I am so thrilled today to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for ALL WE HAVE IS NOW by Lisa Schroeder. Be sure to keep reading after our review for your chance to win a copy of the book, or a Powell’s gift card!
An ultimately uplifting story about second chances and making the most of what you’ve got, All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder is the end-of-the-world story you didn’t know you needed.
Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.
The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people’s wishes — and gives them his wallet full of money.
Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day — maybe even their own.
So what would YOU do if you had only 24 hours left to live? It’s a terrifying thought — and Schroeder tackles this terror head-on through her characters in All We Have is Now. The range of emotions they experience — so honest and raw — and relatable to anyone who has ever thought about the eventual end of their lives. (And don’t we all think about our mortality at some time?)
Schroeder’s approach to the end of the world is refreshingly optimistic, and her story is an ultimately hopeful and uplifting one. Even as the world devolves into chaos — and the end does NOT bring out the best in everyone — Schroeder shows ways to make the most of what you are given. Her characters seize the opportunity to make their final hours count, and try and improve the lives of those around them as best they can.
Connecting Schroeder’s story, written in traditional prose, are several beautiful passages in verse. These passages serve almost as landmarks in the story, and add an unexpected grace and beauty to the book. Some of my favorite parts of All We Have is Now are from the verse chapters. They are just so lovely.
An inspiring story about cherishing the intangible, important things in life, All We Have is Now is in stores now.
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“Thoughtful, endearing, and surprisingly fun — a reminder of what’s really important in life.”
–Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program
“All We Have Is Now is one of those books my teenage self needed — a thoughtfully crafted reminder that every moment is a gift and that we should be kind, especially to ourselves.”
–Julie Murphy, author of Side Effects May Vary
“Heartwarming and hopeful. I’d take this book with me to the apocalypse!”
–Amy Plum, internationally bestselling author of the Die for Me series
How did the idea for ALL WE HAVE IS NOW come about?
When I was in high school, I had a leadership class where we did lots of different activities and exercises. One of the most memorable ones was when we all sat in a circle and our teacher, Mrs. Smith, said something like: “Imagine the world is going to end in 24 hours. I’d like you to share with us how you would spend those last 24 hours.” What made it so memorable was how emotional people got as they spoke of the ones they love the most, or relatives they hadn’t seen in a while and wouldn’t be able to see again. It wasn’t long before almost everyone was crying. It was strange and kind of eerie, but also wonderful, because it was such a great reminder of what matters most. Of course, the class clown, a kid named Eric, gave us all a break from our tears when it was his turn and he said something like, “I’d find a girl and we would have a fun 24 hours, and that’s all I’m gonna say.”
I’ve always been fascinated with meteors and asteroids. The one that happened over Russia in 2013 was slightly terrifying, seeming to come out of nowhere and creating a huge blast in the sky, injuring over 130 people. As I thought about writing a book that dealt with that question of – how would you spend the last 24 hours – this seemed like a unique premise to play with.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I Heart You, You Haunt Me and The Bridge From Me to You. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn’t get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at http://www.lisaschroederbooks.com on Twitter at @lisa_schroeder.
The author will be giving away $40 Powells e-gift card (US) OR a signed copy of All We Have Is Now (INT) to the winner of the below Rafflecopter. The giveaway ends August 5th.