Review: No One Here Is Lonely by Sarah Everett

No One Here Is Lonely Summary

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Our entire lives are online, but what if the boy you love actually lives there? For fans of Adam Silvera comes a story about the future of relationships.

Eden has always had two loves: her best friend, Lacey, and her crush, Will. And then, almost simultaneously, she loses them both. Will to a car accident and Lacey to the inevitable growing up and growing apart.

Devastated by the holes they have left in her life, Eden finds solace in an unlikely place. Before he died, Will set up an account with In Good Company, a service that uploads voices and emails and creates a digital companion that can be called anytime, day or night. It couldn’t come at a better time because, after losing Lacey–the hardest thing Eden has had to deal with–who else can she confide all her secrets to? Who is Eden without Lacey?

As Eden falls deeper into her relationship with “Will,” she hardly notices as her real life blooms around her. There is a new job, new friends. Then there is Oliver. He’s Lacey’s twin, so has always been off-limits to her, until now. He may be real, but to have him, will Eden be able to say goodbye to Will?

 

No One Here Is Lonely Review

 

Let’s talk YA.

I’ve seen a lot of people get frustrated with the comparison to Adam Silvera, but honestly it did feel like that kind of story. Very Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Her for younger readers, exploring not only what binds people together but how our world could change in the near future. Yes, there’s a lot of suspension of disbelief to be had with the technology in this book, but it is more just a mechanism to spur the story and characters development, which there is plenty of.

I have complex feelings about this one, which honestly, I think that maybe that means it was good. There’s a lot here and although I hated most of the characters (especially the protagonist), I also absolutely understood their reasoning. I felt guilty when they did, felt conflicted when they came upon difficult choices. 

Listen. I hated the main character. By the end I was typing my review notes into my phone SO hard because of how many exclamations I had for her. Not many of the other characters were better. But honestly, I think it might be because of how much they remind me of who I was in high school, and the mistakes I made in my own friendships. I think No One Is Lonely here managed to give an accurate portrayal of first best friends and learning to navigate changing relationships as you grow older and time passes.

As for the criticisms, it was a little too pure at points to be believed, but these were excusable. Also, there was a little too much packed in, I think, and it nearly pushed me past the overload stage, but I managed.  This book felt fairly long for YA fiction, so maybe this is why.

I listened to this one on audiobook and it was narrated beautifully by Imani Parks. If you would also like to listen, consider purchasing your copy from Libro.fm. They are just as good (if not better) than companies like Audible, but part of the proceeds go towards an Indie bookstore of your choice.

As always,

 

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