All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan

All That I Can Fix

In Makersville, Indiana, people know all about Ronney—he’s from that mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom, and the genius kid sister. If having a family like that wasn’t bad enough, the local eccentric at the edge of town decided one night to open up all the cages of his exotic zoo—lions, cheetahs, tigers—and then shoot himself dead. Go figure. Even more proof that you can't trust adults to do t...

Details All That I Can Fix

TitleAll That I Can Fix
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Health, Mental Health, Family, Teen

Reviews All That I Can Fix

  • Trevor
    This is definitely one of those books you are either going to love or hate. All That I Can Fix is filled with an unlikable protagonist, trigger warnings* galore, & just a general weird vibe. Many will be turned off by the unflinching, harsh tone that the novel is dripping in- there is no sugarcoating here- & that's fine, but for those who are willing to venture out into an uncomfortable zone, this is a highly rewarding read. Ronney has a lot on h...
  • Kate
    1.5 // Super bummed. I thought I’d love this but I found myself repeatedly dozing off and getting distracted the entire time. I loved Mina—she’s the little queen of my heart, but that’s pretty much all that I liked about this book 😞Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy of this book for review.
  • Madison
    What to say about a book that is one part humorous, two parts ridiculous, and the rest a bundle of important messages, from mental health, stigma, and racism, to gun control and animal cruelty? All That I Can Fix is a novel that faces difficult topics straight on, with an abruptness that is both disconcerting and refreshing. When the local exotic zoo owner shoots himself and lets loose his animals, Ronney isn’t fazed. What’s a camel on the lo...
  • Dove
    This was such a beautiful and moving read. You got the dad who tried to commit suicide, so the family is super broken up because of that. The mom who pops pills like it's nothing. The younger sister whose a genius. And the main character, whose trying to keep the family together- he has to play multiple roles and has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. He's cracking underneath all that pressure, and he's slipping up- he says mean things, do...
  • Dazz Ross
    *Warning, there will be spoilers*When I was a kid, I always liked watching the news. In the mornings, I would turn on the TV, flip to ABC, and see what was going on in the world as I got ready for school or settled before having breakfast. In October 2011, I remembered hearing about the zoo outbreak that inspired All That I Can Fix on my local news. I just wasn’t able to place it until I read Chan’s author bio on one of the book’s flaps.In ...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    2 starsEh. I wasn't really feeling this but it's due from the library next Friday and I wanted to read it, but it ended up being not for me. There were too many random things going on with the zoo animals being on the loose, and I suppose it was intended to mimic Ronney's character development, but I feel like there just wasn't enough focus on his personal growth and too many "out-there" sort of things happening. Also, Ronney is really rude and s...
  • Alicia
    I picked this one up after seeing it on a list for books that need more buzz. Unfortunately I'm not going to be singing it's praises to keep it there. It's depressing as all heck and while I enjoyed the voice to start, Ronney's situation angered me and then things just got weird to get weird. There was a fabulous story there but then safari animals got loose in their town. How about the storyline where a kid really wants to be with his friend but...
  • Khine Lin Htet
    Seeing animals shot was very uncomfortable for me. Other than that, it's a great read. I hated all the characters in the beginning and it was suffocating to read. However as the story reveals more, everything falls into place and everyone starts to get their shits together. Gotta say I consider giving this book up during the 1st 50 pages, after that, it exchanges itself into something that's impossible to put down. I love how the author deals wit...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from EdelweissInteresting, but too YA for my collection.
  • Shannon
    The premise of this book was so interesting but it didn't live up to my expectations. The main character was unlikable. The animals roaming free allowed to cause so much chaos was unbelievable. The town's lack of urgency in finding the animals and keeping the community safe was ridiculous.
  • Lauren
    I was given an ARC by the publisher, in exchange for a fair review.I'll say right off the back that normally, YA novels aren't really my favorite novels. They're page-turners, but not in the way that you would normally use that description. They're usually page-turners because they're too easy for me to read through. "All That I Can Fix" is not a page-turner, and in the best kind of way.Crystal Chan's second novel is almost like a linear Haruki M...
  • Courtney
    The description of this book was fantastic but the execution was a letdown. This gets two stars for Mina and Sam (the author did little siblings very well). The rest was pure teenage angst and cynicism without any sort of hope to help make you through it.
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    Ronney's life is complicated. His father tried to die by suicide but failed, only shooting himself in the arm. Now, he stays in his room, wallowing in his depression. His mother has anxiety and works long hours to support the family financially. His sister is a genius who no one seems to understand. His best friend Jello has too many plans but never thinks them through. He has a crush on his other best friend George who has already shot down his ...
  • Ellen Klock
    Squirrels falling from the sky, a ten year old stalker, problems with parents, and a friendship torn apart over a girl - these are some of the elements of the YA novel All That I Can Fix by Chrystal Chan. Yes, the Chrystal Chan who has adapted many old time favorites for the Manga Classics series. Chan tackles numerous social issues such as drug addiction, mental illness, alcoholism, child abuse, runaways, suicide, racism, gun control, all wrappe...
  • Leah
    There was a lot that I liked here - the writing felt fresh but not like it was trying too hard to be down with the teens, the characters were multifaceted, and there were several twists that made me comment aloud to myself.But I had two major issues with the book. First was Ronney's treatment of his father. For the majority of the book, I really appreciated the portrayal of how difficult it is to have parents whose mental illness prevents or curt...
  • Nannette Demmler
    This is my favorite opening line so far this year. I was instantly drawn in by it and had to find out was going on here. As I read the next few pages I was amazed at how quickly I got into Ronney’s head and completly understood him. Due to the circumstances in his life he had to grow up fast and basically become the responsible adult of his family, and he is only 15.Ronny was an incredible character. He is smart, sarcastic, angry at life but he...
  • Lynndell
    Sad, harsh, funny and enlightening all at the same time!Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Pulse for the opportunity to read and review All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan. After reading the synopsis, I thought the story would be harsh and depressing. It’s both of those with a bit of humor added into the mix. It’s almost a desperation humor and a way for the main character, Ronney to deal with his rough life. He’s fifteen and pretty much like a p...
  • Amy Potts Ostrowski
    From page one I was in Ronney’s head--felt his love, worry, anger, happiness, and above all, his loyalty to his family, the people who need him to keep their world turning. The voice in this book grabbed me, then the inner workings of family and friendship kept me hooked until the very end. Life is never easy, and All That I Can Fix handles that with an effective mix of seriousness and humor, all with the backdrop of a town in the midst of a su...
  • Sarah
    I received this from Netgalley/Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.After Ronney’s father failed to commit suicide, Ronney has had to pick up his slack around the house. His father is suffering from severe depression and won’t even get dressed, so Ronney fixes the house and helps with the bills. Ronney has serious anger as a result of this and spews vial words at everyone in his life. When a local person frees various exotic animals and...
  • Elaine
    My attachment to the main character drove the speed at which I read this book. The author weaves together 2 stories, a town dealing with the release of animals from the zoo and a main character dealing with the attempted suicide of his depressed father. The sense of danger is palpable and people's ability to cope and carry on is examined from multiple angles, including the presence of guns everywhere in our country. There are no sugar coated endi...
  • CreativelyRed
    Although there were elements of this book that were strange: wild animals roaming around and gun shots always going off, the overall message of the story was well done. Ultimately it’s a story about a kid that is misunderstood and comes off as trouble yet has a heart of gold that helps those he cares for. The book ultimately is a good reminder about not judging others when you don’t understand them. A good teen novel.
  • Jake
    I loved a lot about this book, and even though I did not connect with the main character (I found him really hard to like, even though I could sympathize with his situation), I still loved it. I thought the animals escaping was a great backdrop for the drama, and part of me wished they went looking more.I loved Sam. Recommended for 8th and up.
  • Tracie
    There's so much going on in this book, escaped exotic animals, a family reeling from a failed suicide attempt, unrequited love and much more. I fell in love with Ronney though; he's taking it all on his shoulders and that's a lot for anyone, let alone a fifteen year old. He's angry, confused, frustrated and afraid to trust, but who can blame him?
  • Kelly
    I'll let G. Neri speak for me: "What do a runaway cheetah, a John Lennon poster, a girl named George, a pair of jeans riddled with question marks, and Jello have in common? Crystal Chan's life-affirming new novel, "All That I Can Fix." This is an easy read, meant for teens but really a beautiful story about how giving up on the ones we love -- or fighting for them -- matters.
  • Nora Durfee
    Wow!Just when you think you’ve read it all comes a book like this . I gave it 5 stars cuz it kept me wondering . Should I laugh, cry , get mad ? It had me picturing the kids, parents, animals even the color orange.
  • Kim
    Ronney is furious at his dad for his continuing depression and suicide attempt, but he tries to carry on for his barely coping mom, his little sister, and even a little boy who needs him named Sam. But who can care for Ronney? He's also hilarious and real.
  • Erin
    1.5 Stars