The Chaos of Standing Still, Jessica Brody: Book Review

A text message that could change everything.

The Chaos of Standing Still Jessica Brody Book Review
The Chaos of Standing Still Book Cover The Chaos of Standing Still
Jessica Brody
Young Adult
Simon Pulse

Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.

This review contains quotes from the book.

*Special thanks to Simon Pulse for allowing us to read Jessica Brody’s The Chaos of Standing Still.

Jessica Brody’s The Chaos of Standing Still will make you jump for joy at one point, and then have tears streaming down your face the next.

Ryn has one text message on her phone that she cannot seem to read or to even look at. She hasn’t even tried to read it because it is the last message her best friend, Lottie, sent to her before she died in a tragic car accident.

Now Ryn is stuck in the Denver Airport on New Year’s Eve on the one-year anniversary of Lottie’s death. But everything changes when she runs into Xander.

“If Lottie hadn’t died, I never would have known Xander.”

-excerpt from Jessica Brody’s The Chaos of Standing Still

When Xander and Ryn run into each other, they accidentally swap phones. This leads them to have an unforgettable night where they meet new people, throw a bash for New Year’s Eve and think of a Illuminati conspiracy that could be in the airport. All through the night though, Ryn cannot stop thinking about that message she hasn’t been able to read for a year.

On that night, Ryn tries to live life to the fullest again because she knows that is what her friend would have wanted.

The Chaos of Standing Still is more than just a young adult romance novel, it has heart and spirit. Ryn will light you up when you read her story. It also will help that Xander is a total dreamboat. Xander comes into Ryn’s life at exactly the right time. Ryn needed someone to see that life isn’t all sad and gloomy. By the end of the novel, Ryn understands why she met Xander and what it means for her that she found him on the anniversary of her best friend’s death.

I recommend this novel to anyone who is having a hard time in life and needs a novel to give them strength and to see that life gets better. Ryn and Xander are the couple that people need to read about. Ryn is one of my favorite protagonists because of how much she cares for her friend. But it is satisfying when she finally comes to terms with the unread text message. Like I said before, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll smile by the end of the novel.

Jessica Duffield
the authorJessica Duffield
Contributing Writer
I am a junior in college. Books are my passion and I hope to work in book publishing once I graduate from journalism school.