Narrator: Rachel Jacobs
Published by Three Saints Press on 08-25-17
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
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Jessa has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn't help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and visible scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumble—now she looks as shattered as she feels.
Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, where she meets Marshall, a boy whose kindness and generous heart slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world—a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.
ALL THINGS NEW is a love story about perception and truth, physical and emotional pain, and the messy, complicated people we are behind the masks we put on for the world, perfect for fans of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.
Jessa was a normal girl until she turned fifteen. Her parents’ divorce triggered on her anxiety and numerous panic attacks, making her a loner and a specialist in hiding her true feelings. Two years later she had a car accident which caused aphantasia, a rare condition which implies mind’s eye blindness. Jessa starts a new life, moves with her father to a different state, and struggles with the consequences of her accident, which go further than aphantasia.
I loved this book. It is written in first person, from Jessa’s
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