Underneath Everything

Marcy Beller Paul

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Underneath Everything Mattie shouldn t be at the bonfire She should be finding new maps for her collection hanging out with Kris and steering clear of almost everyone else especially Jolene After all Mattie and Kris dr

  • Title: Underneath Everything
  • Author: Marcy Beller Paul
  • ISBN: 9780062327215
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mattie shouldn t be at the bonfire She should be finding new maps for her collection, hanging out with Kris, and steering clear of almost everyone else, especially Jolene After all, Mattie and Kris dropped off the social scene the summer after sopho year for a reason.But now Mattie is a senior, and she s sick of missing things So here she is And there s Jolene BeaMattie shouldn t be at the bonfire She should be finding new maps for her collection, hanging out with Kris, and steering clear of almost everyone else, especially Jolene After all, Mattie and Kris dropped off the social scene the summer after sopho year for a reason.But now Mattie is a senior, and she s sick of missing things So here she is And there s Jolene Beautiful Captivating Just like the stories she wove Mattie would know she used to star in them She and Jolene were best friends Mattie has the scar on her palm to prove it, and Jolene has everything else, including Hudson.But when Mattie runs into Hudson and gets a glimpse of what could have been, she decides to take it all back the boyfriend, the friends, the life she was supposed to live Problem is, Mattie can t figure out where Jolene ends and she begins.Because there s something Mattie hasn t told anyone she walked away from Jolene over a year ago, but she never really left Poignant and provocative, Marcy Beller Paul s debut novel tells the story of an intoxicating and toxic relationship that blurs the boundary between reality and fantasy, love and loyalty, friendship and obsession.

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    1. Dahlia on said:


    2. Sarah on said:

      (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)“What if we’re both not real?”“We’re not,” I said. “We’re better than real. We’re the two little girls.”This was one of these books where I got to the end, and still couldn’t figure out what it was really about.Mattie was a fairly normal girl, but her relationships with her friends were a little confusing. She was best friends with a girl called Kris, a [...]

    3. Paula Stokes on said:

      I was lucky enough to "meet" Marcy Beller Paul in an online class when she was writing the first draft of this book. Back then, it didn't have a title. It didn't even have chapters. It was just this outpouring of gorgeous words, this story about a group of friends with complicated relationships and a girl who was only beginning to figure out who she was and what she needed.I got to watch Underneath Everything grow and change throughout several drafts. I got to see Mattie take control of her stor [...]

    4. Arlene on said:

      I don’t get it… I just don’t get it… After slowly trudging through 300 plus pages of Underneath Everything, I believe I might have missed the point somewhere along the way. Probably my most disappointing read in 2015. From what I gathered, Mattie and Kris purposely removed themselves from the social scene back in their sophomore year after something went down between their Fabulous Four group that included Mattie, Kris, Bella and the core of this madness Jolene. Now that senior year is u [...]

    5. I.W. Gregorio on said:

      This is a lushly written, utterly sexy debut about the dark underbelly of teen friendship. It's been a long time since I've read a book that captures the intensity of high school relationships so perfectly. Add in a simmering LGBT undercurrent, and this is a must read book!

    6. Natasha Sinel on said:

      OK, so wow. I loved reading this amazing, surreal book. Haven't we all had toxic friendships that we can't quite seem to get out of? Marcy Beller Paul captures how it is to be the quieter half of a close/too-close female friendship and its consequences. Her sentences are beautifully written. I was pulled right into Mattie's world, and I was sad for it to be over. Hopeful ending rounded out the perfection. Loved.

    7. Shannon (It Starts At Midnight) on said:

      This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight So, I did enjoy the writing in this book. And the character development. And I really think that I will read more from the author, because I enjoyed the style.But the actual story? I don't quite "get it". I mean, the point has escaped me, if there is one. I will say that the book started out really strong. Mattie had been betrayed by her friend Jolene, who knew she really liked this guy (Hudson) and snuck in and started dating him. Have [...]

    8. Melanie on said:

      Beautiful, sexy, messy, original and with a great message. Everything I love in a book. I was shocked most of times, holding my breath every time I turned the page because I had no idea what was going to happen next. Loved every feeling this book cause me and I want you all to read it, if you enjoy books like this.Plus, one the best intimate scene I've ever read in YA.

    9. Christi on said:

      I've read a lot of positive reviews for this book, but I just don't get. I spent the entire book waiting for something to happen. Found the narrator to be very unlikeable, the storyline dragged, and I just didn't care about any of it.

    10. Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries) on said:

      TL;DR Mattie is too passive and uninteresting a character, Jolene isn't compelling either, it's more fun to do a Freudian analysis on Mattie's love of maps than actually read the book, and I spent 160 pages with this book but still fail to care. I don't even care about whatever went down at the manhunt, which apparently takes too long to come out and is a bit of a disappointment, especially considering the wait. I'm exercising my right to DNF. So what if it gets better in the second half? No rea [...]

    11. Riki on said:

      Woah. This book was so, so good in so many different ways. It is dark, brooding, sultry, and sexy. It is also beautifully written and lyrical in a way I haven’t read in a long time. Marcy Beller Paul writes incredibly flawed and complex main characters that are hard to root for, yet cry out for compassion. This book is captivating, with gorgeous prose and a deeply unsettling female friendship. The relationship between Mattie and Jolene is toxic in the raw sense of the word, and the author expe [...]

    12. Sharon Roat on said:

      Whoa. Just finished reading an ARC of this beautifully-written novel. It was so different, and so incredibly tense. I felt like I was holding my breath the whole time.

    13. Natasha at Book Baristas on said:

      Review on blog: bookbaristas/2015/10/rSecrets. Deceit. Love. Betrayal. Loyalty.UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING unearths all of these points and more in this story of friendship and the lines that blur when trust gets broken.“What do you want to be, Mattie?”Mattie had it all sophomore year – Hudson, the boy who made her feel, and the group of best friends, Kris, Bella, and Jolene, who were tighter than tight. Yet things were off. Mattie wasn’t fine with this, especially when her friendship with Jol [...]

    14. Gisbelle on said:

      My thanks to Balzer + Bray--------------------------------------------------------------Point of View: Single (Mattie)Writing: First Person | Present TenseSetting: New JerseyGenre: Young Adult | Realistic Fiction --------------------------------------------------------------To me this book practically made no sense whatsoever. It made me feel like I start reading a book in the middle of the series since everything was a huge frigging mess.The storyline wasn't interesting enough to hold my attent [...]

    15. Marci Curtis on said:

      WOWis story is an absolute GEM. So beautifully written, so haunting, so authentic, so powerful. Five glorious stars.

    16. Lauren ✨ (YABookers) on said:

      I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.Actual rating: 3.5The summer after sophomore year, Mattie and Kris dropped off the social radar and no longer went to parties or hung out at bonfires, and they certainly steered clear from popular girl and ex-best-friend Jolene. Now Mattie is a senior and is tired of missing out on things so she takes everything Jolene took from her, including Hudson. But Mattie finds herself drawn to Jolene once again.Underneath Everything is a captivatin [...]

    17. Patricia on said:

      Most of the first part of the book kept referring to "what happened on that night" which grew tiresome. In addition, I never could get a handle on if the author wanted me to think the interest between the main character and her ex-friend/friend was sexual or just regular friendship infatuation. I'm fine either way, but having that point so muddy was distracting. All characters seemed flat in an over-dramatic way, I found the depiction of high school social structures and popularity entirely unre [...]

    18. Lori Goldstein on said:

      This is dark and twisty and gave me the chills in the best way. The author's dreamlike narration is hypnotizing and sweeps you up into this tale that keeps you second guessing everything the same way the characters do. Unlike anything I've read in a long time and I can't wait for the chance to lose myself in more of Ms. Paul's stellar writing.

    19. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      The writing style for this book was really good, but I honestly didn't understand the point. This book claims to have some deep, profound and serious message in it, but never makes it clear what exactly that message is. The characters are somewhat relatable but really superficial and generic to the point where I'd forget their names.

    20. Jen Ryland on said:

      This isn't grabbing me the way I hoped. Setting aside for now and will read some more reviews and decide whether or not to continue.

    21. Michelle Arrow on said:

      This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!Underneath Everything began with a boom and surely ended with one, too. I kept this book at school, only reading it during my amazing English class when we were required to every morning, but when the weekend arose, I decided I could not wait until Monday to read it again and just finished it in one more sitting. This novel was fabulous, the story was memorable, and I just cannot get enough of everything that the auth [...]

    22. Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours) on said:

      Initial Impressions 9/10/15: Hmmmm I'll say 3.75 starsI wasn't TOTALLY as hooked as I wanted to be with this book. There's a bit of a Thirteen vibe but once you hear that comparison/get that movie stuck in your head, it's hard not to expect even more crazy shit. It was definitely good, very interesting, and so easy to see how someone can manipulate someone else like that. I suppose it was a bit more realistic as far as toxic friendships go and less shocking but I was holding out for a bit more i [...]

    23. Angie on said:

      Originally posted at Lady Knight ReadsI cannot properly word about how good this book is. It's the kind of book that burrows under your skin and sticks with you for weeks. I know this because I finished it nearly three weeks ago and I'm still thinking about it daily.I was immediately pulled into Mattie's story by the absolutely GORGEOUS writing. The author has some serious talent with the the kind of lyrical, haunting sentences and paragraphs that I love in my books. The writing is utterly flawl [...]

    24. Wren on said:

      This book was supposed to be about a toxic friendship, and I sure got that. I was continually stunned by what Jolene did. She went too far. She always went too far. I don't care if she said she wouldn't hurt Mattie. It's wrong. I don't care if Mattie got a rush from it. Suffocating someone is not a good way to show love. What Jolene did was dangerous, risky. I'm a normally cautious person, so what she did really freaked me out. Admittedly, reading the things Jolene did gave me a little bit of a [...]

    25. Stormy on said:

      I can't say I exactly enjoyed this one, but it was a book I just couldn't get enough of. Teen friendships can be so messy and complicated, both the great ones and the toxic ones, and it's rare to get a book that REALLY digs in as deep as Underneath Everything does. Something about this book reminded me of a Courtney Summers novel. The subject matter is completely different, and the prose isn't quite as sharp(meaning harsh, not the quality), but in the way the book really gets into the relationsh [...]

    26. Julie on said:

      This was a different book where friendships are broken and slowly brought back. There is romance but a toxic friendship has it's ups and downs and an undercurrent of romance with someone's. This book took a while to reveal what happened and why a friendship ended. Different.

    27. Christina (A Reader of Fictions) on said:

      Chapters read: 2The voice hasn't grabbed me, nor do I feel hooked. The reviews all say this isn't really a plot book, so without voiciness to hook me, I fear I'll be bored, and I'm not sold on this being a Christina book.

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