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When You Were Everything

By: Ashley Woodfolk

You can’t rewrite the past, but you can always choose to start again.

It’s been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla’s friendship imploded.

Nearly a month since Cleo realized they’ll never be besties again.

Now Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex-best friend. But pretending Layla doesn’t exist isn’t as easy as Cleo hoped, especially after she’s assigned to be Layla’s tutor. Despite budding friendships with other classmates—and a raging crush on a gorgeous boy named Dom—Cleo’s turbulent past with Layla comes back to haunt them both.

ISBN: 9781524715939

JLG Release: Jun 2020


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Ableism; Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use; Language: Strong Language; Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: Best friends , Friendship , New York City , Romance , African Americans , Interpersonal relationships

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

Cleo met Layla in middle school shortly after losing her beloved grandmother. Her first memories of Layla are interlaced with a favorite song, Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” and the same song plays when she realizes that their friendship is gone. References to jazz and literature are sprinkled liberally throughout the story. The Cleo met Layla in middle school shortly after losing her beloved grandmother. Her first memories of Layla are interlaced with a favorite song, Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” and the same song plays when she realizes that their friendship is gone. References to jazz and literature are sprinkled liberally throughout the story. The themes of betrayal in Macbeth are woven into the dual time lines of then and now, reflecting story events. Layla was Cleo’s everything, but the friendship has caved. They both say and do things that hurt each other. Now, they are forging new friendships and courageous first endeavors without each other. Change is a terrifying thing, but Woodfolk tackles it honestly. Cleo and Layla are flawed, but both have heartfelt moments that keep them both likable despite the horrible things they do to each other. Teens need to learn empathy and recognize the effects of thoughtless words or actions on their peers, making this novel all the more important. Those who enjoy Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun, Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’, or Brandy Colbert’s Little & Lion should enjoy this novel.

Book Details

ISBN

9781524715939

First Release

June 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5"

Page Count

400

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Delacorte

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Ableism; Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use; Language: Strong Language; Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

Best friends, Friendship, New York City, Romance, African Americans, Interpersonal relationships,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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