review…all the what ifs

All the What Ifs is currently free this weekend for Kindle. Make sure to snag a copy.

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There’s a LOT I want to say about this book…and it has taken me a few weeks to sort it all out in my brain. I’m not even entirely sure I have the right words, but I’m going to try because All the What Ifs deserves a great review and for people to hear about it.

All the What Ifs is the kind of book that sticks with you. It gets inside your brain and heart and the main character, Ashley, takes up residence there. The first part of this novel was actually really hard for me to get through because it was just too real. For anyone who has ever been in an emotionally abusive/controlling relationship this book is full of triggers. I actually had to take a break after the first chapter (and a few other times)…but each time I took a break, I couldn’t stop thinking about Ashley and her situation, and hoping that she’d find a way out.

Getting out is hard. Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, it’s never as easy as “why can’t you just leave?” Angela Lynn does a fantastic job of portraying Ashley’s journey. This is more than a story of overcoming an abusive and controlling father, it is also about first love and first real friendships. In fact, my favorite thing about All the What Ifs is that Ashley is more than what has happened to her –this is HER story.  She makes the transition from being passive and going along with her father’s plans for her life to an active creator of her own destiny. Whether one has experienced abuse or not, that is an empowering message.

I can’t recommend All the What Ifs highly enough.