Review + Giveaway: Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett

everyone we've beenEveryone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett
Publication Date: October 4th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC from the Author
Rating: ★★★★
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Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.

Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.

But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

UGH! I have so many feelings for this book! It’s so good and I’m really wondering why people aren’t talking about it that much. But hey, here I am hosting a blog tour for the book since I really want others to read about this book. Also have you seen the cover? I know you have, but scroll up and take a second look. Beautiful yeah? Also a POC on the cover!!!

It started a little slow but it’s definitely interesting and I love the character’s voice. The pacing is the only issue I have and it’s a little sad I can’t say much because I might spoil it for you, but this book is heartbreaking but I love it. The emotions were raw and its portrayal is definitely amazing.

I love how characters, even they weren’t all given complexities, were shown with depth and are multidimensional. It’s so refreshing to be able to read this book because of the little distress I had with the last one I’ve read. I also love the way how the story was narrated in two timelines, before and after Addie’s accident.

The lines blur from reality when Overton Clinic got involved since they had this way of erasing memory, and it’s really interesting to have this concept be involved in a contemporary. It’s really thought-provoking as well, because reading this will get you thinking what to do if  you’re in Addie’s shoes.

I really enjoyed the ending of the story. It’s very realistic and again, heartbreaking, but it’s really satisfying. I wouldn’t end it other way.

This is a debut novel from Sarah Everett, and honestly with the way she writes, I’m gonna have to be on the lookout for her upcoming books. You should too!



Sarah Everett is the author of EVERYONE WE’VE BEEN (out Oct 4, 2016) and a second untitled novel that she is still hard at work on (both from Knopf/Penguin Random House). She remembers growing up in enchanted forests, on desert islands and inside a magical wardrobe. She would only ever erase her memory of past karaoke performances and certain fashion choices. Her interests include science, Friends, tennis, and reading. She currently lives in Canada where she attends graduate school and writes YA novels.


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12 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I’m so tempted to say yes.. but that would change everything. Maybe my perspective would be altered. So I guess I wouldn’t. :)

  2. I’ve found that over time, the pain that others have caused me has eased and now I can look back at whatever good memories we had with fondness. So, even if I was given the option, I wouldn’t erase them from my heart. 😊

  3. Omg this book sounds so interesting! You know what the premise reminds me of? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind!! Brilliant movie.

    A person who hurt me so much, enough to think of erasing it from my heart, is clearly a large part of my life. So, no I wouldn’t. No matter how badly this person hurt me. I imagine I’d feel hollow if I did, walking with a huge gaping hole in my heart. I wouldn’t even recognize myself anymore.
    ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

  4. The cover is so pretty!! And the blurb and your review got me interested. 💖 I also saw a review of this before and I really want to read it. Is it like Soulmates and Dreamology where there’s a bit of sci-fi twist? 😊

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