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Everything Happens Today

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  264 Ratings  ·  55 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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May 27, 2013 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
Aug 12, 2015 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
Apr 21, 2012 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,
Rebecca Coleman
Oct 04, 2011 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.
Jun 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Irritating beyond belief.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped, 2016
DNF pg 27 : couldn't get into it
Tan Clare
Feb 08, 2017 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, but the stupid people never seem to want to be more like the smart people. Which hardly seemed fair
- pg 64

Wes wasn't sure that he believed, as he once had, that there wa
Sep 26, 2014 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
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wes is the lovable, seventeen year old protagonist of this novel. He attends the prestigious Dalton school in Manhattan. Wes is there on scholarship and lives in a run down house in Greenwich Village with he terminally ill mother, a father who brings his girlfriend home, and his younger sister Nora, who he is very protective of. As the novel begins we learn that Wes has lost his virginity to the wrong girl and is sure he has ruined his life. In addition he has a major assignment on War and Peac ...more
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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
“See, being a grown-up is all about priorities, Typo. It's all about deciding what's important to you, because it can't all be. You can't be a grown-up and a perfect person at the same time.'
'What do you know about it? You're sixteen years old.'
'I was raised by grown-ups. I know more about grown-ups than I ever wanted to know.”
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