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All The What Ifs Paperback – December 3, 2015
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"This is a tale that demands your attention as the protagonist fights her demons and begins to discover her own dreams. [...] Ashley's discovery of self and all the firsts that come her way are delightful, and her beautifully honest first love will tug at your heart. Humour, honesty and some true moments of joy will beguile you, and you'll be as keen as I am to read more from this author after this lovingly crafted debut." ~ Lisa Shambrook author of the Hope Within Novels
About the Author
Angela Lynn lives in the desert with her mister and their four awesome kids. She sucks at writing about the author pages. If you'd like to get to know her better you should probably drop by Twitter and start up a conversation with her. Her response will most likely be ridiculous. You're welcome in advance.
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Top Customer Reviews
Angela Lynn is a brilliant story teller.
From the first page I loved Ashley. She's a fantastic character and she captured and kept my attention throughout the entire book. You know how sometimes you just get tired of the main character? I never had this feeling. There was a couple of times I wanted to shake her and tell her to wake the heck up but that's it.
Her dad, mom, and little brother Jacob:
From page 3 on to the very last page of the book I loathed her "father". I never felt that he was a father to his children more like a dictator. I wouldn't have minded if karma came his way in the book but sadly it didn't. Her mother I couldn't understand. I mean I could understand she's in a circumstance where she has no power, lots of women are in the position. What I couldn't understand fully is why she couldn't talk to Ashley a little more. I understand that her brother needs her full attention and protection from his father, but didn't Ashley? A hug, a hand squeeze, a quick check in after Ashley had been reprimand for something insignificant from her father I just wanted SOMETHING. But then again this helped Ashley to make the choices she did so I can't complain too much. I loved her brother and the way Ashley loved him and cared for him.
I wanted to slap the B.
I wanted him to back off. But both of them also add another layer to Ashley's life and influence her final decisions.
Her ACT Group:
I loved every single one of them. They took her in no questions asked when she made up excuses as to why she couldn't do things after school. They helped pull her out of her shell and get her away from that B Melissa. They showed her that she could have real friends.
LOVED LOVED LOVED him. His personality, who he is, and what he does are (usually) perfect. More on this later.
She's one of the best people in Ashley's life and I'm happy that Angela Lynn made her. She above most was the first to make Ashley think "What if?". And helped her every single step along the way. Even when Ashley was totally resistant she was there.
It's not 100% original. There have been books written with this same kind of storyline. Overbearing character that controls everyone and everything. Bad people who are also adding to the tension. Good people that come in and help. Including a shining knight in white armor riding in on his horse to save the damsel in distress. But this wasn't the case for this book.
Yes the father is a jerk and the overbearing controlling character. Ashley can't do a single dang thing without this permission actually he doesn't give is permission for anything so Ashley can't do a dang thing in her life at all. College, major, clubs. classes, etc all planned and all are exactly what she has no choice but to follow. The bad people are the bad people once again Melissa is a B, Chris is a jerk. The good people that come in are strangers. All, except one, people she's never met before, never talked to before and never thought she would. ACT was a brilliant way to bring in the good guys. She had people who listened to her ideas and what she had to say for the first time ever and agree with her. She had friends who for the first time were true friends and loved Ashley. The white knight was not you normal white knight and I LOVED that. Lucas did not take over Ashley's life and clean everything up like your usual male character in a book. He let her do that on her own, supported her and gave a few nudges in the right direction when she needed them.
I loved all of the "What ifs" Ashley had. These made this book stand out from the rest. I desperately want a sequel because I know Ashley has a ton of more "What ifs" to get through and I want to see her grow even more. I feel like there's a lot more to Ashleys story that needs to be told. :)
P.S. This is more a 4.5. I don't give a full 5 star review unless I'm 100% blown away.
All the What Ifs is the kind of book that sticks with you. It gets inside your brain and heart and the main character, Ashley, takes up residence there. The first part of this novel was actually really hard for me to get through because it was just too real. For anyone who has ever been in an emotionally abusive/controlling relationship this book is full of triggers. I actually had to take a break after the first chapter (and a few other times)…but each time I took a break, I couldn’t stop thinking about Ashley and her situation, and hoping that she’d find a way out.
Getting out is hard. Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, it’s never as easy as “why can’t you just leave?” Angela Lynn does a fantastic job of portraying Ashley’s journey. This is more than a story of overcoming an abusive and controlling father, it is also about first love and first real friendships. In fact, my favorite thing about All the What Ifs is that Ashley is more than what has happened to her –this is HER story. She makes the transition from being passive and going along with her father’s plans for her life to an active creator of her own destiny. Whether one has experienced abuse or not, that is an empowering message.
I can’t recommend All the What Ifs highly enough.
Right from the very first page you are drawn into young Ashley’s life filled with unbearable tension and anxiety. Ashley’s vulnerability and her mother’s nervous fluttering introduce you to the man who rules their lives with an iron rod. Skip forward to her final year at High School: Ashley’s life is planned out with rigid precision and she’s about to buckle under the strain of the pressures placed upon her by her intimidating father.
This is a tale that demands your attention as the protagonist fights her demons and begins to discover her own dreams. I was surprised at my own reactions to Ashley’s life. I wept as she underwent experiences very close to some of my own, and I guarantee you’ll fall for this gauche, nervous teen as you urge her on.
Angela Lynn’s writing is superb. She gets right inside the heads of not only her protagonist, but all the supporting characters too. Her dialogue and turns of phrase are among some of the most authentic I’ve come across creating a fantastic YA novel. Ashley’s discovery of self and all the firsts that come her way are delightful, and her beautifully honest first love will tug at your heart. Humour, honesty and some true moments of joy will beguile you, and you’ll be as keen as I am to read more from this author after this lovingly crafted debut.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So it is super hard to review because I feel like a piece of my heart is in this book.Read more