A haunting and heart-wrenching story of two girls, two time periods, and the one event that changed their lives--and the world--forever.
Interweaving stories from past and present, All We Have Left follows two girls, Alia and Jesse, who discover that hatred and love have the power to reverberate into the future.
Then: Alia is a proud Muslim, even if it makes high school more difficult. Grounded for a stupid mistake, Alia decides to confront her father at his Manhattan office, putting her in danger she never expected. When the planes collide into the Twin Towers, Alia is trapped inside. There she meets a boy who risks everything for her.
Now: Jesse is haunted by the past. Ever since her brother died in the September 11th attacks, her dad's rage and grief has overshadowed their lives. When one hate-fueled decision turns Jesse's life upside down, the only way to make amends is to face the past and find out the truth of her brother's last day.
Yesterday, the lovely publicity & marketing ladies at Bloomsbury Kids held their Spring Preview event. They live-streamed their pitches for upcoming books coming out from about March 2016 onwards and us bloggers went a little nuts with all the pretties waved in front of us.
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills was the book that immediately caught my eye (that cover feeds my watercolour-loving soul – look how well it matches my blog!) and heart.
— Kit Katlin (@KaitlinS16) October 27, 2015
— Kristina (@gone_pecan) October 27, 2015
— Alexia (@alexiareads) October 27, 2015
There aren’t a lot of YA books dealing with teens who were in 9/11, much less the aftermath of it. I love that there’s a parallel story of two teens, one who is doing racist acts against Muslims, the other a Muslim who is caught in the actual attack. I love that they are clearly connected. I love that Jesse tries to make amends for a stupid decision and ends up questioning her beliefs. I love that it’s ultimately about hate and love.
In a word, WOW. Top of my TBR, guys. Probably one of my most anticipated books of 2016.
Is All We Have Left on your TBR? Have you read any other YA books dealing with 9/11 (please share!)? What are you waiting for this week?
“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.