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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
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Reading.Between.Wines
⭐⭐⭐💫 / 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 survi
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Dahlia
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
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Malanie
ARC provided as part of TFFBC blog tour in exchange for an honest review

Wait. What do you mean that's how it ended???????? No spoilers but what the f*ck?

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Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: november-2018
MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

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. Ely
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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
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Brittany | brittanyfiiasco
‘What could have been, what isn’t, what wasn’t, and what never will be.’
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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.
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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
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Elise_thebookreviewer
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
Pam
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.
USOM
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
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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
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Jolie
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
Teenreadsdotcom
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
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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
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Katelyn Harris
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
Caitlin
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
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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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Belle Ellrich
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
*I WAS PROVIDED WITH AN E-ARC COPY FROM THE PUBLISHER FOR THIS TOUR. MY REVIEW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS*

The first thing I noticed and the first thing that bothered me the most about this book was that it was in Second Person POV. For those of you who don't know what SP-POV is, it's basically just the excess use of "you" throughout the book; otherwise known as the POV fanfiction writers are most common for using.

Now, I'm not hating on the book just because it's in Second Person POV, but I will say
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Ceridwenn
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
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Bethany
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elyse Schmidt has the biggest crush on Josh Harris, but he has no idea. When tragedy strikes on their plane ride home, Elyse and Josh are the soul survivors of a plane crash. They must rely on each other to get through it and a relationship blossoms between them.

As a result of the crash, Elyse suffers from Traumatic Brain Injury and has trouble remembering things. Josh is patient through it all, even when Elyse grows emotional. Elyse also has a glass eye from the wreck, but Josh believes she's a
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Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

The first thing I want to say is that this book has the most unique narrative that I have ever come across. I could explain it, but I want you guys to read it, and find out for yourselves. Because this narrative is the whole book, and I cannot ruin it for you.

The prose of this book is so heart wrenching, and the writing is so deta
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Kelly
This is so unusual, so clever, so moving, and so powerful.

Elyse is flying home from France with the rest of her bandmates after an unsuccessful competition, but the plane crashes. The only survivors are her and her long-time crush Josh. When they return back to California and endure long periods of recovery, the two of them become a couple. Become famous. Become happy. Become the new kids at a high school in Wyoming.

Everything is perfect and glimmery and shiny, finally. Until we get to the end
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Jennifer Shanahan
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaways
This book was very intriguing. I do not think that I have ever read a book written in second person. It sets a different tone that is for sure. This book was definitely not what I was expecting after reading the summary. I was expecting a teen romance developing after the plane crash. I do not want to give the story away because this is something that you have to experience yourself. Elyse is on a trip with her school band to Paris and her plane begins to crash. She goes back and forth between t ...more
Emma
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Claire
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whoa. I have never read a book quite like this one. I went into this book knowing nothing about the plot, and that is the best way to go about reading it. This book really took me by surprise and I was not prepared for any of it. But, it was thought provoking—it made me question what was reality. I think the best way I can describe it is by comparing it to the movie Vertigo. It sort of leaves you with the feeling "What!? That was the ending?," but you still have good things to say about it becau ...more
Kristen
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pdf-or-ebook, review
As I enjoy reading a variety of fiction, I opted to request a copy of You Are the Everything by Karen Rivers to review on NetGalley. Part of the reason why I like reading YA books is so that I can find new books to recommend to my son. I found You Are the Everything well-written but one that I didn't necessarily enjoy. I do not think I will be recommending this book to my teen. I do not agree with some of the character decisions and found some of the tale to be disturbing.

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Margaret
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a review of an ARC from NetGalley

Elyse Schmidt is a typically teenager: a band geek who fights with her best friend, and prefers drawing her feelings in a series of ongoing comics to acting on them, especially if they involve her hopeless crush on Josh Harris. And then she and Josh Harris are linked forever as survivors of a plane crash that kills the rest of their high school band.

Oy with this one. It's in SECOND PERSON. The story starts off normal teenage angst, and then takes a sharp
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Nichole Midgett
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book from the publisher for a non biased review***
I am torn with this book. I loved the writing style. Such a great, free flowing, stream of consciousness way to express emotions and feelings.... The characters were believable, well structured and diverse. The premise was interesting and a bit nerve wracking. (Airplanes plummeting out of the sky are the reasons I don't get on airplanes) Being a soul surviving person of a plane crash that kills your classmates and friends has got
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