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Everything Beautiful in the World

by Lisa Levchuk

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It was VERY boring I thought. I ended up skipping about half of the book because it was so boring.
2Q, 3P; Cover Art: Okay.
This book is best suited for highschoolers.
It was selected because of the intriguing title.
Grade (of reviewer): 11th
  edspicer | Oct 29, 2010 |
Edna’s mother has cancer and the only good thing about that is people are willing to let her get away with pretty much anything. If she fails a test, is late, or misses tennis practice, everyone understands. What they wouldn’t understand is her illicit romance with her art teacher, the one thing that makes her feel happy lately. Not that she’s going to tell anyone – especially not her therapist who wants to convince her to visit her mother in the hospital. But she just can’t and no one is going to make her...

I was blown away by this book, pure and simple. Debut Author Lisa Levchuk manages to capture perfectly the feeling of being a teen that has a mother with cancer (and I should know). Edna’s voice is so raw and honest while still managing to be witty and endearing. You want to give her a hug at the same time you want to shake her and make her come to her senses.

The narrative tension is two-fold: Will she overcome her fear and visit her mother and will she and her teacher get caught? The novel is rich, deep, and ripe for discussion – from the characters relationships with one another (not just Edna’s relationship with her teacher but also with her distant father), to the pressures of small town life and the importance of music and art.

I found it absolutely beautiful. Author Interview here: http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com/2008/11/book-review-and-author-interview.ht... ( )
  lenoreva | Nov 6, 2008 |
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