Monday, November 27, 2017

My Thoughts: The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

The Chaos of Standing Still
by Jessica Brody
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Publication Date: November 28th 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781481499187
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: e-Arc

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Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.

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.

As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I absolutely could not wait to get started on The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody, not only because it has an adorable cover, but also because the story sounded really interesting. I’ve only read one book by Jessica in the past, (though I have a TON of her books on my TBR to read), but I really enjoyed that book, so I was curious to see if I would like this one as well, and I did!

Let me start this off by talking about the storyline for the book. Can you imagine being snowed in at an airport, ON New Year’s Eve?? I’m all about being snowed in, but in an airport, with so many other people?! No thank you! (I’d definitely prefer to be in my own house when/if that happens.) That’s basically what happens to Ryn when she flies through Denver on her way home to San Francisco. Along the way she meets some new friends, explores the exciting world that is an airport, and comes to terms with the loss of her best friend, all on New Year’s Eve.

Sounds pretty interesting, right? I thought so too, which is why I basically flew through the pages while reading the book. Not only did I enjoy the storyline, but I liked the characters as well. I could totally feel Ryn’s pain for how she felt about her best friend. I totally get why she’d feel the way she did. I love meeting all the new people that she met in the airport, including Xander, who sounds pretty adorable. They had a lot of interesting moments together, not all great, but watching their short relationship grow over time that was interesting. I also appreciate that the author made me feel SO many things while reading this book. One minute you’re happy, the next minute near tears, then BOOM, happy again!

Ovearall; I really enjoyed reading The Chaos of Standing Still! The storyline was interesting, and the characters were fun to get to know. I also enjoyed the little adventure around the airport as well! Definitely add this to your reading list, especially if you’re looking for a book to round out your reading list for the year!

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