A New Point of View

4 out of 5 stars

I honestly picked this one up because it was something I’d never seen before. I thought that the story sounded like it was going to be interesting and the point of view was going to be different than the typical books I read. I was right on both counts. The Everything I Have Lost was, at some times, an absolutely heart breaking book, but it was also a book that taught me a lot about things that I’ve never heard of before or never thought of – so for that I’m happy it’s broadened my horizons.

Zeleny does a great job writing this from a child’s perspective. Sometimes the “diary” aspect of this drove me a bit nuts – but I understood and I’m glad that Zeleny stuck with it. Especially because of the age of the character – a 12-year-old is going to be the most honest with her diary compared to her friends or family. Especially with everything that was going on.

Throw in the narration from Lori Felipe-Barkin and it’s a book that, while not my normal genre or style, really stood out. I’m glad that I picked this one up and I feel like the “will he disappear forever” aspect, even as an adult is super relatable. Sure, mine might be for different reasons, but I’ve lost friends to cancer already, and I’m the age where people will be here one day and gone the next. That feeling, while different for me compared to Julia in this book – but it made me relate in a way I didn’t expect.

Book Description:

The Everything I Have Lost Audiobook Cover

Twelve-year-old Julia keeps a diary about her life growing up in Juarez, Mexico. Life in Juarez is strange. People say it’s the murder capital of the world. Dad’s gone a lot. They can’t play outside because it isn’t safe. Drug cartels rule the streets. Cars and people disappear, leaving behind pet cats. Then, Dad disappears, and Julia and her brother go live with her aunt in El Paso. What’s happened to her Dad? Julia wonders. Is he going to disappear forever?

A coming-of-age story set in today’s Juarez.


The Everything I Have Lost by Sylvia Zeleny
Narrator: Lori Felipe-Barkin
Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
Published by OrangeSky Audio on May 11th 2021
Genres: General Fiction
Format: Audiobook
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