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Thoughts WOW This book was heartbreaking and so damn important Official blurb for publisher A painfully brilliant and transporting read This novel has the rare superpower to change and save lives. [[ DOWNLOAD EPUB ]] ↰ A World Without You ☆ What if finding her means losing himself Seventeen year old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him So when his worried parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth that he s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have superpowers At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sof a, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility Sof a helps Bo open up in a way he never has before In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sof a, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young ageBut even the strength of their love isn t enough to help Sof a escape her deep depression After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she s not actually dead He believes that she s stuck somewhere in time that he somehow left her in the past, and that now it s his job to save her And as Bo becomes and determined to save Sof a, he must decide whether to face his demons head on or succumb to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves The writing and premise were both excellent, while the execution fell short When I really thought about it..where could the story really go We have Bo who thinks he can travel through time and believes he attends a school for kids with superpowers The truth He attends Berkshire Academy for Children with Exceptional Needs It s a school for troubled kids Bo experiences delusions Things only get worse when Sof a, the girl he fell in love with, commits suicide Bo truly believes she isn t dea The writing and premise were both excellent, while the execution fell short When I really thought about it..where could the story really go We have Bo who thinks he can travel through time and believes he attends a school for kids with superpowers The truth He attends Berkshire Academy for Children with Exceptional Needs It s a school for troubled kids Bo experiences delusions Things only get worse when Sof a, the girl he fell in love with, commits suicide Bo truly believes she isn t dead, that he actually left her in the past three hundred years ago, and he s desperate to go back get her.That all sounds interesting and maybe if Bo didn t have a mental illness we know about from the beginning, I might have believed he really had superpowers and felt the slight twist when I found out he suffered from a mental illness But we know this from the beginning definitively To make it evenclear, we are given an addition POV from Bo s younger sister Phoebe Her chapters are merely there to have some context set in reality To show the juxtaposition of the two realities I get it Other than that, you just don t care about Phoebe because nothing is happening with her in regard to the plot.So again I askwhere could the story really go when all this we know from the beginning I admit there was finally a moment that shocked me toward the end, got me on the edge of my seat, but it was over as soon as it began And the book went back to being mediocre as if that scene never happened.I got fed up with the string, thread nonsense This is how Bo does his time traveling..calling up the timestream he views as a series of strings It felt so repetitive He goes into depth about the threads and strings and his attempt to grab hold of Sof a s, but oops can t reach it It got to the point where I needed to skim these parts because every time he traveled let s talk about the strings I just didn t care any about the stupid strings GAH I can appreciate the writing and what Beth Revis attempted to do here, but it just didn t measure up It s always hard to give a proper review to 3 star books I would say I had an overall positive experience with this book, but it didn t blow me away Would I recommend it Probably If you re looking for YA that deals with mental illness, it s definitely worth checking out If you re want a quick, engaging thoughtful reading experience, I would say pick it up.I will say that I related very heavily to the sister s perspective in this book It s a narrative that I don t think I ve ever read bef It s always hard to give a proper review to 3 star books I would say I had an overall positive experience with this book, but it didn t blow me away Would I recommend it Probably If you re looking for YA that deals with mental illness, it s definitely worth checking out If you re want a quick, engaging thoughtful reading experience, I would say pick it up.I will say that I related very heavily to the sister s perspective in this book It s a narrative that I don t think I ve ever read before albeit, I don t read much YA, but I do think her specific situation mindset was incredibly relatable and refreshing to read from I also enjoyed how the author handled the complex family dynamics as well It was so true to life, and I commend her for getting that right because so many authors struggle with creating realistic relationships like that Ultimately, one that didn t strike a deep chord with me, but I appreciated and am glad to have read, if only to have broadened my reading horizons I have very mixed feelings about this book and I m not sure how to sort them out It should be noted up front though that Revis drew on her brother s real experience with mental illness as inspiration for this story, so I am not doubting that this is a realistic portrayal.You may want to avoid this review if you haven t read the book yet I discuss things covered in the official summary, but I felt the summary gave away the whole story.The premise of this story I ve often heard is Does the main I have very mixed feelings about this book and I m not sure how to sort them out It should be noted up front though that Revis drew on her brother s real experience with mental illness as inspiration for this story, so I am not doubting that this is a realistic portrayal.You may want to avoid this review if you haven t read the book yet I discuss things covered in the official summary, but I felt the summary gave away the whole story.The premise of this story I ve often heard is Does the main character have superpowers, or does he have a mental illness It s in the book summary that he has a mental illness and that is how the book was recommended to me, and that s the only reason that I feel this premise is okay because I m not very comfortable with relating mental illness to having a superpower though I can t pinpoint all my feelings around this However, I do feel as if it s realistic that their mental illness would come as a surprise to someone having delusions Bo s experience felt genuine.What really hindered my enjoyment is that the story relies so heavily on that question of superpower vs mental illness It requires the reader to be unsure, but the summary told us the answer up front This could have worked well as a character study if it hadn t had such an emphasis on the plot and that mystery I don t enjoy stories that treat mental illness as a mystery to be solved To be clear, I think it was responsible of the summary to tell us the answer up front, I just wish there had beento the plot here because as it was, this story felt way too long, unnecessary, and repetitive If you ve read the summary, you know the whole story The premise and the execution did not work for me personally It also did not help that the end view spoiler totally leads you to believe that Bo had in fact seen the future with the earring scene, undoing all of the work toward establishing a story about mental illness hide spoiler I enjoyed Pheobe s few chapters and her perspective as the sibling of someone with mental illness, as well as the insight she gave us into their parents lives and how they interacted with both her and Bo The family aspect was the most interesting to me Insta buy author Yep. I want to say that this book is stunning in a powerful way, because it is of striking beauty but because I hear these descriptors so often, I m afraid they re almost a cliche I ll simply say read this book, please I want to say that this book is stunning in a powerful way, because it is of striking beauty excellence, as well as efficacious mighty but because I hear these descriptors so often, I m afraid they re almost a cliche I ll simply say read this book, please Review posted on The Eater of Books blog A World Without You by Beth RevisPublisher RazorbillPublication Date July 19, 2016Rating 4 starsSource Galley from First to ReadSummary from Goodreads Seventeen year old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him So when his concerned parents send him t Review posted on The Eater of Books blog A World Without You by Beth RevisPublisher RazorbillPublication Date July 19, 2016Rating 4 starsSource Galley from First to ReadSummary from Goodreads Seventeen year old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him So when his concerned parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth that he s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have superpowers At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofia, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility Sofia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofia, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age But even the strength of their love isn t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she s not actually dead He believes that she s stuck somewhere in time that he somehow left her in the past, and now it s his job to save her What I Liked My initial thought upon finishing this book wow, that was mind blowing I didn t have pretty much any expectations when going into this story, other than hoping it would be awesome because it is a Revis book, and I love her books Reading this book days after reading Paula Stokes Vicarious worked out strangely for me, as these two books are very, very similar in the big twist And I highly enjoyed both books A World Without You starts with the memorial service of Sof a, who was Bo s girlfriend, and fellow student at Berkshire Bo is angry and frustrated he knows that Sof a isn t actually dead, and that he can go back in time and bring her back After all, she disappeared because he took her to 1692, and accidentally traveled back in time without her But then government investigative officials come to Berkshire, and suddenly everyone except Bo is under the belief that Sof a is really dead, that she committed suicide Bo is sure that the officials are alternating everyone s perception of reality But Bo will stop at nothing to bring Sof a back, even as time is breaking around him.This book is written primarily in Bo s POV, though every now and then a chapter is written from Phoebe s POV Phoebe is Bo s younger sister, a workaholic and very driven She s a senior in high school who has excellent grades and is so normal compared to Bo At first I didn t care for Phoebe s chapters, because I wanted to get to Bo s But then I started seeing why Phoebe s side of things is so important And her chapters always made sense, whereas Bo s sometimes didn t especially towards the end I felt bad for Phoebe, at times She felt trapped in her house, and sometimes jealous of Bo s freedom If only she knewIt wasn t hard to like Bo, or to really feel for him He loved loves Sof a, and his determination to get her back is impressive He likes it at Berkshire, and feels comfortable there The group that lives with him specifically within the school is made up of five people Bo, Sof a, Ryan, Gwen, and Harold Everyone at the school has some sort of ability, and Bo s is time travel Sof a s is invisibility Ryan s is telekinesis Gwen s is pyrokinesis Harold s is the ability to see and hear and communicate with the dead.Time traveling back to 1692 when Bo accidentally left Sof a is near impossible for Bo He doesn t have control over his powers, and he never has privacy, with the government officials there to investigate Sof a s death, and Bo s parents constantly hovering I was anxious to see the first time Bo traveled back in time I was not disappointed This book is sort of told with visits to the past, but not really flashbacks, if that makes sense Sof a is dead at the beginning of the book, and so all of Bo and Sof a s relationship is shown to us readers via the past, as well as Bo remembering times with her Sometimes he visits her in the past A lot of times, he daydreams or remembers scenes that he shared with her They had a sweet relationship, and it was almost tragic to experience it.A point to make about the romance since Bo is trying to get Sof a back to present time, there isn t any romance happening in the present We get to see Bo and Sof a s relationship from the past, sure And Bo trying to get Sof a back is driven by his love for her But there is little physical romance in this book I m going to honest I knew this book dealt with the paranormal i.e time travel, and the other superpowers , but I didn t realize how thoroughly entrenched the mental illnesses and health issues were, in the story Usually I m not one for those types of books, but I love how Revis worked Bo s mental health into this story Absolutely loved it.There were several twists to this story that, even if you anticipate them, they were incredibly and shocking to read and unfold About a third of the way in, I had a good idea of what I thought was going on and that was exactly what was happening But Revis tells the story in such a way that we see everything from Bo s eyes, so genuinely.I thought the ending was going to be morbid It was and it wasn t The ending was uplifting in a way, and I definitely liked it The story in general was equal parts sad and beautiful, and I m so glad I gave this book a chance I knew nothing of the story, but I have no regrets What I Did Not Like The only thing I might say is that towards the end, things got a little too confusing Bo starts to lose track of what is real and what is not, and he starts to lose time We have Phoebe s POV to balance out the storm in Bo s head and life, but I was a bit confused at times, towards the end of the book Which, realistically, made sense, as to why I was confused You ll have to read the book to know what I mean Confusing in a good way, I suppose.Would I Recommend It If you like psychological thrillers, this is definitely a book for you And if you like this one, try Vicarious by Paula Stokes or vice versa A World Without You was sweet and heartbreaking, intriguing and thrilling It was bizarre, and untangling reality and perception was mind blowing All in all, a fascinating and enjoyable read Rating 4 stars I was very surprised by this book, its content and story I didn t know much about it before starting to read it, so everything was completely fresh to me I hadn t even really read the synopsis Going into a book blind is the best, sometimes And it was perfect, with THIS type of book 4.5 starsA World Without You is one of those books that invades your every thought, controls your every breath and breaks your heart, only to rebuild it as the better, stronger version of itself In this genre bending gem of a book, Revis explores mental illness, loss and guilt that lead to never before seen depths of self delusion and fear For acareful reader, reading it can be an eye opening experience, as each new page peels away onebit of prejudice of which we were completely un 4.5 starsA World Without You is one of those books that invades your every thought, controls your every breath and breaks your heart, only to rebuild it as the better, stronger version of itself In this genre bending gem of a book, Revis explores mental illness, loss and guilt that lead to never before seen depths of self delusion and fear For acareful reader, reading it can be an eye opening experience, as each new page peels away onebit of prejudice of which we were completely unaware.Revis succeeds in making us question our own minds as we slowly discover the depths of Bo s psychosis We know that he doesn t actually travel through time even the book blurb doesn t attempt to hide that fact but Bo is so deeply convinced by his own delusions that at times his conviction influences us, too The sobering moments in which well meaning people try to make Bo see the truth serve as an awakening for us too, and they fill us with sadness and sympathy for this deeply delusional boy As we witness the life of Bo s family through his sister Phoebe s eyes several chapters are from her point of view , we see that mental illness still carries the stigma it once did The deep shame felt by Bo s father, the complete denial from his mother and the jealous anger coming from his sister would have surely hurt Bo evendeeply had he been fully aware of their actions None of them ever told anyone that there was something very wrong with Bo, that he was mentally ill and essentially hospitalized Phoebe lied to her friends, their father buried himself in piles of work and their mother closed herself off from life Revis showed quite clearly how illness affectsthan one person, how it spreads and how the family rots from within It is very hard not to assign blame, not to despise those who are not supportive enough, and very difficult to understand that people s defense mechanisms often fail when they need them the most.Every aspect of Bo s journey in this book is incredibly painful He is drowning in guilt for failing to notice the full extent of Sof a s depression, he s running from all the hard truths and becoming increasingly paranoid with each new collision with reality Revis s powerful writing carries us through all his moods and hallucinations, and through her immense skill, we drown in Bo s mind, we feel his heart and we understand his pain all too well Reality abandons us as it abandons him, and oftentimes we get carried away, believing him in our hearts instead of trusting our own minds We see the important secondary characters only through Bo s eyes and we can merely guess at the nature of their illnesses Bo s perspective is terribly skewed, his narration the very definition of unreliable, and most people aren t strong or important enough to penetrate the fog of his mind His tunnel vision focus on saving Sof a prevents him from seeing anything else, and as he slides down into hallucinations and paranoia, his views of other people become evenunreliable Nevertheless, one can conclude just enough from things written between the lines, enough to see that each of Bo s classmates is a tragedy unfolding before our very eyes After The Body Electric, which happens to be one of my all time favorites, I had no doubts left about Revis ability to captivate and enchant In A World Without You, her approach is somewhat different from her previous works, her prose is quieter andsubdued, but it s all thepowerful for it, and her incredible insightfulness and feather light touch make this a novel people will talk about for years to come Everyone has a jar of darkness inside of them Everyone When we re born, the lid is tight on the jar That s why babies are happy But as time goes on, sometimes the jar opens a little, and darkness gets inside us We can close the jar sometimes, and sometimes we can t And it is everything I have longed for, and everything that breaks my heart Because if I break, they ll break too It s a responsibility I d never really felt before, or at least I never thought about enough to name But Bo Everyone has a jar of darkness inside of them Everyone When we re born, the lid is tight on the jar That s why babies are happy But as time goes on, sometimes the jar opens a little, and darkness gets inside us We can close the jar sometimes, and sometimes we can t And it is everything I have longed for, and everything that breaks my heart Because if I break, they ll break too It s a responsibility I d never really felt before, or at least I never thought about enough to name But Bo s actions just cement my place in my family He can walk away from the dinner table I can tA World Without You is a story about a boy named Bo who believes he can travel through time He has always seen time displayed tangibly in front of him, and he eventually finds himself at Berkshire Academy, which he describes as a school for kids with superpowers learning how to control their powers and function in a world that views the students as outsiders I think it s important to note that while it reads like sci fi, this is a contemporary about mental illness and it s one of the most creatively accurate, in depth pictures of mental illness from the inside looking out, as well as self delusion, fear, guilt, and loss I think my favorite description of this book is that it s an astonishing shape shifter of a tale This is the first book I ve ever read that confronts the stigma of mental illness and prejudice head on, leading the reader on a slow journey of the depths of psychosis and just how confusing it can be for people The book begins with the funeral of a young girl named Sofia who had the superpower of invisibility whom Bo loved Bo believes Sofia isn t really dead but that she s lost in a different timeline and that it s all his fault that she s stuck The book unravels Bo s desperate journey to try and get Sofia back while other obstacles intervene What was most surprising to me about A World Without You was the piercingly accurate portrayal of family dysfunction and the strain of mental illness when it comes to familial relationships The book switches from the point of view of Bo to his sister, Phoebe, and I honestly believe this was the main reason I loved this book so much Bo is an unreliable narrator, but as readers, we don t realize this right away Phoebe s perspective is sobering and poignant, and I related to itthan I can really say It was like an arrow to the heart reading about her relationship with Bo and the rest of her family The best part about my reading experience was reading the handwritten annotations by Beth Revis that were included in my book from Quarterly She shared small but beautifully intimate details about her thoughts, inspirations, or memories as she was writing her book I related to so many of her notes, and even though she was not basing Phoebe s character off of her own real life experiences, it really helped me see the complex layers of Bo s sister I loved all of the characters at Berkshire they gave me Girl Interrupted vibes, especially toward the end of the novel Gwen s superpower to create fire in her hands and Harold s ability to talk to ghosts as well as our perceptions of Ryan throughout the novel were all fascinating and heartbreaking As a reader, you root for all of them Empathy is the heart of this story Even with the dark subject matter and devastating storyline, hope prevails from the struggle I found the ending to be brilliant, realistic, and honestly perfect, especially when it could have ended so many ways Revis isn t dismissive about recovery, but she doesn t leave readers in despair, either I loved this book for personal reasons, and it s hard to say whether I would have loved it if I didn t feel such a fierce connection with Phoebe I believe I would have, but I understand why it was too much for other readers at times You have to be brave to read this book, because Beth Revis was brave in writing it, and Bo and Phoebe are brave, too There s a quiet strength and resilience to this story that made me weep, and I hope you treasure it, too I gushabout A World Without You in a reading vlog on my BookTube channel, Mollie Reads Actually, I cry in this vlog, which is only a little bit embarrassing You can find it here