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Ada’s life is a mess. She just caught her boyfriend cheating on her after a humiliating attempt at losing her virginity, and she’s had it up to here with her gorgeous older sister’s unsolicited advice. But things really hit the fan during a family vacation in Hawaii, where Ada discovers her own mother is having an affair. Apparently, everyone is falling into bed with people Ada’s life is a mess. She just caught her boyfriend cheating on her after a humiliating attempt at losing her virginity, and she’s had it up to here with her gorgeous older sister’s unsolicited advice. But things really hit the fan during a family vacation in Hawaii, where Ada discovers her own mother is having an affair. Apparently, everyone is falling into bed with people they shouldn’t. Everyone except Ada. But when Ada decides she’s going to stop trying and start doing—sex, that is—her best laid plan overlooks an inconvenient truth: Feelings, romantic or not, always get in the way. 


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Ada’s life is a mess. She just caught her boyfriend cheating on her after a humiliating attempt at losing her virginity, and she’s had it up to here with her gorgeous older sister’s unsolicited advice. But things really hit the fan during a family vacation in Hawaii, where Ada discovers her own mother is having an affair. Apparently, everyone is falling into bed with people Ada’s life is a mess. She just caught her boyfriend cheating on her after a humiliating attempt at losing her virginity, and she’s had it up to here with her gorgeous older sister’s unsolicited advice. But things really hit the fan during a family vacation in Hawaii, where Ada discovers her own mother is having an affair. Apparently, everyone is falling into bed with people they shouldn’t. Everyone except Ada. But when Ada decides she’s going to stop trying and start doing—sex, that is—her best laid plan overlooks an inconvenient truth: Feelings, romantic or not, always get in the way. 

30 review for With You All the Way

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    I won't lie, the only reason I picked up With You All the Way was because of this line the novel's description: "A Forever for a new generation." The moment I saw it, I had only one burning question - "Is there a guy in this book who calls his penis "Ralph?" And the answer is: No. Instead, this turned out to be a story about family and relationships between sisters, and mothers and daughters, cheating and bad decisions. There is a subplot about losing virginity, but I wouldn't say it was the main I won't lie, the only reason I picked up With You All the Way was because of this line the novel's description: "A Forever for a new generation." The moment I saw it, I had only one burning question - "Is there a guy in this book who calls his penis "Ralph?" And the answer is: No. Instead, this turned out to be a story about family and relationships between sisters, and mothers and daughters, cheating and bad decisions. There is a subplot about losing virginity, but I wouldn't say it was the main subject, just a reason to touch upon topics of consent, maturity and complications sex could bring into a relationship. I liked it. The novel was super easy to read. It was kind and compassionate, maybe a tad safe (the comparison to Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen is quite apt). But I enjoyed it all. It was a nice diversion in the time of elections and covid.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brinley

    This book was a total drama fest. It reminded me of one of those reality tv shows, in which everything that can go wrong, does. It was addictive, and drew you right into the family drama. This book follows Ada and her family on a business trip to Hawaii. And although they’re vacationing in paradise, the events of their trip are anything but. From breakups and heartbreak, to accusations of cheating and crashed weddings, this book is a total roller coaster ride. Part of what made this book so enjoy This book was a total drama fest. It reminded me of one of those reality tv shows, in which everything that can go wrong, does. It was addictive, and drew you right into the family drama. This book follows Ada and her family on a business trip to Hawaii. And although they’re vacationing in paradise, the events of their trip are anything but. From breakups and heartbreak, to accusations of cheating and crashed weddings, this book is a total roller coaster ride. Part of what made this book so enjoyable was it’s similarity to a train wreck. Don’t get me wrong, it was written super well, it’s just that there was so much drama. At times, I had to put the book down, just to take a ten second break. Of course, I dove right back in afterwards. The plot sort of reminded me of The Best Laid Plans, but I actually liked this better. Like most family dramas, every character had their own distinct personality. I loved Marjorie, who took on the persona of the gossipy aunt. Every time she showed up, I knew some serious tea was about to be spilled. I also really liked Ada and and Nick, although Ada made some comical mistakes. I would definitely recommend this for fans of romances, especially people who loves drama. Plus, this is set in Hawaii, so there’s a healthy dose of volcanoes, sea turtles, and paddle boarding. All in all, a great book! Thanks to Netgalley Cynthia Hand and for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  3. 4 out of 5

    BookNightOwl

    This dealt with a lot of issues such as family, relationships, siblings and more. I always enjoy Cynthia Hand writing and story. B+

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5 /5 stars With You All the Way is a Young Adult contemporary novel that has some romance and some family drama. I have enjoyed many of the author's previous books so I was very excited to get to read this book. Since I didn't read the book blurb before starting this book I found that this book was very different from what I was expecting. The narrator is 16 year old Ada (1st person POV). What I did like. I liked the family aspect of this book. Ada has an 18 year old sister Afton and a 5 year old s 3.5 /5 stars With You All the Way is a Young Adult contemporary novel that has some romance and some family drama. I have enjoyed many of the author's previous books so I was very excited to get to read this book. Since I didn't read the book blurb before starting this book I found that this book was very different from what I was expecting. The narrator is 16 year old Ada (1st person POV). What I did like. I liked the family aspect of this book. Ada has an 18 year old sister Afton and a 5 year old sister Abby. And they added lots of interesting drama. I loved the setting. Much of the book is set in Hawaii. I loved that Ada is an artist. And I loved her step-father Pop. What I liked less was her mom who had no time for the family. And all the sex drama. Maybe this book would work better for older teens. But I just didn't love that so much of the book focused on a 16 year old and her virginity. This was a super quick read. And I did enjoy some of it. But overall this book was not what I was expecting. Thanks to edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    The night after Ada's failed attempt to lose her virginity to her boyfriend, she catches him cheating on her. But their family is soon off for a 9day stay in Hawaii at a yearly medical conference, so she hopes that will take her mind off things. But she's in a fight with her older sister and then her stepdad drops the bomb that he's staying home from this trip and Ada just feels worse. This was a sweet story, full of high drama and I am here for it. I loved how flawed and real the characters wer The night after Ada's failed attempt to lose her virginity to her boyfriend, she catches him cheating on her. But their family is soon off for a 9day stay in Hawaii at a yearly medical conference, so she hopes that will take her mind off things. But she's in a fight with her older sister and then her stepdad drops the bomb that he's staying home from this trip and Ada just feels worse. This was a sweet story, full of high drama and I am here for it. I loved how flawed and real the characters were and this compulsively readable story kept me entertained from the start. The only thing I'd previously read by this author was that terrible My Plain Jane book that was a Tome book last year, so I didn't have high hopes, but I really ended up liking this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)

    Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion. 4.5 Stars The How and the Why was one of my favorite books I read in 2019. I loved Cynthia Hand's writing style, so I couldn't wait to read With You All the Way.  These two books have proven to me that Hand is a master of creating and writing complex family dramas. She tackles family dynamics in a fascinating way. This book was completely different than the first one I had read, but just as important and addictive. With You All the Way was Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion. 4.5 Stars The How and the Why was one of my favorite books I read in 2019. I loved Cynthia Hand's writing style, so I couldn't wait to read With You All the Way.  These two books have proven to me that Hand is a master of creating and writing complex family dramas. She tackles family dynamics in a fascinating way. This book was completely different than the first one I had read, but just as important and addictive. With You All the Way was like driving by a car crash. Maybe that's not the best description because it wasn't brutal or sad. It was more just drama I couldn't take my eyes away from. It reminded me of a really good MTV teenage TV drama. Ada, the main character, is on a family trip to Hawaii after having broken up with her no good, cheating ex. Her feelings are all over the place. She's fighting with her perfect sister and discovers her mom is having an affair. Everything is a mess and Ada's trying to work through it all. Somehow, having sex for the first time is the answer. I'm going to cut right to the chase: sex. It's one of the biggest topics woven through With You All the Way.  Ada is considering having it or not having it throughout the entire book. You can imagine all the possible scenarios going through Ada's mind. Should she or shouldn't she have it? I appreciated all of her inner dialog and questions in relations to what her body versus mind was telling her. I also appreciated the way it was dealt with and the conversations it opened up. It was a very positively written view of what having sex with or without love could mean. I mentioned the family dynamics before. That's the other big topic in this book. There's so much going on between all of the family members. There is talking, arguing, keeping secrets... Each and every family member (besides sweet, little Abby) has their own thing going on. I liked the way each interaction created something to further Ada's choices throughout the story. I don't know what else to say about this book. I enjoyed it so much -- even the awkward moments when I wanted to shield my eyes. I loved the non-stop drama. I guessed where the story was headed, but that didn't bug me because the journey to get there was so entertaining. Plus, I liked all the messages it dealt.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ellie M

    Ada Bloom thinks she's finally ready to have sex with Leo, but she backs out at the last minute. Embarrassed, she turns to her older sister, Afton, for help, and sets a time where she knows for sure she'll be ready. But just as she's coming up to see him after his swim meet, she finds him kissing his teammate, Kayla. He then brushes her off, claiming that she wasn't really his girlfriend and that he wants more. Afton tells Ada that having sex with Leo would've been a mistake, and that she should Ada Bloom thinks she's finally ready to have sex with Leo, but she backs out at the last minute. Embarrassed, she turns to her older sister, Afton, for help, and sets a time where she knows for sure she'll be ready. But just as she's coming up to see him after his swim meet, she finds him kissing his teammate, Kayla. He then brushes her off, claiming that she wasn't really his girlfriend and that he wants more. Afton tells Ada that having sex with Leo would've been a mistake, and that she should save her first time for someone who truly cares about her and loves her. After all, Afton's own first time wasn't great. But Ada just wants to get it over with. Soon after, Ada's mother is called to Hawaii for an annual surgeons' conference, and brings the whole family along, except for Ada's stepdad who is left behind to work. Afton suggests that Ada find a rebound there, but Ada doesn't think that there are any cute enough boys at the resort, or even boys her age. She is enjoying her vacation until she opens the door to her mother's hotel room and finds her having sex- with her coworker, Billy. Ada is forced to question everything she ever thought about her parents' marriage and if they don't love each other anymore, but decides to keep this finding to herself. Her five-year-old sister, Abby, would be devastated. Right after she finds this out, she runs into Nick Kelly, the son of a conference member who she realizes is the same age as she is. She's never thought of him as cute until now, but after spending some time with him, she decides that he could be the ideal person to lose her virginity to. She asks him directly, and he agrees to meet up some time later in the week. With Nick. Ada can almost forget about her mom and Leo and have a good time. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It was basically the perfect YA. There wasn't as much romance as I expected, but everything else made up for it. You'll love the descriptions of the scenery, the resort, and the vacation activities. With travel currently posing a risk for spread of coronavirus, I wish so badly that I could go on a vacation like this one. For fans of Have a Little Faith in Me. That was my favorite book of 2019, and this is equally as good.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Pineo

    Review by Lisa Pineo *I received this eARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss+ in return for an honest review. My ratings: * I hated it ** It was okay *** I liked it **** Really good ***** Great TW (trigger warnings): "With You All the Way" is a YA dramedy filled with the word of the day: SEX. 5 stars Description from the publisher: "Ada’s life is a mess. She just caught her boyfriend cheating on her after a humiliating attempt at losing her virginity, and she’s had it up to here with her perfect older s Review by Lisa Pineo *I received this eARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss+ in return for an honest review. My ratings: * I hated it ** It was okay *** I liked it **** Really good ***** Great TW (trigger warnings): "With You All the Way" is a YA dramedy filled with the word of the day: SEX. 5 stars Description from the publisher: "Ada’s life is a mess. She just caught her boyfriend cheating on her after a humiliating attempt at losing her virginity, and she’s had it up to here with her perfect older sister trying to give her advice about, well, sex. But things really hit the fan during a family vacation in Hawaii, where Ada makes a heinous discovery: her mom is having an affair. Apparently, no one can keep themselves from falling into bed with people they shouldn’t, so Ada decides it’s time for her to stop trying and start doing—sex, that is. But her best laid plans don’t quite leave room for the truth: feelings, romantic or not, always get in the way." This book was chock-full of teen drama but still managed to be funny and entertaining. The main character, a teen girl with sex on the brain, is convinced she wants to lose her virginity, no matter who with. Lots of plans, distractions, a perceived affair between her mother and another doctor, fights with her sister and possibly developing real feelings for the boy she plans to have sex with while in Hawaii keep the drama flowing and my interest fully engaged. Like many teens Ada's feelings change rapidly and assumptions and miscommunication abounds. This is a fun read with positive sexual situations and nothing too graphic for younger or modest readers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thindbooks

    *this earc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was kind of similar to Breathless by Jennifer Niven which was also my favorite of this year. This book is about Ada who finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her before she leaves on her trip to Hawaii with her family. Later she finds her mom is having an affair and now wants to lose her virginity so she decides to make a plan. You are probably reading this and are like huh why did she read this *this earc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was kind of similar to Breathless by Jennifer Niven which was also my favorite of this year. This book is about Ada who finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her before she leaves on her trip to Hawaii with her family. Later she finds her mom is having an affair and now wants to lose her virginity so she decides to make a plan. You are probably reading this and are like huh why did she read this book and how did she enjoy it. First of all the writing of this book was amazing and the story flowed really well. The pacing was perfect and I wasn’t bored at all while reading this book. The author did an incredible job bringing the story to life with her writing and also her characters. I enjoyed the main character, Ada. She is a typical teenager and you can understand what she is going through easily. I also loved her sister who reminded me kind of like Mor from ACOTAR because of her features and a red dress she wore in this book. I also enjoyed the supporting characters in this book. Ada and her sister both developed a lot throughout the story and I loved their sisterly bond. There is also romance in this book which you might love. I really enjoyed reading this book. The whole story was very easy to process and understand so it was kind of like a comfy read. I had no problems with this book at all. This is perfect for those who are fans of Jennifer Niven and those whole love contemporary books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ellie M

    Ada Bloom thinks she's finally ready to have sex with Leo, but she backs out at the last minute. Embarrassed, she turns to her older sister, Afton, for help, and sets a time where she knows for sure she'll be ready. But just as she's coming up to see him after his swim meet, she finds him kissing his teammate, Kayla. He then brushes her off, claiming that she wasn't really his girlfriend and that he wants more. Afton tells Ada that having sex with Leo would've been a mistake, and that she should Ada Bloom thinks she's finally ready to have sex with Leo, but she backs out at the last minute. Embarrassed, she turns to her older sister, Afton, for help, and sets a time where she knows for sure she'll be ready. But just as she's coming up to see him after his swim meet, she finds him kissing his teammate, Kayla. He then brushes her off, claiming that she wasn't really his girlfriend and that he wants more. Afton tells Ada that having sex with Leo would've been a mistake, and that she should save her first time for someone who truly cares about her and loves her. After all, Afton's own first time wasn't great. But Ada just wants to get it over with. Soon after, Ada's mother is called to Hawaii for an annual surgeons' conference, and brings the whole family along, except for Ada's stepdad who is left behind to work. Afton suggests that Ada find a rebound there, but Ada doesn't think that there are any cute enough boys at the resort, or even boys her age. She is enjoying her vacation until she opens the door to her mother's hotel room and finds her having sex- with her coworker, Billy. Ada is forced to question everything she ever thought about her parents' marriage and if they don't love each other anymore, but decides to keep this finding to herself. Her five-year-old sister, Abby, would be devastated. Right after she finds this out, she runs into Nick Kelly, the son of a conference member who she realizes is the same age as she is. She's never thought of him as cute until now, but after spending some time with him, she decides that he could be the ideal person to lose her virginity to. She asks him directly, and he agrees to meet up some time later in the week. With Nick. Ada can almost forget about her mom and Leo and have a good time. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It was basically the perfect YA. There wasn't as much romance as I expected, but everything else made up for it. You'll love the descriptions of the scenery, the resort, and the vacation activities. With travel currently posing a risk for spread of coronavirus, I wish so badly that I could go on a vacation like this one. For fans of Have a Little Faith in Me. That was my favorite book of 2019, and this is equally as good.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andi (Andi's ABCs)

    3.5 Stars While this one was enjoyable and I loved the message and the stories, it wasn't my favorite by Hand. I did love Ada and her relationship with her sisters. That was the really strong part for me. 3.5 Stars While this one was enjoyable and I loved the message and the stories, it wasn't my favorite by Hand. I did love Ada and her relationship with her sisters. That was the really strong part for me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Originally, Ada wished she could skip the family vacation to spend more time with her boyfriend, but after she discovered she wasn't the only girl in his life, she couldn't wait to flee to Hawaii. However, things seemed off. Her step-father didn't accompany them on the trip, her sister was acting moody and secretive, and then she caught a glimpse of her mother with another man. Ada's ideas surrounding love, sex, relationships, and her family came crashing down, but would she be able to come to t Originally, Ada wished she could skip the family vacation to spend more time with her boyfriend, but after she discovered she wasn't the only girl in his life, she couldn't wait to flee to Hawaii. However, things seemed off. Her step-father didn't accompany them on the trip, her sister was acting moody and secretive, and then she caught a glimpse of her mother with another man. Ada's ideas surrounding love, sex, relationships, and her family came crashing down, but would she be able to come to terms with it all before making any rash decisions. I kept hearing so much about this book being "the new" Forever..., so I expected it to focus largely on Ada and her sexual experiences. And, well, there was a bit of that, but for me, this was more about all the ideas people have about love, relationships, and family. This story began with Ada utterly heartbroken. She thought she had something special with her boyfriend, just to discover that she was totally wrong about it all. Then to discover what she did about her mother really left her with a lack of confidence in herself in the relationship realm. She questioned everything she knew about relationships, reflecting on past and present experiences, as she tried to come to an understanding of it all. This was the heart of this tale for me, and Hand dealt with it all so well. The story was really thoughtful and thought provoking, while evoking a myriad of emotions from me. I loved so much about this book, but here are a few things that stood out for me. SISTERHOOD The bond between these three sisters was a beautiful thing. I adored the interactions between Ada and her younger sister, Abby, who was "oh my dogs" adorable. Though tense at times, Ada and her older sister, Afton, shared something really special too. Being closer in age, Afton was a confidant, who wanted to do right by her sister. She shared a lot of her own painful past to help Ada make her own choices, and they shared many really meaningful moments in this book. HONEST AND REAL TALK ABOUT SEX I honestly loved Nick. He was part of Ada's "losing it" subplot, and he really endeared himself to me. It was with him where I might have seen those shades of Forever... people referred to, but it was a way more modern take, where consent was explicitly discussed, as well as the physical and emotional side of sex. I found their open discussions refreshing, and their fumbling truly authentic. I also liked all the different ways sex was explored in this story. How it may or may not be tangled up in love, as well as how it could be something beautiful to share with someone you love or simply a physical act. HAWAII During the pandemic, I have grown to appreciate authors who really pull me into the setting of their stories, as all I see these days is my home and the market. Hand took me to Hawaii. She shared history, some of the culture, and many breathtaking views with me. Maybe someday I will see it for real. BLENDED FAMILIES My family is just my daughter and I, so I always like seeing the "non-traditional" type families in stories. Afton and Ada were her mother's children from her previous marriage, while Abby was the child she had with her new husband, better known as Pop. There was no half or step anything in this family. He was Pop, they were his daughters, and all the girls were sisters. Their family blended in the most beautiful way and was brimming with love. This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but I loved it nonetheless. Hand always does such a wonderful job with complicated family dynamics, and she skillfully explored love, trust, sex, and relationships of all kinds throughout this story. There were painful moments, hilarious moments, OMG moments, and touching moments which added up for one rather great reading experience for me. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn

    First of all the cover! Second of all the book is written by Cynthia Hand who made me fall in love with YA contemporary again, as I was about to give up! This is truly a coming of age story. As a young adult, I could relate to this book! It has a lot of drama, family secrets, sibling fights, and more! I liked the setting of the book, makes me want to visit Hawaii more. As it is contemporary, I think you should just go into it! I preordered a copy of this book &I will pick up Cynthia’s solo works a First of all the cover! Second of all the book is written by Cynthia Hand who made me fall in love with YA contemporary again, as I was about to give up! This is truly a coming of age story. As a young adult, I could relate to this book! It has a lot of drama, family secrets, sibling fights, and more! I liked the setting of the book, makes me want to visit Hawaii more. As it is contemporary, I think you should just go into it! I preordered a copy of this book &I will pick up Cynthia’s solo works as I have enjoyed most of them in the past! Thank you Netgalley & the publisher for the early copy!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Bartos

    *2.5 Stars Unfortunately, this was a disappointment for me. I think that maybe I don't love books centered around losing virginity, so maybe that's my fault because I knew what it was going in. However, I've loved all of Hand's other books that I've read, so I figured it would still win me over. I don't have much to say about this, but it's not something I'll be returning to in the future. *2.5 Stars Unfortunately, this was a disappointment for me. I think that maybe I don't love books centered around losing virginity, so maybe that's my fault because I knew what it was going in. However, I've loved all of Hand's other books that I've read, so I figured it would still win me over. I don't have much to say about this, but it's not something I'll be returning to in the future.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Cresse

    What a fun, drama-filled read! I can see this being made into a movie. Humor & Family Relationships -- and while it discusses Ada's thoughts (and attempts) surrounding losing her virginity, it remains PG-13. A great beach read. What a fun, drama-filled read! I can see this being made into a movie. Humor & Family Relationships -- and while it discusses Ada's thoughts (and attempts) surrounding losing her virginity, it remains PG-13. A great beach read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm feeling disappointed because I love Cynthia Hand's other contemporary works, so I feel like that's only adding to the blow. Some of the characterization and occasional joke were the redeeming factors for this book, but beyond that, I am struggling to be complimentary. "With You All The Way" was frustrating to read because of the lack of action. I feel like a majority of the book transitions awkwardly between chapters and leaves out the scenes I as a reader most wanted to see. I found myself I'm feeling disappointed because I love Cynthia Hand's other contemporary works, so I feel like that's only adding to the blow. Some of the characterization and occasional joke were the redeeming factors for this book, but beyond that, I am struggling to be complimentary. "With You All The Way" was frustrating to read because of the lack of action. I feel like a majority of the book transitions awkwardly between chapters and leaves out the scenes I as a reader most wanted to see. I found myself skimming a lot and not missing much otherwise. For me it was a whole lot of nothing that happened. I wasn't entirely taken with the brief glimpses of Ada being "woke" as those thoughts came off more as virture signaling and undeveloped/out of nowhere for her character and unnecessary otherwise. Most finally and fatally though that I can't forgive is the amount miscommunication as a climatic point. I saw it coming from a 100 pages away and it was a lot of second hand embarrassment. Realizing that this book wouldn't be a book if Afton (Ada's older sister) had simply spoken up does not sit right with me. Her logic was so lacking and would have been deeply damaging to their family as a whole if this wasn't a work of fiction. Afton becomes a villain frankly, and is too easily forgiven. I'm not talking "The YA protags are acting like teens and I'm cranky about it." I'm talking that even at 18, I would have known how severe accusing my mother of having an affair would be/if I was an older sister (which I am) was caught by my younger one and didn't fess up right away. The characters were all unfortunately immature including the mother, and the only grace I can give there is Nick cuz he made me laugh at least. Just painful honestly now that I'm thinking about it, I'm feeling really let down and cranky about it. I recommend this if you want a quick read but it's definitely not one of my new favorites like most of Cynthia Hand's books usually are for me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    An amazing read! As a high school teacher, I can hear my students speaking in the characters. This books deals with some challenging topics, and I love how the author approached them: head on and with truth and beauty. Bravo!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (YA Book Shelf)

    Cynthia Hand is one of my favourite YA authors. I loved the Unearthly trilogy when it first came out, and the good vibes have followed me through all of her other books that I’ve picked up. Particularly once she moved into writing several contemporary YA novels, like The Last Time We Say Goodbye and The How & The Why, so when I heard she was coming out with a new one called With You All the Way, I knew I had to read it. I was convinced it had to be mine even though the team at HCC Frenzy likened Cynthia Hand is one of my favourite YA authors. I loved the Unearthly trilogy when it first came out, and the good vibes have followed me through all of her other books that I’ve picked up. Particularly once she moved into writing several contemporary YA novels, like The Last Time We Say Goodbye and The How & The Why, so when I heard she was coming out with a new one called With You All the Way, I knew I had to read it. I was convinced it had to be mine even though the team at HCC Frenzy likened it to a book I didn’t enjoy —Forever by Judy Blume. Maybe I would’ve felt differently had I read Forever at the recommended time. But reading it in my 30s was very disappointing. In contrast, With You All the Way is sure to be a sex positive book that teens will appreciate, but will simultaneously be a book that adult readers of YA can get into. It’s fresh, funny, and full of the best kind of family drama. I particularly loved the discussion around consent and sex using the video that likens it to asking for or offering tea. It was unexpected and a perfectly wonderful, modern touch to a discussion about sex, leading into a funny but important extended metaphor. It turns out that teens can talk about...tea...anywhere without worrying that some random stranger will get a little TMI. Beyond the concept of consent, I really appreciated how the book gives readers to judge for themselves what makes someone a good boyfriend or choice of a sex partner. Ada has long known how and when her older sister Afton lost her V-card and the two other sex partners she had before the start of the book. Afton explains how the first two experiences were negative because of the context and because she didn’t really know her partners well enough, but she says that having sex with her long term boyfriend, Logan, was different because she loves him. And yet, Afton doesn’t judge Ada for her own plans to lose her virginity. Instead, it’s always Ada and her potential partners who make the ultimate call on what is okay for them, but Afton is there to support her both before and after Ada withdraws her consent. Much of the book hinges around a moment when Ada comes back quickly to their Hawaii hotel room and discovers something distressing in her mom’s adjoining hotel room. Ada keeps this information to herself for most of the week, worrying that she would ruin her sisters trip if they also knew. But keeping it together is getting harder and harder. She can barely look at her mom, and she’s worried she’ll fall apart with keeping it secret from her stepdad when he calls. But she does. And at the same time, she gives both her stepdad and her mom advice for making sure that they prioritize their marriage and their kids. If you can’t stand family drama, then you may want to steer clear, but otherwise, it’s a great book about a teen who is testing the waters with sex, but who ultimately realizes she’s just not emotionally ready even if her body is physically ready. And that is ok. The book also brings up the idea of girls masturbating, which isn’t common in YA, as well as safer sex practices. I also liked that while the sex that Ada plans was casual because even though she saw him once a year for most of their lives at this annual conference, she didn’t really know Nick. Over the course of the novel she does get to know and actually like Nick in a real way until a kiss between them is “epic. But even if Ada isn’t ready for sexual now, there’s always next year.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received a complimentary copy of this book from HarperTeens. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. After Ada Bloom’s first time with her boyfriend doesn’t go as (he) planned, she finds herself alone – still being a virgin. As she travels to Hawaii with her family on one of her mother‘s work trips, she vows to change at least one of these issues. Soon she finds that her own problems may not be the only ones she has to take care of, as she soon realizes that her mother and her I received a complimentary copy of this book from HarperTeens. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. After Ada Bloom’s first time with her boyfriend doesn’t go as (he) planned, she finds herself alone – still being a virgin. As she travels to Hawaii with her family on one of her mother‘s work trips, she vows to change at least one of these issues. Soon she finds that her own problems may not be the only ones she has to take care of, as she soon realizes that her mother and her older sister also need some taking care. “With You All The Way“ is a young adult contemporary novel that is marketed as a modern Judy Blume which is not an exaggeration. Cynthia Hand‘s most recent novel deals with traditional topics such as first love, loss of innocence, sisterhood and family, but she does a great job of adding a modern flair to these issues. Ada is not a “typical“ YA heroine since Hand tried hard to make her extra relatable, making her not the typical quirky leading lady but like an authentic teenager. Sometimes, however, the characterization feels a bit off. Abby for example, Ada‘s five year old sister frequently uses words or phrases that are very atypical for a child that age. Ada does state in her narration that Abby is special, but the way she articulates feels weird nonetheless. I also didn‘t particularly like the way Nick was introduced and how he further developed as a love interest (?). Even though Ada and he were roughly the same age he felt so much younger and more immature than her at the beginning and then all of a sudden, as the plot required, they were both equally mature at some point. I feel like the author wanted to stress that we were getting Ada‘s unreliable first impression of Nick, but it still felt a bit strange from a reader‘s perspective, not to say cringy. What I really liked was the relationship between the Bloom sisters, especially Ada‘s and Afton‘s relationship was very relatable and authentic. All in all I enjoyed this book a lot and I flew through it while reading it, mostly due to the narrative style of Ada telling the story almost as if the reader were her BFF. I did have the feeling that the end was a bit predictable and everything felt a little rushed once the final showdown came, but I can still recommend it if you want a light and breezy YA read that will swoop you in a summery mood.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Thindbooks

    *this earc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was kind of similar to Breathless by Jennifer Niven which was also my favorite of this year. This book is about Ada who finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her before she leaves on her trip to Hawaii with her family. Later she finds her mom is having an affair and now wants to lose her virginity so she decides to make a plan. You are probably reading this and are like huh why did she read this *this earc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was kind of similar to Breathless by Jennifer Niven which was also my favorite of this year. This book is about Ada who finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her before she leaves on her trip to Hawaii with her family. Later she finds her mom is having an affair and now wants to lose her virginity so she decides to make a plan. You are probably reading this and are like huh why did she read this book and how did she enjoy it. First of all the writing of this book was amazing and the story flowed really well. The pacing was perfect and I wasn’t bored at all while reading this book. The author did an incredible job bringing the story to life with her writing and also her characters. I enjoyed the main character, Ada. She is a typical teenager and you can understand what she is going through easily. I also loved her sister who reminded me kind of like Mor from ACOTAR because of her features and a red dress she wore in this book. I also enjoyed the supporting characters in this book. Ada and her sister both developed a lot throughout the story and I loved their sisterly bond. There is also romance in this book which you might love. I really enjoyed reading this book. The whole story was very easy to process and understand so it was kind of like a comfy read. I had no problems with this book at all. This is perfect for those who are fans of Jennifer Niven and those whole love contemporary books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I'm not quite sure how this book got on my radar - I like Cynthia Hand's Lady Janies series that she wrote with two other authors, but I haven't actually read any of her other stuff. I saw somewhere that this was a sex positive YA book and I guess I felt like I didn't get enough of that as an actual young adult and decided to read it. It also might have been that the cover was gorgeous... who knows. With You All the Way tells the story of 16 year old Ada. She wants to have sex with her boyfriend, I'm not quite sure how this book got on my radar - I like Cynthia Hand's Lady Janies series that she wrote with two other authors, but I haven't actually read any of her other stuff. I saw somewhere that this was a sex positive YA book and I guess I felt like I didn't get enough of that as an actual young adult and decided to read it. It also might have been that the cover was gorgeous... who knows. With You All the Way tells the story of 16 year old Ada. She wants to have sex with her boyfriend, but when she finds out he's been cheating on her just before her family trip to Hawaii, her plans are dashed. At the same time, she is worried about her parents who seem to be losing their connection to one another and she's constantly fighting with her older sister, who she used to feel very close to. She's tired of sex being such a big deal and so she hatches a plan to lose her virginity while in Hawaii. So what I did like about this book was the sister relationship. I love sister stories and I love family dramas, so I liked that the plot had a bit more depth to it than just a teenager trying to lose her virginity. But overall the book was a bit underwhelming for me. I thought Ada was going to be 18 and 16 just felt so young for a girl to be putting so much thought into sex (in reality I know it's not, and me saying that is probably not very sex positive, but 16 year olds just seem like babies to me now). Though it is handled pretty well; Ada receives advice from her sister and while she's anxious to lose her virginity, it's never a shameful or embarrassing thing, so I did like that portrayal. (view spoiler)[Plus in the end Ada decides not to have sex, not for any preachy reason, just a simple acknowledgement that she's doing it for the wrong reason and that it's okay to wait. (hide spoiler)] But in reality, I am just too old for this book. I do think there's lots of YA that can be enjoyed by adults, but I did feel that this is a YA book that really is intended for young adults, and that's great! Young people should have books that focus on sex in a positive way, that tells them it's okay to want to have sex and it's okay to wait. You don't have to put a ton of pressure on making your first time super special, but it's also okay if you want to!  Overall it's a pretty quick read and I would recommend to teenagers, but otherwise maybe give it a pass.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    16-year-old Ada has decided she’s ready to check the box on losing her virginity. But when she discovers her boyfriend has been cheating on her, it seems like that won’t happen anytime soon. She’s always been close to her older sister Afton, but lately things are off with them. And when she finds out that her pop can’t come with them to her mother’s annual medical conference in Hawaii, that’s just one more thing. The beauty of Hawaii doesn’t improve things, especially when Ada stumbles across evi 16-year-old Ada has decided she’s ready to check the box on losing her virginity. But when she discovers her boyfriend has been cheating on her, it seems like that won’t happen anytime soon. She’s always been close to her older sister Afton, but lately things are off with them. And when she finds out that her pop can’t come with them to her mother’s annual medical conference in Hawaii, that’s just one more thing. The beauty of Hawaii doesn’t improve things, especially when Ada stumbles across evidence that her workaholic mother is having an affair with one of her fellow surgeons. On the one hand, Ada wants to confront her mother; on the other, she wants to protect Afton and their 5-year-old sister Abby and not destroy their fragile family dynamics. In the midst of the turmoil, Ada reconnects with Nate, a self-proclaimed nerd who she’s never spent much time with at these annual conferences. But in her determination to discover just what the big deal is about sex— why her mother would be willing to risk their family and Afton wants Ada to make better choices than she did when she was 16– Ada and Nate decide they will lose their virginity together. Hand channels 16-year-old humor and awkwardness and curiosity and frustration and frankness so skillfully in Ada’s voice. There are clear themes of agency and choice and sex-positivity. Readers are in for a very satisfying story of the messiness of love in all its forms.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Thamy

    I like Cynthia Hand's books, it's like a guarantee it's going to be good and this one hasn't failed. But it's also a guarantee it's not going to be extraordinary. 3+, because it was a delight to read but the story wasn't all that. I feel the summary already covers the story well, Ada found out her boyfriend and the whole relationship really wasn't all what she thought to be and she's heartbroken when she gets to her family vacation in Hawaii. It's when she proposes one of the guys in the tour gr I like Cynthia Hand's books, it's like a guarantee it's going to be good and this one hasn't failed. But it's also a guarantee it's not going to be extraordinary. 3+, because it was a delight to read but the story wasn't all that. I feel the summary already covers the story well, Ada found out her boyfriend and the whole relationship really wasn't all what she thought to be and she's heartbroken when she gets to her family vacation in Hawaii. It's when she proposes one of the guys in the tour group they have sex, so she can get her first time over with. The book focus a lot on family too, Ada's relationship with her mother and her sister is a very important plot point, especially when she discovers her mother is having an affair. To be honest, that's what irked me a little away from the book. Although it's great to discuss some topics with kids, the way it's presented isn't healthy in my opinion and made me frown for a long part of the book, even while I already understood what the author's intention was. Or maybe exactly because of it I kept doubting all that wasn't necessary. As for the romance, it's cute but at the same time it's not that much because of the state of Ada's mind. And Cynthia Hand being really good at depicting teenagers in crisis got in the way of it all, it's hard to cheer for a romance when it's all so twisted: she'd just found out her boyfriend was cheating on her and her mother was having an affair, plus her beloved sister is acting weird and distant, not the right mind to fall for anyone. Still, they have their moments and it's pretty cute (until you remember how wrong that timing is). Above everything, it's a quick read that explores family, growing up, all topics YA books are usually too shallow to deal with, but we still get romance. As I mentioned, Cynthia Hand writes good books even if they aren't 5-star. Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    As her family attends an annual medical conference in Hawaii, Ada is upset over discovering her boyfriend has been cheating on her. To make things worse, she's fighting with her sister, and she thinks her parents' marriage is in trouble. In the meantime, she is trying to figure out what sex is and why it seems so difficult. When she runs into geeky Nick, who she knows from previous conferences, she decides that he is a safe choice for her first time, so they make a plan to meet on the final nigh As her family attends an annual medical conference in Hawaii, Ada is upset over discovering her boyfriend has been cheating on her. To make things worse, she's fighting with her sister, and she thinks her parents' marriage is in trouble. In the meantime, she is trying to figure out what sex is and why it seems so difficult. When she runs into geeky Nick, who she knows from previous conferences, she decides that he is a safe choice for her first time, so they make a plan to meet on the final night of the conference when nobody will miss them. As the time to meet Nick gets closer and she becomes more confused about the anger she feels with her sister and her parents, Ada begins to wonder if maybe she simply isn't ready for such a big step. With You All the Way is a fairly realistic view into family dynamics and the insecurities that surround people who in trying not to hurt one another, manage to cause the most pain. Ada seems like a fairly typical teenager with common goals and feelings, but she still displays a very dry sense of humor that makes her likable, even when she isn't making the best choices. In the beginning, Nick fits the stereotype of the nerdy game player, but as the story progresses, he shows himself to be much more than a geek and becomes very easy to like. Overall, this is a good family drama that centers around the teenagers and the issues and self-doubt they often face. 4 1/2 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brooke (The Cover Contessa)

    I want to thank Harper Teen for supplying me with a copy of this book to read and review. I won't lie, I had high hopes. I have always loved Cynthia Hand and her writing. Angels, contemporary, collaborations, she seems to be able to take it all on. That being said, this is not her greatest work for me. If you are looking for a drama filled book with a self-centered teen (I know, I know, that's typical in real life, too!) who makes serious errors in much of what she does and chooses, this one is fo I want to thank Harper Teen for supplying me with a copy of this book to read and review. I won't lie, I had high hopes. I have always loved Cynthia Hand and her writing. Angels, contemporary, collaborations, she seems to be able to take it all on. That being said, this is not her greatest work for me. If you are looking for a drama filled book with a self-centered teen (I know, I know, that's typical in real life, too!) who makes serious errors in much of what she does and chooses, this one is for you. Is it a lesson? Probably. Did she learn it? In my opinion, no. The main character is 16 year old Ada who seems to be fixated on fixing her life with sex. Do 16 year olds think about it? Sure. Do they obsess on it? Maybe. But for me, it was way too large of a part of this book. I found her constant return to and reiterations of it tiresome and ridiculous. I also had issue with her sister letting her flounder and wallow in her own self-pity. Overall it was a fast read but considering my affinity for picking books up by this author, not one I can see myself recommending. Too much drama without real situations for my taste.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (Fablefinder)

    Was anyone else put off by Ada's privilege? I get that she's young and still learning, and understands the importance of having other cultures. But she has no interest in learning about other cultures, including Hawaiian culture. She ignores any historical information about the island and is such a super cliche tourist that it's a little obnoxious. I thought maybe the author was using her to prove a point about toxic upper class white privilege but it never happened. There was one scene that was Was anyone else put off by Ada's privilege? I get that she's young and still learning, and understands the importance of having other cultures. But she has no interest in learning about other cultures, including Hawaiian culture. She ignores any historical information about the island and is such a super cliche tourist that it's a little obnoxious. I thought maybe the author was using her to prove a point about toxic upper class white privilege but it never happened. There was one scene that was really offensive where the Hawaiian tour guide explains that the place he's taken them to is a sacred place for peace, but then of course two of the characters get into a screaming match. I did like how Ada is going through a personal journey and the way that was handled. I thought the way sex was handled in this book brought up healthy discussions. I really liked Pop, and the sister relationships. I think I would like Ada more after she's grown and spent some time traveling and maturing. But she treats Hawaii like a giant playground, spends hundreds of dollars at a spa and has zero consequences, and can be thoughtless and immature.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Kenyon

    Ada’s life is far from perfect. The day after not losing her virginity to her boyfriend she finds him cheating on her. It doesn’t help that her older sister just loves to give advice on everything, including Ada’s nonexistent sex life. Her life falls apart, even more, when she finds out her mother is having an affair. It was supposed to be a time for family bonding in Hawaii, but even her family vacation wasn’t exempt from her life imploding. That is when Ada decides she just wants to get it ove Ada’s life is far from perfect. The day after not losing her virginity to her boyfriend she finds him cheating on her. It doesn’t help that her older sister just loves to give advice on everything, including Ada’s nonexistent sex life. Her life falls apart, even more, when she finds out her mother is having an affair. It was supposed to be a time for family bonding in Hawaii, but even her family vacation wasn’t exempt from her life imploding. That is when Ada decides she just wants to get it over with. Sex that is. She has a plan, but is she ready to execute it? With You All the Way is a stand-alone romance that will leave the reader wondering what is going on in other peoples’ brains. There is a lot of sex talk, yet this is totally PG-13 without a lot of explicit descriptions. There were points in the book where I didn’t like the protagonist, but her flaws were key to the story coming together in the end. I recommend With You All the Way to all YA romance readers.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Reads

    With You All the Way is just what I like a YA Contemporary Romance to be. Love (or is it?), drama, family issues, all the ‘usual’ stuff in a YA Romance, but also looking at sex, consent, maturity, and complex mother-daughter relationships. It is a well-written easy read, engaging, and intriguing but without the need for a lot of brainpower to process – which was just what I needed right now! You can flow along with the plot and just enjoy. I liked the dynamics and interactions between Ada, Afton, a With You All the Way is just what I like a YA Contemporary Romance to be. Love (or is it?), drama, family issues, all the ‘usual’ stuff in a YA Romance, but also looking at sex, consent, maturity, and complex mother-daughter relationships. It is a well-written easy read, engaging, and intriguing but without the need for a lot of brainpower to process – which was just what I needed right now! You can flow along with the plot and just enjoy. I liked the dynamics and interactions between Ada, Afton, and their mother. Little Abby was a cute addition too. Although I guessed the twist in the story early on I still enjoyed reading it play out. With some awkward and cringey moments reminiscent of 90’s teen movies I feel this will appeal to readers, making them laugh and empathise with the characters. Due to some of the sexual content, I would advise it for the upper end of YA readers. Thank you to Edelweiss+ and HarperTeen for the e-arc to review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Taylor

    This was a super quirky, adorable, and hilarious book! I'm serious, it had me laughing from the first few pages, and I never stopped. The entire premise is just funny; 16 year old Ada wants to lose her virginity. There's a lot of family drama happening surrounding this, and oh, yeah, they're also on vacation in Hawaii. What could go wrong? Anything that can probably does. This book cut to some deeper issues than I anticipated, and it definitely didn't hold back from getting real, about anything. I This was a super quirky, adorable, and hilarious book! I'm serious, it had me laughing from the first few pages, and I never stopped. The entire premise is just funny; 16 year old Ada wants to lose her virginity. There's a lot of family drama happening surrounding this, and oh, yeah, they're also on vacation in Hawaii. What could go wrong? Anything that can probably does. This book cut to some deeper issues than I anticipated, and it definitely didn't hold back from getting real, about anything. It was brutally honest in every way, from imperfect mothers to sex anxiety to sister fights to weird half-crushes. It cut to the heart of issues, but still managed to be a largely lighthearted read. I was a little worried going in how it was going to handle the topic of sex for minors (since, you know, that's kind of the entire premise), but it managed to stay totally YA and definitely not-weird while still not censoring itself much at all. Definitely worth the read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alexis (The Book Democracy)

    3.5/ 5 Stars ** I received this as an E-ARC from Edelweiss Plus and the publisher in exchange for my honest review, Thank you!** I had a good time reading this book. I love Cynthia Hands books. Her contemporary books are always relatable and realistic. I really enjoyed this book and the way it brought up sex, relationships and family dynamics. I really liked seeing the relationship between the daughters and their father in this book. The mother relationship seem to be lacking a lot. I understand 3.5/ 5 Stars ** I received this as an E-ARC from Edelweiss Plus and the publisher in exchange for my honest review, Thank you!** I had a good time reading this book. I love Cynthia Hands books. Her contemporary books are always relatable and realistic. I really enjoyed this book and the way it brought up sex, relationships and family dynamics. I really liked seeing the relationship between the daughters and their father in this book. The mother relationship seem to be lacking a lot. I understand why this would've been done given the synopsis, however she just seemed so absent that the 'discovery' just didn't feel like anything major. I will admit the ending let me down. I felt like we were building towards this huge dramatic climax that didn't happen. When the climax did hit my first was reaction was "is this it"? It felt predictable and made be enjoy the book a lot less. Overall I would recommend if you're looking or a fast and easy to read contemporary.

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