Welcome to Day 20 of the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge here at Reading on the F Train. Today's topic is The Theory of Everything by J.J. Johnson!
The Theory of Everything by J.J. Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is somehow a truly delightful book about death; a frequently funny story of grief and anger and loss. After Sarah’s best friend dies in a horrific freak accident, it’s like Sarah no longer has control of her own mouth. Her “snark box” turns on at the drop of a hat, and she’s messing things up with everyone in her life. Watching her claw her way out of the angry, scary hole she’s in at the beginning of the story would be compelling enough, but her voice is one of the clearest and most authentically “teen” voices I’ve read in a long time. This book is satisfying without being trite, and moving without being one of those books that totally destroys you. I loved Sarah’s quirks--her pockets, I’m afraid, look a lot like mine, and her charts and doodles add a lot of charm. Recommended for anyone, especially fans of contemporary stories that don’t totally revolve around romance.
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