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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Book Blitz! 5 Star Review! All of It by Kim Holden @SBelleBookBlog

Title: All of It
Author: Kim Holden
Release Date: Nov 24, 2013
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Seventeen-year-old VERONICA SMITH has it all: a loving family, a funky car named Jezebel, and a plan to go to college after graduation.
On the first day of senior year, she meets DIMITRI GLENN–a mysterious transfer student with gray eyes and a mischievous smile who seems determined to win her heart. But there’s something odd about Dimitri, leading Veronica to wonder if there’s more to him than meets the eye.
Before long she finds herself in a whirlwind romance that seems too good to be true–until a series of devastating events leaves her questioning everything.
It’s not until she chooses to think with her heart instead of her mind that she can rise from the ashes to learn the truth of their connection.

I had a fan girl moment when I was told I would be reviewing a book by Kim Holden.  I’m going to go ahead and admit it now, I’m a total Bright Sider, so I already knew this book would be great.  And I wasn’t wrong.  
            Much like in Bright Side, Kim Holden thrusts you into this fictional world she creates, and doesn’t reveal the true meaning behind it until the very end.  She has this way of making you forget reality, and makes you fall in love with the life she creates within the characters.  It’s kind of a skill really, that she could take the time to carefully craft these quirky and relatable things about people who don’t even exsit and make you invest in them.  
            When you first meet Ronnie and Dimitri, you find yourself melting.  The way that the love jumps off of the page from the very second they meet is pretty astounding.  You know in that moment that they are meant to be.  And you find yourself watching their story unfold thinking to yourself that you wish you had a love like that.  
This book, unlike a lot in the genre, wasn’t focused soley on their sex life.  And it didn’t follow any common themes seen on the shelves these days.  It has a unique feel to it.  It’s definitely not something you can mix up with any other book.  And the twist at the end is so beautiful, it’s almost heart breaking. 
I'm pretty sure I found myself in an ugly cry position at several different points of this read.  It's emotional, and it's real, and kind of raw.  So if you're interested in All of it, buy it.  Read it.  Love it.  Because Trust me, this book, although completely different, is worth the read.  You'll never regret reading about the lives of Dimitri and Ronnie.  
Five stars for my girl Kim Holden because she writes a book like no bodies business, and I love her for it. 

**Review written by Danielle Middleton

Dimitri’s face is peaceful and angelic as he rises to help me put my coat on. “Thanks for coming over tonight, Ronnie. You don’t know what it meant to me. I feel like this is the first time I’ve been able to breathe in months.” He lifts his hand, but hesitantly stops just short of brushing my cheek. He smiles and lowers it. “Can I walk you to your car?”
My heart is soaring and my palms are sweaty. “I’d like that.”
We walk slowly down the long driveway, our bodies so close that our arms brush against each other. I think back to the first day of school and smile; personal space is so overrated.
He opens the driver side door and stands behind it at a safe distance so as not to make the situation awkward. I throw my bag through onto the passenger seat and stand with one hand on the door and the other on the steering wheel. When I look up at him he’s staring down at me. His eyes glitter in the streetlight.
It’s at that moment that my life comes into focus, like flipping a switch. The entire world tilts back onto its axis. Call it an epiphany; the rare type of realization that changes your life absolutely. I need this man in my life. I need him like I need air and water. He is part of me—my past and my future. Since the day we met I’ve given my heart to him ... piece by piece. And it’s at this exact moment that I realize he has all of it. My heart is no longer mine; it belongs to him and always will.
I can’t help but smile.
He returns the smile—his beautiful smile. “What?” he asks softly.
“Thank you for being you, Dimitri.”
Not much escapes him and I know from the look in his eyes that he understands. He nods humbly. “You’re welcome.”
I duck down into the driver’s seat and look back up at him. “Maybe I’ll see you tomorrow.” I don’t know if it’s a question or a declaration, but it’s hopeful.
He winks. “You can count on it.”
Slowly he shuts the door and moves to the sidewalk. I wave and pull away, watching him in my rearview mirror as he begins to fade into the distance. He stands there glowing under the streetlight like an angelic statue. When I turn the corner, he’s gone.
Life is sometimes … an epiphany.

Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle (my husband built it for me), Facebook (I'm fairly certain it's an addiction at this point), iced coffee (hazelnut), and music (LOVE the 1975, Dredg, the xx, Haim, Manchester Orchestra, Teenage Bottlerocket, and 30 Seconds to Mars).  I also love dreaming. Big. Writing a few years ago was an elusive dream until I grabbed ahold of it with both hands and refused to let go. Keep following YOUR dreams. Be brave and do epic!

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