You Are the Everything by Karen Rivers / Blog Tour Book Review Sprinkles of Dreams

You Are the Everything by Karen Rivers // Blog Tour Book Review (+ Giveaway)

You Are The Everything by Karen RiversCan you want something—or someone—so badly that you change your destiny?

Elyse Schmidt never would have believed it, until it happened to her. When Elyse and her not-so-secret crush, Josh Harris, are the sole survivors of a plane crash, tragedy binds them together. It’s as if their love story is meant to be. Everything is perfect, or as perfect as it can be when you’ve literally fallen out of the sky and landed hard on the side of a mountain—until suddenly it isn’t.

And when the pieces of Elyse’s life stop fitting together, what is left?


You Are the Everything by Karen Rivers
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: October 30, 2018

How do you talk about a book that made you feel emotions you can’t even name, because you’ve never felt them before?

— me, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, still spell-bound after finishing this book.

You know how people say that there’s a crack in everything, and that’s how the light gets in? This book found its way into my heart, and my soul, and enveloped both so seamlessly, that it didn’t need the tiniest sliver of a crack to begin with.

You Are the Everything invoked a whole new capacity of emotive value in me, as well as introduced me to a whole new dimension of storytelling. It’s a book that, in my opinion, should be read without knowing all too much about the characters, their motivations, and the story arc.


Commemorative of We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, I was led, both by the synopsis, and the cover, to expect an all-too endearing book, filled with fluff, and light-hearted banter, even amidst tragic events.

Instead, I read a book that was all that, but also so much more; a story that is eerily reminiscent of the magical realism genre, somewhat mysterious, brimming with melancholy, and serenity, and all kinds of tangled up emotions that leave a bittersweet taste on your tongue.


I loved the narrative voice, and the many little anecdotes and details that infused every aspect of this story with vivacity, and color, and poignancy, and made me fall in love with the few characters that it focuses on. Both the friendship, and the romantic adoration aimed at the love interest were so realistically depicted, that I was wholly entranced.

“(…) maybe that’s how it is for everyone to some degree. Maybe all of us are holding tight to what we think matters, and releasing everything else into the morass of the past, a hazy place you once visited, taking with you only a handful of glittering stones containing all that you want to have matter.”

I was left feeling spell-bound, and fascinated by everything about this book, but especially the foreshadowing, and the little clues along the way that, looking back, make you realize how brilliantly this book was crafted, and how much thought went into the plotting, and planning, and the wonderful writing.


I can’t wait to read everything else Karen Rivers has written, and will write in the future.

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About the Author // Sprinkles of Dreams

Karen Rivers


Karen Rivers is the author of twenty-one novels for children, teens, and adults, including the highly praised The Girl in the Well Is Me, All That Was, Before We Go Extinct and A Possibility of Whales.

She lives in British Columbia, Canada. Find her online at or on Twitter @karenrivers.


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Tour Schedule // Sprinkles of Dreams

October 23
The Fantastic Flying Book Club – Welcome Post

October 24
Sprinkles of Dreams – Review
Charis Rae – Review & Favorite Quotes

October 25
Mythical Books – 10 List
Oh Hey! Books – Q&A

October 26
Confessions of a YA Reader – Spotlight

October 27th
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review
Merv Reads – Review

October 28th
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review
Sab Reads Books – Review

October 29th
Belle’s Archive – Review
Malanie Loves Fiction – Review & Bookstagram

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25 thoughts on “You Are the Everything by Karen Rivers // Blog Tour Book Review (+ Giveaway)”

  1. This looks fairly fascinating…my only issue is that I have a REALLY hard time with the magical realism genre…I want to like it and it seems like a genre I would enjoy…but there’s been a number of books now that follow under this genre and I can’t stand them. I think I’m just too picky…Do you find this more of a story focused or character focused novel? Or a good combo?

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    1. It’s not magical realism, but it really reminded me of it, because it’s a bit slower, and has a dream-like quality to it (in my opinion, but it could just be my perception!). And it’s definitely more focused on the character(s).

      Oh, and I’m really curious, which magical realism books did you have a hard time with? Because overall, I relate. 🙈

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      1. Ahhh okay! And nice! I love character focused novels. And I don’t know…I find the magical realism element either goes over my head or makes the story seem…silly? I think with magical realism, there’s a SPECIFIC way of working with it that makes the story magical yet not in the complete realm of fantasy and isn’t…silly or ridiculous. I think it’s just a hard type of literature to write, or I’m just seriously SUPER picky ha-ha!! What about you?

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        1. I think it’s a bit of both for me, but I definitely agree that it takes a lot of skill – I think the only books I really enjoyed in this genre were The Night Circus and A Million Junes. 🙂

          I couldn’t connect with any of Anne-Marie McLemore’s books, sadly! :/

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  2. Why do you ALWAYS write the most gorgeous reviews in the world, Lily ❤ This book sounds really, really good, I'm so curious about it now! I have to ask though: with the 3 and a half rating? What were the things that bothered you? 😛

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    1. Ahh thank you, you’re the kindest soul, Marie!! ❤❤

      I gave it four stars right after finishing it, but thinking more about it, I did struggle a bit with this book, and put it away multiple times, because it was very slow, and didn’t always hold my attention.

      But that’s really more because of personal taste, and I think for the right reader this could be absolutely amazing. 🙂

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  3. omg this book was a whole new world w narration!!!!!! Who knew second-person could work so well, I felt so educated by this???? ❤ ❤ Also, can we please talk about how Elyse is SO CUTE and I'm still curled up in a tiny ball of tears and fear of planes. I mean, GOSH, the plane crash was described so beautifully and felt so real, hysteria was so perfectly imagined???? I'M DEVASTATED I MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED TO READ THINGS LIKE THIS.

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  4. This book is on my TBR and your review convince me to read it. I think I don’t remember having read many books with an element like magical realism so I’m really curios as to how this story would go. Can I ask a rec?😁

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  5. This book sounds awesome! I love character-driven stories. Were you emailed with information about getting selected for the tour? I was never notified that I had been chosen and therefore missed this. I checked my regular email and my spam but found nothing. :\

    Even though I unfortunately didn’t participate, I enjoyed reading your review! Your blog is beautiful. 🙂


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