All Alone with You

By Amelia Diane Coombs

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All Alone with You

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Language: Strong Language,Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

HBO Max’s Hacks gets a romantic twist in the vein of Jenn Bennett in this swoon-worthy novel about a standoffish teen girl whose loner status gets challenged by a dynamic elderly woman and a perpetually cheerful boy.

Eloise Deane is the worst and doesn’t care who knows it. She’s grumpy, prefers to be alone, and is just slogging through senior year with one goal: get accepted to USC and move to California. So when her guidance counselor drops the bombshell that to score a scholarship she’ll desperately need, her applications require volunteer hours, Eloise is up for the challenge. Until she’s paired with LifeCare, a volunteer agency that offers social support to lonely seniors through phone calls and visits. Basically, it’s a total nightmare for Eloise’s anxiety.

Eloise realizes she’s made a huge mistake—especially when she’s paired with Austin, the fellow volunteer who’s the sunshine to her cloudy day. But as Eloise and Austin work together to keep Marianne Landis—the mysterious former frontwoman of the 1970s band the Laundromats—company, something strange happens. She actually…likes Marianne and Austin? Eloise isn’t sure what to do with that, especially when her feelings toward Austin begin to blur into more-than-friends territory.

And when ex-girlfriends, long-buried wounds, and insecurities reappear, Eloise will have a choice to make: go all in with Marianne and Austin or get out before she gets hurt.

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School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Pragmatic perfectionist Eloise is a classic academic overachiever. Unfortunately, USC's admissions process is so competitive that without something to make her application stand out, her chances of getting a scholarship are slim. After spending her high school career cynically uninvolved in anything remotely community-oriented, Eloise takes the only option available: a volunteer position with an organization that provides companionship for the elderly. Eloise arrives determined to put her head down and just get through the work, but then she meets her sunny co-volunteer, Austin, and Marianne, the elderly musician he cares for, and their combined energy is infectious. As she begins to develop deeper relationships with each of them, the cost of her anxiety and depression becomes clear and Eloise must decide whether being vulnerable is worth the risk. Coombs's descriptions of Eloise's internal struggle with her mental health and how it makes it difficult for her to ask for the help she needs is realistic and important, though her decision to engage in therapy comes a little too easily and too late. The steadfast softness of Austin is a perfect balance to Eloise's sharp wit and snarkiness, and supportive parents on both sides are a comforting touch. Readers looking for an emotional, feel-good, slow-burn romance will find much to love in this one. VERDICT A witty, charming rom-com with a frustrated and frustrating yet imminently relatable heroine.-Allie Stevensα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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