The Chaos of Now by Erin Jade Lange

The Chaos of Now

Is it real if it happens online?Life at Eli’s high school hasn’t been the same since his classmate Jordan committed suicide after being tirelessly bullied. Schools now have access to students’ online activities and students have less privacy than ever. Eli just wants to graduate—so he can get out of town, get away from his father’s embarrassingly young fiancée, and get himself a prestigious coding job. But Eli’s hacking skills get hi...

Details The Chaos of Now

TitleThe Chaos of Now
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherBloomsbury YA
GenreYoung Adult, Realistic Fiction, Teen, Fiction

Reviews The Chaos of Now

  • Rae
    The Chaos of Now by Erin Jade Lange is a thought-provoking book that discusses tough topics like bullying, suicide, and cyber monitoring. When Jordan, a geeky computer wizard, commits suicide by lighting a match, it irrevocably changes the lives of those he went to school with. Eli Bennett gets caught in the middle of a vigilante scheme to pay tribute to Jordan, but unfortunately, it does not go as planned . . . This was such an interesting boo...
  • Blue
    Finally a YA book that not only draws attention to the power of social media but how the characters are attached to technology, whether it be their phones of their computers, which is fantastic. I’m sorry but if you are writing a YA book based around teenagers in this time line, you need to have them glued to their phones or at least have their interaction with technology more often. I am over YA books that are based in high school or around yo...
  • Taylor Wilson
    Let's give some praise to the author for a moment on how relatable she made her characters. The attention to social media and the character's attachment to technology was spot on. I think she did a good job with this because teenagers nowadays are always glued to their phones or their tablets or some other kind of device. This book address subjects such as bullying, suicide, monitoring social media. This book is definitely a page-turner and if yo...
  • Ghostly Writer
    I'm not entirely sure with how I feel about this... May edit this later, if I change my mind about the rating. In different ways, the latter part of the novel brought up a lot of things for me. Difficult.Actual rating: 2.5 stars.
  • Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
    Trigger Warning: suicide, bullying, self harm, amongst other similar topics. Wow. So this was an absolute page turner. I couldn't put it down. The writing was well done. I enjoyed how real the characters were. The emotions and inner debate was very relatable. The plot was simple but had twists you didn't see coming. The dialog flowed really smoothly. Overall, I just really enjoyed and flew through this. The ending is still with me and has left me...
  • Nicole
    Check out more reviews like this on: NicoleHendersonReads Before reading this book, I hadn’t heard a ton of things about this author (other than the fact she wrote a book called Butter which was pretty popular in YA a while back). But the plot of this particular book was what intrigued me the most, specifically the coding element. I have never read a book with coding in it before so it was great to read something about it and in some ways learn...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    2.5 to 3 stars from me.This was a quick read but I struggled to connect to any part of the story.FRTC
  • Read InAGarden
    Gave up a fourth of the way through the book. Just didn't thoroughly capture my interest.
  • Carin
    Last year, a boy who had been teased and bullied committed suicide at school by lighting himself on fire in front of everyone in the cafeteria. This book begins one year later, on the anniversary of his death at a school assembly meant to honor him. But Eli notices quickly that the students coming up and saying nice things about him, didn't even know him, and certainly weren't his friends. Right after, a couple of his actual friends reach out to ...
  • Michele
    💻 @kidlitexchange #partner 💻Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of The Chaos of Now by @erinjadelange Wow! 4 solid ⭐ from me!•Eli is a very good high school coder who skates by in school. He’s not popular and mostly unnoticed. He’s got his best friend and that’s all he needs. Haver HS was turned upside down last year when Jordan committed suicide in the cafeteria by burning himself. Since then federal legi...
  • Kim Dyer
    The Chaos of Now is a really tricky novel to review as it does touch on some pretty important themes. It's a story about cyber bullying, data security and the importance of living in the now. However, it's also a very strange novel and I have some very mixed feelings about its ending.To begin with the positive, The Chaos of Now is a very complex novel about a subject with no clear cut answers. It explores the futility of a school's halfhearted at...
  • Unseen Library
    I received a copy of The Chaos of Now from Allen & Unwin to review.Rating of 4.5.From one of the most intriguing authors of modern young adult fiction comes this powerful story about bullying in the modern cyber world and the potential impacts our choices can have on those around us.One year ago, a student at Haver High, Jordan Bishop, walked into the school cafeteria and committed suicide by setting himself on fire, a reaction to the relentless ...
  • Barbara
    This YA novel starts off with a strong premise, but it loses momentum three-fourths of the way through. There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep teens reading to see how things turn out, but I wish the ending had been a bit more solid. As another reviewer mentioned, while it might be comforting to some to simply say that the act of suicide is selfish, that seems to be a simplification of a complicated decision. Parts of the plot made m...
  • Laura Petrie
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book— all opinions are my own.--- “But it turns out, guilt doesn’t slide off so easy. It sticks to you like a film you can’t rinse away.” In his daily life, Eli does the bare minimum to skate by. The only thing he is really passionate about is coding. So when he is summoned by two students he barely knows that are also coding nerds, his interest is peaked. Seth and Mouse ...
  • Clare Bird
    I want to thank Netgalley for a free advanced copy of The Chaos of Now in return for an honest review!Things I enjoyed about this book: I love the fact that Erin Jade Lange tackles such a prevalent topic bullying. Anti-bullying is my jam so I was super excited to pre-read this book! I also enjoyed that coding was the a main concept in this book, it’s not the norm to have some as “nerdy” as coding in a novel.The Things I Didn’t Enjoy: The ...
  • Katy Noyes
    Cyberbullying is at the heart of this pertinent school story.In the aftermath of a suicide in the lunch hall a year ago, a nationwide reaction focusing on cyberlaws to protect students restricts online freedoms for everyone. The online bullying that resulted in Jordan Bishop's death has caused much underground hacker activity. Eli is approached by fellow hackers to help take revenge upon those who caused Jordan's death and begins to enjoy the pow...
  • Autumn
    The school librarian actually recommended this book for me to read. Just from reading the first page I was hooked. Like what would cause a kid to do something like that in the school cafeteria. As the story progresses things start to come to light and who was truly Jordan's friends. I could relate to how Eli felt as far as how when someone passes everyone wants to act like they are so sad and it is so hard to believe that people can be so cruel, ...
  • Mandi Schneck
    I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. The Chaos of Now by Erin Jade Lange is a YA contemporary that follows Eli, a high school student obsessed with computers and coding. The book starts one year after one of Eli's classmates, Jordan Bishop, committed suicide by lighting himself on fire in the middle of the cafeteria, with bullying as the cause. There is definitely a trigger warning on this book for bullying and suicide.Eli him...
  • Tara Weiss
    Do you ever think about how much you don't know? Like, for example, the internet . . . I mean, I had to take a compulsory coding class in library school, but yeah . . . surface level right there. Not even scratched surface level, digging in towards encryption and security with a nail file. On one level this book is about teen suicide, bullying, avenge/revenge, first amendment rights, and what happens when a school seeks to take away student right...
  • Cambear
    A tale of bullying, revenge, the dangers of the internet and escalationThis is one of the books where you aren’t supposed to like the characters so much as empathize and understated them. It’s a cautionary tale about the dangers of cyber bullying and how extreme they can be.It moves swiftly as the stakes and consequences escalate. At the same time, the characters really do some stupid stuff so you want to scream at them not to do it.So it’s...
  • Beth Bryden-miller
    My students are asking for books without clear heroes/villains. This fits the bill. When a student, Bishop, is cyberbullied, he commits suicide in a very public way at his high school. Two of his friends contact our protagonist to help create a website to both honor his memory and impress the judges at a cyber competition. We are plunged into a debate over what bullying is, what free speech really means and issues of personal responsibilities. Ch...
  • Marie
    "Somebody obviously hasn't taken their Adderall.""The rush.""My world was simple and small, and the air gap that protected me from the rest of the world was still in place.""No, that's not what I'm saying. that's what you're hearing.""She hid all her warts on the inside.""I want them to pay. Every. Single. One.""It was too much. It was all just way too much.""Back off, lady. I'm having a meltdown here.""I was learning to accept a little less chao...
  • Jamie
    *I received an e-galley from Netgalley in return for an honest review.*3.5I found the Eli's story to be very interesting and certainly a timely topic. While there is not really "action" the plot does continue to move you through the narrative and wondering what will happen next either with Eli, Seth, and Mouse, or Eli's friendship with Zach, or his budding romance with Isabel. I'm not sure I'm totally satisfied with the ending, but I enjoyed the ...
  • Shannon
    Finished reading on a snowy day while the kids were home from school. This book was one of my favorites I have read yet this year. I really liked the characters and the story. With how important social media and computers are to us now this book really opened my eyes to how easy bullying is. Also how someone can get so caught up into it. Great book for teens, middle school and high school aged.
  • Feather Stone
    I thought that this was going to be an okay book because the first page talked about someone catching fire, but I did not expect this. This whole book was full of plot twists and action and a whole lot of emotion. I got this book at the YA fandom frenzy and I just picked it out randomly. I admit it was a tiny bit boring at some points, but it as overall amazing.
  • I Read, Therefore I Blog
    Erin Lange’s contemporary YA novel is a thoughtful story about peer pressure, bullying, the flaws in social media and surveillance culture and personal responsibility and although I didn’t completely buy into the ending I think that there’s a lot here that the target readership can relate to through Eli’s experiences.
  • Ella
    This was a very intense book. Definitely not for people who are very sensitive to suicide. This book shows very well the effect that teens can have on each other. It also shows a lot of taking out the social high archery. Overall really good book but definitely not for sensitive readers.
  • Navdip
    Initial review:The story was the best part of the book. It just makes you so much more aware of internet safety and how you're sharing things these days.The way a poc was spoken about in the book was completely unnecessary and left me feeling like shit not celebrated.
  • Sarah
    wowza. definitely her best book since butter. heart pounding and emotional and important. really, just what i’ve been looking for for months.
  • Beca
    This was a quick read, but I struggled to connect to any part of the story.FRTC