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Book Review: The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Welcomr to my blog! This is my tour stop for The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody hosted by the Fantastic Flying Book Club.

Title: The Chaos of Standing Still

Author: Jessica Brody
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary.

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: November 20, 2017

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️


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 brialliantly 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.

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This book is probably one of the heartbreaking and wonderful book I’ve read this year. I am so grateful that I was given the chance to read it.
Letting go is alwaysthhe hardest part. And in this book, we saw how people cope with the lost.

The Chaos of Standing Still

Seeing how Ryn copes to the death of her best friend is just so painful to read. I just want to hug her. Her friendship with Lottie is just so…. real? (Is that the word?) partner’s in crime. One that no matter what happens, the other will always be there to help and comfort the other.

Ryn and Xander’s friendlationship… well, their story is very sweet. I really enjoyed reading about the games they played to pass the time. I’m happy that Xander is now in Ryn’s life. Now there,s someone who will push Ryn to do stuff that she don’t usually do–to make her do more risks.

When I reached the ending I was like,”that’s it?” It felt like it was cut short very quickly. I want to more about their story. Did they ended up together? Did Ryn finally went to Lottie’s grave? Maybe it’s up for us to think what happened next.

“Wanna hear something crazy?”
“I think you should read this book.”

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 in Economics 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 including 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 development 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 Summer (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. (Click here for a full list of foreign sales and publishers.) She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.



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