Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: ALL WE HAVE IS NOW by Lisa Schroeder

by Lisa Schroeder
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Published by Scholastic, Inc.
Pages: 272
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon / B&N 

from Goodreads

What do you do with your last day on earth?

Just over twenty-four hours are 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. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on 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 he has been granting people's wishes -- and gives them his wallet full of money. 

Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day -- maybe even their own.

My Thoughts

I am a fan of books that take place in a twenty-four hour period. They are usually filled with fun adventures and new experiences for the characters. A lot can happen in a day. Now add the fact that is the last day on earth. That changes everything! How do you spend your time and who do you spend it with? All We Have Is Now gives readers one answer with the story of Vince and Emerson.

What I loved:
  • The close friendship of Vince and Emerson.  Even though they kept secrets from each other, they trusted each other. 
  • Dual storylines
  • How much I cared about the characters. All of them. 
  • The inclusion of poems among the chapters
  • The various ways Vince and Emerson grant wishes and the people they meet along the way. Vince is imaginative and wants to make sure everyone has a memorable experience.
  • The Mini-tour of Portland, Oregon - as Vince and Emerson grant wishes they spend the night all over the city
  • Conspiracy theories and pumpkin pie (when you read it this will make sense)
  • There's a ROAD TRIP! (How can that happen in 24 hours when the world is about the end- you'll have to read it and find out!
There are a lot of poignant moments as the characters consider their last hours on earth. Here are some quotes that stood out to me:

"Regret is a hard thing to shake."

"Doughnuts and Justin Timberlake," . . . "Now this is an awesome last day."

"No, see, you guys are looking at it all wrong," Vince says. "The amount of time isn't important. A hundred minutes or a hundred years. Whatever, it doesn't matter. Just make it count."

"Tears sting her eyes, and she tries to stop them, but it's useless. It's not fair, her thoughts whisper over and over again. How can it be over now, when she's just getting to the best part."

All We Have is Now is a really special book. Readers will appreciate the depth of the story while still having a fun time with the characters. It will move readers and hopefully make them consider their minutes, all of them, and make them count. I really enjoyed it. A recommended read!

Disclaimer:  I received this ARC from the publisher as part of a promotional tour in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the ARC provided. Quotes are taken from ARC and may differ from the final published version. Thoughts and opinions are my own.


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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Make-A-Wish-for-the-Apocalypse- There’s just a little over 24 hours until a meteor is scheduled to hit the US. What do you wish for?

I don't know. Everything I can think of seems boring. I think I need Vince to help me come up with some fun adventure. 

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. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one too! I really loved that it had depth but was fun and it was really inspiring.

    I think most would say they'd want to spend time with their family in their last day. And obviously I would, but I also would want to do something to LIVE my last day. I like what they did here, good deeds for people. But maybe going on a road trip to the mountains or beach would be good too. Just go somewhere beautiful and enjoy it before it's gone.

    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

  2. I'd play with the dog, definitely. I'd call my family. Other than that, I'm really not sure.
    Just curious. If the world is ending in 24 hours, who would take their money since it will be worthless in 24 hours?


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