Great concept, a sweet story and a strong connection to music throughout.
Being someone who searches the songs mentioned in stories, I loved the concept of ‘Everything All At Once’ by Ivy Cayden, combining a playlist with a storyline so that you can listen along with the characters.
Telling a coming of age story of a group of friends, all excited for and heading towards their first relationships the plotline is full of romance, daydreams and teen angst. The story has been created without a fixed narrator, allowing the reader to get to know more about each character, hear their thoughts and let us know where the love triangles lie.
I enjoyed the story, I found it a light and entertaining story that I think could be enjoyed by readers of YA fiction. The playlist included some songs I knew and some I didn’t and look forward to listening to more. I did feel that the ending was a bit abrupt, potentially this is to set up for a second book, but I would have preferred for Kila, Anna and Brixton’s stories to have reached a more definitive conclusion. I think this would also allow Timothy’s storyline to have a bit more relevance to the rest of the story.
I found ‘ Everything All At Once’ a sweet and entertaining read that put me in mind of the YA I used to read as a teen. I liked the concept and the strong connection to music throughout.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
Winner, 2021 Independent Press Award, Teen
Gold Medal Winner, 2021 Readers' Favorite Awards, Young Adult - Coming of Age
First Place, 2021 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, Arts/Music
Gold Medal Winner, Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, Books for Teenagers
First Place Blue Ribbon, Dante Rossetti Awards for YA Fiction
Teenage life (with a playlist).
Nearly sixteen, Kila Lorens showers herself in music, lives in plush corduroys, and always applies a double layer of lip gloss. She longs for the answers to this irritating trio of questions: When will she have her first kiss? Will Angus Lyr ever stop obsessi-texting Reese Seratine? And why did her former best friend, Brixton Kading, silently bow out of her life six months ago? The particulars of these unknowns—along with her mission to convince Maya Malta to share some sizeable news with a certain seventeen-year-old before he finds out from someone else—keep Kila’s eyes open at night.
But one late hour delivers something worth hiding: a private Nektir message from Timothy Cardiff, the tall, inky-haired enigma who rarely speaks in school, yet somehow morphs into Salt for Swordsmen’s frontman on the weekends. Amidst tandem listening and dizzying revelations, the two form an unlikely attachment. When their covert communication spills into the halls of Cypress High, they both wonder if this will be a short-lived or long-lasting entanglement.
Ethan Lorens—Kila’s cautious but optimistic older brother—mostly focuses on his new drums and his indie band’s potential. An after-school visit to Casper’s Music Underground presents some unexpected industry intel. Following years of hiatus, Emerald Rock plans to host another EmOpen. Casper encourages the boys to prepare for the contest, but Ethan, Brixton, and Angus wrestle with the group’s shortcomings. Could the young French chef they meet at The Hidden Meridian be the band’s missing link?
Sometimes dreams come out to play. Mixing Kila and Ethan’s friends together on a parentless weekend induces irreversible crushes, late-night courtship, and stinging heartache. With an elaborate, 67-song playlist to embed you in every magnetic moment and missed connection, you’ll experience the rush of Everything All At Once, the first book in the CHORDUROYS AND TOO MANY BOYS™ series.
|Publication date:||8th October 2018|
|Publisher:||Hidden Meridian, LLC|
|Primary Genre||Children's & YA Fiction|