The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody | Book Review

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Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: 28th November, 2017

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

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Even before I started reading this book, I knew I was going to love it. It sounded exactly like the type of thing I’d enjoy, but I didn’t realise just how much I would end up adoring it. I was completely hooked from the very first page until the last. The writing pulled me into the story and I became fully invested in the emotional journey and growth of our main character.

My immediate reaction upon finishing it was why did it have to end?! I wanted to keep reading more and more, and the closer I got to the final page, the heavier my heart felt. I haven’t felt that way about a book in a long time – there was just something so honest and relatable about our main character. It’s actually the first book I’ve read in a while that I haven’t wanted to put down, and whilst I occasionally had to because life got in the way, it still only took me a few days to finish it. It’s been taking me months to get through books this year because of the weird reading slump I’ve been stuck in, but I think this book has finally broken me out of it.

“The English language has over one million words in it, and none of them are good enough for Lottie. None of them will capture what I saw when I looked at her. What I see now when I remember her. How she will forever look through my filtered view of the world.”

The writing style was wonderful, and I came across some beautiful quotes. I really enjoyed how there were different sections to the chapters, so past memories could intermingle with the present. This background insight was great because it allowed me to connect to the characters and understand the things they were going through, and it also meant I really felt the emotions of the characters – I found myself laughing and crying throughout the book.

I also felt like the author portrayed grief very well. As someone who hasn’t really experienced much like what happened in this book, I still found it easy to understand our main character’s reactions and emotions, and that was because of how well the author wrote about it. It all felt very authentic and honest (and, of course, heartbreaking), and I was really impressed.

The Chaos of Standing Still is a powerful novel about friendship and grief, and how to carry on living after tragedy strikes. I absolutely adored this book, and can’t wait for read other books by this author.


Content Warning:

  • Fatal car accident with some description
  • Main character dealing with grief

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