Everything That Was

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Pub Date 06 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 26 Mar 2024

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Description

From the day she is born, Prudence Spellmeyer’s world is guided by her charismatic, 1980’s-band-obsessed older brother. But when Davis passes away before Pru’s senior year of high school, everything changes.

Lost in grief, she formulates a plan: graduate, move to the city, and leave behind her dinky Podunk town full of painful memories. Pru’s only solace comes through drawing pictures of Davis in her art journal, and hiding out in the back seat of the Gherkin, her brother’s 1971 pickle-green Monte Carlo. Wrapped in the letterman’s jacket that still smells just like him, Pru tumbles into dreams of Davis. Dreams so vivid, even his hugs feel real. It’s the perfect escape.

Until…

Skating through school, Pru realizes the only way she will graduate is to accept tutoring from none other than Steve Nolan. Her childhood crush and ex-BFF who turned into her enemy for life when he caused her brother’s death.

To make matters worse, Pru’s recurring dreams of Davis take a dark turn, pushing her to depend on Steve for more than just geometry and learning that, sometimes, the very person who shattered your world might be the only one to help you rebuild it.

A Darcy Coates/You’ve Reached Sam mashup meets emotional Colleen Hoover/Laura Nowlin vibes in a bittersweet book of grief, forgiveness, and the magic of dreams.

From the day she is born, Prudence Spellmeyer’s world is guided by her charismatic, 1980’s-band-obsessed older brother. But when Davis passes away before Pru’s senior year of high school, everything...


A Note From the Publisher

Trigger Warnings: Death, grief, suicide attempt and recovery, sexual assault, bullying.

Predominately a YA coming of age story with magical realism, clean, zero spice romance, and a touch of soft...but dark...horror elements.

Trigger Warnings: Death, grief, suicide attempt and recovery, sexual assault, bullying.

Predominately a YA coming of age story with magical realism, clean, zero spice romance, and a touch of...


Advance Praise

"Hansen's writing style is evocative, capturing in sometimes painful detail the essence of loss and grief as well as the transformative power of both dreams and forgiveness. The depth with which the story, characters, and setting are all imbued leads to the story having real emotional resonance."
Independent Book Review

"There are stories that touch your heart and you wish would not end. These stories are ones that will forever be in your mind and you know that one day you'll read again. I have been lucky to have found one of those books in the young adult novel, Everything That Was by K.R. Hansen. Everything That Was by K.R. Hansen undoubtedly deserves 5 out of 5 stars."
Online Book Club

"Hansen's writing style is evocative, capturing in sometimes painful detail the essence of loss and grief as well as the transformative power of both dreams and forgiveness. The depth with which the...


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PAGES 294

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Featured Reviews

Thank you to the publisher and author and netgalley for an arc read copy of everything that was.

4 star read.

This was such a lovely read , definitely more towards the YA section, it takes you through how young teenagers go through grief differently and how it can affect your relationships and life.

I really enjoyed this , was a breathtaking read for sure. Seeing how pru was dealing with her grief and how to make her own relationships better with everyone aswell as her own heart breaking.

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