Book Review: Everything You and I Could Have Been If We Weren’t You and I by Albert Espinosa

July 2, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: Everything You and I Could Have Been If We Weren’t You and I by Albert EspinosaEverything You and I Could Have Been if We Weren't You and I by Albert Espinosa
Published by Random House Publishing Group on July 2nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 203
Source: NetGalley

Can you imagine a future where everyone has given up sleeping?

From the creator of the television series Red Band Society and author of the international bestseller The Yellow World comes this uniquely special novel.

What if I could reveal your secrets with just a glance? And what if I could feel with your heart just by looking at you? And what if --in a single moment-- I could know that we were made for each other? Marcos has just lost his mother, a famous dancer who taught him everything, and he decides that his world can never be the same without her. Just as he is about to make a radical change, a phone call turns his world upside down.

My Thoughts

Ok… this is an interesting one. There are a lot of great and then again a lot of not so great things about this story.

First, I love the narrator. He is weird and quirky and he is just that little bit strange that I think everyone really is if they were open enough to admit it to themselves. Really, who wants to be like EVERY one else out there? He has a few issues, mainly mommy related but he loves his mother. He has a deep relationship with her. She was profound and intelligent and some of the things she said went over his head and some of the things she said he understood, but not until years later. She was an artist and he loved that about her but she was first and foremost, a teacher about life.

The parts with the relationship I absolutely adored. His mother comes off of the pages even though she is never actually IN the story. It is amazing how Albert Espinosa is able to write a character so intense and eloquent and yet, she never graces the pages. The love that Marcos has for her is palpable but there is also an underlying stress there. So much she told him that made him work harder at life but at what cost?

After her death he is struggling. He has not left his apartment in days and does not even want to wake up in a world where she does not exist. He is not contemplating suicide though, quite the opposite. Never waking up at all.

And enter the parts of the story that I am not sure are needed. The entire world is onto this new drug that makes it so you do not have to sleep. But it is never fully realized. As much as there is about Marcos and his mother, that is how much is missing about this drug. It’s a world that works around the clock now and Marcos knows that but it does not feel like the plot ever connects with this side of life.

Then there is the stranger. I cannot even tell you why he was put into the plot. He is able to tell Marcos about the girl that he sees and is enamored with but even that plot line does not completely solidify the idea behind the strange. The very end of the book you find out what is going on but it was not something that was completely necessary.

Albert Espinosa’s writing is phenomenal and it has left me asking questions about the plot. Again, both good and bad questions. There are so many things that feel superfluous that I really do questions if they added or took away from the fabulous story line that was Marcos and his feelings towards his mother.

In short: Fantastic read that I would recommend to everyone just so I could get their thoughts on this! It is exciting and a very easy but fun read with a bit darker points, but that just makes it all the more fun. Ending is strange though… you are warned!

Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.2 / 5





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