For fans of Nina LaCour's We Are Okay and Adam Silvera's History Is All You Left Me, this heartfelt and ultimately uplifting novel follows one sixteen-year-old girl's friend breakup through two concurrent timelines--ultimately proving that even endings can lead to new beginnings.
"Stunning." --Nic Stone, bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out
You can't rewrite the past, but you can always choose to start again.
It's been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla's friendship imploded.
Nearly a month since Cleo realized they'll never be besties again.
Now Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex-best friend. But pretending Layla doesn't exist isn't as easy as Cleo hoped, especially after she's assigned to be Layla's tutor. Despite budding friendships with other classmates--and a raging crush on a gorgeous boy named Dom--Cleo's turbulent past with Layla comes back to haunt them both.
Alternating between time lines of Then and Now, When You Were Everything blends past and present into an emotional story about the beauty of self-forgiveness, the promise of new beginnings, and the courage it takes to remain open to love.
"Breathtakingly beautiful....Woodfolk has a way of making words sing and burst with light." --Tiffany D. Jackson, award-winning author of Monday's Not Coming and Let Me Hear A Rhyme
About the Author
Ashley Woodfolk has loved reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated from Rutgers University with a BA English and currently works in children's book publishing. She wrote her first book, The Beauty That Remains, from a sunny Brooklyn apartment where she lives with her cute husband and her cuter dog. When You Were Everything is her second novel. Find her online at ashleywoodfolk.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @AshWrites
“A stunning story that speaks to the deeply human need to love and be loved in myriad ways.” —Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Jackpot
“This is a heady, heart-squelching book. I loved it.” —Mary H.K. Choi, New York Times bestselling author of Emergency Contact and Permanent Record
"This book has everything I want.... Wise and melancholic, gorgeously nostalgic, Woodfolk’s stories pummel your heart and make you stronger for it." —Justin A. Reynolds, author of Opposite of Always
“A breathtakingly beautiful and intimate story.” —Tiffany D. Jackson, award-winning author of Monday's Not Coming and Let Me Hear A Rhyme
“A hugely evocative and deeply relatable elegy to friendship, heartbreak, and love, this book is gorgeous in every way.” —Jennifer E. Smith, author of Windfall and Field Notes on Love
"Digs in to what makes a friend break-up feel life-shattering. Exquisite, intimate, and vulnerable, this story will surely stick with readers long after they finish it.” —Mark Oshiro, award-winning author of Anger is A Gift
“Ashley Woodfolk's When You Were Everything is a nuanced view of the complicated layers of teenage friendship. In gorgeous, evocative prose, Woodfolk explores the different types of love that feed, wound, and heal us.” —Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of Little & Lion and The Revolution of Birdie Randolph
“A satisfying coming-of-age friendship story.” —Publisher's Weekly, starred review
"Skillfully voices the pain of unexpectedly losing a close friend and explores the choice to remain open despite the risk of future heartache…. A well-crafted story of resilience.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review