Review: The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.


Holy freaking flying monkeys this book. I loved it so much! It’s truly amazing.

10:05am… one year later Ryn hasn’t gotten closure, maybe it’s the unread message she has been carrying around for a year, or maybe it’s just the fact that her best friend is never coming back. She feels stuck and guilty for not being in the car with Lottie that day, she should have been, she should be dead… at least that’s what she tells herself.

Xander, the picture perfect child, I mean if both of your parents are psychologists, how wouldn’t you be… right?

Ryn and Xander’s story begins as Ryn runs into Xander, literally, and after some pretending, stranded passenger bingo, Illuminati conspiracy theories and a few panic attacks, they bond and

The Chaos of Standing Still squeezed my heart very tightly and I cried so hard my sister had to hold me. Jessica Brody is a genius and this book is my second favorite book of all time.

I found the characters extremely nice to read, relatable and funny, not only Ryn and Xander, but all of them which was very pleasing. My favorite character is Troy, an unaccompanied miner, prodigy who goes around trying to follow the Illuminati conspiracy theories under the Denver airport, he’s only 14 and he’s not a big character but I just really liked him, I mean I loved Xander too nevertheless I chose Troy because I thought he was a very unique character.

I broke down as I read the epilogue, I was basically done with the book, hadn’t cried, loved it already and didn’t expect it to mark me as much as it did and later on I realized that I could’ve cried before because I’m a crybaby but this book kept soothing my heart which might sound a little weird but it’s how I feel it.

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody is heartwarming, funny, overall amazing and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.


5 / 5 flowers






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