(Review) Now is Everything

 Now is Everything by Amy Giles
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Pages: 368 (kindle)
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 3.5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
Now Is Everything is a stirring debut novel told in alternating THEN and NOW chapters, perfect for Sarah Dessen and Jennifer Niven fans, about what one girl is willing to do to protect her past, present, and future.

The McCauleys look perfect on the outside. But nothing is ever as it seems, and this family is hiding a dark secret.

Hadley McCauley will do anything to keep her sister safe from their father. But when Hadley’s forbidden relationship with Charlie Simmons deepens, the violence at home escalates, culminating in an explosive accident that will leave everyone changed.

When Hadley attempts to take her own life at the hospital post-accident, her friends, doctors, family, and the investigator on the case want to know why. Only Hadley knows what really happened that day, and she’s not talking.

My Review: 
As a debut novel, this is a good one. This book had plenty of things that a good YA novel needs: drama, romance, insta-love, annoying friends...you get the picture. 

Hadley is a high school senior who seems like she's on the fast track for greatness. Only what everyone doesn't know is that Hadley's main focus is protecting her little sister from their abusive father. 

When Hadley starts dating Charlie things go from bad to worse. Her father has no remorse and doesn't care about anything or anyone but himself. Hadley's mother is an alcoholic and is completely useless. While Hadley confides in Charlie about her home life she leaves her friends out of the loop and it causes tension between them. 

I liked the alternating chapters of THEN and NOW and figuring out how we got to the NOW part. The THEN parts are hard to read, particularly because of the mentions of abuse within the narrative. There are also so cringe-worthy moments. The insta-love is one of them. There are many swoons and the love story seems kind of weak. 

The bigger part of the story is how Hadley tries, and fails, to protect Lila. There are some truly heartbreaking moments between the sisters and parents. The little bit of mystery is a nice addition and the supporting characters are...okay. I liked Noah a lot but Meghan was too much drama for me. 

All in all a strong debut. Check it out in November. 

Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Teen for the ARC.