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.