All of me was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: All of me
Author: Emily Duvall
Publication date: 10th June 2019
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult
Rating: 4 STARS
Maren Cole survives adolescence by relying on her intellect, but has never felt more different as an adult. The diagnosis she received as a person with Autism makes functioning in a fast-paced city with bright lights and big sounds a challenge. Forget about dating. Forget marriage. She would like to survive a conversation. Independence has never been more isolating or confusing and is complicated by a situation that puts her directly in the path of arrogant lawyer Caleb Allan.
Caleb isn’t interested in anyone except himself and his legal career. The one person he doesn’t need to spend time with is the awkward Maren Cole, but their interactions are unavoidable when she has the potential to push his career ahead. Forced to confront the fact that she’s unlike anyone he’s ever met, Caleb knows falling for her will destroy his work. He may also lose his heart to a woman who may never fully love him back.
At first I wasn’t sure about this book but as soon as I started reading this story I was hooked from the beginning. Right from page one I absolutely loved Maren as a character and I just knew that she was going to be a favourite of mine.
In “All of Me” we have two main characters Maren and Caleb and we follow both of their points of views throughout this story.
We see a lot of character development with both Caleb and Maren which I really enjoyed watching. Maren learns a lot from Caleb in terms of communication skills and she starts to communicate and try to express her feelings more. She begins taking up more hobbies and begin to truely become her own person. I really loved Maren.
Caleb soon starts to learn that life is not all about work, he learns how to fall in love again and realises that he needs to deal with his grief to be able to move on with his life.
Starting this story I beieved that this was going to be a very cliche romance story but as I continued to read, I learned that it wasn’t what I expected. Tension arises very early on when Maren sees a man from her past. From this scene we can tell that this is going to cause tension later on within this story.
Within All of Me there is a huge theme around the topic of independance for people with disabilities. Although Maren is on the High Functioning spectrum of Autism she is treated like a child by her sister and parents.
Throughout this story we watch Maren’s struggle towards independance, exploring relationships, love and being on her own.
The disability rep within this story is amazing, it really gave me a deeper insight into Autism that I had no idea about. This is the first book I hvae read with disability rep and I felt like I understood Autism more and connected with Maren our main character because of the great information I was given within this story.
Throughout this story I felt annoyed towards Caleb because of some of the stuff he did, said and how he treated Maren at timkes. I really wanted to shake some brain cells loose to make him see sense.
Within this story we also learn about grief, how it can affect people and it digs deeper into how grief can affect us, our relatinships and our own mental and physical health. I found this side of the story reallu interesting and felt that Emily Duvall did a great job describing grief.
Final Thoughts and Emotions
I gave this story four stars because there were a few problematic things for me within this story which left me with questions at the end of this story. I really enjoyed this story but Caleb’s actions really pissed me off from time to time.
I also felt a little let doen because we don’t find out what happens with the case that Caleb was working on and see if the man is found guilty or not. This part of the story was a huge plot point and caused a lot of tension throughout this story that I felt let down that I didn’t see it come to an end.