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Review: Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno

22/06/2017

Everything All at Once was recommended for fans of Jennifer Niven, and being a big fan of her novels I decided to give this novel by Katrina Leno a read.

 

Everything All at Once tells the story of Lottie and the death of her Aunt Helen, but it’s more than just a grieving story. Aunt Helen was a famous author of a famous children’s series (think Harry Potter) and left behind a series of letters for Lottie. Lottie has the task to read all the letters, and with each letter comes a task for Lottie to complete. The tasks range from having a good cry, to throwing a party, to dealing with old, dark secrets.

 

The plot of this novel is part of what intrigued me. I liked the story of Lottie completing tasks sent to her from her late aunt and the other stories that got mixed in along the way. The things I liked about this novel included that there were the excerpts in between the chapters from Aunt Helen’s novel series, Alvin Hatter. Each excerpt somehow related to what was happening in the novel at that time. I also loved the supporting characters in this novel and wished they had gotten more time in the story. In particular, I liked Abe, Lottie’s little brother and Lottie’s best friend Em. This novel had a HUGE twist that I didn’t see coming, and trust me, I (usually) see everything coming. So a fan of surprises and twists would enjoy the ending of this novel.

 

Overall, Everything All at Once was an interesting and unique novel. The book is good for fans of contemporary novels, as well as fantasy. It was an enjoyable and emotional story, which made it that much better.

 

I received this Advanced Reading Copy through the library, so be sure to keep an eye out and place a hold on Everything All at Once when it comes out in July! In the meantime, read Katrina’s other books, The Lost and Found, and The Half Life of Molly Pierce.

 

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