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All That Was

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Piper and Sloane were best friends. They grew up together, from childhood to first love, and in spite of how different they were, their friendship was supposed to last forever. That is, until Piper caught Sloane kissing her boyfriend—and just days later, Piper was found dead, washed ashore on a beach. Sloane was torn with grief and guilt. How do you make amends for hurting ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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Joshee Kun (조수아)
Thank you, Macmillan, for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There is maybe a fungus that has woven me to Piper. Piper is the fungus, invading my roots. It's more parasitic than that.

Last night, my brother asked me why I looked so serious while reading this book. I was tempted to laugh, but my contemplative mood prevented me from doing so. All That Was deals with a lot of heavy topics, so don't mistake it for a typical contemporary novel. Out of the four books I've a
Erin ღYour YA Readerღ
Dec 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
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I had very high expectations for this book. Turns out. I got let down. I really wanted to like this, but I stopped at 70% and never picked it back up. The characters were cliche it was hard to focous on because it jumped from one thing to the other. It didn't help that that I stuggled constantly to patch together things as she talked to bugs. Anyways I wanted to thank the publishers for giving met he chance to read this but overall the book just did not do it for me.
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Rivers' other books have been middle grade, so I looked at this one, but it's definitely more YA. The stream of consciousness style used in parts of other titles is very much amped up in this, and it was not particularly easy for my middle grade accustomed brain to understand. Not very pleasant, either. Will pass, although high schools will want to look into it.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Holy Cow.
Actual Rating....4.5 stars.

I'm still trying to formulate feelings into words.

The writing...I loved the writing. This author...I need more!

What I loved...No is no even if no started out as yes....the minute yes becomes no it's NO. I think that point can't be driven home enough. I really liked the way the author didn't preach this theme...but it was there, just below the surface. And sometimes the hardest
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Piper and Sloan’s symbiotic friendship centers on Piper gaslighting Sloan in manners so subtle, Sloan questions her own perceptions. Then Piper is murdered and the two teens twisted relationship as well as Soup, the boy they both lives takes on additional complexities.

Karen Rivers pulled me in with Sloan’s stream of consciousness, poetic words. Unfortunately, the further I read into ALL THAT WAS, the more dissatisfied I grew.

Sloan’s relationship with Piper never made sense. Sloan had loving, sup
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an intriguing read, but I’m just not sure what the point of it was? Piper and Sloane’s friendship is toxic to the highest degree, but that wasn’t really enough to sustain the plot for me.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is terrible. Here's why:

1. The central relationship between the MC, Sloane, and her best-and-only friend, Piper, is completely toxic, self-indulgent, and destructive. Sloane is absolutely obsessed with Piper; Piper knows this, loves it, and takes advantage of it; and the cycle continues. Not only is this incredibly annoying to read, but it's also completely unrealistic!

2. The internal-dialogue (and there is A LOT OF IT) is exhausting. Nearly every chapter is told from Sloane's point of
Christine Lynd
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
Sloane and Piper are friends that have grown up together since they were in preschool. They dress alike, look alike, and spend all of their time together. In fact, it has become harder and harder for each girl to understand where one girl begins and the other girl ends. As they enter the Summer before their senior year of high school their relationship takes a dark turn as each girl tries to impress her will on the other. Despite a pact to "never let a boy come between them" a boy inevitably com ...more
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Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
"There is maybe a fungus that has woven me to Piper. Piper is the fungus, invading my roots. It's more parasitic than that."

“I’m either holding my breath or not, I can’t tell, and I’m with her and I’m underwater and we’re drowning, we keep seeing sky and knowing we can’t reach it, is that you Piper, I say or think or dream. It’s us, it’s us. We are. We aren’t.”

This book is written in first person narrative from the main character Sloane’s point of view. Sloane enjoys memorizing random facts (usu
IT seems like this book doesn't gain much popularity, but its cover catch my eye.

There is maybe a fungus that has woven me to Piper.
Piper is the fungus, invading my roots.
It’s symbiotic, of course.
But what am I getting?
It’s more parasitic than that

Oh, well, if you know it's a toxic friendship, why do you stick to it? Because she is your only friend? This kind of friendship wraps my head around. Piper possesses all qualities of a bad friend that does more harm than good. She insults Sloan
Lauren Combs
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unfortunately, my experience with this novel was one of mixed emotion. First of all, I love Rivers' imagery and her writing style. A huge emphasis was placed on the sea, the sky, marine animals, not to mention the appearance of crows and their eerie nature. That was great, valid, whatever; she knew what she was doing with the setting of her story and did an amazing job! The other half, however, was disappointing. As wonderful as it is, that Karen had me sucked into the background, Sloane's town, ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I went into this wanting to like it....but I just couldn't do it. It was okay, not bad by any means, but I think I didn't get the plot. Was it told from the point of view of Piper's ghost? I think it was was, but then near the end it wasn't told like that, so I don't know. I feel like I didn't get know the characters very well either. Piper was supposed to be the better person, because she was smart, beautiful and let's not forget mysterious. I think I'm tired of books where the dead and/or miss ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
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this book took me absolutely a long time to read because i despised piper so much. she was incredibly toxic and did everything just to up one sloane with ended up with sloane being an extremely anxious and worried girl. piper was just a bitch and why did james suddenly want to kill her? there’s no connection to why james killed piper. the plot was awful, the characters were cliche, and i just didn’t like it.
Mr. K
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Piper and Sloane relationship was one of those that is hard to wrap your mind around. Best friends doesn't always fit if both aren't equal partners. There's part of me that feels for each of the girls. When tragedy strikes, do things get more confusing or more clear? 93
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
DARK YA-Much older young adults will probably enjoy this.
Danella Virtue
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction
Nice story. Reminded me of my youth in a small town.
Elizabeth (BookishConnoisseur)
4.5 stars!
More review to come soon!
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
(I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

All That Was is a retrospective on a friendship after one of the parties is dead. This isn't a spoiler; you find out within a few pages. But it's the how? and the why? and the whose fault was it? questions that are so powerful. Overall, this novel is a deep dive into those complex questions and the feelings that come with trauma and grief.

This book was challenging for me, primarily because
Aug 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

This wasn’t a very happy book and normally that doesn’t bother me if the story is interesting, you feel a connection to the characters, etc. because not every story has to be happy. I think that was the problem with this. I didn’t connect to anybody. Most of the characters were very unlikeable, the plot was slow and repetitive. I just really felt nothing except maybe some exasperation with the whole thing.
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Karen Rivers is too thrown by the "Date of Death" drop down that has appeared below her name in the editing section of this page to actually write anything about her life. When she recovers, this box will be filled with imperative biographical information and may include SECRETS and probably also a few LIES. Now she is going to sit back and anxiously track that "Date of Death" box in case a date s ...more
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