Today I’m sharing my thoughts on All We Could Have Been and for those of you in the US there is a giveaway.
Five years ago, Lexie walked home from school after her older brother failed to pick her up. When she entered her house, her brother sat calmly, waiting for the police to come arrest him for the heinous crime he had just committed.
Treated like a criminal herself, Lexie now moves from school to school hiding who she is—who she’s related to. She struggles with loving her brother, the PTSD she now suffers from, and wanting to just live a normal life. But how can she be normal when she can’t even figure out how to just live?
This is a powerful look at the assumptions we make about people. Lexie’s emotional journey to separate her brother’s horrific act from herself is stunning and heartbreaking. This is Lexie’s story and journey—not her brother’s—and it will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
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I really like stories that deal with the aftermath of a tragic event, there is something about how difficult people can get that I just can’t seem to tear my eyes away from. When I read the description of All We Could Have Been I knew that it was going to be a book that would keep me turning the pages.
It is a captivating story, it’s a book that keeps you invested and makes you want to keep reading not through thrills but through its complexity and the questions it asks of the human condition. Not all of the questions have answers, I like this because in life there aren’t always clear cut answers and because it pushes me to think more about motivations for characters.
Lexi is a brilliant character, she has suffered greatly in the aftermath and has a lot of issues but somehow still manages to be self-aware. Her character really makes you think and gets under your skin with the points that she brings about. She is trying to discover who she is under a lot of pressure from outside factors and I really admired how she handled herself.
I loved her relationship with Marcus, how they could be open with each other but also that she did have someone that made her feel safe without it feeling like he was the one saving her from all the bad things in her life. I also liked her relationship with Ryan, how they managed to eventually understand each other on a much deeper level but I was disappointed in him toward the end. I expected better of him, but I suppose that is maybe part of the point that you can expect things from people and they will never react the way you think they will.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt very emotional through a lot of it, I think it says a lot about the skill of the author that I was able to feel such a range of emotions from one book. I will definitely be looking forward to getting my hands on more T.E Carter books in the future.
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TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats.