Now Is Everything by Amy Giles

Now Is Everything

The McCauleys look perfect on the outside. But nothing is ever as it seems, and this family is hiding a dark secret.Hadley McCauley will do anything to keep her sister safe from their father. But when Hadley’s forbidden relationship with Charlie Simmons deepens, the violence at home escalates, culminating in an explosive accident that will leave everyone changed.When Hadle...

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Now Is Everything Reviews

  • Sally

    I could not put down this book.

    17 yr old Hadley bears the brunt of her father's emotional and physical abuse, in trying to spare her young sister. Her mother's emotionally checked out. The family is a wealthy, suburban one, a glossy surface that belies all the pain. The writing style is fabulous -- everything rings true, from the witty banter of teens in the hallway, to Hadley's poetic depths of despair, to the inner language of a family abused/abusive. When the mother criticizes Hadley re: her

    I could not put down this book.

    17 yr old Hadley bears the brunt of her father's emotional and physical abuse, in trying to spare her young sister. Her mother's emotionally checked out. The family is a wealthy, suburban one, a glossy surface that belies all the pain. The writing style is fabulous -- everything rings true, from the witty banter of teens in the hallway, to Hadley's poetic depths of despair, to the inner language of a family abused/abusive. When the mother criticizes Hadley re: her father, saying, "Why do you provoke him?" I was profoundly moved -- I went through lots of emotional abuse from my own dad, growing up, and these were the very exact words I'd hear from my own mom.

    In sum, this book rings true. The reluctance to tell. The shame.

    The set-up with "then" and "now" chapters, where we try to puzzle out past events, worked great to build suspense.

    This was an amazing book. The best I've read in quite a while.

    *read from free ARC*

  • Joanne O'Sullivan

    A page-turning, gut-punching read! Giles creates authentic characters in Hadley and her friends, including a swoony love interest, all while maintaining electric tension throughout the story. The abuse that Hadley suffers seems very real (I admit that I loved that the horrible abusive father was a hedge fund manager because that's how I see those people : ) This is an absorbing, engrossing read that keeps you guessing right till the end!

  • Amanda Jasper

    As Amy's CP I got to read this book very early. And I LOVE it. It was my favorite read of 2015, and my husband and all of my friends had to listen to me talk very enthusiastically about how amazing it was. Our Cosmic Second is tense, suspenseful, filled with amazing characters. Hadley, Charlie, especially Lila. Your hearts will break! I'm so beyond overjoyed that the world will get to read this amazing novel.

  • Ruth Lehrer

    I was lucky enough to receive a free ARC of Amy Giles’s November 2017 YA novel. NOW IS EVERYTHING IS not an easy read—for me this book was painful reading because of the content. The power Hadley’s misogynistic father holds over the women in this family kept making me furious and I’d have to take a break.

    Almost a thriller, this book is a sensitive look at an abusive family and the bravery of a trapped girl. Hadley’s loyalty to her sister and even to her mother, who is complicit, rounds out her

    I was lucky enough to receive a free ARC of Amy Giles’s November 2017 YA novel. NOW IS EVERYTHING IS not an easy read—for me this book was painful reading because of the content. The power Hadley’s misogynistic father holds over the women in this family kept making me furious and I’d have to take a break.

    Almost a thriller, this book is a sensitive look at an abusive family and the bravery of a trapped girl. Hadley’s loyalty to her sister and even to her mother, who is complicit, rounds out her character and has us rooting for her throughout.

    Told in two time settings—then and now—Giles handles these switches with ease. The withheld information alternately increases tension and leads the reader to constantly make predictions that may or may not be correct. The writing skillfully builds suspense and slowly reveals plot but also reveals the complexities of an abusive household.

    Come November 2017, the world will be a better place for having this book in it.

  • Nicole Sewell

    This book is just so amazing on so many levels. I read the early drafts and loved it from day one. The writing is so raw and intense and emotional, you're right there with Hadley the whole time. I don't usually have "feels" when reading a book. This one was an exception.

    I don't want to go into too much for fear of spoiling it. Suffice it to say, I named my daughter after Hadley's little sister and I will probably always be in love with Charlie.

  • Stephanie Elliot

    Usually when I settle in to read a book, it takes me quite a while to get into it. As a busy mom I don’t get much personal reading time. I was so invested in reading Now Is Everything that I finished it in less than 24 hours, in two sittings! Amy Giles has done a bang-up job with her debut, a story about a girl who has survived a terrible accident (and more!). Readers are taken along for the ride, with chapters of “Then” and “Now” so we are drawn into Hadley’s story, of her life with an abusive

    Usually when I settle in to read a book, it takes me quite a while to get into it. As a busy mom I don’t get much personal reading time. I was so invested in reading Now Is Everything that I finished it in less than 24 hours, in two sittings! Amy Giles has done a bang-up job with her debut, a story about a girl who has survived a terrible accident (and more!). Readers are taken along for the ride, with chapters of “Then” and “Now” so we are drawn into Hadley’s story, of her life with an abusive father, a not-all-there mother, and her precocious little sister, who she is trying to protect. A sweet and caring yet forbidden boy rounds out the drama of the novel, and I found myself turning pages as fast as I could to find out the why, the who, and the how of Giles’ very intriguing, very mystifying debut!

  • Amber Smith

    Powerful and haunting, NOW IS EVERYTHING explores the complexities of family and abuse, as we follow one girl on her courageous journey to choose love over hate and hope over fear.

    I couldn't put this book down - it really is a must-read!

    *I received an advance copy*

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    This was another emotional read - and it grabbed me by the heartstrings and pulled me in. Amy Giles’ debut Now Is Everywhere is the haunting story about survival. Told in a then-now format before and after a tragic accident, we follow Hadley McCauley as she tries to navigate life under the controlling thumb of her abusive father. I don’t

    This was another emotional read - and it grabbed me by the heartstrings and pulled me in. Amy Giles’ debut Now Is Everywhere is the haunting story about survival. Told in a then-now format before and after a tragic accident, we follow Hadley McCauley as she tries to navigate life under the controlling thumb of her abusive father. I don’t really want to say much more, because I think it’s really best to go into this book not really knowing much. Suffice it to say, I enjoyed this book.

    We get some

    woven throughout the story that really show both character personality and backstory to the tragic event the story opens up with. They immediately hooked me and they were some of my favorite parts.

    I really liked the

    throughout the story! It was immersive and descriptive without being too lyrical. There’s nice creative almost poetic phrasing used in the “Now” sections of the story that sets it apart tonally without feeling disconnected. The

    really shows the full character journey of where started and where we end up. It drives the story well emotionally.

    was a really easy character for me to connect to. We really get to see her deal with some heavy stuff emotionally, but I loved seeing her be lighter with her sister, Lila, her friends, and Charlie. I also love that she loves watching Cupcake Wars and cheesy disaster movies, because I can relate.

    I really liked the

    we see develop between Hadley & Charlie. Their meet-cute is sufficiently adorable and filled with flirty banter, but we get to see them really open up to one another and develop feelings over time. I freaking LOVED that they discussed sex, birth control, and STI testing when they felt like they were ready to take that step in their relationship. And there is zero pressure from either side - it’s all very respectful and loving and I am so freaking here for safe sex and open communication in YA.

    Mean-girl

    was underdeveloped and one-dimensional. She honestly could have been left out of the story and it wouldn’t really have changed anything. Her role and it’s implications on other characters, could have been more fleshed out or left out, but she was mostly just there - being a nuisance.

    Hadley becomes a bit of an

    once she starts her relationship with Charlie. I get the honeymoon stage and everything, but I feel like I didn’t get to know Meagan and Noah as much as I could have, if she didn’t go MIA after getting with Charlie. But I do like that she was called out on it - always a plus.

    is THE WORST. I can say nothing else about him, other than I wish him only bad things and he is one of the worst characters I have ever had the displeasure of coming across. He’s tied with Kiko’s mom from

    for worst parent ever award

    This book was honestly really hard to read at times, Hadley’s father is a controlling and abusive piece of work. But I deeply enjoyed seeing Hadley’s journey and struggle. I connected with the characters - always a plus, and I was invested in the romance, which is always fun. Despite the heavy topics in the story, there were happier moments that were well balanced and never detracted from the seriousness of the subject matter. Now is Everything is an emotional story of overcoming abuse and finding love and happiness that pulls you in.

    for verbal and physical child abuse and suicidal thoughts and attempt

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

    is a story told in two times:

    and

    .

    we watch Hadley struggle through life with an abusive father, doing everything she can to protect her younger sister, and sacrificing anything it takes to live life to the fullest - having friends, falling in love - without suffering her father's wrath.

    Hadley is a patient in a hospital, havin

    is a story told in two times:

    and

    .

    we watch Hadley struggle through life with an abusive father, doing everything she can to protect her younger sister, and sacrificing anything it takes to live life to the fullest - having friends, falling in love - without suffering her father's wrath.

    Hadley is a patient in a hospital, having narrowly survived the plane crash that took her family.

    Hadley is one of the best narrators I've had the pleasure of reading in a contemporary novel in a while. When I was close to giving up on ever genuinely

    another contemporary title, this book came along, and I fell so in love with Hadley's voice. Despite the misery that is her home life, she is so incredibly strong and fiercely protective of her younger sister.

    Hadley's trauma and PTSD are portrayed so believably; while it doesn't saturate her every waking thought, it's easy to see that each and every choice Hadley makes is influenced by her fear and hatred of her father. Through it all, though, she learns to fall in love and to trust.

    If you tallied up the word counts, I

    we spent a lot more time in the

    stage than the

    but maybe that's just because I found myself so incredibly anxious during the

    chapters.

    It's so interesting, in the beginning of the book, to watch the times change and try to decipher exactly what happened that made Hadley who she is

    You find yourself desperate to know what has brought this girl to attempt suicide

    Her attempt is a perfect example of how traumatic abuse is: even when one escapes it, it lingers with us, always.

    Every moment of Hadley's life is pure struggle for survival between fights with her father, and I had to put the book down and focus on other things a few times because the dread was too much. That's not a bad thing; this book is just

    Mr. McCauley is positively terrifying, and while he never really takes you off-guard, you can't help but cringe every time the hammer strikes.

    The abuse isn't purely physical or verbal; it's also emotional and mental, particularly in the way Hadley's father realizes he can hurt his eldest daughter by turning his attention on the youngest, Lila. Hadley's younger sister is so innocent and precious and strong-willed, and I spent so much of this book positively begging for nothing to happen to her. Every glare or threat from their father made my heart ache horribly.

    To keep this book from being too soul-crushing, there is a light spot in Hadley's memories: Charlie Simmons, the sweet first love who's offered Hadley an escape from her nightmares. The romance is definitely a strong theme in this book, but felt more like a sub-plot rather than the main focus, which I appreciated - this isn't the kind of story that needs to be sugarcoated with nonstop cutesy love scenes and kisses.

    please think long and hard before picking this book up. I have never loved a book so thoroughly while simultaneously so strongly feeling that some of my loved ones should

    read it (unless they're in a very good place and prepared for a

    of self-care afterwards). This book is important, it is beautiful, it is heartbreaking, it is

    , but most of all... it is terrifying, intense, and painful.

    Amy Giles has spun an incredibly touching story and I will absolutely pick up future releases from her.

    severe abuse, PTSD, attempted suicide, eating disorders, self-harm, body-shaming.

  • Kristy

    Hadley's life looks perfect from the outside. Her family is wealthy, and she's a successful athlete and student. What you don't see is that Hadley's father works at breaking her down, day after day, forcing her into playing lacrosse and taking flying lessons (his two passions), monitoring her whereabouts and food intake, berating and belittling her constantly, and much worse. Hadley endures it all though, if it keeps the spotlight off her beloved spitfire of a little sister, Lila. Hadley would d

    Hadley's life looks perfect from the outside. Her family is wealthy, and she's a successful athlete and student. What you don't see is that Hadley's father works at breaking her down, day after day, forcing her into playing lacrosse and taking flying lessons (his two passions), monitoring her whereabouts and food intake, berating and belittling her constantly, and much worse. Hadley endures it all though, if it keeps the spotlight off her beloved spitfire of a little sister, Lila. Hadley would do anything to keep her father's focus off of Lila. Lila's only ten--the age her father targeted his laser beam on her. Hadley's life improves, however, when she secretly starts dating Charlie Simmons. On the surface, Charlie's life isn't anything like hers--he's the son of a poor single mom, but the two quickly find they have more in common than they realize. Even better, Charlie gives Hadley something she hasn't had in a long time: hope. Then, Hadley is in a plane crash, which tragically leaves her family is dead. Only Hadley can tell everyone what happened, but she isn't divulging the details. What happened that day in the plane? And why would it cause Hadley--the only survivor--to want to take her own life?

    I completely overlooked this one on my ARC shelf, and for that, I deeply apologize. But, I'm

    Part of the power comes via its format, which seems simple on the surface. The novel and its details are all a

    via a "then" and "now" format plus transcripts and bits of evidence from the crash investigator. All of our "then" and "now" portions come from Hadley's point of view and leave us constantly wondering. Why is her dad all over her? What makes him so evil? You are also left in utter confusion and suspense over exactly what happened during the crash (and why it happened). I read the second half in one sitting, staying up late to finish it.

    I credit this to Giles' writing, which is superb. You will get sucked in by Hadley extremely early. She's a well-written, compelling character, and it's nearly impossible not to become part of her life. In fact,

    If I could have, I would have gone and rescued those children myself! I simply loved Hadley and her wonderful, feisty sister, Lila. The hate I felt for their horrible, abusive father--and, sometimes, their apathetic, passive mother, was insane. They felt like real people. I was completely involved.

    In fact, those poor kids. The book actually made me feel tense just reading about their lives.

    (As a note, there's definitely a trigger for abuse.) Watching Hadley try to protect her sister and live up to adult expectations far beyond her teen years--seriously, guys, it was heartbreaking and yet amazing to read. You will find yourself rooting for Hadley and Lila in an inexplicable way.

    The ending on this one is interesting. I'm still pondering it. The fascinating thing about this book is that you know *something* has to have happened up in that plane, but you don't know exactly what, or how it all goes down. The ending made me go "wow." I'm not exactly sure it's what I would have chosen, but it still felt right somehow. Although I was so attached to Hadley, that I wish there was a sequel of sorts, because I still feel bonded to the girl. That's how well-done this novel was!

    Overall, this is just a lovely book.

    This is not a light read, no, but there are still funny moments, beautiful moments, and heartwarming moments among all the dark ones. You will not regret reading this book. Huge kudos to Amy Giles for writing such a powerful and wonderful novel that so deftly deals with abuse and aspects of mental illness. I feel like Hadley and Lila will stay with me for a long time. 4.5 stars.

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Edelweiss (thank you!) in return for an unbiased review; it is available everywhere as of 11/07/2017.

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