Review: All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder

22840148All We Have Is Now

Author: Lisa Schroeder

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Goodreads Synopsis:

What do you do with your last day on earth?

Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people’s wishes—and gives them his wallet full of money.

Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day—maybe even their own.

5 / 5 Stars

What would you do if you knew you only had one more day on Earth? 

It’s a deep and scary question for most of us. I know I don’t like thinking about it myself, but it’s not just a hypothetical question in All We Have Is Now. It’s the reality.

In All We Have Is Now, the world as we know it is coming to an end. Homeless teenagers Emerson and Vince plan to spend their last day together, on their own terms. But before they get far, they meet Carl who grants one of their wishes and sends them on an unexpected mission to make the dreams of others come true before their world ceases to exist. While granting the wishes of others, Emerson and Vince end up granting some of their own.


Wow. Just wow. Lisa Schroeder deserves a standing ovation for this one. All We Have Is Now is a beautiful and thought provoking novel. There wasn’t a moment while reading it that I wasn’t heartbroken or rooting for the characters. It wasn’t just that their world was ending, but what they had gone through prior to that. The entire story was just so inspiring. I loved it.



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