Everything Irene has ever known is gone. Her Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan. Her exclusive school and friends are no more. In Corinne Demas’ Everything I Was, Irene learns to start over when her corporate VP father loses his job and her family must change their lifestyle. The family moves in with Irene’s grandfather in upstate New York. After discovering things about herself and making some new friends, she must choose between a new life and everything she was.