The Center of Everything
In Laura Moriarty's extraordinary first novel, a young girl tries to make sense of an unruly world spinning around her. Growing up with a single mother who is chronically out of work and dating a married man, 10-year old Evelyn Bucknow learns early how to fend for herself.
Offering an affecting portrayal of...more
As one goodreads reviewer said, it's a book you find yourself reflecting on even when you aren't reading it. I often found myself thinking about Evelyn while at work, driving in the car, or cooking dinner. Because it is a coming-of-age story set in the 1980's I was able to relate to the political and pop culture references, making Evelyn even more dear to my heart.
I was satisfied with the ending but was sad to say goodbye. Although I wouldn't classify this as "chick lit," I thin...more
A must read in my opinion. The only drawback (and the reason I gave it 4 stars) is that in the end it doesn't "gel": all the threads of the story don't really come together in a climax - which is the way a good story should always be. This stays a "slice of lif...more
The cast of characters drives the piece when the plot meanders. We have the free-spirited woman who never learns from her mistakes until she is trapped by them in Evelyn's mothe...more
It is incredible, absorbing, emotionally ladened, spot on with perception, strong in character development, terrifically written, endearing, warm, sad, yet joyous and, at times, humorous.
This is the debut of Laura Moriarty and I'll be sure to read her next books.
Ten year old Evelyn Bucknow lives smack dab in the center of the United States in Kerrville, Kansas. Analogo...more
She reads the best books, I swear. I will always trust her judgement!
This book is about Eveyln Bucknow, a young girl, who deems her self unpretty, at the age of 10 - A misfit of sorts, with not very many friends, wild hair and tired eyes, and a young mother.
Eveyln and her mom are on the border of being desperately poor, with her mom taking hand-out from a local man, who gives her a job and a car. Then... as Evelyn grows up, so do...more
I thought Moriarty did a fine job of getting inside the head of someone at these various points along the way; struggling with beliefs and values and belonging (and longing). It rang true for me even though I didn't always sha...more
My complaint is the redundancy of failed relationships and failed marriages for virtually all the characters. The only happy marriages are on the fringe and you don't get to know those couples. It feels unbalanced. Apparently Moriarty is trying to make a point.
The theme of the "center of everything," from...more
If you must have high action and high drama, don't read this book, then pan it. But if you want a funny, well-pace literary novel, pick this one up.
I loved how real the characters and story felt, even though fictional license is used.
I highly recommend
Evelyn's journey through the 80'...more
Depressing and disconcertingly realistic, but in a good way?
P.S. The 80s! Ocean Pacific and friendship pins! I would never have thought of these again if it weren't for this book.
When she kisses me sometimes she says, “Smack!”
But she's got a ba...more
this book, about growing up poor and smart in the midwest, so truly echoed my own experiences there that i couldn't help but love it. the plot is full of the surprising blows and crushing inevitabilities of real life, but there is humor and joy as well.
"Eileen says if you want something very much you can pray for it, and that gets God on your side, which helps a lot.
So I do. Please, God, let me be the one to go to Topeka. Please. I imagine God sitting in front of a computer with...more
This book could have been saved for me easily: if something, ANYTHING, happened to the narrator, instead of her simply watching things unf...more
The subject matter of this book isn't normally the sort of thing that would attract me -- irresponsible mother with two kids, one of whom is developmentally disabled; child narrator -- but the excellent w...more
If you want to understand how things get confused, and how people can survive, and survive with courage, this is a wonderful read.
Her voice was a bit mature for people her age, but I have read authors' writing fro...more
The book shows the scary tenuousness of poverty. There is a scene in the book when Evelyn is walking back from Social Security with her mother that I know will remain with me for a long time.
I also liked the development of Evelyn's mother Tina, she is neither a saint nor a...more
This was the first book I’ve ever read where I got to the final page and turned it, fully expecting at least one more chapter. It was...more
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