The Official Description: official description
Just the facts: Young adult, coming of age, new adult, friends to love, climbing
My thoughts bit: Rose and Tate have been friends their entire lives. Climbing is part of what they do together. Now, they are heading out to the biggest challenge that they can face: climbing Mount Everest.
Each of these young people is dealing with a few things that are distracting them from the task at hand. Rose’s mother, Miami usually climbs with them but she is dealing with a serious illness. Someone who has always been solid and excited about climbing is now going to be waiting for text messages and videos updating her.
Tate has a challenging relationship with his father. His father is one of those people who has been successful at most things that he does… maybe an overachiever. Tate is a more gentle soul and struggles with letting his father down.
I have read a lot of climbing books, it’s one of my favorite topics. I found that the switching back and forth in time took away some of the emotion and excitement of climbing. The pacing of the novel was a bit slow for me. Arguably, the author may have chosen a slower pace because it reflects the slow nature of a climb. Climbing is slow and methodical.
I think that some young adults will appreciate a book that is about climbing!
I received an ARC of Above All Else by Dana Alison Levy from Charlesbridge via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.