Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.
Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.
She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.
But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.
And his name is Xander.
When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.
Ryn can’t move on.
But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.
As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.
The Chaos of Standing Still is the story of Ryn, who’s stuck in an airport on New Year’s Eve due to a snowstorm. She absolutely needs to get home on New Year’s Day because it is also the one year death anniversary of her best friend. It’s been an year since Lottie died, but the grief is still consuming Ryn whole, and she isn’t ready to admit it. At the Airport, she meets Xander, a lively boy who actually isn’t as happy go lucky as he’s making people believe. And, it’s the story of the 24 hours they spend together and how it changes both of them.
Ryn is kind of annoying at times, but she is seventeen, so I think we can forgive that. And, she is still dealing with the death of her best friend. So, there’s that. I love how the grief is a huge part of her still and how it’s portrayed. It made me actually believe that it had happened to her. It wasn’t brushed upon like an unfortunate life event, but was very much part of her. That was portrayed beautifully. It got to me so much that I stopped reading in the middle to call my best friend just to tell her how much I loved her. It was really impactful.
Xander. I would have liked if he would have had more screen space. I feel like this would have been so much better if the book was written in dual POVs of both Ryn and Xander because I really want to know the full backstory for Xander and his parents and all the drama surrounding his life. He is so cute and adorable and gosh! He’s such a dork. I love him!
I also love the secondary characteristics in the story! They’re so quirky and fun and awesome. I loved their stories and how they fit into the story. They made Ryn laugh and that’s something, cause she doesn’t really laugh a lot apart from when Xander is being a fool.
All in all, The Chaos of Standing Still is a fun and deep read that makes you laugh and makes you cry. And in the end, leaves a smile on your face.
There are silver linings everywhere – hidden in plain sight. It’s our job to look for them and identify them.
Most people keep their crazy bottled up inside, but not you.
I was the planet to her sun. I lit up because I was near her.
The English language has over one million words in it, and none of them are good enough for Lottie. None of them will capture what I saw when I looked at her. What I see now when I remember her. How she will forever look through my filtered view of the world.
Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.
After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Summer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves.
Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!
Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.