by Lisa Schroeder
Narrated by : Julia Whelan
Published by Scholastic Audio Books Release date : May 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, Family, Romance
Length: 5hrs 45mins
Source: Library | Format: Audiobook
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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.
All We Have Is Now was an impulse download on audio. I say this – because it wasn’t one that I had seen MANY reviews on and it wasn’t on my radar in the slightest. Seeing it was narrated by one of my favorites doesn’t hurt either.
This book makes you think. If you had one day left on Earth – what would you do? That question sat with me for a long time, way after finishing and is a great topic for discussion.
Initially, it seems as if this is just the story about Emerson and Vince. But as the story goes on, you realize there are so many elements weaving together masterfully and I loved how it all came about. Each person they encounter plays a part and I loved it.
Besides the overall message of the book, my other favorite aspect was Vince. Here is a kid – homeless, with no family yet he is the sweetest, most kind and open-hearted optimistic one in the bunch. His heart is so full of love for Emerson and all he wants to do is HELP everyone that they encounter.
While I did really enjoy this one – there are a few things that kept me from loving. First? I had a hard time with Emerson’s character. All things considered, she had HUGE character growth and I applaud that. It could be because I didn’t fully understand her logic in running away and why she was so terrified of seeing her family until later on in the book – and at that point, it was almost too late to redeem her character.
The second? Was the ending. View Spoiler » Honestly, it felt like a cop-out. I mean, what are the odds, that after all that time HOURS before impact, would a solution be found? And we didn’t even get the information on WHY IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. I am just tired of everything always working out in these books. I mean, the message of second chance is nice and all – but doesn’t always happen. Show me something realistic. « Hide Spoiler
All in all – it was a beautiful book. I loved the journey that Emerson and Vince took to finding themselves, happiness and helping others.
Tell me your thoughts
- Have you read All We Have Is Now? If so, what did you think?
- What would you do if you knew you had only 1 day left on Earth?