Saturday, March 13, 2021

All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott - HIGH

All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott,
325 pages. Simon & Schuster, 2020. $19. 

Language: R (113 swears, 26 “f”); Mature Content PG-13; Violence: PG 



 Kyle and Kimberly are graduating high school. They have been the perfect couple for years: he the football hero and she the cheerleader. Kyle is excited to give Kimberly a custom-made bracelet on the night of their graduation party, to seal their relationship, but Kimberly has other ideas that don’t involve Kyle. Things go south pretty quickly, and following a car crash, Kyle wakes up in the hospital with a severe brain injury and Kimberly is dead. Kyle is understandably despondent until he meets Marley, who is dealing with her own loss, one she believes she caused. Grief brings the two together, and it seems that Kyle can finally pull himself together. Kyle’s new relationship seems almost too good to be true and it just might be. 

The authors have done a good job creating doubts about Kyle’s thinking, especially with the brain injury. I found myself changing my predictions and then reading to find out if I was right or not. Sex is implied but not on page. The tone ends up being just the right amount of sweet balanced with the traumatic. If you want a fresh and captivating romance with a touch of mystery, this one’s for you. 

 Michelle in the Middle 

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