Book Review: As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl

Publication Date: August 20th 2019

In one impulsive moment the summer before they leave for college, overachievers Scarlett and David plunge into an irresistible swirl of romance, particle physics, and questionable decisions.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl had me almost crying on the train back from Barcelona. I got some serious *judging you in Spanish* looks but it was 100% worth it. A definite favourite of the year.

I don’t know how to begin to tell you what happens in this book so I’m not going to, but I think you’re reading experience will be all the better for it. I will say though that this book touches on various topics, some harder to read about then others.

Trigger Warnings: drug use, alcohol use, overdose, cancer, teen pregnancy.

Throughout the story we follow Scarlett and her complex relationships, mainly with her childhood friend David.

In my eyes, one of the main themes in this book is the pressure of being a star in your small town to realising you’re just another fish in the sea. This is something I could very much relate to as I literally start packing my bags for Uni and prepare to say goodbye to my small town where I can’t walk down the street without saying hello to a million people😂

It took me a hot minute to get used to the way this story is told. The timeline jumps around from present to 10 months ago, 6 months ago, various weeks ago, etc. Once I’d figured it out and wrapped my head around how it worked, this actually became one of my favourite aspects of the story.

Teen pregnancy is a big part of this story and while I’ve never been through a situation like this, I thought it was handled really well. The author didn’t glamourize the situation but at the same time both the positives and negatives were shown. It also was a great and, in my opinion, very realistic show of how somebody in that situation decides what to do: keep the baby? abortion? adoption? etc.

All the characters felt very realistic to me which made them so easy to root for … even the characters I knew don’t have a happy ending waiting for them.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now but it took me ages just to even get myself a copy. It was one of those that just slipped my mind when it came to hauling. That being said, I think I read it at the pefrect time. Being stuck on a train for 6 hours both ways gave me so much uninterrupted reading time which I think worked to my benefit.

Like I said, I was close to bawling my eyes out and I know if I hadn’t of been surrounded by so many strangers I would have sobbed like a baby. This book was so beautifully tragic. Will definitely be re-reading in the future.

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