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All That Was
Contributor(s): Rivers, Karen
ISBN: 0374302464     ISBN-13: 9780374302467
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2018
Annotation: While seventeen-year-old Sloane shares a drunken kiss with her best friend Piper's boyfriend Soup, Piper is murdered on a nearby beach, and over the next few days, Sloane and Soup are left reliving their past moments with Piper, wondering if they are responsible for her death and figuring out how to move on without her.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Death; Fiction.
Best friends; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017011019
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (1.00 lbs) 379 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #4)

Ever since they became best friends in preschool, Sloane and Piper have been two peas in a pod, dressing alike, fixing their hair the same way, and doing everything together. But now Piper is dead and Sloane believes that she is to blame. In this gripping novel, the events leading up to Piper's death are vividly and painfully replayed in the minds of Sloane and Piper's boyfriend, Soup. A sinister undercurrent permeates the story, hinting that the friendship between the girls' wasn't quite what it appeared on its surface. There were times that Piper was too dependent on Sloane and times that Sloane failed to break free from Piper, even after Piper started dating Soup (whom Sloane loved) and pushed Sloane into a relationship with a boy—a man, really—whom Sloane couldn't stand. Although Rivers (Before We Go Extinct) leaves some questions unanswered, Sloane and Soup realize some important truths about the past and present as they tentatively reach out to each other. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 December)

Gr 10 Up—Sloane and Piper have always been Sloane-and-Piper: they dress alike and they do everything together, and they always have. Now that they are 17, something is changing. Piper touches her tongue to her lip and flirts with strange men while Sloane continues to stay true to their shared oath: The No-Boyfriend Rule. Piper hooks up with Soup, a boy that Sloane has had a crush on since fourth grade. Piper becomes a woman and cuts off her hair and now it's Sloane's turn, but Sloane isn't ready. Facing increasing pressure from her best and only friend, Sloane hooks up with a guy that Piper introduces her to and has to face the consequences of her actions. How can Sloane still be Sloane-and-Piper when Piper has turned into Piper-and-Soup? How can Sloane live with herself when she still has a crush on Soup? How can Sloane and Soup go on after Piper is killed and her body washes up on the shore? In this long, meandering, and often confusing novel, three teens suffer through the pains of growing up and finding themselves. The central relationship in the novel, Piper and Sloane's, feels toxic, codependent, and self-destructive. Sloane's internal dialogue is rambling, exhausting, and puerile. In the few short chapters told from Soup's point of view, it is difficult to distinguish his voice from Sloane's. The final result is a pseudo-literary novel replete with straw feminism, glorified mental disorders, and privileged teen characters who will push readers away rather than draw them in. VERDICT Skip this one.—Ashley Fetterolf, Indian Creek Upper School, Crownsville, MD

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