone who doesn’t hold back with her internal monologue, despite her struggle to be open with people around her.
Watching her grow over the course of the novel was the best part, and I think the point of the book. I liked how Ryn talked about Lottie with loving remembrance, and her memories are something important to her. It speaks true to how some people grieve. Memories are slippery things, and when Ryn looks back with hindsight it’s easy for her to see flaws but also cherish them.
I found myself getting frustrated with Lottie as a character. It’s easy to see why Ryn likes her is best friends with her. I felt that Ryn’s glorification of Lottie made it hard to see Lottie as just a person. Ryn looks at her with rose-colored glasses, especially because she wants to remember only the good things about Lottie. As a reader, I could look in with outside perspective, so I wasn’t as convinced of Lottie’s invincibility. I think the dynamic nature of Lottie herself shouldn’t be overlooked, and I can appreciate that.
Xander was great as a character, but let’s be real, Troy was the awesome male character here. The idea of running into a child
genius prodigy in an airport, and then befriending him is a little wild and I liked it. The conspiracy of the Denver airport was so interesting, and I loved the part where Troy and Ryn look for clues about it. I think that he added a new perspective for Ryn, and I liked their relationship.
The setting of the book played well into the plot. Being stuck in forces Ryn to face up to something really hard for her. It’s something that Ryn has been struggling with for months, and probably will for years to come. However, I think that this first step really pushes her to deal with Lottie’s death more openly than she has before.
Overall, I highly recommend this read!
Here are some songs reminded me a lot of the book 🙂
The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review + Playlist
We Live and Breathe Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Amanda Gernentz Hanson – Review
Latte Nights Reviews – Review + Favourite Quotes
Life of A Simple Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Inked In Book Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes
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