Published by Do Epic LLC on November 26th, 2013
Seventeen-year-old VERONICA SMITH has it all: a loving family, a funky car named Jezebel, and a plan to go to college after graduation. On the first day of senior year, she meets DIMITRI GLENN--a mysterious transfer student with gray eyes and a mischievous smile who seems determined to win her heart. But there's something odd about Dimitri, leading Veronica to wonder if there's more to him than meets the eye. Before long she finds herself in a whirlwind romance that seems to good to be true--until a series of devastating events leaves her questioning everything. It's not until she chooses to think with her heart instead of her mind that she can rise from the ashes to learn the truth of their connection.
It’s rare for me not to be able to easily categorize a book, but All Of It falls into so many categories. It starts off in the realm of YA Contemporary- Girl Meets Boy, but then morphs into a bit of YA Paranormal: Girl Meets Boy Again and Again Each Night In Her Dreams. But perhaps All Of It fits most comfortably into Romance, because the love between Veronica and Dimitri is truly timeless.
Veronica is a teenager when first we meet her, she works hard at school, has a very close relationship with her parents, and tries hard to be a good person. Which is how she ends up meeting Dimitri, as she’s volunteered to show the new guy around their high school. The author wastes no time in having the two characters meet, and from the beginning there’s something between the two of them. It’s easy to see that Dimitri knows more about Veronica than the average new kid should, but this seems to bother Veronica more than endear him to her.
But then she begins to dream of meeting Dimitri, in different times of history, every night. Suddenly she sees him in a new light. My favorite part of the book, other than a Sixteen Candles kind of date Dimitri sets up for Veronica (Jealoussss!), are the dream meetings of all those past Veronicas and Dimitris. Present day Veronica and Dimitri embark on a truly epic romance that comprises many years.
There are many obstacles along the way, tragic events that turn Veronica’s charmed life into something almost unrecognizable. The once vivacious Veronica, the girl who drives a car named Jezebel, who gives cute nicknames to all her friends (Pied Piper, Brother John, Texas Ranger), a girl who had many friends, finds herself depressed and lonely. Having already pushed Dimitri away out of fear that she’s not capable of being a good enough girlfriend, a good enough friend, or a good enough daughter, Veronica is unprepared for further tragedies. But Dmitri is steadfast in his love and patience for Veronica, proving that some loves are eternal.
I’m Kim Holden. I’m a simple girl. I adore my family and friends, reading, writing, music, and iced coffee.
I work full-time in accounting (because I’m in love with basic needs … like food and shelter … and my job
provides the means to those) but I spend every free moment I can writing. I’m a late bloomer. I woke up
one morning four years ago, at the age of 36, and said to myself, “What the heck are you doing? You’ve
always wanted to write a book. Stop wasting time and get on it!” Four, long years later I self-published
All of It. I must admit there’s nothing quite like sharing something you’re so intimately connected with,
like a book, with others. It’s terrifying to put yourself out there. But when someone tells you how much
they love your book or that it made them cry, it makes my heart want to burst. Not because it’s my
book, my creation, but because I know what it’s like to love a book that much. It’s magical.