Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Book Review: "Where It All Lands" by Jennie Wexler

At the core of Jennie Wexler's upcoming YA novel, Where It All Lands, is the question of whether fate is the only thing that determines love, or if it will happen on its own.

Shane and Drew have been inseparable best friends for years. They’ve always been there to support each other—Drew was there when Shane’s dad was dying and he helped him through his grief, and Shane has helped Drew with his anger about his father moving out.

Nothing has come between them. And then Stevie shows up for the first day of marching band practice.

Both boys are drawn to her, and judging from their conversations with her, she seems interested in both of them. With some reluctance on Shane’s part, they decide to flip a coin—the way they always decide things. The winner gets to ask Stevie out.

Where It All Lands follows two paths—one where Drew wins the coin toss, and the other where Shane does. Would things wind up differently depending on who asked Stevie out? Do fate and luck play a hand in determining our future, or do we have control ourselves?

I enjoy when books take the Sliding Doors-type approach to a decision and explore the ramifications of both sides. There are familiar scenarios here and some less-familiar ones, and Wexler weaves them all together into a thought-provoking, emotional story.

NetGalley and Wednesday Books provided me with a complimentary advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!!

Where It All Lands publishes 7/6.

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