“What is life is unpredictable? What if people leave for no reason? What if losing is just another part of living? What if the universe can’t be controlled? What is chaos is good? What if some questions can never be answered? What if that’s okay?”


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.

Personal Experiences

Have you ever watched a movie or read a book that the second you finished the book you felt like you could flip it back over and re-read it right then and there? That was The Chaos of Standing Still for me. It was pure awesomeness. Pure happiness. Pure love for this book.

Weeks later when I’m writing this review, I can still feel that feeling. Jessica Brody is a very very talented story teller. The characters were in a situation only a couple of us can sympathize with. I mean, I’ve never been stuck in an airport overnight. But Brody wrote it in a way that I felt like I could empathize with those characters. I felt like I was at that airport, sleeping on the hard floor. I was at that airport finding ways to make the time go faster. That is a true storyteller.

Where to find The Chaos of Standing Still

Indie Bound*

*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here. If you have an Android phone, you can check out an app called Lithium which is a similar EPUB reader.

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Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody," in {sereneharoon.com}, February 18, 2018, http://sereneharoon.com/2018/02/the-chaos-of-standing-still-by-jessica-brody/.

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