Title: Everything All at Once
Author: Katrina Leno
Date: July 25th 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Everything All At Once by Katrina Leno is my third book for the Mental Health Book Bingo. It’s a Young Adult story with a bit of magical realism at the end, that centers Lottie, a girl with anxiety and depression who must deal with her grief for her aunt Helen’s death, famous author of the Alvin Hatter series about a brother and a sister who became immortal thanks to an elixir. The protagonist receives twenty-four letters written by her aunt, in which she gives her instructions Lottie has to follow, in order to get out of her comfort zone.
But there’s a secret her aunt has never told anyone about it, and she has to find out what it is.
The owner of my favorite bookshop: Page & Ink. Bring her a hot tea and a banana muffin from Kester’s. Buy yourself some books, Lottie. They help with everything.
Books can make you live a thousand lifetimes, a thousand different lives.
Books make you immortal.
I was quite disappointed with the book. The story was a little predictable and, even though the plot wasn’t much flat, it felt off. I was surprised by the insta-love she felt towards Sam and by how quickly she started performing her tasks with him.
I don’t know what to write. I passed days without reading anything because this book made me enter a brief reading slump. Maybe it’s because I couldn’t relate to Lottie. She had anxiety and depression, and after her aunt’s death, she started thinking more and more about death.
Maybe that’s the point. Maybe when things are fine, that’s when I can’t handle it. Maybe I mess up all the good things because my brain doesn’t know how to process them. Maybe I can only be truly happy when everything is hanging on a thread.
The writing style was fine, but sometimes there were scenes I considered too “convenient”, and the characters weren’t fully developed. I tried to love this book, I tried so hard, but I couldn’t feel anything. And I’m very sad about it.
However, I thing I liked about the book were the family dynamics. Lottie has a twin brother, Abe, and he’s a bookworm like all of us. They love each other, and their parents are very supportive. There’s also Em, Lottie’s best friend. She’s lesbian and the two are like sisters. Em is such a good friend and doesn’t care about what other thinks about her sexual orientation.
I know that there many people who loved this book, but it wasn’t for me, and I give it 2 out of 5 stars.
About the author
Katrina Leno is the author of Everything All at Once, The Lost & Found, The Half Life of Molly Pierce, and Summer of Salt. In real life, she lives in Los Angeles. But in her head, she lives on an imaginary island off the coast of New England where it sometimes rains a lot.