Rated 5 stars ***** ARC. ebook. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. To be published September 29, 2020.
Kyle had been in love with Kimberly since third grade. He asked her out in seventh grade, and they dated through high school. The night of their graduation party Kim tells him she wants to know what her life would be like without him. Kyle can’t imagine his life without her but, when she’s killed in a head on collision that leaves him with a broken leg and head injury, he has to learn.
Months are spent in self-loathing and grief before Kyle ventures to the cemetery to visit Kim. While there he meets Marley, grieving the death of her twin sister. She doesn’t want to tell sad stories, so Kyle sets about trying to make her happy. In time they realize how much they understand each other and settle into a comfortableness that has Kyle feeling as if he finally knows what his future could be like without Kim. But sad stories have a way of being told, and everything changes for both of them.
This book did a number on me. Without giving out spoilers there was a point where my neighbors could hear me screaming, “You did NOT just do that!” Visions of a certain Dallas episode and a Christopher Reeve movie (both of which have to remain nameless due to spoilers) danced in my head as I wished for Daughtry and Lippincott to take a different path.
“All this time” is a great read, and I highly recommend it for ages 16 and older.
I received a digital advance reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.