The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
Published by Simon Pulse on November 28th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
“The English language has over one million words in it, and none of them are good enough for Lottie. None of them will capture what I saw when I looked at her. What I see now when I remember her. How she will forever look through my filtered view of the world.”
My first holiday read of the month! I’ve had this book for awhile and I’ve been saving it until now. There’s nothing like reading a Christmas book with a hot cup of tea while a holiday candle burns.
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 because the 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 Denver airport. Ryn can’t move on. But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.
There’s just something about being stuck in an airport where romance blooms that always gets to me!
I love how the story takes place over a single day with flashbacks.
The concept of this novel is actually very adorable. It lends itself well to a Netflix holiday movie. I mean I’d watch it in a heartbeat.
So why the average rating? To be honest, it was just predictable. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I think I just expected a little more adventure with the characters exploring the airport.
At the end of the day, this book isn’t extraordinary. The concept isn’t novel, but I enjoyed reading it. It’s a fun and quick read, but I wouldn’t necessarily read it again. It’s a simple story about two young people falling in love.
Having said that, I don’t think the romance made the book. I personally preferred reading more about the flashbacks. I liked getting to unpack Ryn and Lottie’s friendship and the trauma of Lottie’s death.
I wished that we got to see more of Ryn’s personality. I think I wouldn’t have found her as annoying if this happened.
Even in her interactions with Xander and in her flashbacks with Lottie, Ryn is completely defined by Lottie.
Ryn doesn’t seem to have any aspects of her personality that are true to herself.
If you’re looking for a short and sweet holiday read, I’d recommend this. It’s about as good as one of those cheesy Christmas movies you watch on Hallmark or Netflix.
Do you have any recommendations for holiday reads? I’m always looking for more to read!