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All That I Can Fix

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  98 reviews
A teen boy’s world gets turned upside-down when a zoo of exotic animals takes over his small town in this wickedly funny, heartbreakingly honest novel that’s perfect for fans of Shaun David Hutchinson.

In Makersville, Indiana, people know all about Ronney—he’s from that mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom, and the genius kid sister
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Simon Pulse
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This is definitely one of those books you are either going to love or hate. All That I Can Fix is filled with an unlikable protagonist, trigger warnings* galore, & just a general weird vibe. Many will be turned off by the unflinching, harsh tone that the novel is dripping in- there is no sugarcoating here- & that's fine, but for those who are willing to venture out into an uncomfortable zone, this is a highly rewarding read.

Ronney has a lot on his plate. Living in a family with parents who have
Jack Reynolds
Aug 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*Warning, there will be spoilers*

When I was a kid, I always liked watching the news. In the mornings, I would turn on the TV, flip to ABC, and see what was going on in the world as I got ready for school or settled before having breakfast. In October 2011, I remembered hearing about the zoo outbreak that inspired All That I Can Fix on my local news. I just wasn’t able to place it until I read Chan’s author bio on one of the book’s flaps.

In Zanesville, Ohio, Terry Thompson, the owner of the Muski
One of my favorite YA reads in a while and one worth keeping an eye on because it should be talked about during "best of" season.

Ronney is 15, and he's got a lot of baggage to carry around. While he loves his family -- his little sister in particular -- he's utterly frustrated and angry with his father. His father attempted suicide two years ago, and since, everyone in the family has carried the weight of what they saw in the aftermath. Father doesn't work and rarely leaves home. It looks like h
1.5 // Super bummed. I thought I’d love this but I found myself repeatedly dozing off and getting distracted the entire time. I loved Mina—she’s the little queen of my heart, but that’s pretty much all that I liked about this book 😞

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy of this book for review.
Noah Carpenter
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended from our school librarian as she said it was a good read. I thought that too as a teen boy Ronney lives in a mixed race family. His dad tried to shoot himself. One day the zoo opened up all cages and the exotic animals fleed. How is Ronney gonna save the day read the book to find more.
What to say about a book that is one part humorous, two parts ridiculous, and the rest a bundle of important messages, from mental health, stigma, and racism, to gun control and animal cruelty? All That I Can Fix is a novel that faces difficult topics straight on, with an abruptness that is both disconcerting and refreshing.

When the local exotic zoo owner shoots himself and lets loose his animals, Ronney isn’t fazed. What’s a camel on the loose compared to a father who might be continually phys
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a beautiful and moving read. You got the dad who tried to commit suicide, so the family is super broken up because of that. The mom who pops pills like it's nothing. The younger sister whose a genius. And the main character, whose trying to keep the family together- he has to play multiple roles and has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. He's cracking underneath all that pressure, and he's slipping up- he says mean things, does impulsive things, and it's ruining his relation ...more
Marji Morris
This novel is rated 12+. I'm guessing that's due to the language as well as the nuances of mental illness than a younger person might not understand. Be prepared for the f-bomb--often.
In any case, it is an excellent book. It's very well-written, thoughtful. and pertinent. The main character is a 15 year old named Ronney, who becomes the adult in his family after his father's failed suicide attempt and prolonged depression. He can't fix his father, but he is determined to fix all he can fix in h
All That I can Fix, by Crystal Chan is a novel that is part humorous, part ridiculous, and the rest a bundle of important messages. All That I Can Fix, faces difficult topics straight on, with an abruptness that is refreshing. This novel is not uplifting and may not be for everyone. Ronney, the main character, is not your average teenager. He comes from a troubled family and has some relatable threads all teenagers suffer from. These issues run the emotional rainbow from going to school, keeping ...more
This book was so much more than I thought it was going to be. I had originally picked it up because I ordered it for my middle school's collection and noticed that most of the reviews posted it as appropriate for grades 7-10. I liked this age range, and was expecting something sort of cutesy and fun. This is fun, but it is much more than that. My one small caution for those who order based on reviews: there is some language in this one. Lots of language, so proceed with caution based on your cli ...more
Vicky Again
Eh. I wasn't really feeling this but it's due from the library next Friday and I wanted to read it, but it ended up being not for me. There were too many random things going on with the zoo animals being on the loose, and I suppose it was intended to mimic Ronney's character development, but I feel like there just wasn't enough focus on his personal growth and too many "out-there" sort of things happening.

Also, Ronney is really rude and standoffish for a lot of the novel, especially towards his
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, male, family, asian
I picked this one up after seeing it on a list for books that need more buzz. Unfortunately I'm not going to be singing it's praises to keep it there.

It's depressing as all heck and while I enjoyed the voice to start, Ronney's situation angered me and then things just got weird to get weird. There was a fabulous story there but then safari animals got loose in their town. How about the storyline where a kid really wants to be with his friend but she's actually already dating your other friend.
May 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate Ronney. He is a piece of shit to his depressed dad. I get that depression affects everyone, but it's always worse for the person dealing with depression. I don't think Ronney got it through his fucking head that depression is a legit illness and every time he said something rude to his dad I wanted him to drop dead. Anyway this book should be used as an example of what not to say to someone who is depressed. ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seeing animals shot was very uncomfortable for me. Other than that, it's a great read. I hated all the characters in the beginning and it was suffocating to read. However as the story reveals more, everything falls into place and everyone starts to get their shits together. Gotta say I consider giving this book up during the 1st 50 pages, after that, it exchanges itself into something that's impossible to put down. I love how the author deals with mental illness and family problems. It's a relat ...more
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss

Interesting, but too YA for my collection.
The premise of this book was so interesting but it didn't live up to my expectations. The main character was unlikable. The animals roaming free allowed to cause so much chaos was unbelievable. The town's lack of urgency in finding the animals and keeping the community safe was ridiculous. ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC by the publisher, in exchange for a fair review.

I'll say right off the back that normally, YA novels aren't really my favorite novels. They're page-turners, but not in the way that you would normally use that description. They're usually page-turners because they're too easy for me to read through. "All That I Can Fix" is not a page-turner, and in the best kind of way.

Crystal Chan's second novel is almost like a linear Haruki Murakami novel, minus all the magical realism. Stra
Dylan Ton
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mark Smiley
Oct 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up from my local library. Why? I read the back cover which promised excitement with runaway animals and kids dealing with problems.
I stopped reading after 74 pages. Why? Full of foul-mouthed kids and just not what I wanted to bring into my life. I still believe you can control how you act and how you speak and having kids go around using filthy language is just not what I want for myself or my family. Especially in a YA book.
No matter how good the book is, if it is uplifting and
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The description of this book was fantastic but the execution was a letdown. This gets two stars for Mina and Sam (the author did little siblings very well). The rest was pure teenage angst and cynicism without any sort of hope to help make you through it.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t express how terrible this book was. Don’t waste your time. The characters were cold uncaring and forever complaining about everything.
Ronney's life is complicated. His father tried to die by suicide but failed, only shooting himself in the arm. Now, he stays in his room, wallowing in his depression. His mother has anxiety and works long hours to support the family financially. His sister is a genius who no one seems to understand. His best friend Jello has too many plans but never thinks them through. He has a crush on his other best friend George who has already shot down his feelings. And now there are animals on the loose a ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hate it when a book can make me cry. I kind of love it too. Truth be told, I don’t like crying that much - I will never be one of those people that wants to watch a tear-jerker movie simply to cry. Nope, not me.

But I do love it when a book can genuinely touch me enough that I have a cry. I still get mad because I’m crying, but oof, that’s a powerful book that can do that. (The only exception to this is ‘dead pet’ stories, because that seems like a cheap shot and it just pisses me off.)

All Th
All That I Can Fix centers on Ronney, a mixed-race son of a worn-down mother and depressed father, whose optimistic, brilliant little sister wears orange so the color doesn’t feel unfavored. Ronney has been made to act as the man of the house, as no one else now acts upon a leaky sink, a cracked driveway, or the giant, pungent blood stain soaked into the living room floor from the father’s attempted suicide. Ronney certainly has enough burdens before the local zoo sets free all of its most exoti ...more
Ellen Klock
Squirrels falling from the sky, a ten year old stalker, problems with parents, and a friendship torn apart over a girl - these are some of the elements of the YA novel All That I Can Fix by Chrystal Chan. Yes, the Chrystal Chan who has adapted many old time favorites for the Manga Classics series.

Chan tackles numerous social issues such as drug addiction, mental illness, alcoholism, child abuse, runaways, suicide, racism, gun control, all wrapped up with the normal teen angst thrown into the mi
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, read-2018
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Patricia Powell
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Ronney, fifteen years old, takes care of his little sister Mina. He repairs the damaged wall, reseals the driveway, and has the carpet changed because it’s soaked in blood. Why? His depressed father rarely gets out of his bedroom or even his pajamas, since he lost his job, and attempted suicide. And Ronney’s mother is busy supporting the family and popping pills to calm herself in “All That I Can Fix” (Simon Pulse 2018) by Crystal Chan. “We’re the mixed-race family with two helpless parents, the ...more
Nannette Demmler
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite opening line so far this year. I was instantly drawn in by it and had to find out was going on here. As I read the next few pages I was amazed at how quickly I got into Ronney’s head and completly understood him. Due to the circumstances in his life he had to grow up fast and basically become the responsible adult of his family, and he is only 15.

Ronny was an incredible character. He is smart, sarcastic, angry at life but he is always there for his little sister and his frien
Matthew Avila
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All That I Can Fix is about a 15 year old boy named Ronney whose life isn't as inocent and peaceful like most other teens.
Ronney is a mixed raced, 15 year old teenage that lives in Makersville, Indiana. He lives in a dysfunctional family with a dad who tried to kill himself, a pill-popping mom and a genius kid sister. While having a family like that wasn't bad enough, someone in the town decided one night to open up all the cages of their exotic zoo. Now wild animals are roaming freely around
Fifteen-year-old Ronney is filled with anger that is barely suppressed. Not only does he have a crush on his friend, George, who always leans on him during her times of emotional upheaval, but his father remains mired in depression after a failed suicide attempt, and his mother chooses to medicate her problems. It's clear from the outset that Ronney has far too much to deal with and that his family's problems are far too complicated for him to fix. Instead, he focuses on what he can fix, like li ...more
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Crystal Chan watched with amazement at the exotic zoo outbreak in Zanesville, Ohio in 2011, where scores of animals—hungry lions, panthers, and tigers—ran loose around the county. That incident helped inspire her most recent novel, All That I Can Fix. When Crystal isn’t writing, her passion is giving diversity talks to adults and kids alike, telling stories on Wisconsin Public Radio, and hosting c ...more

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