Now Is Everything by Amy Giles

Now Is Everything

Now Is Everything is a stirring debut novel told in alternating THEN and NOW chapters, perfect for Sarah Dessen and Jennifer Niven fans, about what one girl is willing to do to protect her past, present, and future.The McCauleys look perfect on the outside. But nothing is ever as it seems, and this family is hiding a dark secret.Hadley McCauley will do anything to keep her sister safe from their father. But when Hadley’s forbidden relationshi...

Details Now Is Everything

TitleNow Is Everything
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Now Is Everything

  • Ruth Lehrer
    I was lucky enough to receive a free ARC of Amy Giles’s November 2017 YA novel. NOW IS EVERYTHING IS not an easy read—for me this book was painful reading because of the content. The power Hadley’s misogynistic father holds over the women in this family kept making me furious and I’d have to take a break. Almost a thriller, this book is a sensitive look at an abusive family and the bravery of a trapped girl. Hadley’s loyalty to her sist...
  • Nicole Sewell
    This book is just so amazing on so many levels. I read the early drafts and loved it from day one. The writing is so raw and intense and emotional, you're right there with Hadley the whole time. I don't usually have "feels" when reading a book. This one was an exception.I don't want to go into too much for fear of spoiling it. Suffice it to say, I named my daughter after Hadley's little sister and I will probably always be in love with Charlie.
  • Amber Smith
    Powerful and haunting, NOW IS EVERYTHING explores the complexities of family and abuse, as we follow one girl on her courageous journey to choose love over hate and hope over fear. I couldn't put this book down - it really is a must-read! *I received an advance copy*
  • Sally
    I could not put down this book. 17 yr old Hadley bears the brunt of her father's emotional and physical abuse, in trying to spare her young sister. Her mother's emotionally checked out. The family is a wealthy, suburban one, a glossy surface that belies all the pain. The writing style is fabulous -- everything rings true, from the witty banter of teens in the hallway, to Hadley's poetic depths of despair, to the inner language of a family abused/...
  • Stephanie Elliot
    Usually when I settle in to read a book, it takes me quite a while to get into it. As a busy mom I don’t get much personal reading time. I was so invested in reading Now Is Everything that I finished it in less than 24 hours, in two sittings! Amy Giles has done a bang-up job with her debut, a story about a girl who has survived a terrible accident (and more!). Readers are taken along for the ride, with chapters of “Then” and “Now” so we...
  • Amanda Jasper
    As Amy's CP I got to read this book very early. And I LOVE it. It was my favorite read of 2015, and my husband and all of my friends had to listen to me talk very enthusiastically about how amazing it was. Our Cosmic Second is tense, suspenseful, filled with amazing characters. Hadley, Charlie, especially Lila. Your hearts will break! I'm so beyond overjoyed that the world will get to read this amazing novel.
  • Joanne O'Sullivan
    A page-turning, gut-punching read! Giles creates authentic characters in Hadley and her friends, including a swoony love interest, all while maintaining electric tension throughout the story. The abuse that Hadley suffers seems very real (I admit that I loved that the horrible abusive father was a hedge fund manager because that's how I see those people : ) This is an absorbing, engrossing read that keeps you guessing right till the end!
  • A.V. Geiger
    Don't let the blue sky on the cover fool you! This is a dark and suspenseful story about the secrets lurking beneath the surface in a wealthy suburban family. Seventeen-year-old Hadley's struggle feels all too real, and it makes this book difficult to read in places, but gripping and haunting throughout.
  • Madison
    I'm not sure I will be able to write this review without crying. And I'm not sure if they would be tears of heartbreak, overwhelming relief, or joy. Simple words will not do justice to this incredible book. It captured my attention, enthralled my curiosity, and, most of all, worked its way into my heart. There is something so important in this book, so vital we must share it and shout it from roof tops. The survival, the resilience, the importanc...
  • Melissa
    In Amy Giles’s luminous YA debut, NOW IS EVERYTHING (which I actually devoured in one feverish sitting), we meet Hadley McCauley, a 17-year-old high-school lacrosse player who seems to have it all: great grades, caring friends, and a tight-knit nuclear family. The problem is, appearances can be deceiving. Hadley’s charming hedge-fund manager dad, Miles, terrorizes his family by ruling with an iron fist—literally. Not only does he abuse Hadl...
  • Sharon Metcalf
    4.5 stars Wow, what an incredible debut novel Amy Giles has produced. Now is Everything drew me into the drama in its very first paragraph and did not relinquish it's hold on me, the intensity continuing to increase page after page, until the concluding passages. The blurb described the book as being about what one girl is willing to do to protect her past, present, and future. Suggested for Jennifer Niven fans and recommended for ages 14 and abo...
  • Robin Roe
    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of Now Is Everything, and I'm so glad I did! Amy Giles' debut is a gripping, suspenseful, and moving story that asks the question: what are you willing to do for the people you love? Both heart-breaking and heart-restoring, Now Is Everything grabbed me from the very first line and never let go. Read this book!!!!
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    Brutal, but fantastic. RTC
  • Maggie
    I read this book in less than 24 hours. NOW IS EVERYTHING has perfect pacing. It never felt slow, and every word was important. I never skimmed. I soaked up each word and each piece of information that Amy Giles strategically placed throughout the story to help us unravel Hadley's mystery. Equal parts heart-wrenching and hopeful, Hadley's story is one that will stick with you long after you close the book. I can't recommend this book enough.
  • Be A Rebel
    Now Is Everything is a novel that thoroughly engages readers as it unspools a little at a time. When the novel begins readers find out that Hadley has been in a plane accident and that her mother is dead. The novel then flips back to the past and readers learn about Hadley's authoritarian/abusive father, negligent/alcoholic mother and firecracker of a younger sister. As the reveals keep coming readers get glimpses into the present day as well as ...
  • Debbie
    What I loved about this book was that, although I am years beyond Hadley's age, the author's imagery transported me back to being a teenage girl again. I FELT the butterflies Hadley felt around Charlie. I FELT the anguish she felt when when he father was abusive. I understood why she felt so powerless in her situation. As I was reaching the end of the book I found myself slowing down. I knew that by reaching the end I would be saying goodbye to H...
  • Karen
    See my full review and much more on my blog KissinBlueKaren The pacing for this book was so smooth it felt effortless switching between timelines. I can honestly say that the author didn’t pull any cheap tricks to make me want to rush the story to get to the “good part”. This whole story was the good part. Hadley is easy to love and understand even though she is going through this awful time in her life. Part of her experience unfortunatel...
  • Lindsay
    This fast paced novel shifting from the past to present details Hadley’s life pre and post surviving a plane crash. Hadley’s childhood was anything but serene. In order to protect her little sister Lila from her father, Hadley makes herself the center of attention and does everything possible to appease her strict and abusive father: running miles each morning at 4.30am, making perfect grades, playing lacrosse despite hating it, taking flying...
  • Carlie Sorosiak
    Wow, wow, WOW. I read Now Is Everything in one sitting, and it absolutely devoured me. If you like powerful love stories, this one's for you. If you like heart-wrenching tales of sibling relationships, this one's for you. If you want to be crying in your seat on an airplane, this one's for you. (Because I actually did the last one and had a flight attendant ask me if I was okay, but NEVER MIND ABOUT THAT.) No lie, I was supposed to be asleep but ...
  • Leslie Cohen Glascock
    From the very beginning, this book drew me in. I loved how it shifted between the past and present, with each "past" chapter providing a little more insight, and clues as to what happened. I loved our very real protagonist, Hadley, who I often wanted to give a hug, or a high-five (thinking here of her love interest, Charlie, who I may love even more than Hadley). And, though I sure didn't "love" their characters, Hadley's parents were written ver...
  • Sara
    This book was impossible to put down. I wanted to put my life on hold to find out what happened. It's gorgeously written and the story will take you in and wrap itself around you and squeeze your heart. An important, unforgettable book.
  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher via NetGalley.Trigger warning: Now is Everything is about child abuse and also features a brief but graphic moment of self-harm via a suicide attempt.Whoo, what a disappointment! Now is Everything had me excited to begin with, seeing as it opens with Hadley being pulled from the scene of a plane crash followed by pieces of interviews with her friends as investiga...
  • Danielle
    “The sky is black and unwelcoming outside my bedroom window. It tells my body to go back to sleep, but even the heavens have no jurisdiction in this house.” This was another emotional read - and it grabbed me by the heartstrings and pulled me in. Amy Giles’ debut Now Is Everywhere is the haunting story about survival. Told in a then-now format before and after a tragic accident, we follow Hadley McCauley as she tries to navigate life under...
  • Lindsey
    SO GOOD! I had a hard time putting this book down.
  • Bonnie Pipkin
    This is one of those books that you know you will miss the characters when you are done. I just finished and I already miss them! My heart was all in with this special book.
  • Jennifer Fenn
    Amy Giles' debut novel "Now is Everything" contains some of the most vividly drawn and realistic characters I've read in a long time. Protagonist Hadley, her boyfriend Charlie, her friends Noah and Megan and her little sister Lila all seem like real people; their dialogue sounds extremely authentic. I basically read this whole novel (a quick read!) with my heart in my throat, because I was really liked these characters, and I dreaded seeing bad t...
  • K.L. Hallam
    All seventeen-year-old Hadley wants is to protect her sister from the monster. The monster her mother won’t go against. The brut that pushes her at the gym, and laughs at any pain she suffers, and like a drill sergeant, has her up at the crack of dawn to run every day despite her injuries. The monster is her father.Hadley can take it. She can take just about anything he dishes out. So long as he stays away from Lila, her 10-year-old, spirited a...
  • Amanda Searcy
    I stayed up way past my bedtime finishing this book. It keeps you guessing until the end. I loved the Then/Now chapters. Hadley is a great, developed character who’s in an impossible position. Everything about the book is so real; parts are difficult to read. But it’s an important book and a really engaging read. I would like to keep living with these characters and see where they go next!
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  • Carol Anderson
    One of the best books I've read in a long time.