Everyone We’ve Been – written by Sarah Everett

41xzm5dwcl       Everyone We’ve Been – written by Sarah Everett, Alfred A. Knopf, 9780553538441, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Genre:  mystery, realistic fiction

What did you like about the book?  Addison Sullivan meets a boy on a bus that gets into an accident.  She sees this boy everywhere, but no one else does. Is she going crazy?  Her family acts strange, she can’t remember a whole period of time in her life- something is going on.  She hears about a psychiatric hospital and goes there, thinking she’s crazy.  The staff there recognizes her even though she swears she has never been there.  She finds out, through much prodding, that she has had her memory erased because of a traumatic experience in her life and that she had it done again without her parents knowledge.  They call it memory shaving and this is the reason why she keeps seeing this boy who no one else does.  She needs to figure out why she had her memories erased because of him.

This was well written in a way that makes you want to know whats happening.  It’s so convincing that you wonder if Addison is crazy or if she has a supernatural sense.  I wish there was a sequel to this to round it all out.

Anything you didn’t like about it? nothing except I wish there was a sequel!

To whom would you recommend this book?  I would recommend this book to young adults who like to read realistic stories with a twist.  Some read-a-likes are “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart and “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher.

Who should buy this book? high schools and public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  young adult fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:  Laureen Cutrona, Townsend Public Library, Townsend, MA

Date of review:  November 16, 2016

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