24Hour Read-A-Thon Review – The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

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 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 brilliantly 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.
I’m so happy I saved this for my 24-hour Christmas read-a-thon! I flew through this st0ry, finishing it in just a few hours. I loved it. This was a beautifully written story about a girl figuring out how to deal with the loss of her best friend. I think this story really resonated with me because I have experienced the loss of close friends.

“Grief isn’t an active emotion. It’s not something you do. It’s something that happens to you. It’s 100 percent passive. It’s a tornado that rips your house from the ground, right off its foundation, twisting it around and around, before dropping it haphazardly back down to the earth.” 

I absolutely loved our main character, Ryn. She knew she probably wasn’t handling her grief the right way, the best way, but grief and loss aren’t always logical. She did her best to pick herself up and get through each day. She knew she had issues and knew that she wasn’t ready to work through them. The things she was feeling were real and relatable and things I have felt when I was dealing with similar loss. Though I’ve never felt the survivors guilt that she’s dealing with, she was a character I really got behind. I think she grew so much through her experiences in The Chaos of Standing Still.

“But as scientists, you also need to know when to let go and accept the fact that sometimes there are no answers.”

I also loved Xander. He was perfect for pushing Ryn out of her comfort zone a little bit at a time until she was doing things she didn’t know she wanted to do. He did this all while dealing with his own issues. I liked that the two figured out how to help one another while also helping themselves. I also loved that all of this happened in one night. Stuck overnight, snowed in at an airport, this was the perfect setting for the hijinks and craziness these two found themselves and got themselves into.

“Grief changes the way you see things forever. Becasue it changes you forever.”

I really enjoyed everything about this book. I was entertained and laughing out loud often. There were thought-provoking parts, full of insight on loss and grief. I thought this was an incredible story with excellent characters, character development, and the perfect setting. I loved all of the side characters that added just that much more to the story. They tell a story of the effects of meeting the right people at the right time can have. I wish I could start this over from the beginning and read it again.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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