Everything All at Once

368p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Jun. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062493095.
Gr 7 Up—Helen Reaves was the world-renowned author of the books about the immortal Hatter children. After the eccentric writer dies from cancer, her niece Lottie is saddened. However, before Helen passed, she created a scavenger hunt as a way to say goodbye to Lottie. As each envelope is opened, a secret about Helen's life is revealed and a task is put before the protagonist. The game slowly pulls Lottie out of her overly cautious lifestyle and challenges her to live a little. When the hunt leads Lottie to the mysterious Sam, her life is turned upside down, and she throws caution to the wind. Told from Lottie's point of view and through a series of letters written to Lottie from her aunt, this is a compelling novel and a wonderful story about loss, anxiety, love, and the importance of a life well lived.
VERDICT The perfect beach read for any teen. Recommend to fans of Maureen Johnson's 13 Blue Envelopes, Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting, or Laura Ruby's Bone Gap.

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