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Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends—literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life could possibly understand. Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends—literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life could possibly understand. Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss she thinks was her fault. And when their paths cross, Kyle sees in her all the unspoken things he’s feeling. As Kyle and Marley work to heal each other’s wounds, their feelings for each other grow stronger. But Kyle can’t shake the sense that he’s headed for another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he’s started to put it back together. And he’s right.


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Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends—literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life could possibly understand. Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends—literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life could possibly understand. Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss she thinks was her fault. And when their paths cross, Kyle sees in her all the unspoken things he’s feeling. As Kyle and Marley work to heal each other’s wounds, their feelings for each other grow stronger. But Kyle can’t shake the sense that he’s headed for another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he’s started to put it back together. And he’s right.

30 review for All This Time

  1. 5 out of 5

    A n n i e ⚔ | Mustachio Mozart

    whoever designs these covers needs a raise immediately.

  2. 4 out of 5

    demi. ♡

    The cover is just... WOW.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    How am I supposed to wait another six months for this!! So excited for this to come out and to hold another wonderful novel by Rachael Lippincott with such a beautiful cover 😭🥰

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Scarpello

    Thank you sooooo much Goodreads and Simon Teen for providing an ARC for this book! File this under books I have complicated feelings for. TL:DR tropes: - Mental illness - Lost love and dealing with trauma - YA Contemporary - Friends to lovers - Fluff Kyle, a recently graduated high school student loses a lot in a short time. His football career due to an injury. He is broken up with by his lifelong girlfriend Kim. They get into a car accident and she doesn't make it. He is left with a traumatic brain i Thank you sooooo much Goodreads and Simon Teen for providing an ARC for this book! File this under books I have complicated feelings for. TL:DR tropes: - Mental illness - Lost love and dealing with trauma - YA Contemporary - Friends to lovers - Fluff Kyle, a recently graduated high school student loses a lot in a short time. His football career due to an injury. He is broken up with by his lifelong girlfriend Kim. They get into a car accident and she doesn't make it. He is left with a traumatic brain injury. Then he meets Marley, his perfect match, and the two of them begin to deal with their trauma and mutual loss together. So, complicated feelings. Kyle felt like a very realistic portrayal of a young person to me in both good and bad ways. He's extremely flawed and obsessive, and can repeat that obsession far past the point of being responsible before and after his injury. He is a control freak, a hopeless romantic, and very emotionally needy and codependent. All This Time is, at it's core, more about Kyle's ability to deal with loss and move on from the problems surrounding his injury, but more importantly, the problems he created before the car crash. The book dives into his relationship with his now dead girlfriend, as well as his best friend Sam, who he had an equally complicated relationship with. Kyle and Kim also had what I would consider a very realistic teen relationship- full of sporadic breakups and meaningless fights, and the deconstruction of that relationship as idealized to flawed was very interesting. Heres where it gets less good. this is a love story, not a character study- and boy, did I dislike the love story. Marley is a manic pixie dream girl. Kyle's perfect girl. The connect instantly, vaguely, and fall in love in the blink of an eye. His obsession with Kim begins to drift and turn into an obsession with Marley, and while it feels equally unhealthy, its not deconstructed in the same way. These two are paired off as epic lovers narratively, despite the obsession and codependency. I found it really off putting and it made it extremely hard for me to commit to the book. That being said, the pace is quick, and this is a very, very easy read. The twists and turns were a little expected, but do turn out in a way that is probably ultimately satisfying for the reader. I am not, as i've said before, a huge fan of YA contemporary, so maybe there is something here I was just missing- but when the love story fails, it's hard to really fall in love with a book marketed as a romance. This is a good popcorn read, and if you are into sweetly sad YA romances, it could be a great fit.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ♡ gillian

    THAT. COVER. THO. THAT. COVER. THO.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Claude's Bookzone

    Well I guess I might be in the minority for this one. I won't say too much other than I just don't seem to be drawn into stories from these writers. I can't quite put my finger on it but I suspect it is a bunch of little things that collectively prevent me from getting invested in the characters or the story itself. I liked the first section and then my mind just slowly drifted away from this story and towards funny You Tube clips of cats. I was also watching my own kittens chase leaves outside Well I guess I might be in the minority for this one. I won't say too much other than I just don't seem to be drawn into stories from these writers. I can't quite put my finger on it but I suspect it is a bunch of little things that collectively prevent me from getting invested in the characters or the story itself. I liked the first section and then my mind just slowly drifted away from this story and towards funny You Tube clips of cats. I was also watching my own kittens chase leaves outside when I realised I hadn't absorbed the last 15 mins of the audiobook. To be fair frolicking kittens are incredibly entertaining. Just a case of not for me and I am sure lots of people will thoroughly enjoy this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    I’m sorry to say this story didn’t work for me on any level, so I’m going to keep my review short. I really enjoyed this author duo’s FIVE FEET APART, so I was eager to see another story from them. The cover is pretty and it felt like a style that fitted with their previous book. This story takes the reader through death, loss, grief, healing, recovery and yet, does it really? From the first few pages, this story forced a seemingly emotional story on the reader. It felt too much, too soon. The pr I’m sorry to say this story didn’t work for me on any level, so I’m going to keep my review short. I really enjoyed this author duo’s FIVE FEET APART, so I was eager to see another story from them. The cover is pretty and it felt like a style that fitted with their previous book. This story takes the reader through death, loss, grief, healing, recovery and yet, does it really? From the first few pages, this story forced a seemingly emotional story on the reader. It felt too much, too soon. The protagonist Kyle was going through so much and yet I had a sneaking suspicion. Honestly, the story didn’t relent, lurching from one emotional event to another, with Kyle, Sam and Kim then Kyle and Marley. I found the plot utterly ridiculous when at 65% what I suspected was coming, was realised. How I limped to the end, I’m unsure. This felt like an immature plot and read for me and I’m gutted to be saying that so plainly. I suspect this will work on a surface level for teen readers and for that I’m glad. Thank you to Simon & Schuster for the early review copy. This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Soha Ashraf

    Before I start rambling about how amazing the story is, I would like to take a moment to appreciate the title and book cover of my new favorite book. The book cover instantly grabbed my attention the moment I laid my eyes on it. As it gave me all the Disney vibes which I am all up for. As far as the book is concerned, I don’t have enough words to describe how breathtakingly beautiful it was. After reading the first line of the book I knew it won’t let me down. The story starts with Kyle and Kimbe Before I start rambling about how amazing the story is, I would like to take a moment to appreciate the title and book cover of my new favorite book. The book cover instantly grabbed my attention the moment I laid my eyes on it. As it gave me all the Disney vibes which I am all up for. As far as the book is concerned, I don’t have enough words to describe how breathtakingly beautiful it was. After reading the first line of the book I knew it won’t let me down. The story starts with Kyle and Kimberly, the cliché couple of a footballer and a cheerleader, at their graduation party. But later on, Kyle, a hopeless romantic, somehow meets Marley, a storyteller. So a new love story begins, but this time it starts with once upon a time as every fairy tale starts with these four words. The little things mentioned made the story stand out to me like feeding popcorns to the ducks; Marley giving flowers to Kyle, each holding a specific meaning; and the story of the pearls and the moon guy. And my heart was doing a happy dance knowing that Kyle and Marley found comfort and peace in each other’s presence, although, both were grieving in their own ways. Oh, and never in a million years did I see that plot twist coming. Some sentences were written so beautifully that I had to stop for a while and reread that sentence again and again; afraid that I might forget it later. The mere words in this book created a magical love story that was able to make me shed some tears while reading, after a long time. I hope everyone gets to experience this kind of magical love.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shivani Patel

    THE COVER. THE TITLE. THE SYNOPSIS. I AM READY. I NEED THIS BOOK NOOWWW. SOMEONE PLEASEEE SEND ME AN ARC.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    The capability these two authors have to create such beautiful stories is out of this world. I absolutely loved Five Feet Apart so I was incredibly excited to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I loved every ounce of this story, the characters and the complete roller coaster of emotions that just happened for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

  11. 5 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Hi, ok so, I loved Five Feet Apart. I loved it so much I read it in one day. This book is not Five Feet Apart, and I don't think my head could wrap around that fact haha Thank you, Edelweiss and Simon Teen for the e-arc. This story centers around Kyle, who's involved in a tragic car accident and wakes up to his world unraveled. In the wake of tragedy, he meets a girl named Marley. Marley is going through her own grief and she and Kyle form a bond soon after. But wait. This story has a twist that m Hi, ok so, I loved Five Feet Apart. I loved it so much I read it in one day. This book is not Five Feet Apart, and I don't think my head could wrap around that fact haha Thank you, Edelweiss and Simon Teen for the e-arc. This story centers around Kyle, who's involved in a tragic car accident and wakes up to his world unraveled. In the wake of tragedy, he meets a girl named Marley. Marley is going through her own grief and she and Kyle form a bond soon after. But wait. This story has a twist that made me go all baskin shark mouth. Unfortunately, the twist and the romance could not help the way I did not like Kyle's voice. Something about it did not feel...real? Does that make sense? I don't know, I just wasn't vibing. Maybe it was his obsessive personality or that he could not stop being such a control freak that had me feeling bad for his ex. The writing flows easily and the pacing is quick. I am a huge fan of YA contemporary, but this one missed its mark with me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger

    Wordpress Blog | Twitter | Pinterest 📗 All This Time just sent me on the biggest emotional rollercoaster ride this year, my emotions going from bored, to shocked, to flipping madly through the pages, attempting not to sob hysterically before suddenly sinking back to boredom again. In short, this first half of this book seems like your typical contemporary romance before dropping the biggest plot twist, but the ending just seemed a little over the top. 📕 I loved the way this book showed that some c Wordpress Blog | Twitter | Pinterest 📗 All This Time just sent me on the biggest emotional rollercoaster ride this year, my emotions going from bored, to shocked, to flipping madly through the pages, attempting not to sob hysterically before suddenly sinking back to boredom again. In short, this first half of this book seems like your typical contemporary romance before dropping the biggest plot twist, but the ending just seemed a little over the top. 📕 I loved the way this book showed that some couples are just not meant to be together, Kyle and Kim's relationship just didn't work, she seemed to cause a lot of arguments, stemming from Kyle's obsessive need to fix everything and keep them as a couple. But when she dies, he meets Marley, and he starts to see everything that was wrong about his previous relationship. 📘 And I just loved Marley. The storywriter. The girl who stopped to move snails off of the path so they didn't get stepped on. The girl that will absolutely trash you at fairground basketball. The girl that feeds popcorn to ducks. The girl whose favourite colour is yellow. The girl that blames herself for her twin sister's death. My heart. 📙 The secondary plot twist around Marley was so freaking clever, I'm still reeling over it. And I loved it so, so much. But the final pages were so over the top, so melodramatic, it was just too much, reading more like one of those stories written by a 12 year old emo on Tumblr. Which is a real shame because the rest of the book was so, so good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ❀ Alex ❀ (The Scribe Owl)

    This cover is adorable! I need to read the first one ASAP

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    All This Time is my first book by these authors. It is an emotional Young Adult contemporary romance. The narrator is 18 year old Kyle (1st person POV). Kyle, Sam (guy) and Kim are best friends. They are graduating high school and the night of their celebration something happens. The first chapter had so much happening. I'm honestly not sure if I have ever read a beginning of a book where more happened. It is pretty unusual for me to read a YA book that only features the male POV. But it was an int All This Time is my first book by these authors. It is an emotional Young Adult contemporary romance. The narrator is 18 year old Kyle (1st person POV). Kyle, Sam (guy) and Kim are best friends. They are graduating high school and the night of their celebration something happens. The first chapter had so much happening. I'm honestly not sure if I have ever read a beginning of a book where more happened. It is pretty unusual for me to read a YA book that only features the male POV. But it was an interesting change. I'm a bit unsure how to rate this book. The first half was maybe 3 stars. There was nothing wrong with it. But it was just basically a teenage boy who was dealing with a lot of things. The second half of the book was much stronger for me. I love books that are unpredictable. And the second half of All This Time was quite amazing. There is a girl in this book, Marley, and I found everything about her to be fascinating. I really like how the authors incorporated her in this book. There was much to like about this book. I enjoyed the friendships. I enjoyed the relationships. And I enjoyed that I thought that the book was going in one direction ... and then it went in a completely different direction. I could not turn the pages fast enough for the second half of this book. And I could not wait to see how the book would end. Since the end of a book is everything for me I decided to go with 4 stars. The last part of the book was very strong. And it left me thinking about the ending. Thanks to netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for allowing me to read this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ♡Jacqueline♡ beautyliterate

    Was sent an eARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natasha | readwithnatasha

    “i will always believe in fairy tales. i will always believe in true love. just try and stop me.” i loved the first part of the book. i very quickly connected to kyle - i guess the fastest way to my heart is through pizza rolls. then a twist came and like woah. so surprising, but also, it turned like major fairytale for me. everything was just too perfect. like, not in a bad way though? i finished the fairytale and decided to read the author’s note and it 100% made the book for me. mikki talks abo “i will always believe in fairy tales. i will always believe in true love. just try and stop me.” i loved the first part of the book. i very quickly connected to kyle - i guess the fastest way to my heart is through pizza rolls. then a twist came and like woah. so surprising, but also, it turned like major fairytale for me. everything was just too perfect. like, not in a bad way though? i finished the fairytale and decided to read the author’s note and it 100% made the book for me. mikki talks about how she believes in fairytales and people always try bring her down to earth and she’s just like no. idk, knowing it was 100% supposed to be a fairytale made it work for me. tons of you asked if this was a sad book that brings out tears. i’m not a crier, but i teared up! not enough to leave my eyeballs, but enough that i had to blink quickly to get that extra moisture in line! this was meant to be a true love fairytale, so please go into it knowing it’s one and you’ll love it too. 5/5 stars; 320 pages; YA romance. again, i need to give a HUGE thank you to @simonteen @mikkidaughtry and @rachaellippincott for my ARC copy!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    3.75 - 4.25 ish I fairly enjoyed this book. I thought this book was a cute and sad story. My favorite parts of the book was the middle were Marley and Kyle was in love, and all that. And my other favorite part was the ending. I am not to sure which book I like the best. Five feet apart or this book. I fairly enjoyed both books, I probably enjoyed the other book slightly more, but I like both books about / close to the same since I also gave five feet apart a 4 star.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight

    8/22/20: THERE'S A NEW BOOK FROM THE CREATORS OF FIVE FEET APART THE COVER IS GORGEOUS I'M READY TO CRY OVER FICTIONAL CHARACTERS AGAIN, LET'S GO

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Maybe I'm the only person on Earth who hasn't read or seen "Five Feet Apart", so I wasn't on the Mikki Daughtry train before reading this book. But now I can understand the hype a little more. YA Contemporary as a genre for me is usually hit or miss, mostly because it relies on too many tropes, which many young readers eat up. They don't know any better; most won't have read that many books to know how overdone some of them can be! But unfortunately for this age-ed reader, most of this book was u Maybe I'm the only person on Earth who hasn't read or seen "Five Feet Apart", so I wasn't on the Mikki Daughtry train before reading this book. But now I can understand the hype a little more. YA Contemporary as a genre for me is usually hit or miss, mostly because it relies on too many tropes, which many young readers eat up. They don't know any better; most won't have read that many books to know how overdone some of them can be! But unfortunately for this age-ed reader, most of this book was unsurprising, and thus a bit unengaging. Kyle (the former quarterback for his high school football team) and Kimberly (captain of the cheerleading squad) are high school sweethearts, bound for the same college and a cloyingly sweet future together. But Kim breaks the news, on graduation night no less, that she won't be going to the same school, and she thinks they should see other people. (Predictably) out of nowhere, a truck hits Kyle's car while they are in the midst of this life-changing conversation, leaving him severely injured and Kim dead. Kyle must deal with the grief and guilt of losing his (ex-)girlfriend, his identity without her after six years together, and being the one who gets to move on. This is all made even more complicated when he meets Marley, a girl dealing with her own grief, and they have an instant connection. This book was an easy, casual read for me. The writing style was precise and simple, but still engaging. While the first half of the book took a bit to unfold, the last half flew by. And I really liked the ending. Now, while I know that tropes are often an inevitable part of fiction, this book just had a few too many for me, and some that came straight out of soap operas! It made it a bit too difficult to suspend disbelief and engage completely with the story. But overall, I enjoyed the pacing and romance in this novel enough to recommend it to my younger high school readers. I'm sure they will eat this one up! ____________________________ P.S. Although I try to make my reviews relatively spoiler-free, I can't with this one. So read ahead at your own risk. (view spoiler)[Tropes aside (because we all use them, so they can be forgiven) there were a few problems for me with this book. The first being Kyle's character development. He goes from being completely codependent on his first girlfriend, Kim, going through a miraculous transformation in his 8 week coma, to becoming completely codependent on his second girlfriend, Marley. While adorable and totally fairy-tale-esque, this book doesn't portray the healthiest of relationships. I hate the love at first sight trope, and while I know that the first encounter Marley and Kyle have isn't love at first sight, the development of their romance felt clunky and abrupt. It almost felt convincing as a friendship-turned-romance, but by the time Kyle loves Marley, we just know that she is quirky and attractive. I wanted more slow burn. But even more egregious was when Marley and Kyle really DO meet for the first time (after the plot twist derived wholly from soap operas where it turns out he was in the coma the whole time, Kim is still alive, and Marley may or may not be a real person), Marley falls in love with a guy she has only gotten to know as a nearly lifeless body. I get why Kyle would have these feelings for her, but why does Marley have ANY feelings? I don't buy the explanation that he's a good listener. Because it's kind of hard to be a bad listener if you had no choice but to listen in the first place. (hide spoiler)]

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ~ Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an early copy in exchange for an honest review! RELEASE DATE: September 29 ~ 'That's the first thing you said to me, remember? Once upon a time.' This book really put me through the wringer. It started out so strong, such a great depiction of grief and learning how to accept one's feelings and then... then it got really, really dumb. I appreciated so much of what was going on, what Marley was providing for Kyle, and that's when I h ~ Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an early copy in exchange for an honest review! RELEASE DATE: September 29 ~ 'That's the first thing you said to me, remember? Once upon a time.' This book really put me through the wringer. It started out so strong, such a great depiction of grief and learning how to accept one's feelings and then... then it got really, really dumb. I appreciated so much of what was going on, what Marley was providing for Kyle, and that's when I had the thought, What if Marley isn't real? I thought that would be very fitting and a great way to symbolize Kyle's journey dealing with his grief. Unfortunately, this book simply took things too far. As I kept reading, another thought crept into my mind, What if Kyle is dreaming all of this and he'll wake up back where he started? Lol that would be so incredibly stupid. Little did I know that not only was this the case, but it got even worse and more over the top. More over the top than the whole thing being him in a coma? Yes. And no, I don't know how the authors managed to pull that off, let alone how it got past the editors. Not only was he in a coma that whole time, BUT MARLEY WAS REAL AND WAS READING HIM THEIR ENTIRE STORY. Yes. I did not make that up. Besides the obvious logistical problems this brings up (how did none of his family and friends- let alone the nurses!!- never see this random girl reading to him literally ALL THE TIME????), but it also just... rubs me the wrong way. Like. Why is it okay that this random girl chose an incapacitated boy to build an entire relationship with????? How was she even allowed in the room???? I just. No. I thought the escalation would end there. It couldn't POSSIBLY get worse, right? Wrong. Kyle buys her a dog. Yup, just buys it online and it shows up and he just gives it to her without consulting a single person for permission! Always good to give a dog to a person you just met without even telling them to get any supplies, let alone ask if they have the time and energy to devote to it. Anyway, as annoying as that is, it is NOTHING. I repeat, NOTHING compared to the what happens next. Marley jumps in front of a car to save a child because she feels guilt about her sister dying in the same way. I'm not done yet. Then, when she's in the hospital, her injuries don't seem to be that bad, and the doctor says that she's simply choosing to die. I'm not even going to mention how harmful that could be to someone dealing with terminal illness or grieving, but you know what, it gets even worse. So then, MARLEY DIES. Yup, she straight up flatlines. And then- and here's the kicker!- she simply chooses to come back to life!!! She just wanted to say bye to her dead sister!! Haha! Yes!! So good to completely discredit every good lesson about grief previously provided by this book by romanticizing death!!!! And then the book just ends. So... yeah, I think it's fair to assume I'm not too keen to read more from these authors, though I do like their writing style. If the synopsis of their next work piques my interest I'd be willing to give it a try, but so much of this just had me in disbelief of how bad it got. I'm giving it that extra star, bumping it up to 2, because up until he woke up from the coma this was a solid 4 star book. Marley being real brought it down to a 2.5, and then the whole her dying and coming back to life randomly in the last like 20 pages solidly drove it down into a 2. Honestly I'd highly recommend not reading this book, but it was easy to read, and the beginning held some merit.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I mean... wow. I wanted to read this because I enjoyed their previous novel, but I didn't know exactly what to expect or what I was getting myself into, but this was a powerful read. Let me tell you, the writing in this book was amazing, it kept me on my toes nearly the entire time and I wasn't disappointed. From start to finish I was sucked into the story, and that's not I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I mean... wow. I wanted to read this because I enjoyed their previous novel, but I didn't know exactly what to expect or what I was getting myself into, but this was a powerful read. Let me tell you, the writing in this book was amazing, it kept me on my toes nearly the entire time and I wasn't disappointed. From start to finish I was sucked into the story, and that's not always the case for me with contemporary. The twists in this book weren't what I was expecting and I was pleasantly surprised. I adored the main characters, Kyle and Marley, so much. Each of them was messed up in their own ways from the past trauma in their lives, and watching them grow was such a pleasure. A word of warning, this book made me CRY. And I mean I cried for a solid half hour because of it, and contemporary very rarely hits me like that. This is such an amazing, emotional book and I truly felt connected to the characters and their stories. I can't recommend this book highly enough if you were a fan of their previous work, or just want to read a super fulfilling contemporary.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    Sometimes you just have to read a YA story with all the usual tropes. I think this is one of those books that you should read without knowing what's going to happen, and also be willing to stick it out. Without revealing any spoilers, I started out being really annoyed by Kyle. As one of his friends said at least once, "It's not always about you." So yeah, I was really annoyed by him. Fortunately, he does slowly learn his lesson, but it takes many tries with a few false starts. But I loved the s Sometimes you just have to read a YA story with all the usual tropes. I think this is one of those books that you should read without knowing what's going to happen, and also be willing to stick it out. Without revealing any spoilers, I started out being really annoyed by Kyle. As one of his friends said at least once, "It's not always about you." So yeah, I was really annoyed by him. Fortunately, he does slowly learn his lesson, but it takes many tries with a few false starts. But I loved the surprises that the authors put into the story (no, I did not think it was predictable), and I really liked the ending. In many ways, this was like a Grimm's fairy tale, including the darkness and the happily ever after. If you get annoyed by YA tropes, then maybe this is not the book for you, but if you like realistic sad fiction, then you should definitely give this book a try. I had to pull out the tissues for this one! FTC Disclosure: Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    Kyle's story of recovery from tragedy is filled with flowers and fairy tales. Some might consider those two things to be useless in the face of grief and suffering. What this story reminds us of is the power of storytelling and the restoring power of hope. Filled with lush descriptions of flowers and evocative scenes of redemption and reconciliation, this book is surely on its way to the big screen. I would love to see Kyle, Kim, Sam, and Marley tell us their story in technicolor. For readers wh Kyle's story of recovery from tragedy is filled with flowers and fairy tales. Some might consider those two things to be useless in the face of grief and suffering. What this story reminds us of is the power of storytelling and the restoring power of hope. Filled with lush descriptions of flowers and evocative scenes of redemption and reconciliation, this book is surely on its way to the big screen. I would love to see Kyle, Kim, Sam, and Marley tell us their story in technicolor. For readers who are happy to suspend reality a bit, this will be a welcome emotional rollercoaster. In the end I was glad I jumped on. Thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILERS GALORE High school sweethearts Kyle and Kimberly break up after graduation before getting into an accident that kills Kim. Kyle drowns in grief until he meets Marley. Plot Twist: Kyle was just in a coma. Kim’s not dead but now he’s in love with Marley, who’s just his imagination. Kimberly wants to stay with Kyle. Plot Twist: Marley’s real. Everyone should have believed Kyle. Plot Twist: Marley ends up in a coma and dies. Plot Twist: Marley comes back wills herself back because of Kyle’s lo SPOILERS GALORE High school sweethearts Kyle and Kimberly break up after graduation before getting into an accident that kills Kim. Kyle drowns in grief until he meets Marley. Plot Twist: Kyle was just in a coma. Kim’s not dead but now he’s in love with Marley, who’s just his imagination. Kimberly wants to stay with Kyle. Plot Twist: Marley’s real. Everyone should have believed Kyle. Plot Twist: Marley ends up in a coma and dies. Plot Twist: Marley comes back wills herself back because of Kyle’s love. ALL THIS TIME *might* have been a decent MG novel, but doesn’t work as YA. The writers call it a fairy tale. A call it a celebration of dysfunctional, enmeshed, unhealthy relationships trying to appear romantic. Younger teen girls might like the story, I hope they don’t take dating and love cues from it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emilie DeVito

    “She saw him and she knew. She knew that he would understand”. Wow! Rachael & Mikki did it again! I don’t even know where to begin with this book. I love how these authors always tug at the heartstrings. I don’t want to give anything away so just go read the book! “She saw him and she knew. She knew that he would understand”. Wow! Rachael & Mikki did it again! I don’t even know where to begin with this book. I love how these authors always tug at the heartstrings. I don’t want to give anything away so just go read the book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura Whitney

    What a GORGEOUS book! Not only was I blown away yet again by the authors’ writing styles, but this story took me places. I cried and laughed multiple times while reading it, and once within about 2 minutes of each other. Would highly recommend this!! Would also be a good book to get out of a reading slump!!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I received an eARC from SimonTeen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Welp...it sure is honest: https://twincitiesgeek.com/2020/10/al... Some honorable mentions to things I didn't detail in my review: •Why is this hospital staff so neglectful? Why do these authors insist on making them this way? I realize it's for the characters to sneak out, but that's just not realistic. •This entire thing was like a tiered cardboard cake. Twist after twist after twist...I got sick of it after a while I received an eARC from SimonTeen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Welp...it sure is honest: https://twincitiesgeek.com/2020/10/al... Some honorable mentions to things I didn't detail in my review: •Why is this hospital staff so neglectful? Why do these authors insist on making them this way? I realize it's for the characters to sneak out, but that's just not realistic. •This entire thing was like a tiered cardboard cake. Twist after twist after twist...I got sick of it after a while. •Coma!Sam is the worst. Fuck him. •IRL Kyle is the worst. Fuck him. •WHY. WOULD YOU. GO. TO A RANDOM. PERSON'S HOUSE. IN THE MIDDLE. OF THE NIGHT. TO FIND. YOUR IMAGINARY GIRLFRIEND. WHO DOES THIS. WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL. •Marley's coma was so fucking stupid. "I don't want to live anymore, bye." Please spare me this nonsense. •The coma dream world, Laura appearing to take Marley to the afterlife...just why. There's a reason this was cut out of the Five Feet Apart movie: it was stupid and made no sense. There's no way they can do that this time, though, given how central this coma dream world is to the story. •The damn puppy fake out was so annoying. It was on par with a Hallmark Christmas movie. Fuck this book. I'm tired of this shit being written and I'm tired of it making money. Please just don't even bother.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah at Travel Through Fiction

    All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott is a young adult contemporary romance, cloaked in tragedy and rebirth. We meet Kyle, who is desperately in love with his off and on again girlfriend, Kimberly. When Kim tries to explain to Kyle that they’ve been together for their whole lives and she wants to see where life takes them both individually, Kyle won’t accept it. In the heat of the argument, he gets into a car accident and Kim dies. He has to navigate a world without her and is fo All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott is a young adult contemporary romance, cloaked in tragedy and rebirth. We meet Kyle, who is desperately in love with his off and on again girlfriend, Kimberly. When Kim tries to explain to Kyle that they’ve been together for their whole lives and she wants to see where life takes them both individually, Kyle won’t accept it. In the heat of the argument, he gets into a car accident and Kim dies. He has to navigate a world without her and is forced to learn the lesson she wanted to teach him on his own. Even though All This Time sounds like a depressing story, it’s surprisingly uplifting and hopeful. We see Kyle’s journey through grief and the romance genre comes into play when he meets Marley, a teen who is also grieving. We watch as their relationship blossoms through their shared experiences through grief. It’s truly a beautiful story and easily a five-star read. The first fifty percent was rocky for me because there were quite a few things that I didn’t like. For example, when Kimberly dies, Kyle goes through this intense depressive phase (which I found very accurate), but then he meets Marley soon after he was forced out of the house and suddenly his world lit up. However, I remember that feeling. I remember losing my spouse and then meeting someone who made me feel something for the first time. It’s an incredible, guilt-stricken feeling. The authors did an amazing job depicting those contrasting emotions. Another aspect of this novel that I struggled with was the pacing. Throughout the first half of the book, each chapter began with a time jump. Some chapters jumped a few days, while others jumped weeks. I struggled with that while I was reading it, but the plot twists that came later made everything click. The plot twists made this read worthy of five stars. The end of the book is riddled with plot twists that I was not expecting. One of my biggest pet peeves is predictable plot twists and All This Time caught me by surprise. Multiple times. I cried. I yelled. I muttered to myself throughout the novel. My boyfriend thought I was crazy. Books rarely affect me this way, which is why All This Time made it to my all-time favorites shelf on Goodreads. If you liked Five Feet Apart by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott, you’ll love All This Time. It’s powerful, inspiring, and heartbreaking all the same time. I will re-read this book every once in a while, just because I fell in love with the characters. I’d love to see this book turned into a movie. I’d like to thank NetGalley, Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott for the eARC and Goodreads for the physical ARC!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (always_read_the_end_first)

    “For anyone who’s ever had a Marley. Never let her go.” -M.D. Loved five feet apart? Check this beauty out. I was sobbing like ugly crying. I read this in four hours. I loved this story so much and the character development through out this novel is expressed immensely for all the characters not just the main character(s). Fairytales do exist. Marley never stopped believing and neither should you. Thank you Simon & Shuster for this amazing ARC! “For anyone who’s ever had a Marley. Never let her go.” -M.D. Loved five feet apart? Check this beauty out. I was sobbing like ugly crying. I read this in four hours. I loved this story so much and the character development through out this novel is expressed immensely for all the characters not just the main character(s). Fairytales do exist. Marley never stopped believing and neither should you. Thank you Simon & Shuster for this amazing ARC!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gmr

    Have you ever had a book that you were so inside the story, so with the characters, so tethered to every word that was uttered, every feeling conveyed, every moment captured...that you were simply wrecked by book's end? I mean like in tears, sighing with relief or acceptance, and quite honestly needing a few moments at the very least before you could even think about wrangling your thoughts into something coherent, or ,goodness forbid, reading something else? Yeah, that's me with this book. Kyle Have you ever had a book that you were so inside the story, so with the characters, so tethered to every word that was uttered, every feeling conveyed, every moment captured...that you were simply wrecked by book's end? I mean like in tears, sighing with relief or acceptance, and quite honestly needing a few moments at the very least before you could even think about wrangling your thoughts into something coherent, or ,goodness forbid, reading something else? Yeah, that's me with this book. Kyle and Kimberly were a couple for as long as anyone could remember, which is especially long in today's world where some folks trade significant others like flavors of the week...but sometimes that familiarity, sometimes that constant togetherness, can make it hard for them to see themselves anymore. The bomb drop on graduation night was epic...but the fallout would last SO much longer and affect so many lives in ways no one could possible imagine. Throughout the ordeal, we get to know Kyle like never before, Kimberly more in depth, Sam beneath his jock-ish bravado, and Marley to the very core of her soul. All those connections, all those life links are going to come into play at different times throughout the story, and no matter how insignificant they may seem in the moment, their importance is a matter of sanity or downward spiraling, looking back constantly or moving forward...quite literally life or death. I can't say enough and yet I don't want to spoil it for you. You deserve to experience it all for the first time too...untainted, uncertain, and yet fully involved. So if this sounds like a story you may like, or perhaps you enjoyed the other book, make haste to clear your calendar for a read of this remarkable release. It'll certainly remind you of the important things in life, and to treat each day like the present it is. **ARC received for review; opinions are my own

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