Review of All We Have is Now

What do you do with your last day on earth?

Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn't leave, the world will end. But Emerson's world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city's quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people's wishes -- and gives them his wallet full of money.

Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day -- maybe even their own.

The whole premise of knowing that we have one day to live is nothing new, but it is always interesting topic that always makes you reevaluate life and how you would spend that last day. In All We Have is Now, Earth is doomed by a large asteroid cascading toward early. Think Armageddon-style disaster.

I really loved Emerson. She had a tough life and I think if my relationship with my mother was the same as hers, I would feel the need to leave home and try it on my own. She is strong, but still a teen and wants the love of her family and acceptance for who she is.
Vince. The world needs more Vinces. He was so stinking amazing. I want him for a best friend. Once they meet Carl and got the idea to do random acts of kindness on their last day. They want to make dreams come true before the end of the world. Vince thinks of these amazing ways to make the dreams come true and makes everyone feel so special. What a way to spend your last day, completely selfless. Plus not only is Vince an amazing person, he is madly in love with Emerson, but so patient with her feelings, even on their last day.
Carl. He is probably one of the most complex characters in the book and we just barely get a look in on his life and who he is, what his relationships look like and how his life has been so far. Carl started the whole good deed situation, going so far as giving away his car and all his money. I would love to read this story from Carl’s POV. It would be like the adult version of the book.

There was an odd writing style to the book, it wasn’t bad at all, just something out of the ordinary. There was a conversational flow along with some modern poetry. I enjoyed the book but I think the writing style really made it hard to connect with the book. I felt like it almost put an imaginary wall between the characters and the readers.
I wish we would have gotten more detail on the status of the world during the disaster. We get this slight vision of something going on and people doubting the existence of the asteroid. It seemed to come out of left field.

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  1. I'm glad you enjoyed the book, thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

  2. This one sounds interesting. Too bad the writing style got in the way a little.

  3. Love the cover! And the story does sound quick and a little heartwarming.
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

  4. Great cover and it sounds like my kind of book, thanks for sharing will check it out.

    Heather | Random Redheaded Ramblings

  5. A very thought provoking opening line in the blurb. I like how you categorize your review! Thanks for sharing. :)


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