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All Rivers Flow to the Sea

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  531 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
"McGhee writes confidently as one who remembers the ordinariness of adolescence as well as its angst . . . and compellingly creates a protagonist blindsided by loss." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

For seventeen-year-old Rose, it keeps happening — the car crash. The car crash that put her sister, Ivy, in a coma with only a respirator keeping her alive. While Rose trie
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published October 11th 2005)
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Jan 24, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every human being, you NEED to read it
Shelves: favourites, homies, 2014

(okay, let's relax).

Seriously, what the actual hell happened with this book? It was just sO AWESOME I CAN'T EVEN.

This book is gonna stay in my favourites forever. And I plan to re-read it again this year.

I finished it just in one day, and I usually take at least four days to read a book, so imagine.

I love it so so so much, I would marry this book.

The way the author tells everything is so different from anything I have read, it really made me cry.
Apr 15, 2007 Erin rated it it was amazing
Ivy and Rose have always been close. Sisters and friends, an event one night shatters their lives forever - a car accident leaves Ivy hooked to a ventilator, and Rose wondering how she is going to survive without her sister. The same two lines are repeated throughout the course of the book by Rose - Ivy and I had an accident. It was dusk in the Adirondacks that night, and we were coming around a curve... More is added to this, and the story of that evening is pieced together. Readers will also l ...more
Camille Nelson
Apr 11, 2012 Camille Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All Rivers Flow to the Sea is a book i keep coming back to. Rose is a deep character who is confused and lost without her sister who is now in the hospital because of a car accident they had. I liked the way her explanation of what happened got a little longer each time she said it. Rose was a believeable character that you couldn't help but feel bad for and Tom was the ideal boy, for her, who you felt drawn to. I really enjoyed this book because Rose went back into her memories of Ivy and you g ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is exactly what grief feels like to me. Very well-written short novel of Rose's journey as she comes to understand the accident that takes her sister Ivy away.
Oct 05, 2012 Lettersalad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auf-deutsch
Immer und immer wieder durchlebt Rose diese eine Nacht, in der ihre ältere Schwester Ivy bei einem Unfall schwer verletzt wurde. Seitdem liegt Ivy im Koma und für Rose ist schlagartig alles anders. Wie kann die Welt sich einfach weiterdrehen, wie können alle anderen Menschen einfach weitermachen wie immer, wenn ihre große Schwester nahezu hirntot, mit einem amputierten Bein und ohne Gehör im Krankenhaus um ihr Leben kämpft?

Rose durchlebt ein Gefühlschaos, getrieben von Angst, Wut und Verzweiflun
Lisa Schensted
in a sentence or so: Rose and her sister Ivy were in a car accident that leaves both sisters hanging in-between existences - Ivy hangs between life and death while Rose hangs between life and grief.

Ivy can best be described as moving water. she was constantly in motion and brought others along for the ride. Rose was the still, silent water that needed that rush of Ivy to keep her moving. with Ivy gone, Rose is totally lost. she feels the water inside her bursting and pushing and stirring to get
Sherri F.
This is a mature, complex YA book about grief, loss, struggling to move on, and supportive friendship not necessarily where it should come or want it to come even though at times it comes across as simple and choppy; and it's definitely NOT only a book for young adults or people w/YAs close to them. It is a short read/listen since it's only 176 pgs but not nec. quick...if like me, I rewound it several times when I was unsure or confused early on, then later b/c I saw the intention behind it and ...more
Stefanie Burns
Not one of the better YA books I've read. Found the repetitive text annoying as opposed to moving which is what I think McGhee was going for. It reminds me of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak and other YA books where the main character feels trapped by a traumatic event, but less believable somehow. I feel McGhee was trying to obtain a deep symbolic text for a reader and that she tried so hard that the story is thin and unrealistic with the 'underlying' message being much more obtrusive than the st ...more
Levi Erdmann
Apr 15, 2016 Levi Erdmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My personal response to "All Rivers Flow To The Sea" is that this was a very interesting book. I enjoyed how the author made everything feel so real. She used language that was very descriptive and really make you think about how easy it is to lose someone we love and the effects of that on the human mind. I think overall that this book is one of a kind but really relates to the real world as I'm sure car crashes like this happen every day and people are in the same emotional state as Rose was.

Dec 17, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book I used for my book trailer. I really loved this book! It was so good and so real. It's a relatively short book (168 pages), but it makes a big impact. The reader sees the aftermath of the car accident through the eyes of Rose, the survivor. Rose attempts to live life without her sister Ivy, learning how to move on while realizing just how much she would give up to have her sister back. The language is completely realistic; it gives sort of a stream-of-consciousness feel without ...more
Sep 27, 2010 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book jacket we learn that All Rivers Flow to the Sea is inspired by the ending line of a Louise Erdich poem "Sister, there is nothing I would not do" and a few years later, McGhee recalls a comment her friend made, while walking along the banks of the Mississippi River, "Some people are still water, and others are moving water." All Rivers Flow to the Sea is "the alchemy born of those two lines." Our narrator, seventeen year old Rose Latham takes us through all the imagery-filled, grievin ...more
Becka dittmann
I thought the book was good. It talked a lot about self reflection and how to get through difficult times. Two sisters Ivy and Rose were in a car accident and Ivy ended up in a come with a bad brain injury. The doctors said she wouldn't be able to live a normal life again. Rose had a very difficult time with it because they were both very young. Ivy was only 18 and Rose was only 17. There mom finally made the decision to let her go after about six months of her being in a coma. Rose went to the ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Catherine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I didn't make it through this book, if fact I only read the beginning, but it starts out being told in 2nd person narrative style, which is my least favorite unless it is done really well - which this one is not.

I found Rose grabbing Jimmy's thigh strange and it seemed out of character for someone who had been gone from school for a month. Yes, they'd been friends for life, so that made it even stranger.

The beginning of the book is extremely repetitive. There are too many other good things to
Chrissy Giffin-kuhle
This is a very quick read and I finished it in one evening. I liked that the story was mostly revolved around self-reflection, and the whole book (narrative and dialog and all) rarely stretched outside of the character Rose's thoughts.

On the downside, there isn't a much of a climax. Rose just goes through the normal stages of feeling a loss: denial, anger, et cetera. But if you are looking for a story with action or a twist, this is not it.
Jun 07, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful! A touching story about the mental state of family and friends after a devastating accident. Definitely a haunting read, would recommend!
Mar 13, 2015 Nanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of my favorite books EVER
Holly Gilligan
Apr 28, 2015 Holly Gilligan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Sister, there is nothing I would not do"

All time fave, makes my heart ache and ache and then grow three sizes.
Feb 18, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've found a new favorite author in Alison McGhee. I have been Rose and in many ways still am. So glad I found this beautifully written little book. Perfect timing.
Lissa Adamson
I didn't just read this book, feels like I lived it.
Oct 07, 2012 Lena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Rose und ihre Schwester Ivy sind unzertrennlich, immer füreinander da, wie beste Freundinnen. Doch eines Tages werden die Schwester plötzlich auseinander gerissen. Es war ein Unfall in den Bergen. Rose ist mit kleinen Verletzungen davon gekommen, Ivy liegt seitdem im Koma. Die Ärzte haben wenig Hoffnung, dass Ivy jemals wieder aufwachen wird. Do
Oct 23, 2012 Asaviel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alison McGhee war für mich bis dato ein unbeschriebenes Blatt, denn weder hatte ich etwas aus der Feder der Autorin gelesen, noch von ihr gehört. Titel und Klappentext dieses Buches haben mich aber dann sofort angesprochen und ich musste mir unbedingt den Inhalt näher anschauen. Dem Leser muss schon vor dem Aufschlagen der ersten Seite bewusst sein, dass er es hier mit einem unbequemen Buch zu tun hat. Dies ist nichts für einen lauen Herbstnachmittag in der Sonne, wenn man die Seele baumeln lass ...more
Nov 08, 2012 Brina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Als ich dieses Buch zum ersten Mal entdeckt habe, war ich direkt von der Kurzbeschreibung gerührt und habe mich sehr auf das Buch gefreut. Als ich es dann jedoch zum ersten Mal aufgeschlagen habe, war ich enttäuscht, denn ich habe leider recht schnell festgestellt, dass mir der Schreibstil leider überhaupt nicht liegt.

Alison McGhee hat leider nicht die Art Schreibstil, den ich bevorzuge. Die Geschichte wird zwar hauptsächlich aus der Ich-Perspektive erzählt, aber oftmals wird der Leser auch dir
Jayden May
Dec 10, 2015 Jayden May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like reader like author. I choose to read this book because first, the title caught my eye and then I read the introduction and it got me hooked. I can relate to the novel because a friend of mine lost her life in a car accident. This novel is special because if you've ever had to overcome something like death, bad decisions, or depression you can relate to Roses feelings. It’s a great book to read if you've got stuff to overcome in your life.

All rivers flow to sea is about how her world got fli
Bettina Lippenberger
Kurze Inhaltsangabe:
Ivy und Rose haben einen Unfall. Rose lebt hat Verletzungen davon getragen, doch sie lebt! Ihre Schwester jedoch hat so starke Blutungen im Gehirn das sie zwar lebt, aber nicht wieder erwachen wird. So beginnt Rose sich ins Leben zurück zu kämpfen. Wieder etwas zu fühlen. Doch wie macht man das? Wie wird man wieder fließendes Wasser. Wie kann man leben wenn die eigene Schwester nicht bei einem ist, und nie wieder sein wird? Warum dreht sich die Welt weiter, wenn sie doch stil
Rose muss den Moment immer wieder durchleben, in dem sie gemeinsam mit ihrer Schwester frontal mit einem anderen Fahrzeug zusammenstieß. Ivy liegt seitdem in einem Pflegeheim im Koma. Die Mutter der Mädchen konnte sich nicht dafür entscheiden, ihre ältere Tochter sterben zu lassen, und hat sie seitdem nicht mehr besucht. Nun liegt die Verantwortung, sich um Ivy zu kümmern, allein bei Rose. William T., der Nachbar, fährt Rose täglich nach der Schule ins Pflegeheim und wartet geduldig, bis sie Ivy ...more
Kayla Nett
Particularly, the one word that comes to mind when I dwell upon this novel is "refreshing." It's a rather short read (I was able to finish it within the span of two hours at most), but it's most certainly worth picking up.

However though, if you're looking for a read jam-packed with action and totally-unexpected plot twists, this may not be your cup of tea. In summary, it primarily revolves around our main character, a teenage girl named Rose, embarking upon her own emotional journey following a
Roses ältere Schwester Ivy liegt im Koma. Bei einem verheerenden Unfall auf einer vereisten Straße wurde Ivy schwer verletzt und die Ärzte geben keine Hoffnung.
Rose sucht verzweifelt nach Hilfe. Ihre Mutter ist verschlossen und mehr mit sich selbst beschäftigt. Diverse Jungenbekanntschaften können Rose auch nicht das geben, was sie sucht.
Denn das kann sie nur bei sich selbst finden.
„Ich lebe lebe lebe“ von Alison McGhee ist schwer in Worte zu fassen.
Einfühlsam wird Roses Geschichte erzählt. Es i
Apr 29, 2011 karenbee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reaching for thin books lately, having accepted that those are all I have the concentration for right now, so I had no ulterior motive other than "AHA, ONE I CAN FINISH" for picking up All Rivers Flow to the Sea.

Because of this, I felt very lucky to find a beautifully written short novel about grief and moving on -- or being stuck in the moment -- after loss. McGhee's prose is perfect for the mood of the book, and I think she wrote seventeen-year-old Rose, the narrator, really well.

It was interesting how the author wrote the book in second person perspective, in the beginning. It makes you feel more of the main character’s feelings and has you see things from their point of view. Rose constantly feels the hurt of losing her sister to a car accident that put her in a coma. Now, again and again, she goes to the gorge to stop what she is feeling. Time and again, she sees different guys to feel something. Anything other than the pain she feels for her sister. Because that pain ...more
A piece of fiction that felt real. This book is for anyone that has ever lost a loved one, or perhaps has just faced the death of someone close.

The main character, Rose, has survived a car accident while her sister Ivy is comatose and in a vegetable-like state. Rose kepts repeating what happens and tries to understand why the world keeps moving and changing while she is stuck at the scene of the accident and her sister is no longer moving. Perhaps this book should not be for too young an audien
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Alison McGhee writes novels, picture books, poems, and essays for all ages, including the forthcoming novel Never Coming Back (out in October 2017) and the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller SOMEDAY, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages. She lives in Minneapolis, California and Vermont.
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