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All the Lonely People

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Everyone tells Kat that her online personality - confident, funny, opinionated - isn't her true self. Kat knows otherwise. The internet is her only way to cope with a bad day, chat with friends who get all her references, make someone laugh. But when she becomes the target of an alt-right trolling campaign, she feels she has no option but to Escape, Delete, Disappear.

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Paperback, 308 pages
Published January 10th 2019 by Atom
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Emily May
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Edit: I didn't realize until it was pointed out in the comments that I accidentally stated Kat's romance was "with a boy", which it was not. I'm sorry for misleading anyone who read my review. I can only assume that I'm just so used to writing about that trope that I did it on autopilot. My thoughts on the romance haven't changed.

I still think this book has one of the most fascinating premises I've read all year. It is timely, terrifying and - at least in my experience - completely unique. It's
Alice Oseman
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
EDIT: Because I don't think enough people are aware of this, and there are some deeply misinformed reviews of this book, THIS BOOK IS QUEER. The central romance is an f/f romance. The boy and girl narrators do not get together.

David Owen's newest book is David's best book yet. I went into this expecting a nicely melancholic examination of loneliness using a cool magic-realistic sort-of metaphor, but what I got was not only that, but also a harrowing examination of how boys and young men are bein
Charlotte May
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
“I think this is why loneliness is a darker thing than just being alone. It’s a stillness that gives you a preview of death; it’s seeing the world carry on just fine without you in it.”

3.5 ⭐️

This book really struck a chord with me. Kat; being plagued by cyber bullies is forced to delete all of her social media. Where previously the internet was her safe haven, a place she felt understood and could be herself; now she feels empty.
Almost as a physical reaction to this, her body starts ‘fading’,
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the Lonely People is a warning about the internet and social media's propensity to attract bad seeds, the blurring of the line between reality and perception, and identity. It's a hybrid of the young adult, coming-of-age and fantasy genres, specifically magical realism. Owen explores many important topics throughout the novel, including cyberbullying, self-identity and the dissociation between online actions and the real-world consequences of said actions. The internet is a playground for th ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

"The fade is loneliness made material"

This was such an interesting and unique read. The book talks about loneliness in the digital age and I think that the fade was the perfect metaphor to capture the feelings the author wanted to describe.

Kat starts experiencing the fade after being bullied on her social media accounts. The reason why she's the target of these violent acts is because she gave
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ukya
Yes. Just yes to all of this.

f/f romance that's friendship turned to more, oddly poignant metaphor for when you're so attached to how you perceive yourself online vs. offline you disconnect from the real world, subverting expectations of main boy and girl getting together, a sweet side-quest mystery!

Everything works so well, and I found myself so invested in these characters lives, and honestly moved by the story David Owen told. Seriously, his best yet.
Kathy - Books & Munches
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, arc-s
The idea of someone disappearing once their online personality has been erased is very intriguing, especially since so many of us have an enormous social life online.

The thing that made me want to read All the Lonely People is automatically also the thing that made sure I kept on reading. At the start of the story, you immediately see how Kat's cyber-bullied into deleting all her online accounts and starts fading. The idea that your being can be that linked to an online presence is.. baffling b
All The Lonely People is a book that so many readers will be able to relate to. It explores the effects of social media in a way I've not seen in YA books before and ultimately looks at how lonely people can feel in this modern world. The idea of your existence fading without your online profiles being active was one that I found really thought-provoking. A brilliant read!

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The notion of ‘the fade’ requires a reader to suspend belief for a moment (it’s fiction, so it’s not hard to do) or alternatively using this plot line as a metaphor for feeling invisible in society; this book discusses an important topic in our digital and social media reliant age.

Its contents cover much of our youth’s issues, that have seemingly extended into adulthood as well, that is: bullying - both physical and cyber, peer pressure, hatred and intolerance of those who are different/have di
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well... not what I expected! This book was definitely not intend for me and its okay. By it's rating people seem to like it and I respect that, but I didn't. The premise look interesting but it just, really early, fell into a contemporary teenage love/romance, ishh. It also involve queer/pan sexual love, which I have nothing against, what you do and who you love, as long as both adult are willing, is completely up to you, but I have a problem with putting that up front like you achieve something ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I appreciate what the author was trying to show about the importance of human connection in this new young adult fantasy novel. When Kat loses her entire online identity after being cyber-bullied, she literally starts to fade and become invisible. She finds out there are other lonely students who are in the process of fading and each looking for another person who is doing better at life to hitch a ride. I remember being an adolescent and desperately trying to be invisible so this concept struck ...more
Reuben Thomas
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites-2019
David GETS it. When people say ‘oh if you’re being bullied on social media why don’t you just delete it’ they should read this. He articulates perfectly the feeling of being part of a community and living your real life online, and the intense sadness, loss and loneliness if that is taken away. I feel like more authors are starting to pick up this theme and I’ve read the odd book that seems to really get fandom and online culture and stuff, but this is the first one I’ve personally come across t ...more
Natalie TBGWP
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I am loving the surge happening in the YA/Teens/Children's Fiction genre that is purposely trying to lift young people up. Trying to make them see real life, see themselves, see each other. To be kind, not only to yourself, but to others. To understand that yes, life isn't a bed of roses, but hey you can get through it. To try stay strong even when you don't think you can. And not allow your fears to pierce deep enough to ruin you! It is so fucking amazing! And I am so inspired by the authors gi ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was provided with a digital ARC of this book by NetGallet and the publishing house, Little, Brown Book Group UK in exchange of an honest review.

"All The Lonely People" is a really powerful YA book that is told with a dual point of a view, Kat's and Wesley's.
Kat is a quite shy girl, that doesn't really feel like she belongs anywhere, and her entire world is based on the online community and the frienship she made on the web.
Wesley, on the other hand, is a guy who seems really confident, he
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
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I was a little slow to warm to this one, but I got through the second half in the course of a single sitting. Everything - the characters, the plot, the prose - just comes together in superbly satisfying fashion. At its core, this is a genuinely moving story about loneliness and self-doubt, and the importance of feeling loved and like you belong, but along the way it also deftly touches on a whole host of powerful issues - toxic masculinity and the alt-right, feminism a
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
Full review to come shortly ! (04/12/18)


Full Review on my blog here!!


A huge thank you to Atom Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my full and honest review. This is one of my most anticipated releases of next year and let me say, David Owen has done it again!

I absolutely adored The Fallen Children when I read it, so I was looking forward to this but I was also apprehensive as I was scared it wouldn't live up to the previous novel. Thankfully, All The Lo
I was really hoping to love this. It all sounded very promising and potentially relatable, and it has an f/f romance. But unfortunately, I really didn't enjoy this.

That's in part because of how the book made me feel. I've never been someone who needed trigger warnings, but I'm starting to realize some books really do trigger my depression and this was one of those. Sometimes I'll still enjoy the book regardless, like when it's very relatable for me, but this was not one of those instances. Beca
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
When Kat becomes the target of an alt-right smear campaign, she has no choice but to erase her entire online presence. Suddenly, Kat is fading, and only The Lonely People know what to do. Wesley realises that people are forgetting Kat and he has to help her, even if he was partially responsible for it.

I think what was best about this book was the portrayal of the toxic parts of the internet. These people who spew negative, hateful things into the world have solid fan bases, often young kids. Ka
Karen Barber
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me access to a quirky exploration of identity, addressing some of the more toxic elements of social media.
Kat has a heavy online presence. There she can be herself. But when she is trolled her life becomes unbearable. Slowly she strips away her online presence until nothing is left.
At this point we realise there is, literally, nothing to her. Kat has faded, nobody can see her and she is none the wiser about how this has happened. All she knows is she has to do so
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
girl loses everything, finds herself

also, you don't have to forgive your abusers
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
So at first I was hooked into this book.
Then I reached a point where I got lost, then I found myself again.
I liked this twisted take on social media.
Definitely one to give a try
Hannah Higgins
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
OK so this was not what i expected at all. From the blurb i knew the character felt like disappearing - i didn't realise she would literally start disappearing.

This is not my usual genre, in fact i try my best to avoid this kind of book.

I'm glad i wasn't aware of the literal fade because i wouldn't have read it and i actually really enjoyed it.

Deffinitly reccomend if you are looking for something out of your comfort zone or just a bit different!
Lizzie Huxley-Jones
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know it's going to be a good book when one of the chapters is called "Always Punch Nazis".

I was prepared for a story of loneliness, but what I wasn't ready for was a critical examination of ring wing radicalisation, doxxing and angry young men.

Kat is disappearing, literally. And Wesley, a boy who helped doxx her and remove her from the internet, is the only one who knows. 

The novel follows both protagonists as they explore the creepy concept of the Fade, and what it means to truly disa
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very well done.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I have mixed feelings about All The Lonely People. There are some great things in it, as well as important takes on our online presence and how gender stereotypes are harmful to boys as well as girls but the way the plot moved forward left me hanging.

We follow both Kat, a victim of cyber bullying who starts physically disappearing, and Wesley, one of the guys responsible for it. While I was glas we had both sides of the story, I felt Wesley had a lot more impact. He has a very interesting journe
Rhona Mitchell Tennant
This wasn't at all what I expected. Such a disappointment.

I loved the blurb of this book and was really excited for a new contemporary YA dealing with issues of identity, acceptance and living online.

But then I started reading and I was really disappointed really fast.

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I don't think I have enough words to describe how much this book means to me and how much I absolutely loved reading it but I'll try. All the Lonely People is about loneliness and not feeling enough and online communities and all the hatred people can spread through it.

Our first protagonist is Kat, who only feels really like herself and good enough online until she gets attacked by trolls on all her social media — and safe place — and delete every single one of her accounts. Her presence online
Apr 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Given how vague the plot for this book is I feel like anything I say is at least mild spoilers.
Plot: All stock is in the line, "she feels she has no option but to Escape, Delete, Disappear". It's a cute little play on words but it doesn't mean much since what happens to Kat isn't an 'option'.
This book tries to be too many things all at once and in turn fails to do anything well.
It's about feminism and inequality, but it's also about online bullying, but it's also about lonliness, but it's also
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed "All the lonely people" it had a modern day "pictures of Dorian Grey" vibe which is a story I absolutely love. I enjoyed our two main protagonists as they come to terms with the reality around them, I found the chapter headings very clever and the image of Kat slowly disappearing to be a unique touch. All around a very entertaining book. Why I only gave it 4 stars is because I hate with heated passion books that swap perspectives back and forth mid chapter with only a chapter br ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
When I read the blurb for this a few months ago I thought it sounded promising but idk.

It wasn't bad but it definitely was a challenging read at first. For the the first half I was mainly just confused about what was going on and sometimes it wasn't clear whose pov it was. Also some parts where so cringe to read it felt like I was reading someone's high school creative writing project and it was trying sooo hard to be woke and relatable. I agreed wholeheartedly with the message this book was try
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