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#Giveaway Review ALL WE HAVE IS NOW by LISA SCHROEDER @lisa_schroeder @Scholastic

#Giveaway Review ALL WE HAVE IS NOW by LISA SCHROEDER @lisa_schroeder @Scholastic

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All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder
Published by Scholastic Inc. Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Social Issues, United States, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Welcome to the tour for All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder! This is a young adult apocalyptic fiction that releases July 28, 2015 by Scholastic.
All We Have Is Now
All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder

From the author of THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU, a groundbreaking novel about what matters most — when time is running out.


What do you do with your last day on earth?


There are 27 hours and fifteen minutes 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 last year. Since then she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and 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 that he has been granting people’s wishes. He gave his car away so a woman could take her son to see the ocean for the first time, and he gives Emerson and Vince all the money he has in his wallet.

Suddenly this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in 27 hours — maybe even their own.



“Thoughtful, endearing, and surprisingly fun — a reminder of what’s really important in life.” –Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program
“All We Have Is Now is one of those books my teenage self needed — a thoughtfully crafted reminder that every moment is a gift and that we should be kind, especially to ourselves.” –Julie Murphy, author of Side Effects May Vary
“Heartwarming and hopeful. I’d take this book with me to the apocalypse!” –Amy Plum, internationally bestselling author of the Die for Me series






How did the idea for ALL WE HAVE IS NOW come about?


When I was in high school, I had a leadership class where we did lots of different activities and exercises. One of the most memorable ones was when we all sat in a circle and our teacher, Mrs. Smith, said something like: “Imagine the world is going to end in 24 hours. I’d like you to share with us how you would spend those last 24 hours.” What made it so memorable was how emotional people got as they spoke of the ones they love the most, or relatives they hadn’t seen in a while and wouldn’t be able to see again. It wasn’t long before almost everyone was crying. It was strange and kind of eerie, but also wonderful, because it was such a great reminder of what matters most. Of course, the class clown, a kid named Eric, gave us all a break from our tears when it was his turn and he said something like, “I’d find a girl and we would have a fun 24 hours, and that’s all I’m gonna say.”


I’ve always been fascinated with meteors and asteroids. The one that happened over Russia in 2013 was slightly terrifying, seeming to come out of nowhere and creating a huge blast in the sky, injuring over 130 people. As I thought about writing a book that dealt with that question of – how would you spend the last 24 hours – this seemed like a unique premise to play with.





Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I Heart You, You Haunt Me and The Bridge From Me to You. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn’t get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at on Twitter at @lisa_schroeder.
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Emerson has lived on the streets of Portland, Oregon after leaving home when she gets into an argument with her mother over her mother’s boyfriend.  Her mom has just had a baby by this man and she cannot stand him.  She is told to go live with her father and things just don’t work out at either place for her.  In her teen mind, she thinks she knows all of the facts about life and figures life on the streets has to be better than what is at home.  There she meets Vince, a boy who lost his mother and was thrust into foster care which made the streets a much better choice for him as well.  Vince actually takes care of those around him and especially Emerson and as best friends, they truly care about each other, but not yet romantically.

When an asteroid is destined to destroy the west coast, Emerson and Vince decide that they will spend their last day doing what is important to them.  Then on their way around the city, they meet Carl who inspires them to “pay it forward” and help someone fulfill their last wish or fix a regret.  As they help people, Vince realizes that Emerson has a giant regret and he tries to make her face it so they can die in peace.  Emerson must face her fears and at least attempt to reconcile with her family.  There are several twists and turns interlinking characters to help Emerson realize she needs to at least try to connect with her family again.

I don’t to detail those twists and turns because it would give away too much of the plot, but the main theme of the story is that you should always remember that your family is forever and angry words can cause years of heartbreak.  The story is sweet without being cloying and is a quick read.  I can see this appealing to anyone who needs something to make them feel better about their life.  Parents:  You will want to sneak this one away when even your youngest teen finishes it and it is a pretty clean read with just some kissing and one allusion to a sexual situation.



The author will be giving away $40 Powells e-gift card (US) OR a signed copy of All We Have Is Now (INT) to the winner of the below Rafflecopter. The giveaway ends August 5th.


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  1. says

    How is this my first time hearing about this book?!?! It sounds so awesome! I’m seriously so looking forward to this now. And I love how the book came to be – that it was inspired from a group of teens talking about what they would all do on their last day. Also, holy COW, that cover is beyond gorgeous. Please, ignore me as I wipe the drool from my chin.
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  2. Patricia Walker says

    If I only had 24 hours left I would wish for enough money to take all my family and friends somewhere that would give all of them memories that they can carry with them through life

  3. Sam says

    I love to travel, so I would hope to be in some epic location with my family, experiencing amazing things.

  4. Jennifer Tang says

    I personally would get together with all my friends and family, and spend my last moments in laughter and joy.

  5. robyn donnelly says

    If I had only 24 hours left, then I would gather all my loved ones together and just tell them how much I love them and appreciate them.

  6. Diane Elizabeth says

    I’d want to spend that time with my kids, so I could tell them how proud I am of them all and remind them to look out for one another.