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The Chaos of Standing Still

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  6,100 ratings  ·  1,147 reviews
Ryn Gilbert's life changed irrevocably a year ago when her best friend, Lottie, was behind the wheel of a T-boned car. Ryn has held onto many things ever since, including one text message that allows her to keep Lottie near— it has gotten to the point that she questions her own sanity, and even keeps her therapist from knowing that she still sees and speaks to her friend. ...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Mellina It takes place over a 24 hour period, but there are lots of flashbacks to the past year leading up to Ryn being at the airport.

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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, owned
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Way more than I had been expecting to!
things i liked about this book:
- stranded! airport!
- quirky side characters
- grand gestures
- Making Memories™

things i did not like about this book:
- characters felt flat
- ending (especially of the mourning/grief character arc) felt rushed
- felt noooo chemistry for the romance
- how was this book so long if i didn't feel anything?

the cons slightly outweigh the pros, but i'm still going to give this a middle-of-the-line 2.5.

i'm wild like that.

bottom line: meh!


a contemporary about two
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 thi
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
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Some YA books really make me feel old and jaded about the YA genre. This was one such book.

And that is because every single character in this book was simply a stereotype. There was little to no effort given to creating multifaceted characters whose motivations and feelings could be felt by me as a reader.
And this was not due to the first person perspective of the novel, it was simply due to lazy and ineffectual writing that just used jaded tropes and melodrama to move forward the plot.

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.

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
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
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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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
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
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, 2-star

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
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! ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
the writing was ok, the plot was recycled, the romance was meh; this took me like 2 months to read if that's any indication on how I felt about this book

1.75 stars
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Maybe 3.75 out of 5 stars, or even maybe a 4 stars, I am not sure if this book would be a 3.75 or a 4 stars.

What made me not give this book a 4.5 or a 5 stars because I hated Siri and Jimmy alot and because I hated those two characters it kinda made me lower my rating down a little bit.

Another thing that made me not give the book a 4.5/5 out of 5 stars is that I thought that Ryn and Xander would have each others phone for the most of the book not the first two - four ish chapters and having her
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a rollercoaster wow!

This was super entertaining and cute yet sad at the same time and I had all the feels.

I loved this as a holiday book and it was a super quick read!!
Jay G
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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One year ago, Ryn's best friend, Lottie passed away. Since then, Ryn has been standing still, unable to move on from this tragic event in her life. On the eve of the one-year anniversary of Lottie's death, Ryn finds herself stranded in the airport where she meets a boy, who may just help her move on.

This book was both heart-wrenching and heart-warming all at once. I really liked how th
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book about grief and moving on. I thought it was very realistic and the format worked so well for this book.... it was the perfect example of showing not telling, and it felt like you were grieving right along with the main character. What the character learned and discovered through out the grieving process was so important and incredibly well done.... and came together so great at the end. Not only that, the characters were amazing. They felt very fleshed out and unique to ...more
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
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, dissapointed
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 about 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 during flashbacks we meet Lottie, and that made me wonder why Ryn was friends with her in the
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
•Bookish Em•
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Wanna hear something crazy?”

This book made me cry, laugh AND want to punch someone in the face, depending on the chapter. It is so well written and I was so deeply invested in the story from start to finish.

I’m not rewriting a synopsis for this one. Just read it. Trust me, it will hold on to your heart from the very first sentence until you turn the last page.

5/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

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 Francisco via Denver. But unfortunately she gets stranded at Denver Airport due to Heavy Snowstorm. There she meets Xander, with whom she accidentally swap phones. There are also some other interesting side characters.

So bas
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 😍
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult-lit
Apologies if this review is all over the place. In honor of this New Years-themed read, I'm writing this review while watching New Year's Eve TV specials...

I read this because I needed a fun New Years-themed book to end my reading year with, and I'd heard great things about this book, particularly from someone I follow in the book community who raved about it. Unfortunately... I really didn't think this book was exceptional. It was very much a typical cheesy YA contemporary with sub-par writing,
2.75 stars

Overall I found this book average. I had fun with it but a fast-read athis was a bit too lot of chapters, because I was bored with it also this was a bit too long, but I'm not surprised because whichever Jessica Brody book that I read tend to be quite long for a ya contemporary.

What I've written below may be spoiler-y. Just sayin'
However, there was a scene where Xander (the 2nd main character) sang 'Eternal Flame' by the Bangles to Ryn (the main character) in a restaurant and that part
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
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
amara ☾
Feb 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
The characters were annoying. And if I have to listen to them whine for another second longer, I will punch a bitch, good sir.
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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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