Underneath Everything: Review + Giveaway

Underneath Everything
by Marcy Beller Paul
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: October 27th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, GLBT, Realistic Fiction
Rate: 4 STARS


Mattie shouldn’t be at the bonfire. She should be finding new maps for her collection, hanging out with Kris, and steering clear of almost everyone else, especially Jolene. After all, Mattie and Kris dropped off the social scene the summer after sophomore year for a reason.
But now Mattie is a senior, and she’s sick of missing things. So here she is.
And there’s Jolene: Beautiful. Captivating. Just like the stories she wove. Mattie would know; she used to star in them. She and Jolene were best friends. Mattie has the scar on her palm to prove it, and Jolene has everything else, including Hudson.
But when Mattie runs into Hudson and gets a glimpse of what could have been, she decides to take it all back: the boyfriend, the friends, the life she was supposed to live. Problem is, Mattie can’t figure out where Jolene ends and she begins.
Because there’s something Mattie hasn’t told anyone—she walked away from Jolene over a year ago, but she never really left.
Poignant and provocative, Marcy Beller Paul’s debut novel tells the story of an intoxicating—and toxic—relationship that blurs the boundary between reality and fantasy, love and loyalty, friendship and obsession.

Underneath Everything is a book that will leave you speechless for at least half an hour after reading. With your feelings scattered everywhere, trying to gather your thoughts seems impossible. As a debut novel Underneath Everything shows off Marcy Seller Paul’s impeccable to immerse readers into a world different of to their own.
Underneath Everything is flawless in it’s writing. Bringing to life one of the most toxic young adult friendships I have ever read, Marcy Beller Paul takes readers into a world, where acts of self destruction and social obliteration will leave you in a state of torment and disbelief.
As Mattie tries to find her place in the world, questioning her hopes, dreams and future, she sets on a mission to make her last year count. Reminiscing on past relationships, feeling uneasy in the ones that already exist and setting out to make changes; Mattie is consumed by her need to be and need to feel.
As true colours are exposed and twisted thoughts are revealed, Marcy Beller Paul captures and maintains your interest with her amazing attention to detail. Paul adds in story lines, that are honest and characters that are perfects because of all their flaws. With characters that effortlessly fulfil their roles, it seems Marcy Beller Paul has shown off a kaleidoscope of themes through each character.
Love. Loyalty. Infatuation. Destruction. Pain. Heartache.
Marcy Beller Paul is a young adult author, former editor, and full-time mom who still has all the notes she passed in seventh grade (and knows how to fold them).
She graduated from Harvard University and lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. Underneath Everything will be published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, in Fall 2015. It is her first novel.