I’m writing this post roughly two hours after finishing Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman. I have to tell you: I love this book so much. I gravitate toward books about college-aged people, and I’ve read some great books about this age range over the years, but this book captures college in way palpable, honest, raw way that I haven’t encountered. A lot of books have glimmers of my college experience, but this one just blew it out of the water. Brockman went to a small liberal arts college, which inspired Hawthorne, the college in the novel. While my small liberal arts college was on the west coast and Hawthorne is in Maine, some of the small liberal arts college quirks were so authentic.
First off, I loved college. I’m actually going to visit my college tomorrow, so this read came at the perfect time. It brought up a lot of fond memories (and some not so fond haha). In all honesty, it took me a while to warm up to law school because I desperately missed the comfort and dedication I had in my college. But alas, the way Brockman captured the freshman year experience felt so accurate. The need to find friends quickly, the verging-on-clingy need to form a group and stick with it at all costs–it felt so real.
I enjoyed the alternating timelines of this novel, too. Brockman traces the backstory to the freshman year period to senior year so well. I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to know what happened. I sort of caught on to one aspect of the twist, but I definitely did NOT guess that other aspect of the twist and I was literally shaking nervous as I was reading the final pages. I was shocked. When I’m reading, I enjoy trying to figure out the ending of a book, but I usually feel a little disappointed if I did guess correctly (and majorly disappointed if I figured it out super early).
I don’t want to give spoilers, but this book is twisted and fresh and I couldn’t put it down. I finished it quickly because there was one night where the book turned a corner and I kept telling myself “one more chapter” until it was midnight and I had to go to bed. I highly recommend this read because it is just so good. Also, I think it’s becoming a Netflix show, which I imagine will be incredible, so better to read the book first! Also, as much as I’m enjoying summer now that I’m done studying for the bar, this book made me yearn for crisp, cold air and hot chocolate.
Have you read this? Or at least heard all the buzz surrounding it?