Title: Where It All Lands
Author: Jennie Wexler
Genre: YA Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books
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“A Sliding Doors -esque novel that reveals how our choices define us and how no matter the road, love can find its way.
Stevie Rosenstein has never made a true friend. Never fallen in love. Moved from city to city by her father’s unrelenting job, it’s too hard to care for someone. Trust in anything. The pain of leaving always hurts too much. But she’ll soon learn to trust, to love.
Drew and Shane have been best friends through everything. The painful death of Shane’s dad. The bitter separation of Drew’s parents. Through sleepaway camps and family heartache, basketball games and immeasurable loss, they’ve always been there for each other.
When Stevie meets Drew and Shane, life should go on as normal.
But a simple coin toss alters the course of their year in profound and unexpected ways.
Told in dual timelines, debut author Jennie Wexler delivers a heartbreaking and hopeful novel about missed opportunities, second chances, and all the paths that lead us to where we are.” (Goodreads)
I’m always intrigued by dual timelines. It’s interesting to see how the characters lives could be altered due to different outcome. In this book, that outcome comes from a coin and who will ask out Stevie.
Not only does the book have a dual timeline, it also has past and present along with multiple point-of-views. At the beginning it was a bit overwhelming but as I continued on it was easier to understand.
I can’t say I ever really connected with Stevie, Shane, or Drew. I did like Shane the most as he was genuinely doing what he thought was right no matter the timeline, even if it all came out a bit too late. He was just trying to be a good friend to Drew while also trying to be one to Stevie, even if he wanted more.
Stevie and Drew deal with a lot of dad issues throughout. They are a bit different but it was easy to see similarities and I really thought that would be a driving force for them to connect. The thing is I could have cared less if they were together or not. Their attraction towards each other (in one scenario) was pretty instant and there was no build-up to any of it. It’s hard to care for a relationship when there isn’t much to go off of.
As I mentioned above, I did like Shane more and in the other timeline it was easier to see why him and Stevie would be a better match, especially since there was more build-up to it all.
I guess in a way, as I’m thinking and writing this review, it kind of all makes more sense now. If you look at it in the perspective of what good and bad relationships look like. I think something like this could be ideal for teens to read and maybe seen flaws in their own.
When it came to the rest of the plot, I think some things were too dramatic for me and were definitely plot twists but I also just didn’t feel shocked by them. This could be due to me not fully connecting to the characters.
Overall, I think it was good for a debut novel and I would most likely check out another book by this author.