Review: All We Left Behind by Ingrid Sundberg

Posted December 10, 2015 in Review / 5 Comments

Review: All We Left Behind by Ingrid Sundberg

All We Left Behind

by Ingrid Sundberg
Published by Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse on December 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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When Marion Taylor, the shy bookworm, meets sexy soccer captain Kurt Medford at a party, what seems like a sure thing quickly turns into a total mess. One moment they’re alone in the middle of a lake, igniting sparks of electricity. The next, they’re on dry land, pretending they’ve never met. But rather than the end, that night is the beginning of something real, terrifying, and completely unforgettable for them both.

As Marion and Kurt struggle to build a relationship from the fractured pieces of their pasts, every kiss they share uncovers memories both would rather keep buried. Marion desperately wants to trust Kurt and share the one secret she’s never told anyone—but some truths aren’t meant to be spoken out loud. Kurt is also still haunted by his mother’s death, by the people he hurt, and by the mistakes he can never take back.

Explosive together and hollow apart, Marion and Kurt seem totally wrong for each other—but could they turn out to be more right than they ever thought possible?

YA Romance

 

Intriguing…  that about sums it up for me.  This wasn’t a traditionally written love story between two teenagers with pasts.  There was almost too much happening for me to keep track of all the characters’ problems!  At times I found the language of one of the characters hard to read.  At other times, a certain character begged me to toss her in front of a moving bus.  I think perhaps this book tried too hard to hit it out of the park and ended up hitting the ball foul into the upper deck.  What the heck do I mean by that?  Well, the story was good, the execution just got muddled a bit.

First, let me tell you about the story.  Marion is a quiet bookworm.  She does well in school and she lives with her dad.  Dad works late hours in the city and isn’t home until late.  She doesn’t really have much of a relationship with him.  As for her mom, she up and left her family when Marion was toddler.

On top of that, Marion has “issues” from her past that haunt her today but she’s never been able to deal with them.  Her best friend, Lilith, is no help there.  Lilith is the character who needs to be smushed by a bus, by the way.  Marion’s ex-boyfriend/ex-best-friend Abe wants to help but Marion is so messed up, she doesn’t know how to relate to Abe.

So you toss in a messed up captain of the soccer team, Kurt.  He and Marion have a “moment” at a school party.  For the rest of the book, Kurt and Marion try to figure out how to relate, be in the same room, be friends, be whatever!

There were sweet moments between these two and there were moments when I wanted to… you guessed it, cause bodily injury.

I guess where I got lost is in Marion’s side of the narration.  She gets metaphorical (it’s a word, trust me!), very flowery with her words, as she describes a situation or how she’s feeling.  It was fine every so often but too much had my simple brain hurting trying to figure out the similes.

The missed execution did NOT prevent me from finishing the book; this is definitely still a solid 3 1/2 star book.  Why?

Because Ms. Sundberg nailed the ending of the story.  The most appropriate, fitting ending to Kurt and Marion’s story.  I liked it.  Everyone got what they deserved…

 

About Ingrid Sundberg

ingrid Sundberg

I grew up on the small island of Mount Desert off the coast of Maine. I’ve since moved to sunny Southern California, but my heart still yearns for the delicious colors of autumn. I love polka dots, baking, and dying my hair every color of the rainbow.

I hold an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman University. I also have a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art. I’ve been a freelance story editor, illustrator, and graphic designer for many years. In addition, I’ve taught college classes, worked on film sets, and been a children’s bookseller. All We Left Behind is my first novel.

 

Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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