(Review + Giveaway) The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

The Chaos of Standing Still
by Jessica Brody
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: November 28th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.
Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.
She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.
But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.
And his name is Xander.
When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brilliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.
Ryn can’t move on.
But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.
As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.

my thoughts and whatnot

Not gonna lie, I was pretty nervous getting on this book. I've read the Unremembered trilogy by Jessica Brody and I liked it but this one has different premise altogether. Turned out, I really don't have to worry 'cause I liked her writing style in this book as much as I did back then. Her writing was so easy read.
I like how the protagonist of this book was written with raw emotion, her sentiment radiated through the pages straight to the reader. I had a hard time connecting with Ryn, though. After finding out what happened the day the text arrived, it really threw me off the loop because I thought there's some grand plot twist out there since Ryn took the death of her best friend really hard.
Anyway, the other characters really livened up this book. They added more color to the story and it was fun to read all of them together (on an epic [?] party).
Overall, I enjoyed reading this (as much as anyone can enjoy a book dealing with quite heavy issues and topics); reading this was a roller coaster ride: there's ups and downs, scenes that frustrated me and scenes that made me soft™.
ALSO, unpopular opinion! I like vague and open endings *spoiler alert* and this book had it and I'm all for it.

About the author:

Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.
After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored inEco-nomics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults in-cluding 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in de-velopment as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Sum-mer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves.
Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!
Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.
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  1. ohhhh I kind of love vague endings also!!! Unpopular opinion sisters!! I'm super excited to find time to read this book because I love this author's writing-- plus I'm a fan of emotional + fun books!! Thanks for being on the tour!