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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,444 ratings  ·  533 reviews
Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary
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Hardcover, 406 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Addie Ratzlaff Yes, I agree. I think that Lottie and Ryn had a friendship that worked but Lottie was definitely narcissistic and judgy and I was annoyed when Ryn…moreYes, I agree. I think that Lottie and Ryn had a friendship that worked but Lottie was definitely narcissistic and judgy and I was annoyed when Ryn almost kissed Xander but Lottie got in the way. (less)

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Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, contemporary
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Way more than I had been expecting to!
Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
RATING: 4.5/5

I love books about grief. This one in particular is very well written and soooo bittersweet❤ I connected with the storyline, the characters and the message so much! It had a lot of serious/sad moments but also fun, lighthearted ones. The romance was cute and it didn’t feel rushed at all, despite the circumstances.

I noticed something in this book that I’ve seen before but never really paid much attention to. It’s the dysfunctional friendship trope (not sure if that’s actually a thin
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Alyssa
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
Trying to decide how to review this book so I'm going with 3 stars for now. It was well-written and explores many issues -- but I'm just not sure I loved the book. Just because there is grief and loss and other heavy issues doesn't mean the book was "good"... I mean I think I enjoyed it? But also not really? I had a hard time connecting with Ryn. Which made me feel bad because she is a girl that is struggling to grieve for her best friend. But... I just didn't connect with her. Or like her. I pr ...more
Jasmine
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who're looking for winter reads!
***Actual rating: 3/5 R(V)eginald Stars***

If Lottie hadn’t died, I never would have known Xander.


The Chaos of Standing Still is mainly about how Ryn learns to move on after her best friend, Lottie, died in a car accident one year ago. Long story short, Ryn was stuck in Denver International Airport due to a blizzard and she accidentally bumped into a guy named Xander when she tripped over her own feet while googling frantically on her phone. That was how the story began.

Throughout the book,
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Maureen
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars

I really enjoyed this book! I liked watching Ryn grow as a character and really liked the romance, but it wasn’t my *favorite*.
A good quick read, though!
Amy Leigh
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is about grief. Everyone grieves differently and Ryn is no exception. I felt I had a personal connection with Ryn and that made me love this book even more. Xander was adorable and I hope there will be a second book where they reunite. I laughed and straight up bawled my eyes out throughout this book.

Ryn is trying to mourn the death of her best friend Lottie, who was killed in a car accident while the drunk driver got away without injury. She hasn't been able to grieve and has prolong
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Olivia (The Candid Cover)
The Chaos of Standing still drew me in right from the start. It is the story of a girl stranded in an airport, but with a twist. There are so many interesting side characters and some super cute moments throughout the book. While I enjoyed the story, I found the constant interruptions for flashbacks to get annoying, and I wish I could have enjoyed it more.

This book is cute, funny, and heart-wrenching all at once. It tells the story of a girl stranded in an airport on New Year’s Eve, which also h
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Stacee
I looooooove 24 hour time frame books. They’re frustrating and fantastic and I was beyond excited to see that Jessica’s book was all about one day. And it didn’t disappoint.

Love love love Ryn and Xander. She’s so deep in grief, it’s almost like she’s drowning. Xander is fun and flirty. Together they’re both going through stuff and it was captivating to see how they worked it out. Of course there were some sweet swoons and laughs and they’re sprinkled through at the best moments.

Plot wise, it w
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Cesar
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

“Any system, if left unattended or isolated, will eventually result in entropy. Or chaos.”

I was in the mood for a contemporary reading and as I was pondering, it started to snow here in Texas. Texas, of all places! It just so happens I bought The Chaos of Standing Still a week ago and the book is set in winter so it all played out in the end.

This is my first book by Jessica Brody and I'm impressed so far. It's a nice, sorta-cute novel about grief, loss, and acceptance with shenanigans and
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Alice Cai
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, 2-star
2.75*

I don't have time to read because I should be studying so I skimmed 2/3 of this book and only read the last 1/3 completely. It still took like 3 hours to read though. The story was pretty interesting.

The main character Ryn is grieving over her dead best friend Lottie and it took over her life. Ryn talks to Lottie in her head for the whole book. (I actually do this a lot with people I know, but they are not dead. I like it. I'm pretty sure it's not too weird.) There are also flashbacks to he
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Zainab
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cute-ya
Ooh this is the 100th book I've read this year! And I'm so happy it was this one! It was so friking cute!! I lovvvved it!! Exactly what I needed!
Thamy
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
As my first book by Brody, I had no idea how it was going to be. I just didn't expect to like it so much.

Ryn lost her best friend almost a year ago and still hasn't found the right way to grieve. Instead, she holds on the one unread message in her phone and keeps searching for answers to every random question that pops up into her head. Stranded at the Denver Airport during a snow storm on the day before the first anniversary, she meets Xander and a parade of unique people. They seem to get the
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“Any system, if left unattended or isolated, will eventually result in entropy. Or chaos.”

This is the holiday contemporary you should reach for if you want more than just an adorable romance. Don’t get me wrong, it’s got that too, but The Chaos of Standing Still is all about friendship and healing and learning to move on when you’re desperately holding onto the past. The snowed-in airport was the perfect setting for the story, and we got to meet a lot of interesting characters. While there w
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Tapasya
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Lead Male Character: Xander ★ ★ ★
Lead Female Character: Kathryn ★ ★
Plotline: ★ ★ ★
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Will I recommend this book to others?: Not sure
Will I reread this book?: No way
Verdict: Lost Interest


So Kathryn is drowning in sadness since an accident took her friends life one year back. She has one unread message in her phone. It's the last message received from her friend before she died. She hasn't opened it. Its New Year's Eve and she is traveling to Atlanta to San F
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Dayle (the literary llama)
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

QUICK NOTES: I must admit that I have a fondness for stories that take place in an airport. Although, besides the Tom Hanks movie, Terminal, I'm having a hard time coming up with a few examples right this very second. But that's neither here nor there! The fact is, airport settings make me want to read (we could analyze that but that's not why you're here so let's move on).

So we start with an airport (DIA, which I loathe.
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Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I'm kind of surprised how much I liked this book and how much it made me feel. The whole book takes place in one day, but there are flashbacks. But so much happens in that single day.

Ryn hasn't been able to live a happy life since her best friend, Lottie, died almost one year ago. Ryn is flying home and needs to be there before 10:05 am, the time Lottie was killed. But the Denver weather had other ideas and she is stuck at the airport with no where to go.

Xander is heading to visit his parents in
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Heba (Bookaholic Throne)
All the stars in the world 😍

“Grirf changes the way you see things forever. Because it changes you forever ”


This is the best contemporary book i have ever read in my entire life 💕 it is the second book that made me cry this year and actually i don't cry while reading any book but this book was incredibly heartbreaking and beautiful bravo jessica Brody you are a genius persone to wrote this 24 hours sitting book in a very pretty way 😍
Leslie Cardix
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story goes back and forth between the present moment in the airport and her memories of her life with Charlotte, her best friend. And so we learn about the person she was in contrast to who she is now as she is filled with anxiety and is completely broken. Little by little we also learn more about Charlotte and her tragic death.

The writing was really good, it flowed smoothly. There was never any confusion between the flashbacks and the present time. The devastating coping mechanism that the
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Rahma Abdelrahman
4.75 stars. Definitely a new favourite!

The Chaos Of Standing Still is a well-written, surprisingly funny story about Ryn trying to grieve her best friend’s death. It takes place over the course of one day, when Ryn gets stuck in an airport during a layover because of an unprecedented snow storm.

I always love it when I pick up a book on impulse and end up loving it that much!
This book was funny, honest, and sad, all at the same time.
The main character, Ryn, was highly complex and extremely rela
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Amanda Hanson
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't realize how much I needed this book until I stayed up until 2 AM reading it. I needed to see on the page that sometimes people don't think you're crazy even if you do crazy things. I needed Ryn. And I needed Xander. I needed them and I loved them.

I think my favorite part of this book, though, is that no one leaves the airport throughout the whole thing. Life goes on eventually, but the book keeps them at the airport for the entirety of the story. I liked that. I liked wondering about th
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alice (arctic books)
You can find this review and others at arctic books

I went into this book with pretty high expectations because I adored the synopsis and the cover. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. I adored this contemporary romance standalone, and I look forward to reading Jessica Brody’s next works!

THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL follows Ryn as she is stranded at an airport. She meets a boy named Xander and tries to come in terms with the death of her best friend, Lottie. The concurrence of flashbacks of Lottie
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Lindsay
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ryn lost her best friend almost a year ago and she isn't coping well in the aftermath. After being stranded at the Denver Airport due to a raging blizzard, she spends twenty-four hours before the one day anniversary of Lottie's death reminiscing the past, falling in love, finding new friends, and discovering that there is hope in moving on.

At first I felt sorry for Ryn losing her best friend, but then during flashbacks we meet Lottie, and that made me wonder why Ryn was friends with her in the f
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Lauren
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jessica Brody is one of my insta-buy young adult authors, right up there with Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot, and Richelle Mead. Her books always succeed in impressing me, no matter the story lines and characters introduced. Case in point: A Week of Mondays, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and The Fidelity Files. Therefore, when I heard about The Chaos of Standing Still, her latest YA, I instantly added it to my TBR pile. The storyline sounded great, the setting sounded ...more
Kelly Gunderman
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Check out this, other reviews, and more fun bookish things on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

I haven't read a lot of books by Jessica Brody - while I have quite a few of the ones that she has written so far, the only one that I have actually gotten around to reading was Addie Bell's Shortcut to Growing Up . I thought that was a really cute book for both middle graders, young adults, and adults who enjoy young adult and middle grade (like me!). So I had really high hopes for T
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grieshaber_reads
One of the fun things about reading so many books is that you will always find a connection between the book you are finishing and the book you are starting. Usually, it’s just a little thing. But sometimes, it’s a big thing. On the first morning of Spring Break, I awoke to beautiful, fat snowflakes falling outside my window. The book I had already chosen to read for that day was Kiss Me in New York - a book that takes place in the NYC airport on Christmas Eve during a snowstorm. Fun! Because th ...more
Abbey
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been wanting to read this book for the longest time and I'm glad it finally happened!
Ryn lost her best friend, Lottie, to a car accident a year ago and she has had a text message from Lottie sitting there unread this whole time. She has been too scared to read it. On a layover in Denver airport, the worst blizzard in 100 years hits and Ryn is stuck in the airport. To make matters worse, Ryn crashes into someone and accidentally swaps phones with them!
Ryn was really hard to connect to. She h
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Annie
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend
4.5
Pauline Fireheart
Kinda cute, kinda sad, fast paced and enjoyable!
Nele
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 flipping ⭐
This is so cute! I got goosebumps on several occasions ❤
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Crystal Cook
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019b
This was a beautiful and thoughtful book. It had a wonderful blend of cute contemporary and more thought provoking, heart wrenching moments of Ryn dealing with grief. Pretty much a perfect read.
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Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager
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“Any system, if left unattended or isolated, will eventually result in entropy. Or chaos.” 0 likes
“The English language has over one million words in it, and none of them are good enough for Lottie. None of them will capture what I saw when I looked at her. What I see now when I remember her. How she will forever look through my filtered view of the world.” 0 likes
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