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All the Pretty Things

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  86 reviews
For fans of Sadie and The Cheerleaders comes an all new thriller about a boy who turns up dead under suspicious circumstances and the one girl who may be the key to solving the mystery of his untimely death.

For Ivy, summer means roller-coaster season, spinning cotton candy at the Fabuland amusement park, and hanging out with her best friend, Morgan. But this summer is
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well, I want to name my reads with Bryan Adams So far so goodalbum but unfortunately I name them with my favorite U2 song and I still havent found what Im looking for

This book seemed like a promising mystery. One young boy, Ethan who is also staff member, suffering from Down Syndrome found dead at an amusement park by his coworker Morgan.

After the incident, Ivy, our heroine, daughter of parks owner, returns back from her holiday at NC and she finds out her friend climbed and hid herself at one
Chelsea Humphrey
Well this is tough, because I loved the premise behind All the Pretty Things and it had some truly creepy moments, but the whodunnit is quite obvious from the early stages of the story. That, coupled with the stilted dialogue and dads who say "Ummm...?!" at the beginning of every sentence truly wore me down. I'm not the target audience for this book, so perhaps this is what the teens are into these days, and if it sounds interesting to you then I recommend trying this one out for yourself.

ARC received!!

Thank you so much, Delacorte Press. I look forward to seeing what this one is all about!
Actual Rating - 2.5 Stars

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Random House Childrens, via Netgalley for an honest review.


I mean

what the actual f**k?


There were about a dozen different ways I saw this story going, but the way it DID go?


This lovely little tale is told by Ivy, the daughter of the owner of the Fabuland amusement park. After her grandparents had successfully opened multiple chains of their popular doughnut shop, her father decided to think bigger and
Wendi Lee
Ivy comes back from vacation to find her small town in turmoil. An acquaintance and fellow Fabuland co-worker has died, and Ivy's best friend, Morgan, had the misfortune of finding his body. Even worse, Morgan has barricaded herself on one of Fabuland's rides after hours, and is refusing to get down.

It's up to Ivy to get Morgan down from the ride, and then solve the mystery of what really happened to their co-worker, Ethan.

The atmosphere in this mystery is exactly right. Fabuland (which
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
This one is a bit of a slow burn, for fans of "slice of life" YA contemporary who like messy characters and bits of suspense. I was drawn in initially by the "set at a small town amusement park" angle, which indeed is the book's strong suit. Fabuland felt so real, and I love all the weird quirks of the world.

Even though it starts off with a death of one of the park's employees, the book isn't a typical "someone died and I must investigate!" thriller because Ivy's drive is to get to the bottom of
Feb 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of All The Pretty Things.

I was intrigued by the premise (and the cover! Can I say how much I love this cover?) and excited when my request was approved.

But, then my excitement waned.

This isn't so much a thriller than it is about a young woman struggling to come to terms with the harsh realities of her life and family.

* Minor spoilers ahead *

When a young, mentally disabled man who works at her dad's amusement park is found dead, Ivy plays Columbo and
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of ALL THE PRETTY THINGS by Emily Arsenault in exchange for my honest review.***

When Ivys best friend Morgan finds the body of a special needs young man, the teen ends up in a psych hospital leaving Ivy a cryptic message about Ethans death. Ivy, determined to help her friend and solve the mystery, questions her coworkers at Fabuland, the her fathers amusement park.

Ivy is a good kid, hard working, dedicated to her father, loyal to
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I was really exited to read this. Unfortunately, it was another disappointing "thriller. It was pretty obvious just three chapters in that the dad was a creep. I still don't understand how the main character didn't notice or just pretended it wasn't a problem. She also seemed emotionless throughout the whole book and I don't get why, considering what her friend was going through. Nothing much happened and the writing felt really stilted and the dialogue was cringey.
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Random House/Delacorte Press. Ivy has always been the bosss daughter, first at her fathers doughnut chain, and now at Fabuland, an amusement park full of roller coasters, cotton candy, and princess parades. Everything changes one summer when her best friend, Morgan, discovers a body and ends up in the psych ward the next day. Everyone is convinced that Ethan fell from the bridge on his way home from Fabuland, but Morgan and Ivy ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
It seems I side with the majority in saying that this wasn't what it proclaimed to be. After reading the summary, the reader expects this to be a mystery set in an amusement park, and the story is that to a small degree. What the summary leaves out is everything else. How Ivy spends the whole book asking fellow amusement park workers questions regarding Ethan's death. How much time is dedicated to Ivy working at Fabuland and thinking. How there is never a mystery like the synopsis claims. The ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
im gonna be real i skimmed this but in my defense i was like ten chapters in and bored out of my mf mind ...more
Morgan (youarethelibrarian)
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, Goodreads, where are the half stars? I would rate this one 4.5 stars.
This book was not what I was expecting, but in the best possible way. There is a mystery, and yet it isn't the focal point of the novel despite the main character thinking it is for most of the book. In the end, though, Ivy comes to terms with something she has turned a blind eye on for far too long. The book also did not end like I was expecting, however the ambiguity of what happens after the book's pages end is
this honestly wasnt the book i thought it was going to be. there could have been a lot that wasnt in the book and it could have been a lot more suspenseful. i think i actually enjoyed about half of this book. half of it was boring and a lot of the protagonist just doing stuff. it also took me almost a week to read, so that could also affect my feelings for it. the beginning and the end were the best parts, in my opinion. there was too much with the amusement park, i think.

with that said, the
Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Childrens for e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was...not good. This supposed ya thriller is missing any and all thrills, which is a bummer. The premise was good, I loved the setting and the beginning was strong. But then 90% passed with just the MC, Ivy, going around and asking other characters what happened on one fateful night. Absolutely nothing of any significance happens until the very end. And even then, its not exciting or surprising in
Margarita (margaritathedrink)
I am stuck in between my rating so i am going with 3.5 stars

This book was not as dark as Sadie but still on that level, it dealt with death/loss and sexual assault/harrassment.
and i also never want to read the word Sprinkles ever again.


Ivy is the main character and comes home from a trip to her best friend Morgan in another state of mind. Morgan had recently found a coworker Ethan who had down syndrome dead leaving questions unanswered and her in a state of mind that Ivy was trying to
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

TW: death, overdose, sexual harassment and assault, suicide thoughts

Ivy Cork is the daughter of the owner of Fabuland, the amusement park in her city and during summer she usually takes care of the spinning cotton candy machine and she hangs out with her best friend Morgan. But when Morgan finds one of their former classmate and coworker, Ethan, dead, everything changes and Morgan has a mental breakdown, refusing to talk to Ivy.
The Reading Writer- Angie Simmons
Ivy Cork has spent part of her summer visiting family, and gets the news that her best friend is in crisis and a teen boy is dead. She returns home to a world far different that she left.

This book was kind of like riding a rollercoaster for me. There were things that it did well, and I loved the creepy aspect of investigating the death of an amusement parks teen employee, and Ivys fierce dedication to her best friend, Morgan, that found the body.

I think Ivy, whose dad owns the amusement park,
Merlin Bookworm
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was good. Sad and not what I expected when I picked it up. I called the part about her dad though.
Brenna Clark
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to NetGalley for this ARC; it was one of the most thrilling mysteries I have read in a long time. I had the hardest time putting it down once I had started it-- all of the chapters ended in a question being answered but like a sapling, the intrigue just grew and grew until there were so many branches. Some branches might be questions that hit a dead end. Others bore fruit and continued the life of the story. The majority of them had this in common: even if one mystery seemed ...more
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this in advance.

TW: sexual harassment, domestic violence, self harm, substance abuse, death (obviously) Let me know if I missed some.


Summary: So we have a story about a young woman, Ivy, who's father owns a local amusement park. Her best friend Morgan, finds the body of a special needs friend who also worked at the same amusement park. Ivy feels that her small community and even her best friend are hiding
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
What. A. Read.

I am so glad that NetGalley and Delacorte Press provided me a copy of this title to read in return for my honest review. I have been LOVING the explosion of mystery YA lately and this one did not disappoint.

Ivy's dad owns the amusement park, Fabuland, in her New England town. Ivy spends her summers working in the park with a cast of characters, including her best friend Morgan. This summer, however, has been different than summers past. While Ivy was away visiting relatives,
Laney Estel
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
BOOK: All the Pretty Things
AUTHOR: Emily Arsenault
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐
Published: March 17, 2020

There is a sinister element to this book, and then again, not as sinister. I cant tell you exactly why there may be trigger warnings, but there are a small amount. The characters have a depth to them where you are always wondering what trauma they have all endured for being so secretive.

While I did enjoy elements of this book, the ending was not what I
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
There were some things about this book that I really enjoyed and some things that really rubbed me the wrong way.

The atmosphere of this story was on point! Almost every scene of the story takes place in the Fabuland Amusement park and the sights and sounds are described very vividly. Amusement park settings are always fun for me to read so I loved this aspect of the book.

The plot was okay...a boy is found dead at the bottom of a bridge and the amusement park owner's daughter goes on a mission
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been a big fan of Arsenault's writing for years now and I greatly enjoyed this one - her second foray into the young adult world. It's an engaging read with characters that all come vividly to life. Ivy, the seventeen-year-old narrator, returns home from an early summer trip to visit relatives and has to quickly catch up on all that she missed - including the death of a coworker at Fabuland, the amusement park that her divorced father purchased only a few years ago. While juggling the tasks ...more
Courtney Pate
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
So, Im one of those people who reads reviews before I start a book. I dont know why, its just a craving I have. I have to know what others think and if I think the same. I dont really think it messes with my interpretation of the book. Especially not in this case. The reviews I read said it was predictable and they knew the bad guy from chapter 3. I did not.

Ivy was a likable main character. She seemed genuinely concerned about her best friend, Morgan and solving Ethans cause of death. They said
Chelsea Wolfe
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from the publishing company through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion and does not reflect my opinions on this book.

All The Pretty Things had me intrigued the minute I saw it was for fans of Sadie and The Cheerleaders, both of which were on my top reads list last year and I was not disappointed with this read!

This mystery thriller had me at the edge of my seat and not wanting to stop until I finished. When I did, I realized this was going to be a book I wouldnt
Courtney (pawsitivelybookish)
Its summer which means roller coasters and cotton candy, especially at Fabuland. That is until Ethan, an amusement park employee with Down Syndrome is found dead.

Ivy is the bosss daughter. Morgan, her best friend, who is found Ethan's body. Morgan puts her trust in Ivy to find out the truth about what happened during Ethan's last night at Fabuland.

The summary of All The Pretty Things had me intrigued initially but it ended up falling short. Amusement parks are one of my favorite YA settings,
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
All the Pretty Things was a little rocky for me. Part of it was probably that the last thing I read was just so amazing that anything was going to have a hard time competing, but for this title, it was more than just that. This one got off to a bumpy start for me. The premise was interesting (a high functioning autistic teen boy falls to his death one evening after his shift ends at a local amusement park. The park owners daughter becomes interested in trying to find out what happened to him.) I ...more
Elle Gutierrez
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Childrens Books for providing me with an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are exclusively my own.

I feel so conflicted about this book.

While I think it delivered on the mystery aspect, I was not a fan of the characters at all.

MC, Ivy, was so damn insensitive to those she questioned. She was playing Nancy Drew but completely bumbling the investigation. I also felt some characters gave very vague answers for the sake of
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