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All Things Different [Kindle Edition]

Shawn Underhill
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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From Kindle Nation Daily - In his atmospheric YA novel All Things Different, Shawn Underhill's true-to-life characters, believable dialogue, and an emotionally compelling story hold appeal for readers of all ages.

"I know that the night is not that same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist."
~ Ernest Hemingway

*Late in the summer of 2005, starkly independent Jake Thornton was on the verge of turning 16, expecting little more than his driver’s license in the fall, and the continuance of the quiet life shared with his father. So when 14-almost-15 year old Sara moved in next door and began vying for his father’s attention, Jake wasn’t exactly thrilled, and couldn’t quite understand his father’s motives for allowing it. But certainly he never anticipated the dramatic shift their lives would take as a result.

As the summer fades and autumn takes over, friendship between the two teenagers begins blossoming into a bond, until fate steps in once more, threatening to tear them apart as quickly as they’ve come together. The decisions that follow, and the emotive tale that results, opens Jake’s eyes to the simple yet life altering truth, a truth that Sara has understood all along: that love—not the feeling but the action—is the most powerful force in the world.

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  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F1RKMW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An emotional read from start to finish. November 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
All Things Different is the story of Jake and Sara. 15-year-old Jake is laid back, independent, and enjoys the quiet life he lives with his father. 14-year-old Sara is a damaged girl with terrible secrets.

The book opens up to Sara and her mother moving in next door to Jake and his father. At first, Jake isn't too thrilled. Sara seems too clingy and irritating for him to handle. Eventually, though, Sara manages to break him down and work her way into his daily life (as well as his heart).

In time, Jake helps Sara move on from things that happened in her past. Life is going great for their makeshift family - that is, until someone shows up to ruin everything.

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I have to say, this book surprised me. I honestly had no idea going into it that it was really about a very serious subject. It was much heavier than I ever imagined. I think the book was written very well and the story was beautifully told.


* A lot of the dialogue between Sara and Jake was sort of lackluster. I think Jake was the problem here. He gives way too many one-word answers. Maybe this was done to demonstrate the difference between he and Sara's personalities? Even so, it made Jake seem too monotonous and bored with all the conversations they were having.

* There were a few parts that seemed a bit sexist to me; things Jake would be thinking that truly bugged me. I wish I'd highlighted some specifics to quote, but I did not. It basically boils down to Jake making assumptions about Sara simply because of her gender. She's a girl so she must automatically only care about clothes, make-up, shoes, and shopping.


* The characters were fantastic. Multidimensional, lovable, and real.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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It's a rare thing for an author to contact me personally and directly to request a book review; when it does happen, I always want to say yes and love the book. With such a beautiful cover, how could I go wrong?

Then I started reading. I'm not saying it's a horrible book - not at all. I struggled through the whole thing with how I would review it, how many stars to give it, and the like. Because when I started, the book was wordy, weighted down, and packed with excess description - so much so that I completely skipped several pages and barely skimmed others, without it affecting the story at all. This got better, but not much, as the story progressed. I think the author was going for a more literary feel and just went overboard.

Still, I wanted to love this book. At the start that was nearly impossible; I've already mentioned the writing, but the characters grated too. Jake was a pessimistic brat and a jerk, while Sara was so bubbly and jumpy that it was unrealistic. However, when the two of them started to get along, the book became a lot better. There were still several times I almost put the book down, and the only thing that kept me reading was the fact that I hate reviewing a book I haven't finished. This was mostly in the first half of the book, especially the first few chapters. There were other times I had to stop reading and was dying to go back and continue; this became my constant feeling during the last few chapters.

(Pause here to mention that I *loved* the relationship between Jake and Sara. Except for Sara's excessive use of "shut up," but then I have friends who annoy me with that phrase too.)

The factor of whether or not this is a clean read is confusing, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful, well-written story July 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
With All Things Different, Underhill delivers an emotional and poignant novel that presents itself as a teenage love story and then morphs into something much deeper. The plot never strays from the three main characters, and Underhill's decision to use such a small cast pays enormous dividends. He builds authentic relationships that grow more complex over time, all described through the humorous voice of a young, yet very perceptive, first-person narrator.

Underhill's prose is polished and his dialogue always feels natural. The action and twists show up a little late in the novel, but when the pace of the plot does pick up, it carries the reader to a stirring conclusion.

As a native New Englander, one of the highlights of All Things Different was the book's setting. Underhill does an impressive job depicting the New Hampshire scenery and capturing the allure of lakeside life. It adds another dimension to his storytelling and blends in perfectly with his genuine characters and powerful plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Beautiful Writing September 11, 2012
By Megan
Format:Kindle Edition
When I started reading All Things Different I thought I was getting into an easy contemporary romance and was in no way prepared for the emotional roller coaster this story took me on.

The beginning of the story sets the scene for what life is like for what life is like for Jake and his father at their peaceful lakeside home in New Hampshire. They have a very simple life of routine that involves working, fishing, and nightly swims. When Sara and her mother move into their guest house Sara manages to turn Jake's life upside down. When Sara first arrives Jake has a very obstinate attitude towards her and really wants very little to do with her, but very quickly a strong bond begins to form between the two of them as Jake helps her deal with the demons of her past.

This was a very beautifully written story with great characters that have a lot of depth. It was descriptive and it was easy to get lost in the story and care about the characters. Jake is a very strong character who is eternally loyal to his father and Sara. He has a calm demeanor about him. Sara is a damaged young girl with an unstable family life. By far my favorite character in the story would have to be Jake's father "the old man." He's a caring and strong man and I think part of the reason I liked him so much was parts of his personality reminded me quite a bit of my own father.

All Things Different is a thought provoking coming of age novel that evokes a lot of emotions and had me in tears by the end. The story will stick with you long after you finish.

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5.0 out of 5 stars All Things Different
This book was so good, I laughed, I cried it was a great book. I don't know what to say but it is a must read and I will definitely read more from this author.
Published 13 months ago by Dawn R
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Kleenex!
I so enjoyed "All Things Different". A great emotional ride about relationships, good and bad, loyalty, family and love. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jodi
5.0 out of 5 stars True love and family, what it's really all about!
Shawn Underhill, I thought I would hate to read this as I love the wolf books so much and that is where my heart belongs; but I was wonderfully surprised. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
This book gives everything it promises and more; from the playful banter between father and son, to the drama in the life of a girl who wishes to escape it, I enjoyed every page.
Published 23 months ago by boachieee
5.0 out of 5 stars my heart crys
I can not see for the tears. this book is full of deep love and heart break. its told in a way to bring you into the story and hold you hostage. Read more
Published on April 2, 2013 by lindab
3.0 out of 5 stars All Things Different
When I first read the summary for this book, I expected a light coming of age story. While I did get a coming of age story, it was also much more serious than I had initially... Read more
Published on February 1, 2013 by TeresaMaryRose
3.0 out of 5 stars Heart breaking.
Don't read if you have experienced abuse or been touched by it in your life . Even though the subject is most definitely not  for those people you cant help but want to read and... Read more
Published on December 17, 2012 by reading junky
4.0 out of 5 stars Surpassed Expectations.
Never judge a book by its cover - an old adage that I should've learned a long time ago. Nevertheless, mistakes do happen, and one look at the cover, I have already concluded that... Read more
Published on October 11, 2012 by Book Freak [cha]
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story!
I am not really sure what I was expecting when I first started reading All Things Different. I know I never thought my heart would break for these characters as all of their lives... Read more
Published on September 22, 2012 by Ellepaul
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional!
"All Things Different" is a emotionally powerful teenage story that will capture you from the start. Mr. Read more
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The true story of Shawn Underhill may never be fully realized to the world at large. Theories and rumors abound, ranging from the fantastic to the absurd, but none can be entirely trusted.

Most scholars agree that he is certainly a devoted admirer of Jack London, while less credible claims suggest that he is loosely related to the novelist, merely adopting the false name Underhill as a means to anonymity. The most bizarre of all rumors state that Mr. Underhill actually is Jack London reincarnate, that in his spare time he pilots experimental aircraft on dangerous test missions, and is slated to appear on DWTS.

Attempts by this biographer to uncover solid evidence have proven frustrating at best, and dangerous at worst. Establishing contact with Mr. Underhill's family in the slim hope of acquiring trustworthy information has been, for the most part, an exercise in futility.

The most viable explanation came by a series of mysterious phone calls leading to a secret meeting with an individual claiming to be Shawn's second cousin. This unnamed source (who only spoke with me under cover of darkness behind a Dunkin Donuts off highway 93 in rural New Hampshire) states that the author was last known to be located within his secret writing cave--a high mountain fortress, heavily defended by steep ledges and rushing waterfalls. The grounds near the secret trail leading to the hidden entrance are said to be patrolled day and night by wolves, watchdogs and bears.

In an interesting side note, UFO's and Bigfoot sightings have been reported in the general area of Mr. Underhill's alleged stronghold, but none have been officially confirmed by any reputable organizations.

The author's Facebook page, Shawn Underhill (Author) is the only known source of contact he has with the outside world.

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