Welcome! I am so excited for today’s post! I was so fortunate to be a part of this blog tour and to get the chance to read this book early! As soon as I saw the synopsis I knew I was adding it to my TBR! This post will be my review of the book + the chance to win a copy of the book yourself! Stick around until the end for more details on that!
But before we get into everything, I want to invite you to check out the other amazing hosts of this blog tour! Since today is the 17th and the tour started the 15th, you need to read the 3 days worth of posts as well if you’re interested in this book!
TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats.
Five years ago, Lexie walked home from school after her older brother failed to pick her up. When she entered her house, her brother sat calmly, waiting for the police to come arrest him for the heinous crime he had just committed.
Treated like a criminal herself, Lexie now moves from school to school hiding who she is—who she’s related to. She struggles with loving her brother, the PTSD she now suffers from, and wanting to just live a normal life. But how can she be normal when she can’t even figure out how to just live?
This is a powerful look at the assumptions we make about people. Lexie’s emotional journey to separate her brother’s horrific act from herself is stunning and heartbreaking. This is Lexie’s story and journey—not her brother’s—and it will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
This book was really good! Likeable characters with a good character arc, terrific plot with lots of suspense and plenty of drama! I really enjoyed Lexi’s character and how throughout the book she slowly started realizing things weren’t her fault. What her brother did sucked (understatement of the year) and I felt so bad for her family, but I was not okay with how her family and friends treated her because of WHAT HER BROTHER DID! Throughout Lexi’s high school career all of her friends, peers and family members act like Lexi is the problem when her brother is in jail for what HE did. The fact that someone who was close to her would turn on her is so unfair.
I loved Marcus and his relationship with Lexi. It started out on a not so innocent topic of conversation, but I was really proud of Lexi for opening up and finding someone to trust. I liked how they connected through past traumas and you could really see how them opening up to each other about their past and present strengthened their relationship and friendship.
I also really enjoyed Ryan’s character. One of my favorite scenes in the whole book was when Lexi went to Ryan’s craft fair with him. I loved their senses of humor and their honesty. I think Ryan was a bit selfish about 3/4ths of the way in when he decides to stay away from Lexi to protect his own secret so people weren’t looking at him, but I get it. When you have a secret like he did it can consume your whole world. I just don’t think it was fair to push Lexi away because he was scared of what might happen when she clearly needed a friend.
I really enjoyed the part when Lexi scored a role in the theater program. I thought it was good for her to get out of her shell, make some friends. I didn’t understand why her parents we so against it though. Or basically anything she did. It’s like they were punishing her for what her brother did.
One of the best scenes was also one of the most heartbreakingly bravest ones I’ve ever read. When Lexi confronted her brother. Telling someone how you feel after you’ve kept those emotions locked up for so long is almost like letting the dam loose. It needs to break, or you will. I was so proud of Lexi in that moment. I was also pretty proud of her when she had her panic attack and told Marcus what was going on. That was brave of her and I’m glad she did it
In the end, even though there were lots of things that made me upset, I thoroughly enjoyed reading All We Could Have Been. TE Carter does not have social media, so I emailed them to let them know what their book meant to me and why I loved it. It made me realize that while Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are a convenient way to connect with authors, sometimes emailing can be better. It makes your thank you more intimate and heartfelt, you get so much more room to say what you wanted to, and you could keep the conversation private. TE Carter wrote back to me and told me how much emails like mine make their day, and even explained a few things I had mentioned. It was really awesome to talk with them like that, and I would encourage others to take the time to email an author to thank them for a book if you’ve enjoyed it. It takes 5-10 minutes from your day but makes their whole day.
As I had mentioned before, there were only one of two things I didn’t like about this book, so I didn’t give it the full five stars but I did really enjoy reading it!
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Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club blog tours and T.E. Carter for sending me a copy of All We Could Have Been!