Sixteen-year-old Jesse is used to living with the echoes of the past. Her older brother died in the September 11th attacks, and her dad since has filled their home with anger and grief. When Jesse gets caught up with the wrong crowd, one momentary hate-fueled decision turns her life upside down. The only way to make amends is to face the past, starting Jesse on a journey that will reveal the truth about how her brother died.
In 2001, sixteen-year-old Alia is proud to be Muslim . . . it's being a teenager that she finds difficult. After being grounded for a stupid mistake, Alia decides to confront her father at his Manhattan office, putting her in danger she never could have imagined. When the planes collide into the Twin Towers, Alia is trapped inside one of the buildings. In the final hours, she meets a boy who will change everything for her as the flames rage around them . . .
Interweaving stories from past and present, All We Have Left brings one of the most important days in our recent history to life, showing that love and hope will always triumph.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016 selection
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Wendy Mills is the author of Positively Beautiful. She was born on the edge of the water and has never left it. She now lives with her family on a tropical island off the southwest coast of Florida, where she spends her time writing and dodging hurricanes.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A very thoughtful book about a sensitive subject - 9/11.
The minute I read the description for All We Have Left on NetGalley, I knew it was a book I JUST HAD TO HAVE. I’ve never read a 9/11 book except for Jeffery Archer’s False Impressions, and so a young adult book, with a description so gorgeous and a cover to match was on the top of my to read list! “I realize that maybe everybody’s story is important, because 9/11 didn’t just happen to the people that died, it happened to the entire country.” Jesse was two years old when the event that changed America happened. The Crash of the Twin Towers. The end of the world as everyone knew it. The event that’s aftermath still goes on today. Jesse’s brother was in the towers but nobody knows why. Nobody talks about Travis. He’s the black hole in their lives, the one everyone avoids, because Travis with his whole life ahead of him, had brutally lost his lives in the towers that day. All Travis has become today is how and where he died, and nothing else. And Jesse is angry. Angry at being the kid nobody really wants, angry at trying to live her life as small as possible so that she doesn’t get in her parents way. Angry at the people that stole her brother away from her; the family she could have had if those people hadn’t ripped them apart. “With their clumsy stories they are saying: ‘We all felt it. We remember where we were when the world changed.’’ Alia just wanted to convince her father to send her to art school. And so she ran into the North Tower one fine morning, not knowing that her being there would change her life forever. Told from two viewpoints – Alia in the past, on the day the towers came down and Jesse in the present, as she tries to forgive, understand, move on and grow up – All We Have Left is the most heart-wrenching story I’ve read in a REALLY long while. It highlights the pain of losing someone so unexpectedly, the pain of being someone different and what RELIGION really means, in a way I’ve never seen before. Wendy Mills is a TRULY gifted writer! I absolutely LOVED how she handled religion and the discrimination that comes with being a part of that religion, I LOVED how it was all done in the viewpoint of teenagers and not preachers, because it just made it more believable and I LOVED how she put out that Muslim, Christian, Hindu or any other, GOD WAS STILL THE SAME. A gorgeously written book on forgiveness, love, acceptance and moving-on that you need to get your hands on! 4 stars!
This is a book that will stay with you. I was a senior when 9/11 happened, and I felt that this book did a great job of capturing how the tragedy was a national event. It focuses on people in the towers, and a younger sibling of a victim, but it helps our teens today see what it was like. Everyone was affected. And it still has an effect on so much of our lives-- there are so many people alive for whom it is a daily thought. Sometimes our teens don't realize this because they were so young when it happened and/ or, like my teens, they don't interact with people who were there that day or who lost someone. We have few community members who have been deployed from time to time, but this is all such a distant event for them. It's astounding how quickly something starts being.... not erased.... but distant. Ephemeral. My teens find videos online and debate the conspiracy theories and it's all so impersonal to them. They have a hard time imagining the terror of watching it unfold live on tv. And from states away, to say nothing of those who were personally affected. I think this book will help. It brings them face to face with it.