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Everything Happens Today

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  239 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Jesse Browner's dazzling new novel records a single day in the life of Wes, a seventeen-year-old who attends Manhattan's elite Dalton School and lives in Greenwich Village in a dilapidated town house with his terminally ill mother, distant father and beloved younger sister. In the course of one day everything will happen to Wes: he will lose his virginity to the wrong girl ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Europa Editions (first published August 24th 2011)
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Aug 18, 2015 Amber rated it it was ok
Forced myself to finish this, it was kind of mechanical at times, pretty dull. "Everything" amounted to not much. I almost laughed when I saw Browner was a food author - but didn't, because my throat would have made me start coughing. The care he put into that sweetmeats plot finally made sense. I liked the writing at times, and the way the plot weaved, but the main character was an insufferable snot and it often got sidetracked on weird thoughts/tangents/visions that made me roll my eyes at how ...more
Amy Hayden
May 27, 2013 Amy Hayden rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
As far as young-adult novels go, I think this ranks right up there with Perks of Being a Wallflower and Speak. There isn't anything traumatic about the book as there is in those other two, but that doesn't mean the novel doesn't equally capture teenage angst and the sort of intellectual machinations teenagers go about. I particularly liked the ways in which Browner tied teenage judgment of adult decisions/situations into the character's thought process: all teens judge their parents particularly ...more
May 05, 2012 Phoebe rated it liked it
Not quite _Catcher_ status but certainly a modern coming-of-age story that seems to push hard in that direction. The narrator's circumstances aren't typical but the teen whiny angst seemed real enough. I kept waiting for something to happen. And that's just it, isn't it? Things are absolutely happening to (for?) this guy. In my old age it's easy to think things are going nowhere, but with the benefit of hindsight I'm reminded that's what the teen experience is often about.

Format: Overdrive EPUB,
Sep 30, 2014 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wes hat sich in der letzten Nacht sein komplettes Leben versaut. Zumindest glaub er das. Fast 1 ganzes Jahr lang hatte er sich für die schöne und überaus kluge Delia aufgespart und dann... Dann hatte er einfach so mit Lucy geschlafen. Er kann sich gar nicht mehr richtig daran erinnern wie es dazu gekommen war, aber das will er auch gar nicht. Es ist passiert und man kann es nicht ändern, seine Unschuld wird er nicht wieder zurück bekommen. Seine Facharbeit über die Bedingunganleitung ist
Sep 27, 2015 Robin rated it it was amazing
Honest, fluid, heartwrenching, and hopeful -- the author left his heart on the page with this one. Jesse Browner’s close third-person narration of this middle class, straight-As teenager in Greenwich Village is a model of the form, such that we come away from the novel feeling like we know Wes incredibly well, and through him we know his family, friends, and the two girls in his life confusingly competing for his affections.

To love this novel you must first love Wes himself. I find that easy. W
Rebecca Coleman
Oct 08, 2011 Rebecca Coleman rated it it was amazing
Without question one of the best books I have read this year-- and a new favorite. I'll write a longer review later, but for the meantime, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a very intelligent, character-driven, and insightful read-- and one that's full of humor, too. I could hardly put it down because it was such a delight to read.
Nov 01, 2014 Elaine rated it did not like it
Irritating beyond belief.
Lauren Hopkins
Jan 03, 2012 Lauren Hopkins rated it liked it
Well. Where do I begin? I'm giving it three stars because I can't make up my mind. I picked this up randomly at Book Culture because the summary made it sound super interesting. And it is. Kind of. My opinion went back and forth repeatedly as I read, so here's what I thought overall...When I first started reading I thought "wow, this is great." The language was a step up from most novels you'd typically pick out at random and at 37 pages in I publicly declared "this is going to become one of my ...more
Oct 01, 2011 Olivia rated it liked it
I bought this at the Brooklyn Book Festival a week before it was released elsewhere. I picked it up because I saw a lot of myself in it: I'm living in Greenwich Village, had been a teenager in prep school, etc.

The book was great. I just don't think Browner needs to be as insecure writing in a modern world. He was so intent on slipping in technological bits - "My iPhone chimed," over-abbreviated texts - that they came out wrong. And if you mess up on content in your book, even a little bit, it re
Dec 20, 2011 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tutto accade oggi.
Un titolo che fa decisamente centro e che rivela il cuore di una storia profonda, matura, quotidiana.
Un romanzo che pur avendo per protagonista un adolescente, un diciassettenne, sa elevarsi a romanzo per tutte le età.
E' accaduto tutto in poche pagine: ne bastano 222 per comprendere a fondo inquietudini, timori, desideri di Leslie, un adolescente che preferisce cambiare il suo nome in Wes per non rischiare di essere preso in giro per quel nome fin troppo femminile.
Wes ci appare
Dec 26, 2013 Nereia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a hard day's night

Chi mi conosce lo sa: adoro la malinconia. Adoro tutto ciò che la richiama: i colori caldi dell'autunno, i libri tristi e privi di lieto fine, le statue presenti nei cimiteri, la luce fredda invernale.
Non che mi piaccia essere triste, questo no. Ma reputo che alcune emozioni, alcuni sentimenti, siano più cinematografici e fotogenici di altri.
Tutto accade oggi è un libro malinconico, a tratti davvero molto triste. Triste perché Wes, un diciassettenne della New York ben
Apr 29, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-challenge
This book takes place over the course of one day: from Wes arriving home very early in the morning, to when he goes out to walk the dog that evening. Unlike many books that take place in short time periods, there aren't extensive flashbacks; only enough to fill in the necessary parts of the story, and even then they aren't flashbacks as much as a natural meandering of Wes's thoughts. Wes is a particular kind of teenager - intelligent, meditative, bookish - ahead of his years in some ways, but ap ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Jenya rated it really liked it
My favorite book I've read so far this year. Yeah, I know, it's only February 4, but I liked this book a lot. And that's saying quite a bit, given that it has several characteristics that usually turn me off: (1) it's short; (2) it doesn't have chapters or any real breaks, so it was hard to put it down and pick it up again; (3) nothing much happens. It did take me a while to get hooked on it, but once I was, it didn't disappoint.

Inevitably this book will be compared to Catcher in the Rye and suc
Mar 19, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
I picked this up a few hours ago and was not at all expecting to finish it in one sitting, but once I started, I couldn't stop (the fact that it has no chapters and thus no natural pause points, helped). It was a delight going backwards and forwards over the course of about 48 hours with Wes, a typical wannabe-novelist, literature-obsessed teenager who just takes himself way too seriously. He imagines himself as Prince Andre from "War and Peace", but of course, he's much more Holden Caulfield. B ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Erica added it
Is calling something a modern-day Catcher in the Rye douche-y? I feel like maybe it is. But that's what this felt like to me (this and Someday This Pain May Be Useful to You.) Apparently this season I am really into coming of age novels about Manhattan boys.

I bought this randomly at the Brooklyn Book Festival because I was at the Europa table and I wanted a tote bag and you got one if you bought a book. I saw coming of age and Manhattan and I was sold, and this turned out to be one of my favori
Sep 09, 2012 Marcia rated it really liked it
This book takes place all in one day. It is about a 17 year old boy named Jesse. He lives with his sister, terminally ill mother and his distant father in New York City. I haven't read a book lately in which I was drawn to a character as much as I was to Jesse. I was sad to leave him at the end of the book. The jacket says Jesse is, "a typical teenager with an atypical mind, a memorable young man who comes to the poignant understanding of how fragile but attainable personal happiness can be." Hi ...more
Lorri Steinbacher
Aug 01, 2012 Lorri Steinbacher rated it liked it
I wish I could give this four stars, but I really can't. I felt like it dragged in the middle, to the point where I almost put it aside. I liked Wes, he was certainly a Holden Caufield type, his family was just eccentric enough to be interesting and sad enough to feel believeable. You could see where Wes would develop the personality he has, given the combined factors of his upbringing. The book was just missing alittle something. I realize that as everything took place in one day it was likely ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Sophie rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolutely gorgeous work of fiction that will connect to people of all ages and backgrounds. Everything Happens Today strikes one as a modern day Catcher In The Rye, except that the "Holden" of this novel is full of vitality and hope. I was captivated from start to finish. Seriously, if you want to sit down and be enchanted then you should absolutely read this book. Browner is not only a master story-teller, he is also a deeply talented writer. This is a touching, unique, excitin ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Elizabethballog rated it liked it
Easy read - the plot takes place over a single day with flashbacks to the night before. I finished it in a day too with a lot of skimming at the end. Uneven development of seemed to have one version of him in mind and then halfway through had him say/do/think things that seemed out of the original character. thought-provoking tangents on enjoying the moment you are in, doing certain things just so we can tell others about it and feeling sorry for mean people instead of takin ...more
Cora Browner
May 08, 2014 Cora Browner rated it it was amazing
This book is a quiet yet dazzling work of art.
Dec 03, 2012 Lindsey rated it it was ok
This book sounded good from the brief summary on the book sleeve, but it really didn't do much for me. The idea is the whole book takes place during one day of a 17 year old teenager's life. He is quite annoying and a bit self-righteous in his thoughts (which occupy the majority of the book). He has made some decisions that he regrets, and he tries to reason through was quite slow and uninteresting for me. Perhaps if I read it again in the future, I'll be more receptive to Browne ...more
Nov 06, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Catch in the Rye and War and Peace fans
A contemporary Catcher in the Rye...a day in the life of an angsty, Manhattan living teenager. It's a compelling read if you have the patience to slog through the first 60 pages. For a book that's only 216 pages long, that's quite a commitment.

My favorite passage...
"See, being a grown-up is all about priorities, Typo. It's all about deciding what's important to you, because it all can't be. You can't be a perfect person and a grown-up at the same time." What a relief!
Feb 13, 2013 Brian rated it it was ok
This book started out being very slow, and I did enjoy the characterization, and sadly, it continued to be slow until the very end. It had a LOT of descriptions and details, and not a lot of character development. That may be because the book takes place over the course of a single day in the life of a 17 or 18 year old teen. I liked the quirkiness of the family, and thought some of the descriptions were very well written, but the book just dragged for me and I wanted it to end.
Mar 02, 2015 Karmen rated it really liked it
"The more you think, the more you feel you should think less, and the more you feel, the more you think you should feel less? And the worse thing about it was that those who actually did think and feel less didn't seem to suffer from a similar sense of insufficiency -- the smart people wish they could be more like the stupid people [sometimes], but the stupid people never seem to want to be more like the smart people. Which hardly seemed fair".

Oct 17, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
Well written and fun read about Wes- a 17 year old student at the Dalton School in NYC. The novel takes place in one day (with a few flashbacks). Wes cares for his dying mother and young sister, looses his virginity, works on a paper based on War and Peace and cooks a dinner of sweetbreads at the request of his mom. I loved the setting and the writing, especially when he writes about food. I read in his credits that Browner is also a food writer.
Mar 08, 2012 Nina rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) Written in the stream-of-consciousness style, this book follows the main character, Wes, through one day of his life after the night he loses his virginity. His homelife includes taking care of a terminally ill mother and angsting over his distant father. He adores his sister.

The writing style got a little tiresome at times, but I most enjoyed the coming-of-age aspect, and how change, or a seed for it, only needs a single day.
Keri Daskam
Feb 25, 2012 Keri Daskam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: year-9
This book was really a masterpiece. Although the protagonist is found to be untrustworthy, his youth and intelligence are ultimately charming. I became one of Wes' greatest cheerleaders about halfway through the book. I only wish there were chapters. Altogether, this book continued to convince me that Europa Publications publish some of the best new fiction today.
Mar 09, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: what-i-ve-read
i usually read "the new Catcher In The Rye" books thinking eventually they'll find one. this book started out disappointing and i was sure i was wasting my time, but since it's so short i kept going and was pleasantly rewarded. didn't go where i expected it to go at all. very well done. i actually wish it had been longer. definitely recommend.
Dec 23, 2011 Devon rated it it was amazing
It was a modern-day Catcher in the Rye, but so so good. At times I found it a little too over the top in his excessive vocabulary and angst, but then remembered This Is A Teenager, and it totally worked. Very sweet, melancholy but ultimately uplifting look into a single day in the life of a Super Dramatic Teenage Boy.
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Jesse Browner is the author of six books including the novels Conglomeros (Random House 1992), Turnaway (Random House 1996) and The Uncertain Hour (Bloomsbury 2007). He has also translated a number of notable books including the award winning Celine: A Biography. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters. "
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“Wes imagined that, in some other distant world, if he remembered nothing else about his father, he would remember that his hand trembled when he drank water. That, or the fact that his eyes teared up whenever he heard "Brown-Eyed Girl" on the radio.” 1 likes
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