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Sarah Everett

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Everyone We've Been (2016) 137 eksemplarer
The Probability of Everything (2023) 71 eksemplarer
No One Here Is Lonely (2019) 68 eksemplarer
Some Other Now (2021) 64 eksemplarer
How to Live Without You (2022) 26 eksemplarer
Lo que quedó de ti (2018) 3 eksemplarer

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Gr 3–7—Kemi loves probability, but when she learns an asteroid has an 84.7 percent chance of crashing into Earth
in four days, she is determined to create a family time capsule. With a heartrending surprise twist, Everett
masterfully, and realistically, explores grief
BackstoryBooks | 7 andre anmeldelser | Apr 1, 2024 |
This novel is a 2024 Lone Star selection.

An asteroid will hit the world in four days. We follow Kemi as she goes through these last days. Having perfect attendance, Kemi wants to continue with school, but her mom says that she needs to be home. It'll be safer. Her best friend, however, attends school and tells Kemi what's going on. Kemi decides that she wants the future world to know about her family so that they won't be forgotten. She assembles a time capsule, asking each member of the family to contribute something. Each day counts down. Kemi overhears conversations and lets details drop that you may miss, leaving you very surprised later on in the novel.

Spoilers WILL FOLLOW so quit reading if you don't want the plot revealed.

I didn't care for this novel at all. The pacing slowly brought the end of the world closer. I kept thinking, "Please, asteroid, hit the earth and end my misery!" The author's goal is to trick the reader. It's the end of Kemi's world. It's also a novel about hate. White people who hate black people. The end of the world is the funeral of her father. I love to be surprised and I love good writing. This novel didn't make the cut for me, personally. The "reveal" felt more like a trick than a well-written plot-twist. I felt like the author was sneaking in a book about race hatred. I don't disagree that people will result to violence because of their misinformed prejudices, but this idea is barely touched upon. Yes, we see how grief affects Kemi and her family, but I would care more if the story had spent more time on the meaning instead of on the trick.
… (mere)
acargile | 7 andre anmeldelser | Jan 9, 2024 |
If Sarah Everett were not Canadian, this would be my Newbery pick.
LibrarianDest | 7 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
Wow! This was kind of amazing. I loved the main character, Kemi. I would have loved this book at ages 9-12.

I have to say one thing though: if the book appeals to you, please add it to your to read list and then wait a long time to read it and don’t read any reviews anywhere near to the time you read it until after you’ve finished the book.

I read one review and added it and almost immediately started reading it. I didn’t think the review had any spoilers but there was this one line in it. Just a single sentence. If I’d waited to read the book I wouldn’t have even remembered it. I did remember it though and it changed the way I read the book and that made the book slightly less enjoyable for me.

I loved this story and these characters, particularly Kemi, and I loved all the relationships. I loved the probability & statistics which is a branch of math that I actually enjoy. Kemi is whip smart and I enjoyed that about her character. The story is sweet, sad, amusing at times, and deeply poignant.

This is one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever had to write for a book. Everything I’m thinking of writing could be a spoiler. This HUGE SPOILER is for my benefit, for my memory, and for those who’ve already read the book. Any reader who might read the book in the future I think that you’ll regret it if you read this: The line that I realized was a spoiler only after I started reading the book was about the main character being an unreliable narrator. All the way through the book I figured there was really something else going on and I was constantly thinking about what it might be. There were hints of this within the story but I’m not sure I’d have caught those hints until far into the book. For most of the book I probably would have read it at face value, being reminded of the book [book:Life As We Knew It|213753]. In fact, this is a story about racism, gun violence, Black Lives Matter, and loss and grief. I think it’s done brilliantly! Even though I knew something was happening that was being left unsaid, I did not guess exactly what it was until it was revealed 3/4-4/5 the way through the story. I sobbed.

Highly recommended for 9-11 year old girls and anyone who enjoys good children’s novels.

4-1/2 stars
… (mere)
Lisa2013 | 7 andre anmeldelser | Dec 10, 2023 |


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