I received this book at no cost from the publisher or author.All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder
Published by Scholastic Inc. Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Social Issues, United States, Young Adult
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.
Suddenly this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in 27 hours — maybe even their own.
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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 www.lisaschroederbooks.com on Twitter at @lisa_schroeder.
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.