Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: November 28, 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.
Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.
She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.
But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.
And his name is Xander.
When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.
Ryn can’t move on.
But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.
As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I think I can definitely say that books with dark subject matters such as grief are not for me. The premise of this book sounds amazing and it is definitely well written, but there’s something about it that just didn’t draw me in.
It’s been a year since Ryn’s best friend died and she’s still not over it, she hasn’t really even grieved for her friend. Now she’s stuck at the airport on New Years Eve on the anniversary of her friend’s death alone.
Personally, I could not really identify with Ryn, and I kept getting aggravated that she didn’t really do anything. I know she is grieving, and there’s no way to speed up the process or feel better quickly, but I still felt irritated with her.
Thankfully, the second half of the book moved at a faster pace, there were more human interactions, and funny moments, and that really made me enjoy the story more.
Even though the book takes place in one day, there are many flashbacks to the past when Lottie was still alive, and flashbacks to when Ryn is talking to her therapist. One thing I found really funny about the book, was when Ryn seemed so baffled that her therapist knew which questions to ask even though Ryn only gave one word answers. I know this wouldn’t stand out to many people, but because I am currently learning about this, I really enjoyed this snippet.
Overall I enjoyed this book, but I know that the reason that I didn’t enjoy it as much as others seem to is because of the content matter. If you enjoy reading books that are slower paced, and about characters dealing with grief, then I definitely recommend this!
Like I said, I think the book is well written, and has some really great quotes, here are a few of my favorites:
“Any system, if left unattended or isolated, will eventually result in entropy. Or chaos.”
“Why do they call it ‘weather’? Why not use a less innocuous word? A more accurate word? ‘We’re expecting you to be bounced around like the last few Tic Tacs in the box while we descend through this shitstorm that we probably should’t be flying through to begin with.'”
“That’s the thing about Homes. After you lose the things that make them worthy of a capital H, all you’re left with is an empty, lowercase house.”
“There are silver linings everywhere – hidden in plain sight. It’s our job to look for them and identify them.”