Title: Everywhere, Always
Author: Jennifer Ann Shore
Genre: Young Adult, YA Romance
When Avery Miller wakes up in her hospital room, it’s to a life she didn’t expect, want, or ever imagine for herself. She’s barely given time to mourn the death of her mother as she’s introduced to her new family—a father she never knew existed, a stepmother she didn’t want, and a brother who gave himself the job of being her enthusiastic best friend and overbearing protector before they even met. All it takes is one car accident to change the trajectory of seventeen-year-old Avery's life forever, ripping her from the brink of poverty in Pennsylvania and tossing her into a new life in a penthouse apartment in the middle of New York City. The visible marks on her skin are a tangible reminder of the pain she’s gone through, but it’s Ethan, the guy who lives one floor below and has a Shakespeare quote for every occasion, who helps her overcome loss, find herself again, and fall in love.
"Everywhere, Always" is the new standalone young adult romance from Jennifer Ann Shore, Amazon bestselling author of "The Stillness Before the Start" and "The Extended Summer of Anna and Jeremy."
“Maybe it’s time we both started worrying a little less and living a little…” These are the last words Avery Miller's mother speaks before a car accident takes her mother’s life. One minute Avery is in a car with her mother and the next minute, she’s in a hospital, alone in the world. Before she can even grieve for her mother’s death, she meets Trey, the father she never knew, his lovely wife Heidi, and their son, her new brother, Benjamin. When she’s well enough, they take her home to their home in Manhattan. She feels lost and alone, not knowing what to do or how to behave. She and her mother were barely making ends meet and now she’s living in a penthouse with caring family members. It’s an odd dichotomy and Avery is not too comfortable with her surroundings. She tries to stay neutral emotionally but it’s Ethan, Benjamin’s best friend and the boy who lives one floor down, who makes her feel again. Even though she promised Benjamin she wouldn’t date one of his best friends, her feelings for Ethan can’t be denied. Can Avery live the life her mother would want her to, or will the pain drag her down?
Everywhere, Always is a heart-wrenching beautiful story about loss, love, family, dreams coming true, and falling in love. Jennifer Ann Shore is a gifted writer and this time, she’s taking us inside the lives of Manhattan teens and their parents. Avery is a complex character, yet she reminds me of an old friend I knew in high school. Avery could honestly be anyone, even me. Her relatability is one of the endearing facets of her personality. The other characters round out the cast and I connected with each of them in a different way. The plot moves at a good pace with witty dialogue, classic teenage issues, cultural references, and dealing with parents’ expectations. The romance part is only a minor part of the plot, focusing instead on the small group of friends Avery hangs out with. What I love most about Everywhere, Always is the setting of New York City and how Jennifer Ann Shore submerges the reader in NYC. Intricate descriptive narration allows the reader to escape with Avery and her friends in NYC. Brilliant and adds such depth to the story. If you’re looking for a young adult story that will make you laugh and cry in the same breath, pick up Everywhere, Always. Fans of YA romance will be swept away by Everywhere, Always. One of the best books I’ve read this year. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Jennifer Ann Shore is a writer and an Amazon bestselling author based in Seattle, Washington.
She has written multiple fiction novels, including "New Wave," a young adult dystopian, and "The Extended Summer of Anna and Jeremy," a young adult romance.
In her decade of working in journalism, marketing, and book publishing, she has won numerous awards for her work from companies such as Hearst and SIIA.
Be sure to visit her website (https://www.jenniferannshore.com ) and follow her on Twitter (@JenniferAShore), Instagram (@shorely) or your preferred social media channel to stay in touch.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N