Book Review | All Things New by Lauren Miller

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“From the author of Parallel and Free to Fall comes a novel about how it feels to be broken and what it means to be real.

Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumble—now she looks as shattered as she feels.

Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but her anxiety only gets worse in the wake of the accident.  That is, until she meets Marshall, a boy with a heart defect whose kindness and generous spirit slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world—a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

All Things New is a love story about perception and truth, physical and emotional pain, and the messy, complicated people we are behind the masks we put on for the world.”

You would think after hating most YA contemporary books I read, I would stop but here we are again.

Seeing how the book started, I thought that this was going to be something that I was going to like, but after the accident happened it became one of these ‘coming of age’ stories that I hate.

My main issue is that nothing happens. At all. The main event happened within the first 10% and honestly, there isn’t anything else to write home about.

I didn’t like the characters and even though I could identify with the panic attacks and anxiety Jessa had, she annoyed me more than anything. I also found the romance between her and Marshell cringey and uncomfortable to read about.

The writing did flow well and I got through it very quickly and that may have been the only aspect that I enjoyed.

This just isn’t the type of book that I enjoy and I should probably give up trying to read ones that fall into this genre.

2/5* but I can see how it would appeal to other readers.



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