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All the Water in the World

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  42 reviews
A stunning debut novel about a teenage girl and her mother as they grapple with first love, family secrets, and tragedy.

Maddy is sixteen. Smart, funny, and profound, she has loyal friends, a mother with whom she’s unusually close, a father she’s never met, devoted grandparents, and a crush on a boy named Jack. Maddy also has cancer. Living in the shadow of uncertainty, she
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Scribner
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book is a great read! I like Maddy’s easy going relationship with her grandparents. Her and Jack’s interest in the environment is surprising because they are young and they care about the earth’s health. Additionally, I find it surprising also that Maddy doesn’t embrace social media like most teens do but choose instead to use email. It’s a nice change sometimes to go against the current. Since Maddy is sick, she rushes into romance too fast and I guess it’s okay but to repeat what her mom ...more
Katie B
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story grabbed ahold of my heart and wouldn't let go. The characters just really resonated with me and even though I read this book a few days ago, I can't stop thinking about them. Now I'm not saying this is a perfect read, but it makes for an extra special reading experience when you feel a connection with the characters like I did with this one.

Maddy is sixteen years old and has cancer. She's never met her father, but she has a good support system including her mother, Eve, Eve's partner
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
*Review is of an advanced reader copy

A throughly engrossing novel. One of the best fictional accounts I've ever encountered about the devastation wrought by cancer. The focus of the story is Maddy, a bright, passionate sixteen-year-old girl battling a cruelly destructive disease. Raised by her devoted mother, Eve, Maddy has never known her father. As she wrestles with her own mortality she sets out to learn more about the man who contributed half her gene pool.
Told in alternating points of view
Natasha Niezgoda
Aug 06, 2019 is currently reading it
Whitney- Lifestyle of a Blessed Bookworm
*Advance Copy Review*
This book was heartbreaking. It pulled me in with it’s witty prose and held me captive with it’s search for peace.

I found Maddy to be such a profound character. In her weakness, she found laughter and purpose. Through her sickness, she touched others with her art and made an impact on the world. She connected with a lost relative, fell in love with her best friend, and showed her mother that even when things are gone, they can still be remembered in a positive way. She was
Charles Williams
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This a remarkable book. If you are lucky, you will never experience having a child being diagnosed with cancer and going through all of the accompanying emotional and medical struggles. It is a complex experience, but I think most people have a tendency to simplify it and see the family going through this in very stark, black and white terms. That somehow the child going through this relinquishes their wonderment of life and experiences and simply walks away, almost like someone checking their c ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a poignant read. Maddie is just 16 and has cancer. She is exploring a developing relationship with a boy and communicating with the father she doesn't know. The book is divided between her perspective and her mother, Eve's. The theme is about acceptance and forgiveness as well as dealing with the hardships life throws at us. Thanks to Edelweiss for the early read.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really really liked this novel; it is well written both emotionally and descriptively. The story of a mother and daughter, their special bond, and their mutual loss is beautifully told and heartfelt and tender. The previous reviewer didn’t seem to understand that Eve, the mother, was truly grieving. I didn’t see anything selfish in her actions or attitude! The characters were well written and everyone was understandable. I kept reading and reading, eager to see that everyone was ok in the end. ...more
Sandra Burns
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible book.
I stayed up all night to read it,
Woman raises her daughter alone, after the sperm donor decides he does not want children, (with her).
Eve and Maddy, who is 16 are a family unit, and they have Eve's parents, and her live in boyfriend for love and support. Jack, is like a step dad to Maddy. He is good to her, but he is not her bio daddy.
Unfortunately, Maddy gets sick.
So, Maddy starts trying to experience life, on her terms.
Wonderful read.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The debut novel from Karen Raney, All the Water in the World, is a look into the life of a family facing a lifetime of grief and the struggle to figure out where someone whose life is shortened fits into the world. Set in Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and London, the book is both lyrical and vivid. This novel will leave readers asking the hard questions of how they would deal with a terminal diagnosis of a loved one.

This novel is gripping and almost impossible to put down. From page one, Raney pu
Lauren Archer
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
All the Water in the World really hit home with me. Be prepared for a tear jerker here, because this story is touching and moving. I cannot believe this is a debut author, because Raney writes with a depth of a seasoned writer.

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Thank you Scribner and NetGalley for an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Megan Marie
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Honestly, the premise of the book was really captivating. I really had my hopes up as I anxiously waited to receive this ARC in the mail. Upon its arrival, I immediately took to its pages. At first, the change of perspectives (Maddy and her mother, Eve) as each chapter progressed were very enchanting. However, about halfway through the book, the writing fell short, and while I sympathized with Eve’s plight, her relationship with the people around her felt insincere and I truly began to hate her ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

Karen Raney’s debut novel ALL THE WATER IN THE WORLD releases today. This dual-narrated novel tells the story of 16-year-old Maddie and her mom, Eve, as they navigate Maddie’s cancer amidst what is a full life. This story does a deep dive into the characters and minds of Maddie and Eve. What does it look like to spend your coming-of-age years dying? How do you process life while losing someone you should never have to lose?
Raney writes pas
Paul Pessolano
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The Doll Factory” by Elizabeth Macneal, published by Emily Bestler Books.

Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – August 13, 2019.

This story belongs to the reader who likes stories set in the Victorian era. A novel that gives a glimpse into this world and the horror that has been attributed to it.

Iris is a young London girl who has aspirations but finds herself painting faces on dolls. She wants to become a painter of some renown but has no way of attaining this dream.

She meets Silas o
Kathleen Gray
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maddy's 16 and she's got cancer= and she knows she's dying. Her mother Eve doesn't want to believe it nor does her mother's partner Robin. But she knows and she decides she's going to find her biological father Antonio, about whom her mother has told her very little. Her grandfather is able to give her some clues and thus, thanks to the wonders of the internet, she engages him over email. Eve has never quite resolved this relationship and, after Maddy's death, seeks him out. The story is told in ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The language in this story somehow straddled the line between prose and poetry, and the characters grabbed hold and didn't let go. The emotions are raw and real, sometimes ugly, often heartbreakingly beautiful. An incredible debut from Karen Raney.
Lynne Dale
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a story! I could not put it down; read it straight through. A mesmerizing tale told so very well. The author has brilliantly captured the nuanced emotions of the difficult, yet beautiful, lives of the main characters as they grapple with the impossible. "All the Water in the World" is a thoroughly engrossing book that leaves you feeling richer down to your soul, somehow breaking your heart and strengthening it at the same time.
This was a novel written from both the mother (Eve) and daughters perspectives during Maddy's time with cancer and after. Both views were engaging, but I tended to find my mind wandering while reading from either viewpoint. I like it, but wasn't overly into it. Scribner books provided me with an arc-copy.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Sixteen year old girl: In treatment for cancer, in search of her biological father, in a protest movement, in search of love, in search of her first kiss – oops, in the sack with Jack. What next? Oh, I know, how ‘bout this? An emotional reunion with a lion she raised from a cub. Actually, this is not a bad book, and many will enjoy it. But, Lord knows, it’s been done, so you know what I say. Uncle.

Full Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided to me by Scribner via NetGalley in exchang
Debbie Hathaway
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heartbreaking beautifully written book. This one will stay with you and haunt your dreams.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a difficult book for me to get in to. The idea of the story was good, and the characters were likable, but the flow of the story and conversations between characters were choppy and disjointed. I also am not entirely sure what the point of the book was, and the ending seemed.... unfinished.

The story alternates viewpoints between Eve, the mom, and Maddy, the daughter. Maddy is 16 and battling cancer while trying her hardest to be a "normal" teenager. Eve is trying to keep Maddy safe and
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Teresa Thornhill
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this novel. Karen Raney has captured both the mindset of an exceptionally bright teenage girl who is determined to live every moment to the full even while undergoing chemotherapy; and that of the idiosyncratic mother going through the hell of her only child’s terminal illness. I particularly liked the moments where Maddy, the teenager, disagrees with her mother’s take on the world. The description of two teenagers moving uncertainly towards intimacy is quite compelling ...more
Lindsay Montague
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, 2019-releases
Maddy is trying to live her life as normally as possible, despite having cancer. She wants to laugh with her best friends, go to church with her grandparents, and get her crush to like her back. Eve is just trying to keep going. When she finds out her daughter was keeping something from her, everything comes apart. 

There was nothing wrong with this book. It was just boring. There was a great over all plot, I just didn't think it was executed the right way. . I loved the dual perspectives and dua
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every so often a book comes along that is written with such brilliance that it breaks your heart.

I tend to avoid books about children with cancer. John Green and Nicolas Sparks have never been favorites of mine because, while I tend to like books that deal with heavier topics, I don’t like sadness for the sake of sadness. But I was looking for something different, and I wanted to read this one. I wasn’t disappointed, this book went deeper, it was beautifully and cleverly written. The writing sty
Mandy Hetherton
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'All the Water in the World' deals with some big issues - illness, death, environmental destruction, creativity - through complex and believable characters. The central story involves Maddy, a teenager with cancer and her mother Eve. Other players are Maddy's grandparents, her friends, her biological father whom she has never met, Eve's partner - and the beautifully-evoked landscapes and buildings which the characters inhabit as the story plays out. Raney's lightness of touch, naturalistic dialo ...more
Gloria Lin
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is no corner unturned and every sentence has its place in shaping the characters; be it light, deep, or humorous, Raney finds ways into characters' mind;
her ways with words made everything and everyone believable and having believable characters to great fiction is everything.
All the Water in the World would be a timeless read, genius with proses, and Raney always ends with most perfect sentences in each chapter; Simply a stunning debut, Raney writes like no one I have read before in our
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This book really pulled on my heartstrings. It's a candid look at life and illness and the thoughts that go through our mind when we don't know the answers to our questions. I loved Maddy's character so much, and as a mother I could relate to Eve's experience as well. The author writes characters that are realistic and believeable; human and flawed. I really loved the sentiment behind the title as well.
Barbara White
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Battling disease, the loss of her father, and how to manage life brings this story to life. Matty's life is one that is very relatable, not only by young adults, but by those who have battled cancer in their lives. It's a real, true story.
Thanks to Goodreads First Reads for a copy of All the Water in the World. I look forward to Karen Raney's next book.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2019
4 ★ Told in alternating chapters, All the Water in the World is touching and moving. At the heart of this story is the relationship between a mother and her daughter Matty who has cancer, and the people in their lives. I applaud Karen Raney for her beautifully written debut about family secrets, first love, friendship, pain and grief in this profound story. It’s a true treasure. ♥

Thanks to Scribner via NetGalley for sharing with me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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