For fans of All The Bright Places: The relationship that blossoms between Scarlett and David is visceral, complicated, and more fraught than either of them first realizes. Readers who rooted for Violet and Finch will be drawn to this realistic, nuanced portrayal of teen love.
A unique approach to structure: Scarlett’s fascination with physics and time shapes her worldview and the novel itself. The non-linear chapters dip in and out of Scarlett’s last few years of high school and first year of college.
A timely look at addiction: Through the charismatic, vulnerable magnetism of David, Shana Youngdahl brings a face and a deep sense of humanity to the nation’s opioid crisis and, in doing so, depicts the far-reaching devastation of addiction.
A road-trip story in two parts: Scarlett spontaneously drives the Great Divide with David the summer before college, and drives cross-country with roommate Mina to reclaim her future the summer after. The tension between the two very different journeys propels the plot and Scarlett’s growth.
Smart kids acting out: Scarlett and her cohort are at the top of their class, leaders in their community, but they also party irresponsibly. This representation of overachievers is both honest and seldom seen in the pages of YA.
Small-town USA: Based on the author’s own hometown, Scarlett lives in a small, mostly working-class, mostly conservative town hit hard by the closure of its plumbing parts manufacturing plant—so different from the suburbs and big cities we see most in contemporary YA.
A debut author to watch: Shana Youngdahl has the grit and the goods and something to say—definitely an author to watch.
“A daring, inventive story about love and loss and longing, reminding us that every choice can be a new chance. A dazzling, not-to-be-missed debut.“ —Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in Pieces
”You’ll speed read through [it].“ —PopSugar
“Good plot twists and surprising emotional connections…John Green–like, intelligent and peppered with witty repartee. Recommended.” —Booklist
“Real relationships, timeless loss, and a story you won’t forget.” —Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door
★ ”Grief, addiction, first loves, and traveling an unplanned road are among the many themes explored in this debut novel…. Heartfelt yet often sardonic…deeply authentic…[and] marvelously complex…[A] smart, poignant story that…readers shouldn’t miss.“ —Kirkus (starred review)
”If you like HBO’s Euphoria? You should give this a try.“ —Culturess
”Mystery…Heartbreak…Hope…Readers will not be able to put this one down.“ —SLJ
“A complex, compassionately written love story.” —Publishers Weekly
“Time is relative in this unique blend of romance and drama…. A definite purchase and must read.” —VOYA
“This heartbreaking, exquisitely crafted story captures the moments of intersection between choice and regret, the circular nature of grief, and everything that is nuanced about being a person.” —Estelle Laure, author of This Raging Light
”YA literature, some say, is about the moments when one state of being changes to another. In its structure and its story, As Many Nows as I Can Get is a perfect example of this sometimes bumpy, sometimes poignant transition." —BookPage
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