I finished Janci Patterson's YA novel Everything's Fine in a night and a day. I couldn't put it down! The reader is immediately sucked into Kira's raw pain at the sudden suicide of her best friend Haylee and tangled fears of what Haylee's missing journal might say about her. I think I was able to devour this story so quickly because each page never let me forget that grief waits for no one to catch up in real life. It's breathless and searing and hollows everything inside you until the smiling veneer of "fine" is all you have left for the anxious demanding gazes of others. Even as Kira struggles with the mystery of her best friend's death, she must navigate the confusing maze of her feelings for Haylee's cousin Nick, and Bradley, Haylee's idol and the last person she dated the night before killing herself. Kira is thrown into a rush of crazy emotions as she gets closer to the dark weight of silence that crushed her best friend, and is now threatening to tear those she left behind apart. But Kira is strong enough to listen to what nobody else heard, and that's why I had to stay, too, avidly following her through the last stubborn, desperate stretch of ink to learn the truth.
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