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A World Without You

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  4,887 ratings  ·  785 reviews
What if finding her means losing himself?

Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his worried parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assume
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Razorbill
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Courtney Floyd I put this answer in another post, but I wanted to repost here, just in case. I also like the idea of leaving the ending open, but for me, that takes …moreI put this answer in another post, but I wanted to repost here, just in case. I also like the idea of leaving the ending open, but for me, that takes away the power of the book. So here's my theory.

Bo is probably much more observant than people give him credit for being. I bet he noticed how much Phoebe loved those earrings, even if he didn't know he noticed. He also predicted she would end up traveling and hitchhiking, with that crazy future where she had kids. Instead of having real powers, he was simply more in the world than anyone (including himself) realized. He KNEW Phoebe wanted to travel; somehow he could either sense it or heard her discussing it when nobody thought he was paying attention. His subconscious probably picked up a lot when he went into episodes.(less)

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Emily May
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Time won’t let me change it. I am, at best, an observer. I cannot rewrite history.

I just... can't rate this any higher. I want to. The premise is fascinating and I loved Revis' Across the Universe. But, even though this book picks up in the second half, the idea is much stronger than the book itself.

Firstly, contrary to what some people seem to be assuming, this is not a sci-fi novel. And it's not a spoiler to say that either. I had thought it might be one of those novels where the narrator
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
The writing and premise were both excellent, while the execution fell short.

When I really thought about it..where could the story really go? We have Bo who thinks he can travel through time and believes he attends a school for kids with superpowers. The truth? He attends Berkshire Academy for Children with Exceptional Needs. It’s a school for troubled kids. Bo experiences delusions. Things only get worse when Sofía, the girl he fell in love with, commits suicide. Bo truly believes she isn’t dea
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, owned
It's always hard to give a proper review to 3-star books. I would say I had an overall positive experience with this book, but it didn't blow me away. Would I recommend it? Probably. If you're looking for YA that deals with mental illness, it's definitely worth checking out. If you're want a quick, engaging & thoughtful reading experience, I would say pick it up.

I will say that I related very heavily to the sister's perspective in this book. It's a narrative that I don't think I've ever read bef
Trina (Between Chapters)
I have very mixed feelings about this book and I'm not sure how to sort them out. It should be noted up front though that Revis drew on her brother's real experience with mental illness as inspiration for this story, so I am not doubting that this is a realistic portrayal.

You may want to avoid this review if you haven't read the book yet. I discuss things covered in the official summary, but I felt the summary gave away the whole story.

The premise of this story I've often heard is "Does the main
jv poore
I want to say that this book is stunning in a powerful way, because it is of striking beauty & excellence, as well as efficacious & mighty; but because I hear these descriptors so often, I'm afraid they're almost a cliche. I'll simply say: read this book, please. ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

A World Without You by Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Galley from First to Read

Summary (from Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his concerned parents send him t
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
A World Without You is one of those books that invades your every thought, controls your every breath and breaks your heart, only to rebuild it as the better, stronger version of itself. In this genre-bending gem of a book, Revis explores mental illness, loss and guilt that lead to never before seen depths of self-delusion and fear. For a more careful reader, reading it can be an eye-opening experience, as each new page peels away one more bit of prejudice of which we were completely un
Mollie Reads
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Everyone has a jar of darkness inside of them. Everyone. When we're born, the lid is tight on the jar. That's why babies are happy. But as time goes on, sometimes the jar opens a little, and darkness gets inside us. We can close the jar sometimes, and sometimes we can't."

"And it is everything I have longed for, and everything that breaks my heart."

"Because if I break, they'll break too. It's a responsibility I'd never really felt before, or at least I never thought about enough to name. But Bo'
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I have really mixed feelings on this one. I looooved the writing and the premise, but there is just something about this that feels extremely lacking. It has all these cool YA Shutter Island type vibes but I feel like something about the execution just didn't quite do what it felt like it needed to do. This is a really bad review but my brain is still really unsure of how I actually felt about this tbh. May edit this later if I can think actual coherent thoughts. ...more
Shaun Hutchinson
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If any other author had written this, I might have been scared. Tackling mental illness is tough. And there are a lot of poorly done books that treat mental illness as a "superpower." But this is Beth Revis we're talking about, and she's one hell of a talented writer. A World Without You was heartbreaking and beautiful. Getting to hear her talk about the impetus for writing this book at the Decatur Book Fest made it that much more heartbreaking. If it hasn't been said, Beth is an immensely talen ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I loved the premise of this book and I was quite excited to get to it.

I really liked the dual POV between Bo and his sister, Phoebe. Being inside Phoebe's head added a bit of stability in contrast to the sensationalism of Bo's. I spent the majority of the book wondering what the truth really was.

I enjoyed the chaos and the feeling of confusion that I had, but at the same time, I found myself rereading passages because I had no idea what was happening. As much as I enjoyed the story an
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**For the record, I didn't even read the blurb before starting the book, which is probably why I enjoyed it even more.

Beth Revis is one of my favorite authors for a reason. I love all her science fiction work, all her short stories, and the Across the Universe series is one of the first YA trilogies that I truly loved.

A World Without You is no different.

I can't even explain why I love her writing. It's just so enjoyable and I eat it up. The plot constantly gives me whiplash (which I love) and
Colleen Houck
I loved this book. The cover is so amazing. When I was finished with the book, I just stared at it, thinking about the threads. Delving into the worlds of this brother and sister was such a startling and poignant journey. Brilliant, Beth. Just brilliant.
I actually read half of this book like a month ago and then had to put it down, and I'm glad I did, because the second half hit me way more personally and made me cry my face off. It's not anything I'm gonna talk about publicly (though no, I do not have any family members with delusions), but this is one of those "Yeeeah, I really need to write a thank-you email to the author" kind of situations. I hope anyone else who needs this book finds it. I know exactly who I plan to give it to. ...more
Oct 20, 2015 marked it as to-read
ANOTHER, Beth Revis book!

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WHAT THE HELL?!? That cover is so pretty and the synopsis sounds awesome!
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book took me awhile to get into it.
It's a great story and I loved it, but keeping track with what was going on sometimes can get confusing, however, the reason of why it was so was because of the mental illnesses, you could really see and feel what he was going through.
I really enjoyed the sisters POV, shows how Bo's situation could affect his family.

Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story was so raw and real. I loved it to pieces.
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3
It deals with the deep and emotional topic of mental health. And a mental illness I've yet to see represented in YA. Dissociative disorder. I won't go into what this disorder entails (spoilers) but this, along with many other mental illnesses, was represented incredibly.
Coming from a nursing major who has had a mental health course, the disorders were very accurately described. While the book was problematic at times with how
Cody | CodysBookshelf
DNF @ Page 123.

This book isn't terribly written; I just don't care about the characters or anything that's going on. I can't take 200+ more pages of this. I only have so much time in this life; why waste it? Maybe YA just isn't for me anymore.

Also, I'm counting this toward my reading challenge because 123 pages is nothing to sneeze at. Sue me.
2 stars.

“I guess when someone's gone from your life for a while, all you think about are the big things. The big regrets, the could-have, should-haves. Or the big moments, the memories that are going to be with you forever, those life-changing moments, like first kisses and first confessions and first trusts. And you think about the lasts too: the last kiss, the last words, the last moments.”

A World Without You follows seventeen year old Bo, who has always had delusions that he can travel throug
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Beth Revis crafted an intricate story of seventeen-year-old Bo, a delusional patient/student at a school for mentally ill young adults. Part of Bo's psychosis leads him to believe he can travel through time to save his girlfriend, who recently committed suicide.

A WORLD WITHOUT YOU is an interesting story but unrealistic portrayal of a delusional disorder. Bo's thinking is way too organized for someone with that degree of psychosis and his hallucinations follow too logical a
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, audiobook, 2017
I was really hesitant to start this since I've haven't loved too many mental illness novels; I generally find them too meandering, confusing, and/or strangely uninteresting. But I was willing to give this a try because I loved Beth Revis's fantasy series Across the Universe.

Bo believes he can travel through time and he goes to a school for students with special powers. Bo actually has delusions and paranoia and goes to a school for troubled kids. Through the lens of his sister, we can see Bo's
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This was an interesting story. There is a huge gray area in the book and it takes until at least half way for you to know what's going on.

Bo goes to school away from his family. He's gone all week and then goes home on weekends. He needs to go to this school in order to keep his abilities under wraps. You see, he goes to a school where everyone has powers. Bo's power is manipulating and/or traveling through time.

But Bo has recently made a huge mistake. And he's trying all he can to undo it. What
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
"That's the best part, " I say. "I have no idea."

Well, that was great! First of all, I would like to thank Penguin for giving me an arc for an honest review.

This novel, is a promising debut by Beth Revis. I cannot wait for everyone to read this book! It was soo good. I liked the characters, the storyline and mainly, the writing. The writing is absolutely gorgeous and it was one of the anchors that kept me reading.

I loved the ending. It was satisfying and was sort of an open one. I don't know m
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Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I was looking forward to this because I really liked Across the Universe but this felt really long and repetitive. It was okay and I like that it portrays severe psychosis but. Eh.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really don't know what to say! I don't think I'm even going to review this book, because i want everyone to experience it for themselves. Please, do yourself a favor and go read this! ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Definitely my favorite so far from Beth Revis.

After so much sci-fi with Across the Universe and The Body Electric and now an official Star Wars/Rogue One/Jyn Erso novel coming up, I was expecting a stronger sci-fi thread throughout.

The text itself can be read as either straight contemporary about mental health or time-travelling sci-fi (very similar to Challenger Deep in that aspect). However, the dust jacket was full of spoilers and kind of stomped all over the ambiguity there, which limited s
Oct 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Dnf around 20%

I just can't bring myself to keep reading. The concept is really interesting, but somehow the execution fails to keep me engaged. The main character Bo believes he's in a school for people with supernatural powers, while in reality he's in a school for people with mental illness. But there's no development whatsoever. When the story starts Bo believes this, and he believes this, equally much, until one of the very last pages (I skimmed through the book to find out about the point o
Gunjan (NerdyBirdie)
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
note: this book isn’t some science fiction novel where the main character is misunderstood—he actually has a mental illness.

If I had to rate this book based on the writing and the use of dual POVs it would without a doubt get 5 stars.

But the execution of the premise fell short for me.

It took the plot a long time to actually get somewhere and the focus on “getting Sophia back” felt never-ending.

I was insanely relieved when Phoebe’s point of view was shown because it added reliability and pers
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me from the very first chapter. Thats no surprise to me though because its Beth Revis we are talking about here. The characters had me through every little bit of the novel the entire time. Some scenes really tugged at my heart and I've been wanting more. I'm super sad this is a standalone novel however I felt satisfied at the end of it all. ...more
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Beth Revis writes books. She also eats too much chocolate, wishes she could travel more, and prefers puppies to people. Beth lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, two very large puppies.

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