Above All Else by Dana Alison Levy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I LOVED this book! I'm not a climber. I have no desire to be one, but I loved every page of this journey as two best friends worked toward their goal of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest.
While reading the story, I highlighted a gazillion passages that I intended to share in this review - but there are JUST so many great lines - read the book!
The reasons I didn't give this book 5 stars instead of 4 include: the constant repetition about Rose's mom not being with them; the idea that an implant is good enough protection when having sex (it protects from pregnancy but not STDS); and concepts that seemed too adult for a YA book: Sherpas living in poverty and Nepali-owned tourism companies. (There are sex scenes and use of crude language - so if that bothers you, be forewarned, but these details did not diminish my rating.)
I was especially glad that by the end of the book the characters came to learn that life is "less about the summit and more about the journey."
Dana Alison Levy's writing is terrific, the character arcs are fully realized, and the non-linear plot of ABOVE ALL ELSE kept me fully engaged. I look forward to reading more of her books!
[I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions.]
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