Jennifer Ann Shore does teenage drama better than anyone. She hits the mark, once again, with her newest novel, Only You in Everything. The angst is delicious and satisfying. It is always an amazing experience to read a Jennifer Ann Shore novel.
- Title: Only You in Everything
- Author: Jennifer Ann Shore
- Publisher: Self Published on January 21, 2022
- Genre: Young Adult Romance
- Pages: 200
- Available Formats: Paperback and Kindle editions
- Rating: 5/5
Trigger Warnings: Underage Drinking
Many thanks to Jennifer Ann Shore for providing me with a digital copy of Only You in Everything with a request for an honest review.
About Only You in Everything
I’m in love with Will Moreno.
I have been my entire life, and it’s not some wayward crush on my best friend’s brother—it’s the real deal.
Our shared history is complicated. We both have lasting emotional and physical damage from a freak bike accident when we were kids, and it’s held us back.
I’m determined to change that, and this summer might be our last chance.
We’re both working at Camp Creek—along with my best friend and Will’s twin brother Bellamy—before we head off to college in the fall. I’ll be managing the art program, adjusting to a new roommate, and chaperoning campers while also trying to create a masterpiece that will land me an internship to help jump-start my artistic career.
I’m a little uninspired, though, because even being surrounded by art and the beauty of nature, nothing compares to the way Will makes me feel.Blurb Provided by the Author
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Cameron, Will, and Bellamy have one last summer together before heading off to college in the fall. Bellamy and Will are twins from across the street. One day, as young children, tragedy strikes, marking the kids forever. Everything changed for the friends that day, leaving them scarred and traumatized. However, that doesn’t stop Cameron from loving Will with her entire heart. Will is in her mind always and shows in everything she creates. But does Will feel the same, or will Cameron go on to college with a broken heart?
Cameron lets love lead her every move. As a born romantic, I understand her. Her tension is palpable. I loved everything about Cameron. I love how fierce she is when it’s needed. She is never halfway about anything. Cameron goes in with her entire being or not at all, even when she tries to blend in. Tori is good for her. Tori’s energy affects everyone and brings life to every character she meets.
Bellamy is a world-class chef and runs the camp kitchens. He oozes vitality and warmth, and it shows in his food. Bellamy’s relationship with Tori made me laugh so hard. Will, on the other hand, makes teenage angst look like child’s play. He isn’t all that moody, but he does bring a sense of loss in his actions.
The camp setting in the mountains of Pennsylvania made me so happy. I loved it so much! The green trees, the art building, and the mess hall all remind me of my childhood. It was nice to be back in that space for a little bit. Nature settings are some of my favorites because the woods are my happy place. Even the torrential rainfall made me dizzy with delight.
Jennifer Ann Shore does something with her writing that I’ve not seen in many novels. Jennifer’s books include characters from the LGBTQ+ community. But the stories are not about their identities. These are absolutely normal characters with normal lives. The way Shore narrates normality makes me come alive. To see my daughter, and others like her, in books shines a light on how these kids are just like everyone else. I know I say this about Jennifer Ann’s books a lot, but it amazes me how thorough she gives everyone a voice. I love that so much about her and why I read everything she writes.
I award Only You in Everything a full 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this book to everyone who loves a good teenage romance. The writing is poignant and caused a lot of sobbing while reading. But, this is one of Jennifer’s best books yet.
About the Author – Jennifer Ann Shore
Jennifer Ann Shore is an award-winning, bestselling author based in Seattle, Washington.
She writes romance stories that go a little deeper than the standard tropes. Her lineup of more than a dozen books include standalones, a dystopian series, and a vampire series—with titles such as “Perfect Little Flaws,” “Young at Midnight,” and “Metallic Red.”
Prior to publishing, she led an impressive career in New York, first as a journalist and then as a marketing executive, gaining recognition for her work from companies such as Hearst and SIIA.