Summary from Goodreads:
In the sequel to “All the Worlds Between Us,” swimmer Quinn Hughes has given up a lot in order to be an Olympian: her social life, her love life, and everything that comes with being a normal twenty-three-year-old. Just days away from competing in the Tokyo Games, Quinn runs into her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Kennedy Reed. Five years earlier, they’d made a pact that they would try again if their paths ever crossed, and now she can’t shake the feeling that this is a sign.
But Kennedy has a whole life in New York City, and Quinn’s at the opposite end of the country in San Francisco, struggling to redefine who she’ll be after the Olympics. Feeling lonely and lost from everything she’s given up, Quinn finds comfort in reconnecting with Kennedy, and they both discover that time and distance have only fueled their passion. As Quinn comes to terms with herself and what the future holds, she’s sure of only one thing: she’s not letting the only girl she’s ever loved get away for the third time.
This review is spoiler free.
eARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Content warning: explicit sexual content, alcohol, anxiety, depression
Hi, friends!! Be prepared for an a bunch of ARC reviews as I attempt to actually finally catch up on my Netgalley ARCs. Today, I will be talking about All the Paths to You, the sequel to All the Worlds Between Us, which I reviewed last year. This book jumps ahead about five years when Quinn is weeks away from the Tokyo Olympics. After the whirlwind that is competing in the Olympics, Quinn has to go home to deal with post competition depression and figure out what all is going on between her and her ex-girlfriend/the love of her life.
Let’s start out this review with the positives, what I liked about this book.
The descriptions of the actual swimming races. I have never been a sports person and I really honestly do not know much about competitive swimming at all, but the races were written in such a way that I was so hooked and anxious about whether Quinn was going to medal or not and I absolutely loved it. Especially during the parts at the Olympics, I’ve never really even paid much attention to them, but I actually might now just because of this book.
The mental health representation. I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that this book dealt with depression and anxiety, since the first one didn’t really touch on that at all. Most of Quinn’s storyline throughout this book was dealing with a post Olympics depression and how to get her brain to stop falling into negative thought patterns. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder and a depressive disorder, I thought this topic was handled really well and I loved how Kennedy was so supportive about Quinn seeing a therapist and even offered to get one as well, it was just such an important storyline.
The storyline about how many of the characters in their mid 20s still don’t know what they want to do for a job. I will say that I am not yet in my 20s (I have uh, 2 months) but I feel like it is really important for people to see that even Olympic athletes still don’t have their lives figured out sometimes. Plus the storyline of Quinn coming into herself was just so well done and it made me emo.
Quinn’s new friend group. While Quinn had a friend group in high school, they were never really discussed in detail and mainly got mad at her for dating Kennedy which made me feel a little uncomfortable. This new friend group made up of some fellow Olympians and even some young Olympic hopefuls and they all had a great dynamic and they were so important to helping Quinn’s mental health and it was just really good.
There is only one thing that I didn’t like and it only played a minor role but it still bothered me, so I wanted to mention it. I suppose it should have been expected from an Olympic athlete on Team USA, but the somewhat blind patriotism, especially at the beginning, was a lot and definitely really weird given the current state of the country.
Overall, I loved this book. From the mental health rep and the thrilling races to the sweetness that is Quinn and Kennedy, it was all really good. I highly recommend this duology, please consider checking it out!