Book Club Pick: Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett

Everyone We've Been

Title: Everyone We’ve Been

Author: Sarah Everett

Published: October 2016

Rating: ★★

Summary: After Addie is involved in a bus crash, she begins seeing a boy no one else can see and having memory issues. When she goes to a medical facility that claims to help with memory problems, she discovers that she may have visited there before to have an unpleasant memory erased.

Thoughts: Not great, folks. Not great. It has taken me a long time to post this review (this was our March pick), because I just don’t have any interest in reflecting on this poorly written book. The writing was the main culprit. It seemed like it was written by someone who always has wanted to write a book, despite having no experience with the written word, but gave it a go and got something published. The quality was lacking, which impacted everything. The dialogue was laughable, the characters were uninteresting and I didn’t at all care about them, plus the plot was forced and full of holes. I was so bothered by the main plot mechanism, people having memories extracted. It seems totally ludicrous that everyone in their world would just agree that this person had that memory erased, so we all need to play along and never mention that thing again. It seems so ridiculous that this could actually happen, and I am not opposed to fantasy, but at least come up with something that seems somewhat possible within whatever world you have created! There was a bit of mystery involved that I admit I couldn’t quite predict, which is perhaps why I gave this book 2 stars instead of 1. You get a star for outsmarting me and keeping me guessing. I don’t recommend this book. Not at all.

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