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Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.
Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.
But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

400 pages, Library Binding

First published October 4, 2016

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Profile Image for Inah (Fueled By Chapters).
478 reviews115 followers
October 11, 2016
UGH! I have so many feelings for this book! It’s so good and I’m really wondering why people aren’t talking about it that much. But hey, here I am hosting a blog tour for the book since I really want others to read about this book. Also have you seen the cover? I know you have, but scroll up and take a second look. Beautiful yeah? Also a POC on the cover!!!

It started a little slow but it’s definitely interesting and I love the character’s voice. The pacing is the only issue I have and it’s a little sad I can’t say much because I might spoil it for you, but this book is heartbreaking but I love it. The emotions were raw and its portrayal is definitely amazing.

I love how characters, even they weren’t all given complexities, were shown with depth and are multidimensional. It’s so refreshing to be able to read this book because of the little distress I had with the last one I’ve read. I also love the way how the story was narrated in two timelines, before and after Addie’s accident.

The lines blur from reality when Overton Clinic got involved since they had this way of erasing memory, and it’s really interesting to have this concept be involved in a contemporary. It’s really thought-provoking as well, because reading this will get you thinking what to do if you’re in Addie’s shoes.

I really enjoyed the ending of the story. It’s very realistic and again, heartbreaking, but it’s really satisfying. I wouldn’t end it other way.

This is a debut novel from Sarah Everett, and honestly with the way she writes, I’m gonna have to be on the lookout for her upcoming books. You should too!

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806 reviews3,793 followers
February 23, 2017

DNF @ 55%

I tried, so, so, so hard to stick with this book till the end, but it’s been over ten days and as hard as I tried, I’m just not loving it.

So, it’s officially time to S T O P !


Surprisingly, there were parts of this book that really got me intrigued however, I think the deal breaker was the fact that it is a 400 PAGED “CONTENPORARY” BOOK.

I mean, if you wanna write a long-ish contemporary, it’s gotta be hella interesting. It cannot afford to be boring!!

And let’s be real, this book lulled A LOT.

The plot surrounds the main character, Addison Sullivan, as she suffers through an accident that leaves her with lapses in her memory and allows her to converse with a boy that no one can see.

It’s kinda eerie to read how she tries to piece together why this is happening to her as the chapters shift from “Before” the accident and “After.”

Idk tho, the characters kinda really annoyed me. Especially her best friend who doesn't act like much of a best friend at all (also the conversations were supposed to be 'witty' and 'sarcastic' but turned out to be more like 'meh.' it really just didn't work. #srry)

This book is surprisingly centered around //romance// (?????) that’s kinda something that I had not anticipated.

I gotta say though, it is entertaining to read but it definitely requires A LOT of patience and for someone who’s trying to tackle two six hundred paged books right now, (me, bc I’m crazy) I don’t have to patience to keep up with this wild goose chase.

Perhaps I’ll return to this book (I’m going to be 110% honest here and admit that 95% of the reason I picked up this book was because the cover is so gorgeously artistic) because I do think it has great potential, but I’m worried it’s not going to deliver. ;-;

“Was” or “am”? What is the word for things you were and no longer are but always will be?”

2 stars!!
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767 reviews420 followers
October 18, 2016
This book was so much better than I expected it to be. It's so beautifully written and emotional. I read the whole book in just one setting because it was such a page turner. Everyone We've Been is so captivating and I couldn't put it down. It's very different from most contemporaries that I've read and I loved how original it was. I really liked Addie and how she kept going through out the book. She was such a well written character and I really love reading from her perspective. Everyone We've Been is definitely one of the best books I've read this year.
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635 reviews1,615 followers
October 13, 2016
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Some days, it's hard to find a book that is exactly what you're looking to read at the moment. When I picked up Sarah Everett's debut novel earlier this week, I knew it was the kind of read I was seeking. I instantly clicked with the prose and finished the book in one sitting.

Even though it wasn't the first time I've read a book about memory wipes and the plot wasn't all that hard to predict, there were several things I found very refreshing in Everyone We've Been:

Alternate Story Structure
I love books that play with story structure. With this one, it didn't feel like the author was just trying something different, I think the story really called for a before/after parallel narratives. They just worked so well with the grand scheme of the book and I really loved the polarity of each account.

Lovely, Emotional Writing
Sarah Everett's writing is exquisite and beautiful. The fact that this is only her first book makes me so excited to read more from her. I was just so impressed! Her words really pulled at my heartstrings and made me fall in love with her main character, Addie. Though I'd never experienced the things Addie had, her thoughts and emotions were so easy to connect with because her point of view had so much depth.

Resonating Love for Music
The main reason I really loved Addie though was because of something special we shared: music. As someone who previously played the violin, I was so fond of reading about Addie's passion for playing the viola. I love that Air on the G String even plays a role in the book and I actually listened to it while reading Everyone We've Been. I guess a part of why I thought the writing was so beautiful was because the description of music and what it can make you feel was so heartfelt.

Complexities of a Divorce Family
Addie's family is far from perfect. After her parent's divorce, things were never quite the same. For Addie, it felt like her family was torn in half. The portrayal of the family dynamics in Everyone We've Been made me so sad, but in a good way, because they were so realistic. I loved that each member of the family was three dimensional and that there was a well-defined reason for everyone's actions.

Coping & Moving Forward
One of the biggest themes in the book is that heartbreak, no matter how immense it is, is survivable. That pain is something we can move forward from. I think it's such an important message to readers and I love how it was placed in the book. Losing someone is hard and heartbreaking but we shouldn't forget that who we lost was once a part of us, and in remembering them only do we remember who we are.

In conclusion, Everyone We've Been is a stellar young adult contemporary that deserves much love. If you like emotional reads with great themes or characters who love music, this one is for you.
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Author 13 books3,968 followers
May 28, 2017
Oh holy cats what a tense, emotional, gut-wrenching, effing gorgeous ride. For real. I had a STRONG emotional reaction to this book. I cried real tears. This book is beautifully written & I can't say much, because spoilers, but I am going to point out a WONDERFUL thing about this story. It is all about realizing that there this no magic spell for getting through tough shit, be it mental illness or situations or what have you. And I think that is such a HUGE thing for teens to read about. Everything feels so catastrophic at that age. And some things are. But w/ help & people & meds & crying & bravery & whatever it is one needs, these things can be faced. Moreover, they can become IMPORTANT because they are YOURS. They are part of you, something that makes you you, makes your life what it is, molds how you see the world and those around you. This book is special, y'all. SPECIAL.
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2,734 reviews938 followers
December 12, 2016
Wow. This book gave me all the feels. I can't quite believe I managed this in a day. Due to giving out candy last night I had this book keeping me company. I don't know what else to say without getting too spoilery, but this book really takes a look at grief and depression and acknowledging that some people who suffer from life long depression deal with a struggle to keep moving forward. That it's hard sometimes to block out the negative and to not feel like you are drowning. I fell for the character of Addison Sullivan. She's a viola player (and yes I had to look up that instrument) who after seeing a cute boy with a wonderful smile on a bus has her world turned upside down. I wasn't shocked by one of the reveals because if you were paying attention you saw it coming, also the synopsis reveals it too. But the other twists coming and the totally realistic ending floored me. I actually applaud a young adult author for having the guts to just show a book where people don't run off in true love land forever (and not because of cancer) and that getting past that is going to hurt, but it's something that you will go through.

Addison is 16 years old and plays the viola. She loses herself in her music and doesn't understand why her family seems so far apart from each other. Though she has her best friend Katie, she wants to feel something more for someone or anything more than she does her music. The book is told in twin perspectives from Addison's POV that shows a before and after with a date at the top of each chapter so that you know you are counting down or to something (and honestly that got a bit annoying after a while, just do Before and After and be done with it).

The book starts with Addison on a bus and she's talking to a young cute guy her age and then all of a sudden a bus crash and headache lands her in the hospital. Wondering what happened to the cute boy fuels Addison's thoughts, and then she ends up seeing the boy everywhere. She doesn't know his name, but he appears whenever she seems to need him. And for some reason this boy's smile and his talking to her makes her so happy she doesn't get it.

So here's the thing. I loved Addison. I felt so much for her while reading this book. Addison is a biracial teen who doesn't feel pretty, feels awkward and lonely. She has a gorgeous mom who does the television news. A father who is an airline pilot. And she wants to be more like her outgoing best friend and just have boys and girls falling all over her. But she doesn't. She feels safe and complete when she plays music, but she can't play music forever. She is fragile when it comes to her emotions, but you get why later on though.

I thought that other characters in this book were so well developed that it was great. I think though for this book to work, it had to be.

For example, Addison and her family were so real to me it was a a bit scary. At first when we follow Addison's point of view her family seems so fuzzy. After her parents divorce when she was 12 her family has seemed off. She is not close to her older brother Caleb though she was once upon a time. She is not close to her father though she remembers a time when he seemed to love her so much. She doesn't know why her mother seems so intent on keeping tabs on her and her brother and all Addison wants to do is graduate high school and go to New York. Ms. Everett did such a good job of slowly unwrapping this family and when you get a reveal about them all you kind of just go oh crap, so that's what is going on. It was like having someone turn on the lights in a darkened room. It left me with so many questions and I even called up one of my friends so we could discuss this book. Because the choices Addison's family makes are definitely far reaching.

The writing in this book at times was almost lyrical. I am so happy it didn't dance towards purple prose material for me. I thought that the way Everett made you think you were reading about a love story at first and then switched things up to make you see the bigger thing she is writing about. She's writing about grief, depression, how depression can be something that can floor you out of nowhere and make you feel like a quitter, it can also call you a coward and tell you how weak you are at times. And you have to look depression in the face and push back as hard as you can. And that's the thing, this book really is about Addison and her pushing/moving forward when the easy thing for her is to go another way and not acknowledge all the things that have been done to her by those who say they love her.

I thought the flow at times did get a bit funky here and there. Usually in the before pieces of the book it felt a little too slow. I wanted to already get to the important parts you know instead of dragging everything out. But that is how I get when I am reading a really good book and want to gobble it up in one go.

The ending really got me and actually did make me tear up a bit. I know that some readers compared this to The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but it's really not except for one plot point. Most of that movie seemed to be two people doing things to erase the other because honestly they were both jerks about the other person's quirks that they used to find so adorable. I still think that ending to that movie was more dark than anything, but that's just me. This book really takes a look at what can happen if a person chooses to forget and not get past their experiences with grief, growing up, falling in and out of love, etc.

I highly recommend!
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1,129 reviews398 followers
August 10, 2019
Infumable. Ya subí la reseña al blog. Me costó hacerla. Sépanlo 😂
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170 reviews38 followers
September 27, 2020
3,5⭐.Una historia diferente y juvenil, sobre un primer amor, con un pequeño toque de misterio. 
Intercalando el pasado y el presente, la novela nos muestra la importancia de nuestros recuerdos, sobre todo de aquellos que más nos duelen. Junto a la lucha y la superación para poder seguir adelante. 

La lectura es sencilla y fluida, con capítulos cortitos, no tiene una gran ambientación, pero los personajes están bien construidos. 
En cierto momento de la trama baja algo el ritmo, pero luego se va recuperando. (Eso sí, el libro se lee bien pero hay que tener en cuenta que es algo lento). 

Una cosa que quiero destacar, son los mensajes que contiene, nos enseña que hay que afrontar las situaciones difíciles y aprender a reponernos, a no huir de los problemas, sino enfrentarlos, la importancia de la familia y de la gente que te quiere y que te apoya. 
Y me ha sorprendido el final, ya que no ha sido previsible ni típico. 
Profile Image for Alissa.
1,473 reviews56 followers
October 6, 2016
First of all, the cover is pretty. It's so, SOOOOO pretty with soft colors all muted and blended like an Impressionist painting. It's the sort of book cover that calls out to potential readers, "Pick me up! Read me!"

Beyond that...

This book is basically The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind...but without Jim Carey trying to be all serious (and failing) and without the dude who played Frodo (I think it was the dude who played Frodo) being all creepy-stalkery (and creepily succeeding-ew!). Oh yeah, the Titanic chick was in there too. This book also has A LOT more angst.

It begins with Addison, a scatterbrained high school senior who would probably misplace her head if it wasn't attached to her shoulders. And even then... Names, dates, and even people she knows slip right through her memory. But it's more than just plain old Senior-itus that's causing Addison's mental lapses. Turns out she's had some crazy mad scientists delve into her mind and extract certain memories. Namely those of Zack, her ex-boyfriend of six (or so) months who she obsessed over and *gasp!* caught cheating. Unable to cope and move on, like a normal teen eventually would, Addison goes into a depression spiral that finally lands her in the hands of the scientists at Overton Clinic and their trusty memory vacuum. Slurp! Guess something went wrong, though, because a year later, Addison starts to remember Zack. She sees him everywhere, even when he's not really there (or is he?). She starts to obsess, obsess, obsess. Again. Also, other things slide past her. Is it any wonder her parents are so over-protective? (Reviewer's note: Addy, girl. You should have just gone to the Men in Black. They'd have flashy-thinged that boy right out of your head forever and replaced him with thoughts of Happy Trees, Dancing Bears, and Rainbow Unicorns farting even more rainbows.) Predictablly, Addison eventually uncovers the truth of Zack and what she had done to herself because of him...and she begins accepting that Zack was a complete jerk who wasn't worth all the grief and trouble and she should get on with her life. Nice little neatly wrapped-up ending.

So the idea of the story was a good one. When I first heard about it, it sounded like a read-alike for Belzhar, a book I enjoyed and that had a rare twist I didn't see coming. This book was, unfortunately, not that. It was very predictable. Even if the main spoiler hadn't been written into the synopsis printed on the cover, it was predictable. I ended up skimming through a lot of it to weed out the filler and get to the main points. I don't think I could have gotten through it otherwise.

The verdict: My overall reaction to this book is lukewarm, at best. It wasn't completely awful. It had potential. But it wasn't the fantastic story I hoped it would be. It'll likely end up being one of those books I read and forget months later. And I won't even need a memory wipe to do so.
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149 reviews126 followers
December 29, 2016
THIS BOOK GAVE ME LIFE! It was written beautifully, never thought that I would love this book so much.

At first I thought that “Yeah, it’s okay, another cliche story.” but as I was reading it and slowly making progress, the magic happened and there I was totally hooked with the story. The first part of the story made me think, “Is this a paranormal book?” I was so wrong, I love how the story unfolded, I think that each revelations where perfectly placed in the right setting of the story. OH MY FEELS when truth came out! I didn’t know if my heart was in pieces, it was heartbreaking. The only thing that made the story a little bit unrealistic was when the erasing of memories at Overton happened but I did liked this idea it’s a new element added in contemporary.

This book slightly gave a bit of insight regarding depression, on how it can greatly affect a person, a person’s decisions in life to the point that the main character was willing to forget everything that happened, everything that hurt her. This part left my heart open, made me realize that behind everyone’s smile there’s a another part of the story waiting to be heard.

I can’t deny how emotional and heartfelt the story was! I didn’t expect anything from this book but it gave me so much more. THIS BOOK DESERVES ALL THE LOVE FROM YOU MY FELLOW READERS, this book deserves to be known!
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160 reviews76 followers
November 10, 2016
Unfortunately this book was just okay for me, at first I thought it had huge potential and although I did stay interested in the plot, as the pages turned I couldn't help but feel like something was missing. I can't quite put my finger on what exactly is missing but all I know is that I kept wanting more. I skimmed through the first half waiting for it to pick up, and though it does for about 4 chapters I then found myself skimming, again, to the end. As I said it's very unfortunate since it seems like Everyone We've Been is getting decent reviews so I really wanted to love this.
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465 reviews302 followers
December 18, 2018
Una novela que me sorprendió y no pensé que disfrutaría tanto. Ahora, ustedes se preguntarán, como es que al disfruté tanto y le puse 3,5 estrellas? y es que cuando se descubre todo el misterio sentí un bajón en cuanto a la consistencia de la trama y las últimas páginas me aburrieron un poco, pero fuera de eso es una historia muy interesante porque hay un misterio que envuelve toda la trama que la hace tener toques de misterio.
Abbie luego de sufrir un accidente en autobús ve a un chico el cual al parecer nadie más lo puede ver, y quiere hacer todo lo posible para descubrir por qué le pasa eso, lo que ella no sabe que la génesis de todo esto es mucho más amplio de lo que cree y puede no estar preparada para ello.
Una historia que me hizo reflexionar mucho, el tema central es muy interesante y cuestionable también, da para debatir y tomar posiciones y eso es lo interesante de Lo que quedó de ti.

Reseña completa: https://megarybookss.blogspot.com/201...
Profile Image for Diana.
1,737 reviews222 followers
August 27, 2018
Gosh. I must be on a reading slump. Nothing I began holds my attention... argh.
20 reviews24 followers
April 8, 2016
I've never been a fan of speculative fiction, but this book was truly marvelous. Everett has an impressive ability to spin words in a way that makes you stop and think. I quickly fell in love with the charming protagonist, Addie, who was very intelligent/introspective, but not to the point of being pretentious or unrealistic. The plot itself was very carefully done, with a few twists that I definitely didn't see coming. Overall, it was a fantastic, thought-provoking read that will sit with you long after you read it.
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781 reviews1,594 followers
November 5, 2016
Everyone We've Been is not a love story. It’s more of a self journey of the main character Addie, who has suffered so much.

The book explores her complicated family relationship, overcoming grief, crash and burn first love, and more. There's just something missing why I couldn't rate it higher than five stars.

Overall: I really like this book. The protagonist would certainly reason out with countless of readers. If you’re a fan of Adam Silvera and We Were Liars, you should definitely pick it up.
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636 reviews67 followers
May 1, 2018
Wow, that was a deep little book that I don't fully know what to deal with. Did it turn out the way I expected? No. Am I totally okay with that? Maybe. Am I sitting here fully in complete book hangover because this book kind of just psychologically messed me up in a somewhat great way? Yes.

To be completely honest, I thought the concept of this book sounded really interesting. And then I saw that GORGEOUS cover and well, Mandy needed it ASAP. In fact, I even put it on a birthday book list, and then never read it because I was fully convinced that it would not live up to its gorgeous cover?

However, this book totally proved me wrong. Everett created not only a wholly unique and creative concept, but had the backup to follow through with it. I mean, it's a lofty plot - girl gets into car accident, starts mysteriously seeing a boy (delusion? ghost? figment of insomnia?) while there is a shady medical place that helps forget things in town that she's been to before???? I mean, honestly, it sounds all suspenseful and crazy, and how can it possibly love up to it? But it diddddddddddd. I devoured it in two or three sittings, because I just had to know if this was about to end up like The Sixth Sense or other mind mess ways.

Addy was a good main character. I enjoyed her as a heroine. She felt real and realistic and I definitely felt for her. She was lost, and I just desperately wanted to help her be found, since I was invested in her journey as a main character. She was smart and passionate about her music and she cared deeply. She reacted like she should have for someone in her situation.

I liked the side characters as well. Zach certainly felt real. The romance between him and Addie was really cute as well - both Zachs, lol. I really liked Katy by the end of the novel. Kevin and Raj were fantastic. I felt like there was a very good amount of side characters that felt real and supported the story.

The writing was the biggest place that I had a struggle with. I felt like it was a lot of overwriting at times. I would skim like three giant paragraphs and it was like I never left off with where I started skimming at. I felt like the book could have used fewer words in parts, since they didn't seem needed at all. And that's why sometimes that even though I would really be enjoying the story, I would feel this general feeling of boredom or eh. But the writing was pretty good elsewhere and pretty easy to read.

The ending was quite interesting as well. I didn't fully see anything in this book coming besides what was supposed to be easy to guess. I certainly didn't see the full ending coming, but I have to give Everett credit for going for it. Definitely impressed with the twists and turns. Although there was one point that I just gave major side eye for stupid decisions by Addie although I felt her pain for it.

Overall, this was a pretty good read, and the only issue that I really had with it was one particular thing. I thought it had such an interesting plot filled with twists and turns and what is really going on??? The characters were good, and the heroine was quite well done. I definitely enjoyed it, and the concept lived up to the cool sounding summary. 4 crowns and an Ariel rating!
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18 reviews19 followers
March 15, 2017
“Was” or “am”? What is the word for things you were and no longer are but always will be?”

I did not like this book. At all. I'm very picky when it comes to this kind of book because usually this is what happens: I end up hating it. If you didn't know, I'm a psychology major, so I take mental health issues in books very seriously and love it when it's well done. Unfortunately, all this book has is a beautiful cover and a very promising synopsis, stop counting now.

Against what you might think this book is about, it is about depression despite it being mentioned a total of three times during four hundred pages and most of the time in a complete frivolous way. There was one quote and the end of the book that actually showed a tiny part of what depression feels like and even so, there's more much depth to it: I've lived with depression all my life. Is not just sadness. For me, at least. Some days is a combination of the worst things I've ver felt in my life-fear, sadness, apathy, loneliness, sorrow, restlessness, hopelessness. And some days it's absolutely nothing- empty, turned out, like my brain doesn't even turn on.

Everyone We've Been feels like no research was done to write it, like it's just a big mess of assumptions thrown into a pile and given book form. It has it all, shitty frendships, weird romance and a main character that would rather erase all her memories before coping with a break up. And I know how difficult heartache can be to people with a depression background, but this is just plain stupid.

Sarah Everett's writing is average at much, I couldn't bring myself to care for any of the characters and the "before" chapters were completely unnecessary. The story could have been told from the present point of view with little snippets to the past and it would've been completely sufficient (I had to skip some chapters, and I NEVER skip chapters).

How is it possible not to miss someone you once loved? Or is it possible that I have missed him, just without knowing? Is it possible to miss someone in a quiet, unspoken way, the most hushed of whispers instead of a shout? Is the world shaped a little differently for me because I once had someone I loved, someone I lost?

Needless to say, this book was a huge disappointment. For me, at least. Maybe it'll work better for you.
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497 reviews84 followers
January 2, 2017
I was fully invested in this book, but then it decided to destroy everything I was hoping for nearing the 90% mark. Did I love this book? Yes. Am I anywhere near happy with the ending? No.

This made me cry. A lot. But I don't regret these tears. What I do regret is what was eventually robbed from me. Well, with what I felt was robbed from me. I want to punch someone. I totally didn't expect that. Totally DID NOT. This book was my personal undoing.

I don't even know what else to say. Loved this book, but I'm destroyed. I loved this book, but at the same time, I wish I never read it. Bye.
"I like you hair, Zach.

Your smile makes it easier to breathe.

Everything about you is beautiful.

I love you, Zach. really do."

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3,100 reviews130 followers
October 18, 2016
I'm not sure what to say about this book and the synopsis is pretty spoilery.

So I will say this:

This book is exactly what I needed. It's about relationships and friendships and family. It's about how we go on, especially when we don't think we can and/or don't want to. It's about whether painful memories are still worth having.

It's wonderful and wrenching.

It's a book you need to read.

Highly recommended.
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261 reviews104 followers
June 30, 2021
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I purchased this book on a whim when I saw it for a great price on Book Outlet a few years ago, simply because I was intrigued by the synopsis and I liked the cover. It sat on my shelf for a few years, until I finally decided to give it a go, and I’m really pleased that I finally did!
I honestly don’t entirely know what I was expecting out of this, but it was somehow different, and I enjoyed it!

A large part of this book was set/based around a video store, and it evoked the nostalgia of visiting the video store to rent movies and video games. There used to be a video store in my town that would give out free rentals for the summer for each A on a report card that children would bring in from the school year. Those visits to the store to pick out all the different movies to watch and video games to try on my Wii were so much fun, and this book put me in the mood to go to one of those stores again!! Unfortunately, I don’t think those stores even exist anymore.

There was also a really cool (for me) part in which Zach was telling Addie about his pet fish, and he says, "We actually started out with him and another fish - a yellow molly called Molly. But Goldie ate him within, like, six hours of both of them being brought home."
This was super exciting for me because when I was really young, I had a yellow pet fish, Sunshine, which I think may have been a molly. Unfortunately, we got him on the same day as my sister's fish, and apparently the two types of fish we got don’t get along well. My sister’s fish nibbled on Sunshine’s fins until he died within a week! I was devastated. It’s honestly become one of my go-to childhood stories, but I’ve never heard of this happening with anybody else, fictional or real-life!

The romance in this book is really interesting and unique.

I had two main issues with this book:
I didn’t think that the characters were fleshed out enough. I understand that Addie’s character was supposed to have gaps, so to speak, since she was missing vital parts of her memory, but I still felt like she could have been rounded out a little better, and there were other characters who didn’t have as much dimension as I would have liked. This was especially true in the case of Addie’s supposed best friend, Katie, who she honestly didn’t seem that close with. I had a hard time believing that the two of them were best friends for such a long time, and I don’t think we saw enough of Katie to really understand her character or relationship with Addie. She wasn’t present for most of the ‘Before’ parts of the story because she was at camp, and she was absent in a great deal of ‘After’ chapters as well.
I don’t think we ever got a complete explanation for Addie’s hallucination of Zach. I’m still not sure of why she started seeing him, why it started at that time, or how he seemed much more real/solid than a hallucination. She could touch him, and I may not remember this correctly, but I think he also caught her or helped her from falling once?? Or did he give her his jacket when she was cold? I can’t quite remember the details, but sometimes the scenes between Addie and memory Zach seemed like more than just imagination, and I would have liked a better explanation for it.

On a totally random, different note, I really liked this quote that the doctor said toward the end of the book:
“Sometimes I’ll think about her, wonder if she looks the same. What she did after college, whether she ever thinks about me, wonders about me.” His voice gets fainter and fainter. “Where she is right now.” He pauses. “And what she’s done with her piece of my heart.”

This story reminded me a little bit of The Program trilogy by Suzanne Young. I read that series so long ago, but it was based around the idea of suicide becoming an epidemic for teenagers, so The Program was created to erase negative memories of teenagers who were depressed or suicidal. The whole premise of removing certain memories was really similar in both of these stories, except The Program is more of a dystopian novel, while Everyone We’ve Been was more of a contemporary with dystopian elements.

Overall, it was a solid book and a nice change of pace from my other recent reads.
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144 reviews57 followers
March 18, 2017
I am so torn with this book. I enjoyed it and I was very intrigued, but sometimes, I felt like it was dragging. But I did like the concept and our main character, Addie.

It is so hard writing a review without putting spoilers. But this book was real, wrenching, and poignant. Things that happened just made me mad, and I love the message we got on the ending.

Anyways, still torn on the rating but as of now, probably 3.75 stars!
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Gina Wojcik.
149 reviews5 followers
April 25, 2016
A huge thank you to New Leaf publishing for sending me an advanced copy. I loved this
book. Wow ! What an amazing story! From the first chapter this novel is a page turner. The author keeps you engaged and wants you to read more from the very beginning. You will feel every type of emotion while reading this book. It was very thought provoking, with a lot of twists and turns that I would have never predicted.
I would definitely read more by this author. I loved the story she had to tell.
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4,637 reviews161 followers
December 7, 2016
"it's all in how you sell the story"

I think I've just read too many in the last year with this same theme. It's something that I'm not sure how much I agree with - if I think it's actually something we will see in our lifetimes. I'm not so sure, but maybe......and I'm not sure how I feel about it.

I do like that this is a cautionary tale and a story about moving on. And the cover is fascinating.
Profile Image for Catherine Campos.
628 reviews329 followers
February 11, 2019
Lo disfruté mucho más de lo esperado, pero dada la simpleza de la historia el libro no podría tener más puntaje.
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133 reviews13 followers
June 15, 2021
DONE! I finished the book, and it took me 4 days damn, lets be clear it does not normally take me this long to read a book, but I had some stuff going on. Additionally, my motivation for this grew and dwindled with each passing page it was a rollercoaster that's for sure.

4.3 or 4.5 I don't know I am conflicted

Some context:
This novel follows Addison Sullivan on her journey to relearn her past and discover the future. Basically, Addie once knew this boy and some other stuff but then a couple of tragedies happened and so all the horrific events of her past got erased. I am not going to say how to cause then I am spoiling but yea essentially that is the whole plot. We relearn slowly what Addie once went through and why her family relationship is fell apart. We learn why she made the decisions she did and re-live her pain.

My initial thoughts:
I was wary entering the book, but I grew to love it after, I just loved the physiological aspect here omg. All that I learned about the brain was just fascinating can u tell that I am fascinated with the brain. I learned a lot and I just loved the quotes here. The realism and heartbreaking nature of the book hit although I didn’t cry. I wish I could have given it 5 stars, but the pacing was seriously slow apart from that though I had no real issues with the book. There were no unnecessary characters and the book itself was interesting. I loved that concept the author added to the book it was so unique and it made me remember why memories are so important. Memories shape us into our present selves and although they are the reason, we are somewhere in life it’s important to let go of the past. You can’t live in the then, but you can’t also live in the future you just have to be present because soon the present will be the past and the future will be the present. I love how this is not cliché like I am really not a fan of cliché words instead the author managed to add romance to the work without being cliché at all.

Some songs that go amazingly well with this book the stories an the characters:
1. Traitor by Olivia Rodrigo (I feel like this describes Addie's feelings toward Zach)
2. Runaway by Aurora (Describes the whole vibe and feel of the book along with Addies will/thoughts)
3. Train wreck by James Arthur (Her feelings toward everything happening maybe her feelings before she got u know done)
4. Dynasty by MIIA (Zach and Addie's relationship after)
5. Human by Christina Perry (Addie shows us all she is only human.)
6. She used to be mine by Sara Bareilles (Addie's past self)
7. Memories by Maroon 5 (The whole message of the book)
8. Hold on by Chord Overstreet (Addie after she finds Zach in his car with………… and when he chooses ehem can’t say anymore or I am spoiling)
9. Good 4 u (Might be something she felt after she found ehem…... I refuse to spoil)
10. I don’t wanna be you anymore by Billie Eilish (Addie talking to herself)

Overall thoughts summed up:
All the songs above call to me and I felt them all when I read the book. I love how the book is connected to music even though I don’t play the viola. I also love how Addie is relatable she isn’t this crazy cliché girl that has these weird obsessions with things the typical teen does not even know exist. Instead, she is one with a broken heart who has faced sorrow and pain and found a way to deal with it all. I am actually wondering to myself though if I was Addie would I have done it and as I think about it I want to say no but……. I am not Addie and I have never gone through what she did so I can’t say. I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have but life does not always go as planned. I love the cover it’s just so beautiful and racial representation as well. Overall this book was amazing and would’ve gotten a 5-star review from me if not for the pacing as that got me bored sometimes.

I wrote more but it didn't save on gr so I don't feel like writing anymore right now.
Profile Image for Aleri .
205 reviews34 followers
March 10, 2019
Es un tres porque el libro no es malo, pero simplemente no es para mí.
En sencillas palabras no me gusto.
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222 reviews14 followers
August 1, 2021
“Of the space that is left by all the lives and people and things I can’t hold on to. I don’t know what makes them disappear, or where they disappear to. Only that the feeling terrifies me”
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