QUICK NOTES: The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
March 14, 2018
QUICK NOTES: I must admit that I have a fondness for stories that take place in an airport. Although, besides the Tom Hanks movie, Terminal, I'm having a hard time coming up with a few examples right this very second. But that's neither here nor there! The fact is, airport settings make me want to read (we could analyze that but that's not why you're here so let's move on).
So we start with an airport (DIA, which I loathe...nothing against Denver, I just don't like your airport...once again, I'm off topic). Add in a teenage girl with survivor's remorse and anxiety, a seemingly care-free guy with secrets looming, and top it all off with a blizzard. The result is a deeply touching story filled with hijinks and humor, thanks to a colorful and unruly secondary cast.
It should also be noted that I really enjoy stories of grief and all it’s stages. I love the depth that the characters are written in and through. When it’s well written, like this one is, it’s beautiful. And luckily, though the characters were trapped in an airport, there were so many places to explore and take those characters, and not just in a physical sense. The airport afforded so many growth opportunities.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
RATING: ★★★★☆/ 4 Stars!
GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
SYNOPSIS: 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 brilliantly 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.