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Laurel Everywhere

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Severe loss. For Laurel Summers, those two words don’t cut it. They don’t even come close. After a car wreck kills her mother and siblings, the ghosts of her family surround her as she wrestles with grief, anger, and the fear that she won't be enough to keep her dad alive either.

Fifteen-year-old Laurel Summers couldn’t tell you the last words she spoke to her mother and si
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Ooligan Press (first published November 9th 2020)
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May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this book broke me
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

After a drunk driver kills Laurel’s mother, brother and sister, she and her father are left spiraling through grief and depression. Her dad, dealing with his own mental illness, ends up hospitalized. Laurel’s two best friends and a new therapist help her navigate her new normal.

LAUREL EVERYWHERE is a beautifully written, ode to grief but it missed the mark for me. Laurel seems much younger than fifteen years old. Her feelings of grief and her father’s mental illness feel almost romanti
Erin Moynihan
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As I finish my final read through, I’m so excited for folks to meet Laurel. This one is for my family, both found and given. I hope people can find meaning in this story of grief, love, and growth.
katie ❀
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing an eARC of Laurel Everywhere in exchange for an honest review.

After a car accident causes the death of her mom, brother, and sister, Laurel is devastated. And with her dad suffering from depression, Laurel is left to pick up the shattered pieces of her broken family.

Now she can’t stop hearing the voices of the ghosts fo her family, who haunt her with the painful memories from before.

After her dad tries to end his pain, he leaves Laurel beh
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 14-and-15
I received an advanced copy of Laurel Everywhere from Ooligan Press through Edelweiss+. It's currently slated to be available for purchase on November 10th, 2020.

Reading Laurel Everywhere feels like listening to a teenager's pulse. I'm a big fan of character heavy stories and Laurel Everywhere did not disappoint. Throughout the novel, protagonist Laurel narrates her life after a sudden tragedy kill her mother and siblings and land her father in a mental institution. It's a story of loss, coping,
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am beyond glad that I choose to read this, this novel is to be released on November 10th, 2020 and I urge EVERYONE to give it a read. I would recommend this YA novel to anyone going through loss.
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Maybe Dad and I will never be the same again and maybe that’s OK, because we’ll create a new normal and I’ll get mad at him for leaving me sometimes and he’ll apologize a lot and maybe we’ll never get over it, but we’ll move on, somehow.

On my blog.

Actual rating 2.5

Rep: lesbian mc, Black bi li, Black side characters, side character with depression

CWs: family death, discussions of grief, attempted suicides of side character (inc. overdose)

Galley provided by publisher

This is, in all honesty
Lisa Pineo
Review by Lisa Pineo

*I received this eARC from Ooligan Press via Edelweiss+ in return for an honest review.

My ratings: * I hated it ** It was okay *** I liked it **** Really good ***** Great
TW (trigger warnings): Death of family members, suicide attempt, mental illness, parental homophobia

Description from the publisher:
"Severe loss. For Laurel Summers, those two words don’t cut it. They don’t even come close. After a car wreck kills her mother and siblings, the ghosts of her family surround he
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 stars.

This book was such a beautiful and heartfelt exploration of grief. Laurel was such a flawed character which made it so inter to be in her head. I was so connected to her and all the characters that I literally couldn’t put this book down. It was so character driven which was the main force of this story and it was wrapped up so well. This book was amazing and I can’t wait to read more from this author.
Rachel Howe
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Laurel Everywhere is the phenomenal story of 15-year-old Laurel Summers who loses everyone in her family except her dad in a tragic car accident. After abandoning Laurel alone in the woods, her father finds himself overwhelmed with his grief and he is sent to a special type of mental institute to help with his grief. With the love, help, and support of her surviving family and friends, Laurel finds a way to live with her grief, continue living her life, embrace who she is.

I cannot say enough po
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Severe loss. Those two words don’t cut it, they don’t even get close to describing it."

This book is a phenomenally heartbreaking exploration of grief and mental health. I tend not to read many books like this that center around loss, but I'm so glad I decided to give this one a try; I zoomed through this book in only a few hours and experienced so many intense emotions in that time. As someone who does not have a lot of experience with grief, especially not to the extent that Laurel deals with
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-middle-grade
I received a free digital ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Laurel Everywhere follows a fifteen year old girl (Laurel) in the aftermath of the deaths of three immediate family members in a car crash. Shortly thereafter, her father disappears and is revealed to be suffering from depression. The construct of the book is excellent, but nearly all of the plot occurs in the beginning of the book. Laurel often behaves in an immature manner, exhibiting impulsive and rash behaviors
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Books are all just recycled letters and words strung together in different ways to make different stories."

I received this book as part of LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

This book was quite possibly the most heartbreaking book I have read in a while. It follows a fifteen year old girl named Laurel who has just lost her mother and two siblings in a fatal car crash. Her father is suffering from severe depression and so it is Laurel's two best friends and her grandparents who support her throug
Meg Dendler
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I may not be the right reader, and this is definitely not the right time in my life for a book that's mostly sad and depressing. I'm all for calling attention to mental health issues and have family members who struggle, but the story just didn't seem to really go anywhere. Too repetitive. And I had a hard time believing the main character was only fifteen. Decently written overall, but not one I would have kept reading if I didn't feel obligated to.

I received a copy of this book for review fro
Kate Stewart
I received a copy of this book from early reviewers. This book presents a story about loss of family members due to a car accident. I enjoyed this book very much as the main character dealt with her sorrow and loss. I highly recommend this book for both adults and older teens. The author showed a great presentation of the grief experience and how the main character dealt with the radical changes in her young life. Characters are fully developed and you as a reader are invested in them. Highly re ...more
B. Goodwin
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story filled with trues and teen angst. A review will appear on soon. ...more
Amelia Maness-Gilliland
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of Laurel Everywhere through Library Thing.
Laurel Everywhere is deeply moving story that as one other reviewer noted “broke me.” Erin Moynihan delivers a story that takes the reader through life shattering grief while demonstrating a resilient hope.
I love the relationships between Laurel and her friends and the very real dynamics between them. It was Laurels relationship with her father that covered the full range of emotions, it was raw and blunt while at the same time tende
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Laurel Everywhere follows the life of Laurel Summers, a 15 year-old girl who has recently lost her mother, brother, and sister in a car accident. We watch Laurel navigate her own grief, and the grief of her father, who is not entirely honest with his daughter. This novel sheds light on how different people process grief differently. Some of the most important take aways are that you cannot compare your grief to another and determine who is more sad, you cannot discount you own grief because of t ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Being fifteen and losing your family is not easy.
When after that your father tries to leave you, your life becomes almost unbearable.
We see Laurel when she tries to cope with all this.
But we see not only Laurel, we see her grandparents too and her friends, who try to help her to cope with her loss.

Sometimes I 'watched' in horror what Laurel did, other times I was deeply moved by the people who tried to help her.

Laurel makes mistakes, her friends, her father and grandparents make mistakes. But in
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book as part of the Early Reviewers on Library Thing.

I quite enjoyed this book and thought it was a very good description of grief, mental health, and growing up.

Laurel is going through the loss of her mother and siblings. The book focuses on her and her father on coming to realization of this and how to move on.

I believe this would be an excellent YA novel for children who are also going through loss
Alexandra Alonso
Jun 12, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelved to be read at a later date. I don’t think this writing style is for me; it felt a bit juvenile & the sentences were choppy. I didn’t see much of a personality in Laurel but I’m going to try picking this up again later.

Thank you to LibraryThing and Ooligan Press for an ARC to review.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from LibraryThing ER in exchange for an unbiased review.

This is a touching emotional story about loss, grief and healing. The characters and storyline are more on level with young teens than young adults. The subject matter is serious but not inappropriate for this emerging generation. Laurel Summers is 15 years old when her mother and two siblings, Rowan and Tansy are killed in a horrific car crash. Laurel and her dad were driving in a separ
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Although this book covers important themes — like finding happiness alongside grief, and coming to terms with who you are — it's only an okay story. The characters were distinct, the friendships were satisfying, and the emotions were powerful. The events of the story felt very realistic. But despite these strengths, the plot felt meandering and the writing itself sometimes felt a little weak.

All of the characters in the novel, both living and dead, are given characteristics and personalities tha
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
*This is somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4 to me, mainly because Laurel reads a bit younger than 15.

Laurel Everywhere is a lot to handle, and I mean that in a good way. People tend to have an assumption that young adult literature can't tackle difficult themes, but this book is a perfect example of how good YA lit can be at doing just that. It's a heavy book, much of it reading as an internal stream of consciousness as fifteen year old Laurel Summers processes the recent loss of her mother, broth
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Fifteen year old Laurel Summers has just lost her mother, her brother, Rowan and sister, Tansy in a horrific car accident.  Now, all that's left of their family is Laurel and her father.  Laurel's father is dealing with severe depression and grief as he leaves Laurel to attend a bereavement camp and improve his mental health.  Laurel's father leaving her is just a little too much for her to handle, Laurel begins to spiral.  She has her best friends to lean on, Hanna, who is practical and knowled ...more
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I borrowed Laurel Everywhere from a friend to read over spring break this past year, and I'm SO GLAD that I did. In fact, I plan to buy my 15-year-old younger sister a copy ASAP, and I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to any teen that's starting to explore the depths of their emotions and identities.

Laurel Everywhere is the story of Laurel Summers, a young teenager who loses her mother and both of her siblings in a tragic car accident where Laurel is the sole survivor. After the accident
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Laurel Everywhere" is about the struggle of a 15-year old with regards to her family's crisis — partially with an identity crisis. She faced a family problem when her mom and siblings died. Then her father struggled with depression. Shre's troubled with her identity, too, because she tends to compare herself to almost everyone around her, especially her family. Wherein, this is an honest, true issue of teenage years.

The story keeps me going with the curiosity of how they will cope, knowing how
Jun 05, 2021 rated it liked it
We meet Laurel as she has just been abandoned in the woods by her traumatically depressed father, two weeks after her mother and two siblings have died unexpectedly in a horrible car crash. Laurel is fifteen, feeling lost and alone without her family, and figuring out who she is without them alongside figuring out her complicated feelings for her best friend, Hanna (who'd kissed Laurel shortly before Laurel's family's accident and the muddledness that followed). Throughout the book, we closely o ...more
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

If I had been browsing in a bookstore, I may have picked this book up, but I almost certainly would have put it down after the first few pages. The exposition is heavy-handed and contrite, and does not evoke any emotion for me. However, since I received it as part of the early reviewers program, I kept reading in order to give it a fair review.

It took almost half the book before I was interested in the
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