Tis’ the season to read all the books with snow in them, and The Chaos of Standing Still gives a whopping amount. Imagine being snowed in in New Years Eve. Now imagine being snowed in at an airport on New Years Eve. I’ve experienced snow storms, but none of this magnitude, and this is what happens to Ryn and everyone else as their flights at the Denver Airport are canceled due to the biggest storm of the century.
I enjoyed reading Ryn and Xander’s story and the cast of quirky characters that they find themselves stuck with at the airport. Between the thirteen-year-old getting his masters from Stanford, and the fast food worker whose name is Siri (just like on your iPhone), they all made the exchange between Ryn’s present misfortune and her flashbacks filled with some comic relief. Because the inside of Ryn’s head is a dark place after her best friend died a year back. The reoccurring flash backs that piece together the life and times of Ryn and Lottie all the way until the day Lottie dies is filled with childhood memories that I can relate to as that reserved friend with a moral compass who met the girl who dared to live on the edge. We’ve all had a friend like Lottie at some point in our lives. We all lost a friend like Lottie, maybe not through a tragic accident, but we had to take that loss of this exuberant personality and learn to live without them. Learn to live through the loss. And that is Ryn’s struggle as her friend’s life was untimely ripped from hers.
I’m a sucker for seasonal stories. I like to read books about the beach in the summer and snowstorm love-stories in the winter. That’s why I loved Let it Snow so much. But The Chaos of Standing Still comes with a little more punch from the rom-com stories of Let It Snow. There is grief and loss and past events that are too raw to reveal. Jessica Brody does a nice job of luring Ryn to slowly come out of her shell, to earn the courage and be comfortable to begin talking about the death of her best friend one year later was done well. Though Ryn left me on some questionable ground, giving blame to random people she did not know for things they did not do, her anxiety and necessity to be home to mourn her friend on the anniversary of her death made some of her actions reconcilable.
- The interwoven story of present and past
- Xander, such a cutie
- Siri, I could read a whole book about this girl
- The whole conspiracy theory with the Illuminati just really took me out of the book
- It really made no sense
- Why was it in here? Just to give the book more screen time??
Three target rating. Emotional levels are high, but it makes for a fun winter read once the party gets started
The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
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.
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 Sum-mer (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 onthe hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!
Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. (Click here for a full list of foreign sales and publishers.) She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.