WHEN YOU WERE EVERYTHING BY ASHLEY WOODFOLK
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: 4.16 stars
Summary: You can’t rewrite the past, but you can always choose to start again.
It’s been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla’s friendship imploded.
Nearly a month since Cleo realized they’ll never be besties again.
Now, Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex–best friend. But pretending Layla doesn’t exist isn’t as easy as Cleo hoped, especially after she’s assigned to be Layla’s tutor. Despite budding new friendships with other classmates—and a raging crush on a gorgeous boy named Dom—Cleo’s turbulent past with Layla comes back to haunt them both.
Alternating between time lines of Then and Now, When You Were Everything blends past and present into an emotional story about the beauty of self-forgiveness, the promise of new beginnings, and the courage it takes to remain open to love.
When Cleo loses her best friend of years, Layla, it’s like her world imploded, not only is she now by herself but her parents are getting a divorce and she is more lonly than ever. So she decides to make new memories in places she used to visit with Layla. Luckily she won’t be alone, some people around her wll be there for her, but is she ready to trust again?
First of all, i recieved an arc of this from the publusher in exchange of my honest opinion. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for this opportunity.
Wow, this is such a wonderful book. A love letter to lost friendships.
From the very beginning, we see how much Cleo is struggling because she lost her best friend and you can relate to her so much. She has the memories and the story keeps going back and forward as resembling her memories of what happened and why it happened the way it did.
The writer has such a wonderful way of putting things into words, it’s just profound and poetic, so realistic you can see the author understands the place where she put Cleo in. She knows how it feels.
As the story moves forward you learn is not one side’s fault but both of them made mistakes. And mistakes that everyone could make. The way the friendship starts to fall apart is so real, it just hurts.
I cried so much with this book. This book reminded me of History Is All You Left Me only, instead of with a romantic relationship it was a friendship, but it was the same kind of ache.
The characters are very lovable, i loved Cleo and Layla, both. I loved Dom, Syd, and Willa. I obviously didn’t like the chorus girls, but that’s a given, you are meant to dislike them as Cleo did.
I think the work with the characters was impeccable. They felt human, and because of that, the story hurt even more.
I don’t wanna talk too much about the storyline because i don’t want to spoil it for anyone. But i think this is a book everyone should read.
I gave it 5 stars and would give t more if i could.
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