Review || All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder

All We Have Is Now
by Lisa Schroeder
Series: None
Release date: July 28th 2015
Publisher: Point
Genres: Contemporary, romance
Age category: Young Adult
Source: Pinoy Book Tours
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.
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My thoughts and whatnot:

My rating: ★★★

Fast-paced and poignant, All We Have is Now is a book to watch out.

This is a book I did not expect to like. I mean, if this is contemporary romance, I'm your girl but apocalyptic? Uh-uh. Not really my style. Despite this, I enjoyed reading this book, a lot.

Basically, the gist of the book was the world is going to end in just over twenty four hours. Emerson and Vince, best friends since Emerson ran away home and has lived on the streets, met Carl. He tells them that he has been granting people's wishes and gives them his wallet full of money but in return he asks them to pay it forward. Suddenly, Em and Vince's last day seems full of possibility.

This book definitely reminds me of the movie Pay It Forward. Was it an inspiration of the story? Maybe, I don't really know. It made me think of this ridiculous plot where the origin of the story's pay it forward was the young student from the movie. A great conspiracy theory if you ask me. I love the element of "paying forward." The "look for people who has wishes or regrets" kind of thing. I so love that. I love the kindness and hopefulness of this phrase.

This has a melancholic, almost nostalgic, feel to it. As I continue to read, all I could think of was, what would I feel if this happened to me? And I felt a bit shaken. This is probably why I admire the characters. Em and Vince are strong despite the challenges that faced them.
There were times where I was annoyed with Em, though. She has been through a lot, I'll give her that, but sometimes she comes off as bitchy especially when they're on the mansion. One month after I've read the book, Vince was still a mystery to me. The whole month, I tried to solve the puzzle that is Vince but alas, I was still left with a big question mark. I liked it that way, though. The realness of Em and the uncertainty of Vince, a great contrast if you ask me.

This book was written in alternating point of views, all of which are first person (as far as I could remember). That didn't sit really well with me. For an apocalyptic book, I would've like a more intimate approach, a longer point of view or something, anything to make it more personal.

The reason for this apocalypse is quite ridiculous, which was revealed at the latter part of the book. The ending was open-ended, I guess? I'm not sure what to think of the ending. If I were to rate the parts of the book, I'll say the ending would receive a low mark. It could've been better, really.

Overall, it was a joy to read a book such as this. I especially like it when a book leave me a kind of moral lesson. This book definitely left one. It reminds me that every moment that rotates at counter-clockwise is positive. Okay, bad Statics pun. In all seriousness, this reminds me that every moment is precious and a little kindness would help some people a lot.

Did I like the ending? Meh.
Is it a page turner? Yep. Definitely.
Would I re-read it again? Of course, yes!

Did I like the ending? Meh.
Is it a page turner? Yep. Definitely.
Would I re-read it again? Of course, yes!

About the author:
Lisa Schroeder is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens. Her latest young adult novel is ALL WE HAVE IS NOW, and the latest novel for 8-12 year olds is MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS. She lives in Oregon where she spends her time reading, writing, baking yummy treats, and hiking with her family.
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