The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: November 28th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.
Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year. She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.
But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her. And his name is Xander.
When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.
Ryn can’t move on. But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start. As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.
About the Author
Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.
After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Summer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves.
Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!
Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.
Where do I begin? Before The Chaos of Standing Still I had not read any of Jessica Brody’s novels so I didn’t know what I was in for! Not only was it such a heartwarming story between two individuals, but it had some of the rawest portrayal of loss and grief.
What I liked:
Xander & Ryn – I loved how Jessica developed the relationship and chemistry Xander and Ryn have to be breathtaking, but not so overwhelming where their romance became the center of attention.
Emotions, emotions, emotions – not only will this novel play with their emotions, but you will genuinely become emotional as you read about the tribulations and turmoil Ryn has had to face in the span of twelve months. Because the novel incorporates two timelines, before and after Lottie’s death, you see two sides of Ryn.
Ryn’s coping mechanisms – Ryn constantly uses her phone to look up answers. Not to tests, but to any questions that might pop into her head! Ryn needs this sense of security and preparedness that allows her to cope, to an extent, with the many emotions battling inside of her.
Siri & Jimmy – not only were they the source of some of the funniest scenes in the novel, but they were supportive individuals who helped Ryn overcome some of her fears and distress.
What I didn’t like:
Xander’s Arc – In the novel we only get a some details about his life and the strenuous relationship he has with his parents. Xander is such a complex individual but had a very tame arc in The Chaos of Standing Still. It would have been interesting to learn more about him!
Lottie – While Lottie definitely exudes confidence and is very rebellious in nature, I didn’t appreciate how she pushed Ryn beyond her limits. At times I felt their relationship became was very toxic.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book and urge readers to prepare themselves for a very emotional ride, because this book is equally heartwarming as it is heartbreaking.
Picking a cast was pretty challenging since I wasn’t absolutely sure on some of the physical descriptions for some characters. Nonetheless, here are the actors and actresses I thought greatly represented Jessica Brody’s characters.
From left to right:
Hailee Steinfeld as Ryn
Francesca Capaldi as Lottie
Keiynan Lonsdale as Xander
Geraldine Viswanathan as Siri
James Corden as Jimmy
- Prize: 1 copy of THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL by Jessica Brody
- Starts: November 27th
- Ends: December 7th