REVIEW: All We Could Have Been

April 15, 2019     yaobsessed     Uncategorized

REVIEW: All We Could Have BeenAll We Could Have Been by T.E. Carter
Published by Feiwel & Friends on April 23, 2019
Pages: 304

Five years ago, Lexie walked home from school after her older brother failed to pick her up. When she entered her house, her brother sat calmly, waiting for the police to come arrest him for the heinous crime he had just committed.

Treated like a criminal herself, Lexie now moves from school to school hiding who she is—who she's related to. She struggles with loving her brother, the PTSD she now suffers from, and wanting to just live a normal life. But how can she be normal when she can’t even figure out how to just live?

This is a powerful look at the assumptions we make about people. Lexie's emotional journey to separate her brother's horrific act from herself is stunning and heartbreaking. This is Lexie’s story and journey—not her brother's—and it will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

Imagine having to reinvent yourself each school year trying to run from a past that you wish you could forget. This is what Lexie has to do each and every school year. It seems every time she starts to feel comfortable somewhere, someone figures out who she really is and she has to leave. For much of the novel, we are not told what event lead to this leading of double lives, but rather given small glimpses of things like memories for tidbits of info.

Though I cannot say that I can relate to what Lexie goes through in this books because I am sure given the circumstances that can. I did find myself rooting for her and hoping that she find the happiness and stability she craves and really needs.

The pacing of this novel was good and the tidbits of info keep you interested until the whole story is finally told. I am not going to spoil it for you so do not expect me to give any spoilers other then to say was was worth the wait! Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it?

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