The Blonde Bookworm: All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan -- Review

All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan -- Review

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Title: All That I Can Fix
Author: Crystal Chan
Pages: 320
Publishing: June 12th 2018 by Simon Pulse


In Makersville, Indiana, people know all about Ronney—he’s from that mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom, and the genius kid sister. If having a family like that wasn’t bad enough, the local eccentric at the edge of town decided one night to open up all the cages of his exotic zoo—lions, cheetahs, tigers—and then shoot himself dead. Go figure. Even more proof that you can't trust adults to do the right thing.

Overnight, news crews, gun control supporters, and gun rights advocates descend on Makersville, bringing around-the-clock news coverage, rallies, and anti-rallies with them. With his parents checked out, Ronney is left tending to his sister’s mounting fears of roaming lions, stopping his best friend from going on a suburban safari, and shaking loose a lonely boy who follows Ronney wherever he goes. Can Ronney figure out a way to hold it together as all his worlds fall apart?

From acclaimed author Crystal Chan comes an incisive tale of love, loyalty, and the great leaps we take to protect the people and places we love most.


This novel had such an interesting synopsis, and I was immediately pulled in by the bizarre nature of the story. Unfortunately, it was a little too bizarre for me. At first, I thought maybe somehow it would all make sense in the end, but it honestly just seemed a little too far fetched. Also, it was extremely sad. I generally like happy go lucky books, so this one was just wasn't for me. 

All in all, I think this novel talked about some serious topics and attempted to bring an interesting twist to contemporary YA, but it was just a little too strange and sad for me. There were pretty mixed reviews on this novel so it's still worth checking out! Thank you to Simon Pulse and NetGalley for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 2/5


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