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You Are The Everything

2.94  ·  Rating details ·  499 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Can you want something—or someone—so badly that you change your destiny? Elyse Schmidt never would have believed it, until it happened to her. When Elyse and her not-so-secret crush, Josh Harris, are the sole survivors of a plane crash, tragedy binds them together. It’s as if their love story is meant to be. Everything is perfect, or as perfect as it can be when you’ve lit ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Algonquin Young Readers
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lily ☁️
➳ 3 1/2 stars

✨ You can find my full review + giveaway link on my blog!

How do you talk about a book that made you feel emotions you can’t even name, because you’ve never felt them before?

You know how people say that there’s a crack in everything, and that’s how the light gets in? This book found its way into my heart, and my soul, and enveloped both so seamlessly, that it didn’t need the tiniest sliver of a crack to begin with.

You Are the Everything invoked a whole new capacity of emotive value i
♛ may
book #4 for summerathon, under the challenge of: "drink your favorite summertime drink while reading"

3 mugs of tea later and here we are. y'all, i was NOT ready for that ending.

- the book is written entirely in second person narration and it definitely took some time to get used to but I think it did well to set the tone of the unstable/unreliable narrator
- i wasnt a huge fan of the romance, it was very much obsessive and I KNOW its used to express how eylse was unhinged and dealing with
⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5

Highly unusual, You Are The Everything by Karen Rivers is so much more than a contemporary romance, and more like a weird dreamworld.

What it's about: Elyse Schmidt is on the way back to California from a band festival in Paris when the plane she is on crashes, and the only survivors are Elyse and her crush Josh Harris. Both of their families move to Wyoming to escape the attention from media and other people, and Elyse and Josh start a relationship bound together by what they both su
This book ruined my life. I do not remember the last time I cried so hard. God, what an interesting narrative. What a talented author. What a horrible thing to do to me.
The Nerd Daily
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

Karen Rivers has redefined what a haunting story means to me. You Are The Everything is the story of Elyse Schmidt, a sixteen year old girl whose life has been completely transformed due to a tragic plane crash where she and her crush Josh Harris are the only survivors. They’re in love, bound by the tragedy, and life couldn’t be better for Elyse. Everything is so perfect. Except it isn’t. It wasn’t. So what’s a girl to do when t
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
You Are The Everything

Elyse Schmidt has had a crush on Josh Harris since the 4th grade. On their way back from Paris after a high school band competition, she has the luck to be sitting beside him on the last row on the plane. Elyse and her friend Kath had a fight and Kath gave her seat to Josh Harris so she would not sit with Elyse on the plane. Josh is fast asleep, but it does not stop Elyse to fantasize about how it would be if they were dating. She is drawing all kinds of life events where she and Josh are a coup
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: november-2018

I received a copy from Thomas Allen & Sons in exchange for a honest review. 

This is my first Karen Rivers book so I didn't know what to expect. To my surprise, the book is entirely written from second person POV so it was essentially a book about myself. Ha! 

The book actually follows Elyse Schmidt who is returning home to California after a music festival in Paris when tragedy strikes. The plane crashes and the only sole survivors are Elyse and her crush, Josh Harris. Elyse a
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
“You wish that something would happen before you land, something that would make this trip worthwhile, after all. A story you can tell, later, one that ends with, 'And that's how me and Josh Harris got together.'”

Can you want something—or someone—so badly that you change your destiny?

That is the lead-in for YOU ARE THE EVERYTHING, the latest novel from Karen Rivers. Centered around a teen girl named Elyse Schmidt, the novel asks, what if? WHAT IF you believe in something so fiercely that it co
Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Thank you @algonquinyr for sending me an advance reading copy of You Are the Everything by Karen Rivers. Release date is October 30!

This YA book is about Elyse, a 16 year-old lost in her head, who best communicates her thoughts by drawing graphic stories. She’s returning from a band event in Paris and sitting on the plane back to California next to her dreamy crush Josh Harris. The beginning of the novel felt very juvenile and middle grade. However, the narrative perspective was so unusual I had
Brittany | thebookishfiiasco
‘What could have been, what isn’t, what wasn’t, and what never will be.’
Wow. So many different thoughts and feelings here. This book is packed with emotion, perspective, trauma, and new beginnings. It will catch you off guard, and make you reflect on your own personal existential thoughts about life.
I struggled to stay engaged with the characters. I was intrigued by some of the repercussions in their lives post-crash, but found myself losing touch with them throughout. There were repetitive mo
Ms. B
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, ya
There isn't a way to review this book without giving too much away. Told in second person by Elyse Schmidt. Elyse has a crush on Josh. After the two survive a plane crash, they become a couple. Will they live happily ever after?
Give this one to voracious readers who are looking for something different. The ending will leave them wondering and questioning what they just read.
Jul 26, 2021 rated it did not like it
Quite possibly the worst, most predictable, boring, pointless book I’ve ever read. The use of second person was insufferable, and I don’t think I truly liked a single one of the characters. The ending was trying SO hard to be deep, but made absolutely no sense at all and left entirely too much to be desired.
Julia Walmsley
Jul 25, 2021 rated it did not like it
That was the most pointless, predictable book I've ever read. I'm being generous and giving it two stars because it sort of made me feel something in the end, but overall, it was just terrible.| I'm sorry I changed my mind it has to be 1 star😭😭😭it was just bad ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this book was so good I loved it. This book You Are The Everything bye Karen Rivers is about a girl named Elyse Schmidt going on a school trip and gets into a plane crash. she has a huge crush on a guy named Josh Harris, and before the plane crashes she draws there future. she imagines what life would be like if they survived the plane crash and where the only ones. is what she imagines going to come true or will it say a dream forever.
You Are The Everything introduced me to a whole new dimension of storytelling. This book is packed with emotion, perspective, and devastating trama. In my opinion, the novel should be read without knowing all too much about the characters and their motivations. I feel as if the characters throughout were left a little unfulfilled. I am astounded by everything about this book, but especially the foreshadowing. The little clues and hints along the way looking back, makes you realize how brilliantl ...more
Jenna MacKenzie
Jun 12, 2021 rated it liked it
What the heck. This book did not make sense until you got to the end and was like OH. The end was so surprising and such a good way to end it. I think I would’ve given this book a 1 or 2 if the ending hadn’t ended the way it did. I was also gonna sell it, but now I’m keeping it.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like some YA every now and again. This is a you don’t want to put down. And get some tissues if you are prone to that sort of thing. Wow. That’s all I will say.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

More 3.5

You Are the Everything is an emotional almost stream of consciousness from Elyse. As she thinks about the person she wants to be, the meaning of fate, and the repercussions of events beyond our control. You spend a lot of time in Elyse's head, jumping between memories and thoughts, but on the way there, you're treated to some truly emotional thoughts. There's a raw honesty
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Rivers' books have been a mixed bag for me. I really enjoyed her exploration of grief and guilt in Before We Go Extinct, but I wasn't a fan of the weird-but-not-in-a-good-way The Girl in the Well Is Me (and as someone who adores the weirdness that is Andrew Smith's science-fiction, that should tell you something).

So I wasn't sure what I was would get with this one--and I'm still not sure what I just read. But
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was expecting something REALLY different! A novel in which the female main character, totally in love with a school mate finds out that there are more important things than being kissed in life; especially after she survived a plane crash. I was hoping for a teen romance while discovering who you really are... it isn't!
I felt like i was watching a movie with no sound with the button Fast-Forward pushed on constantly. I felt like everything was fast-forwarding, there were no details, no emotion
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

Karen Rivers, the award-winner Canadian author behind The Encyclopedia of Me and The Girl in the Well is Me, returns with the potent contemporary young adult novel You Are the Everything.

You close your eyes and make a wish. You wish that something would happen before you land, something that would make this trip worthwhile, after all. A story you can tell, later, one that ends with, "And that's how me and Josh Harris got together." Ideally, that is.

The story begins with Elyse Schmidt, best frien
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Elyse Schmidt is flying home from a band trip to Paris. Having argued with her best friend, Kath, Elyse is sitting next to her crush, Josh Harris. The unthinkable happens when their plane crashes into the side of a mountain. Elyse and Josh are the sole survivors of the crash. A year after the crash, Elyse and Josh are living in Wyoming, dating, and trying to forget the crash that changed their lives. Elyse starts to notice that her perfect world isn’t as perfect as she thought. There are inconsi ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
From Karen Rivers, the author who brought readers the compelling and complex novels BEFORE WE GO EXTINCT, THE GIRL IN THE WELL IS ME and LOVE, ISH into the young adult and children’s book worlds, comes a new mind-twisting story of survival in YOU ARE THE EVERYTHING.

Elyse Schmidt was on the trip of a lifetime as her high school band was selected to go to a competition in Paris. She gets to spend time in the most romantic city in the world with her best friend Kath and her crush Josh Harris. But t
KarenJo Custodio
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! I don't even know how to explain what I'm feeling. YOU ARE THE EVERTYHING was such an interestingly well-written and beautifully affecting story about love, loss, life, death, and everything else in between.

Having gone through losing someone recently and dealing with my own grief, this book was not an easy read. I was actually kind of afraid once I realized it wasn't the lighthearted romance I was expecting. But, the author's writing style and second person POV sucked me into the story. As
You Are The Everything is the kind of book that might work well as an extended short story or novella, but as a novel falls short in all the wrong places.

Elyse is one of only two survivors after her plane crashes while she's returning from a class trip. Living through the unimaginable would change anyone, but Elyse is losing her grip on herself and on time--she's losing time, and keeps losing track of what's happening around her. You Are The Everything is well-written, but there is so much purpl
Anikka B
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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YOU ARE THE EVERYTHING is an intriguing stream-of-consciousness style read that follows Elyse Schmidt, a 16/17 year old girl who has a huge crush on Josh Harris, a teenage boy who also plays the flute. Elyse went on a trip to Paris with her band, which also includes her snarky BFF, Kath. Elyse has been drawing comics of how she ends up kissing Josh Harris (always his whole name to Elyse), thinking that maybe if she can visualize it enough, it can happen.

However, none of these things have happen
Mandi Schneck
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
When this book was sent to me, I was excited because I thought it was something I would really enjoy. Unfortunately it just missed the mark for me. You Are The Everything by Karen Rivers is a YA contemporary that follows Elyse Schmidt, a teenage girl with a hopeless crush on a classmate named Josh Harris. But when Elyse and Josh are the only survivors of a terrible plane crash, suddenly everything falls into place. It's almost as if they were destined to end up together, and that alone is what a ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a finished copy from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review.

Review originally posted on my blog, Turning Pages.

If you’re looking for a unique, edge-of-your-seat intense book, You Are The Everything might be your perfect cup of tea. The book was not what I expected, but nevertheless very interesting. That ending, though!

What I loved? The unique story. It keeps you guessing AND emotionally invested. Elyse goes through a lot, and you root for her. I found her and Josh to be
Nay Denise
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Received a copy from the publisher for review.

Where do I even begin with this story...gripping, interesting, heartfelt and everything in between. This story will make you cry hard and leave you slightly wounded. I'm giving this story a 3.5 star rating because the narrative was very different. It was written in a way that made the reader feel as if they were the main character.

Elyse Schmidt and Josh Harris are on a plane returning home from Paris with their school (I believe it was the band) when
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