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Ly she has Hailey Beautiful sweet Hailey who seems to like Ava as much as she likes her And Ava isn’t letting anything get in the way of finally finally seeking peace But in the woods on the outskirts of town the traces of someone else’s secrets lie frozen awaiting Ava’s discovery and what Ava finds thr. Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for proving an E arc in exchange for an honest review

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All the Things We Do in the Dark

Eatens to topple the carefully constructed wall of normalcy that she’s spent years building Secrets leave scars But when the secret in uestion is not your own do you ignore the truth and walk away Or do you uncover it from its shallow grave and let it reopen old wounds wounds that have finally begun to heal. I m at a loss for several reasons when it comes to this novel I have plenty of praises but each of them seem to come hand in hand with something negative The writing for instance There were plenty of times through the book where I thought Wow this writing is gorgeous But then other times I found the writing to benot good especially the dialogue which I found mostly cringey I think the writing also made me a bit distanced from the characters for whatever reason maybe not so much Ava but our side characters Syd and Hailey Those two hHailey in particular could have been developed a bit Speaking of Hailey I really did enjoy the romance However it was slighty instalove but also not really Whatever that only bugged me a tiny bit But yeah the romance was goodThe plot was a bit slow moving and not a lot really happened I feel like I went into this expecting it to be a thrillermystery and it was of a hard hitting contemporary I m cool with those but I don t feel like that message was properly conveyed by the synopsis or cover or anything And the end was a bitmeh It didn t do a lot for me The topics handled and discussed in this book I thought were great though So many uotes that I could pull that just made me want to scream YES So overall I wouldn t say it s a bad book I d say it s just okay

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There’s no such thing as a secretSOMETHING happened to Ava The curving scar on her face is proof But Ava would rather keep that something hidden buried deep in her heart and her soulShe has her best friend Syd and she has her tattoos a colorful uilt like a security blanket over her whole body and now sudden. Everybody else gets to leave a mark on me Why can t I leave my own My first Goodread s update about this book was this is gonna hurt and boy was I right All the Things We Do in the Dark came across my radar when I saw it pitched as The Lovely Bones meets Sadie Normally I try not to let the when X meets Y comparison be the reason I pick up books but I mean how I could I not for this one This book centers largely around rape and PTSD and it s important that you go into this one understanding that and in that you re in the correct headspace for it While the rape scene is not discussed in full detail it is still extremely unsettling mainly because Ava the MC was nine when it happened But the uotes in this book y all oooof they hit SO HARD This is a story about survival rape culture moving forward after unimaginable trauma and doing what we think is the best for our own healing purposes even if it may be hurting us instead of helping usHere s a little example on the uotes hitting hard in this book I had a good rape The kind where I was young enough that it was definitely not my fault I was not sexy enough for people to think I might have secretly wanted it My rape was committed by a pyscho stranger bad man not anybody nice we know Extremely not my fault Of course it s never anyones fault I m obligated to say it out loud for everyone who can t For the ones who don t have bulletproof stories even though we we re all eual something evil happened and it happened to us We didn t make that evil happen Those two specific uotes come within the first 2% of the bookso yeah it hurt Ava has lived her life completely in control of everything since her rape She never leaves the house alone has one best friend who is the only person besides the cops and her mother that knows the truth about what happened to her and her giant scar on her face and has a whole slew of tattoos that SHE chose to put on her body It s very apparent that even though Ava s rape happened several years ago she is still dealing with PTSD and understandably so She s compartmentalized a lot of things in her life since the rape to keep herself in control and feeling safe until one day after a fight with her best friend she s walking home and finds a body of a dead girl in the woodsYou would think that a normal reaction to finding a dead body would be to call the police however that s the exact opposite of what Ava does Her reasoning is literally like a punch in the throat She s trying to protect her Jane Doe from being picked apart and investigated by the police like she was when she was nine She thinks that she s trying to help Jane even though she s dead and it s just the most heartbreaking thing ever This book has a touch of magical realism in it because Ava starts to see Jane and without saying too much Jane helps her track down her murderer All the while this is happening Ava meets a girl named Hailey and starts to develop feelings for her which is something she s never let herself experience before Put all of this together and Ava is starting to loose control on what was her normal for years since her rapeAll in all even though the overall theme of this was heavy I loved the message that this story conveys We all deal with trauma and grief and different ways and sometimes it s easier to make the choices that will end up hurting us for a uick fix of how we feel vs taking the long road asking for help and working for a better tomorrow If you think you re in an okay headspace for this one I highly recommend giving it a go Thank you HarperTeen for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review Blog Twitter


10 thoughts on “All the Things We Do in the Dark

  1. says:

    Sadie meets Girl in Piec

  2. says:

    I blame this book in a good way for staying up really late with it on my hands First of all thank you for writing this It's a powerful raw book It doesn't sugarcoats it delivers in a way you feel the stress and the fears of the main

  3. says:

    Everybody else gets to leave a mark on me Why can't I leave my own? My first Goodread's update about this book was this is gonna hurt and boy was I right All the Things We Do in the Dark came across my radar when I saw it pitched as The Lovely Bones meets Sadie Normally I try not to let the when X meets Y comparison be the reason I pick up books but I mean how I could I not for this one? This book centers larg

  4. says:

    Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for proving an E arc in exchange for an honest review

  5. says:

    4 starsI've been meaning to read this book for so long and now that I have and two months have passed since I finished it I

  6. says:

    25 STARSNine year old Ava is scarred by her rapist Eight years later she carries the weight of her experience within her and a large scar on her face a mark that reminds everyone what happened When Ava discovers the naked body of a murdered teen in the woods she feels a kinship and names her Jane Not trusting the police Ava decides to solve

  7. says:

    I’m at a loss for several reasons when it comes to this novel I have plenty of praises but each of them seem to come hand in hand with somet

  8. says:

    35 stars review to come

  9. says:

    This book was fucking phenomenal All the Things We Do in the Dark is a dark beautifully written book about Ava a teenage girl who was raped as a child and left with a scar across her face She doesn’t have many

  10. says:

    You can find this review on my blog Shades of PaperI was super intrigued about this book and even though lately I haven’t been reading a lot of YA contemporary books I love me a good dark contemporary but unfortunately even though I had such high expectations I didn’t end up liking All the Things We Do in The Dark as much as I thought I wouldFirst of all I deeply respected the author for writing about something that hit so close to he