Now Is Everything by Amy Giles
Published November 7, 2017
Hardcover, 368 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 5/5 STARS
(Thanks to Edelweiss & HarperTeen, I received an eARC)
The McCauleys look perfect on the outside. But nothing is ever as it seems, and this family is hiding a dark secret.
Hadley McCauley will do anything to keep her sister safe from their father. But when Hadley’s forbidden relationship with Charlie Simmons deepens, the violence at home escalates, culminating in an explosive accident that will leave everyone changed.
When Hadley attempts to take her own life at the hospital post-accident, her friends, doctors, family, and the investigator on the case want to know why. Only Hadley knows what really happened that day, and she’s not talking.
I enjoyed how the book was set up into then and now chapters. Usually when I’m reading a book alternating between then and now or different character points of view I tend to enjoy one more than the other. In this case I enjoyed reading from both then and now perspectives equally. The book was equally plot driven and character driven. I usually prefer a story to be more character driven, but in this case the plot was so good I loved it. I thought the interviews help add a bit of mystery to the story, which was a great addition.
I found Hadley to be a very level-headed character, who embodied a bunch of amazing qualities. She was a complex character, who loved more than she was loved. There were plenty of relationships talked about such as, friendships, family, and romantic ones. I loved hearing about Hadley and Lila’s relationship, and I thought Charlie and Hadley’s relationship was so pure and and true.
This book was not exactly what I expected it was a much more deep and raw read. I thought it worked so well throughout the whole story. It was so much more complex than anything I expected. The story was written in a very sensitive way to many very deep topics. It covered abuse (both mental and physical) and suicide/suicide attempts. The book built up suspense in such a wonderful way, i was highly impressed.
Overall, I thought this was a wonderfully stunning read. I found the authors writing style both deep and easy to comprehend. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a very deep contemporary read where the focus is not on romance, though it does have a romantic portion.