Big thanks to our friends at Simon Pulse for sending me a copy of ALL THAT I CAN FIX for review! Keep reading for more about this heartfelt book and my thoughts on it!
In Makersville, Indiana, people know all about Ronney—he’s from that mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom, and the genius kid sister. If having a family like that wasn’t bad enough, the local eccentric at the edge of town decided one night to open up all the cages of his exotic zoo—lions, cheetahs, tigers—and then shoot himself dead. Go figure. Even more proof that you can't trust adults to do the right thing.
Overnight, news crews, gun control supporters, and gun rights advocates descend on Makersville, bringing around-the-clock news coverage, rallies, and anti-rallies with them. With his parents checked out, Ronney is left tending to his sister’s mounting fears of roaming lions, stopping his best friend from going on a suburban safari, and shaking loose a lonely boy who follows Ronney wherever he goes. Can Ronney figure out a way to hold it together as all his worlds fall apart?
From acclaimed author Crystal Chan comes an incisive tale of love, loyalty, and the great leaps we take to protect the people and places we love most.
Whew, this book is a hard hitter. ALL THAT I CAN FIX is a beautiful, real story about how sometimes it feels like we have to be the one to hold up everything in our lives.
"It's amazing how you can learn to un-need people if you have to." Not gonna lie, this book hit home for me in a big way. The way it depicts learning to rely on yourself, as well as what it's like to have people around you pull away, is so real and heartbreaking. It also vividly shows how depression can impact a family, sometimes in different ways for different members. It's not always an easy thing to read, but it felt so very real and impactful.
The pacing at times did feel a bit off in this book. I began to lose focus a bit in the last third, and the ending felt a little abrupt. That said, it really didn't impact my experience that much, and is the only thing that kept this one from hitting five stars.
ALL THAT I CAN FIX is so much more than the description led me to believe. It's a really wonderful book, with a highly relatable main character. I definitely would recommend this one to contemporary lovers, and I'll be looking forward to reading more from Crystal Chan in the future.