REVIEW: Underneath Everything

Reviews 0 Comments 24th October, 2015

REVIEW: Underneath EverythingPublished by HarperTeen Genres: Bullying, Emotions & Feelings, Fiction, Love & Romance, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Social Issues, Young Adult

Underneath Everything

by Marcy Beller Paul

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: October 27th 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, GLBT, Realistic Fiction

Rate: 4 out of 5 stars


Mattie shouldn’t be at the bonfire. She should be finding new maps for her collection, hanging out with Kris, and steering clear of almost everyone else, especially Jolene. After all, Mattie and Kris dropped off the social scene the summer after sophomore year for a reason.
But now Mattie is a senior, and she’s sick of missing things. So here she is.
And there’s Jolene: Beautiful. Captivating. Just like the stories she wove. Mattie would know; she used to star in them. She and Jolene were best friends. Mattie has the scar on her palm to prove it, and Jolene has everything else, including Hudson.
But when Mattie runs into Hudson and gets a glimpse of what could have been, she decides to take it all back: the boyfriend, the friends, the life she was supposed to live. Problem is, Mattie can’t figure out where Jolene ends and she begins.
Because there’s something Mattie hasn’t told anyone—she walked away from Jolene over a year ago, but she never really left.
Poignant and provocative, Marcy Beller Paul’s debut novel tells the story of an intoxicating—and toxic—relationship that blurs the boundary between reality and fantasy, love and loyalty, friendship and obsession. 

This book surprised me. The story centers around Mattie who is quiet and obsessed with maps.  Through the course of the story she finds a strength she didn’t not know she had trying to come to terms with an event that happened some time ago that effected her greatly. High school is a very trying time for everyone, but for some is more live changing then for others.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars mostly for it’s heart. It is a journey that I will admit confused me at parts, but I came to understand it was steps that needed to be taken for the main character grow. I encourage anyone who is able to read this book!
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Marcy Beller Paul is a young adult author, former editor, and full-time mom who still has all the notes she passed in seventh grade (and knows how to fold them).
She graduated from Harvard University and lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. Underneath Everything will be published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, in Fall 2015. It is her first novel. 


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