Everyone We’ve Been, Sarah Everett: Book Review

A love story with thrills and twists.

Everyone We've Been Sarah Everett Book Review
Everyone We've Been Book Cover Everyone We've Been
Sarah Everett
Young Adult
Alfred A. Knopf

Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.

Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.

But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

This review contains quotes from the book.

*Special thanks to Random House Kids for allowing us to read Sarah Everett’s Everyone We’ve Been.

Sarah Everett‘s Everyone We’ve Been is full of twists, turns, love, and loss. This one will take you on a roller coaster of emotions.

Addison Sullivan loves a boy named Zach. Addison and Zach met at the start of summer. Zach was just getting out of a breakup, but they still fell each other and their relationship was going perfectly. But of course, something tragic had to happen.

Addison was in a car accident. She hit her head pretty hard, but other than that she only had minor injuries. But she starts to have memory lapses, and she sees a boy that disappears. She feels as if she is going insane, and her friends and family are starting to think the same thing.

“It’s silly that I sent my nurse on a wild-goose chase to find a boy I spoke to for a few minutes at most. It’s silly that the memory of his smile is stuck to my mind when I don’t know the first thing about him.

Still, it feels a little sad to think that I’ll never know his name.”

-excerpt from Sarah Everett’s Everyone We’ve Been

So now Addison is determined to find out who this boy is. She goes to Overton clinic where she finds out that this was not her first visit. Before the accident, she went to this clinic to have certain memories erased. And those memories were of Zach. Now Addison is questioning who she was before the accident, and why would she have this boy named Zach erased.

This book was something else. First off, Addison immediately gets into a car crash at the beginning of the book. And she starts seeing a boy right when she comes to in the hospital. So, of course, the reader is curious to find out why she is seeing a supposedly random boy. Then, later on, you find out she had her boyfriend erased from her memory on purpose. You ask yourself why would she do something so reckless, and what did Zach do to make her want to forget everything about him. These questions obviously will be answered in the story, but these questions made me not want to stop reading until I figured them out. I recommend this to anyone looking for a young adult mystery with a love story. You cannot go wrong with this one.

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Jessica Duffield
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