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The Theory of Everything

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Just because everyone else thinks you should be over it doesn't mean you are.

Last year, Sarah's best friend Jamie died in a freak accident. Back then, everyone was sad; now they're just ready for Sarah to get over it and move on.

But Sarah's not ready to move on. She can't stop reliving what happened, struggling with guilt, questioning the meaning of life, and missing her b
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Hardcover, 334 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Peachtree Publishers
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Sil
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preferidos
Es, probablemente, el mejor libro que leí en este 2015. Lo amo con el alma y las estrellas no son suficientes para calificarlo.
Necesitamos más historias escritas así. Sólo espero que haya almas receptivas para saber apreciarlo en su totalidad.
Único e inigualable. ¡Gracias por Sarah, por Jamie, por Roy, por Emmett y sobre todo, por Ruby y por la importancia que ella merece!
Hace mucho que no leía un libro tan conmovedor y tan real como éste.
Las lágrimas de emoción de vez en cuando vienen bien..
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Aaron
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was quite a pleasant surprise.Sarah has been having a very difficult time. Her best friend Jamie died in a terrible accident and school, and she blames herself for what happened Between the guilt and the feelings of loss, she has pretty much shut down socially, using "snarkiness" to push people away. That includes her parents, her brother, her former friends, and even her boyfriend Stenn. The one exception is her cuddly little dog.

Things start to change when another accident occurs in the s
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Trista
When I stumbled across this book a few days ago at the library, brand new and never before checked out, I wasn't really sure what to think of it. The blurb on the inside flap sounded like it could hold promise, but then you never know with YA books that hold death as a central theme. In the end it was the pie chart on the back cover claiming that the book contained 20% snark (and 5% possum/7% manual labor at a Christmas tree farm) that convinced me to give it a shot.

Reading the first few chapte
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Katie Hutchison Irion
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. But I think love will win in the end. I am not kidding you when I say that you will LOVE the main character of this book from page one. Sarah is snarky, sassy, lovable, confused, Star Wars loving and grief stricken all rolled up in a 15 year old body. I adored Sarah even while I was frustrated with her lack of communication. I get it though, she loses her best friend in a freak, and I mean freak accident, and is still mourning.
The tone and voice o
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Sandra
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ha sido una lectura realmente preciosa, intensa y emocional. Es una novela que esconde mucho y que aunque se centra en una pérdida, esto se puede descontextualizar y usarlo en tu vida. Ha sido una gran sorpresa, me ha gustado más de lo que pensaba. Es una novela que engancha y absorbe pero que te permite ver y vivir los sucesos que contiene desde fuera, desde otra perspectiva. Los personajes me han encantado, desde nuestra protagonista, Sarah, a pesar de que no siempre he compartido su actitud, ...more
Antonella Ϟ
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5. Cachi cachi perfecto.
Me encantó! Realmente es de esos libros que disfrutas desde el comienzo y que te es imposible soltar.
Adoré a la protagonista. Su sarcasmo, lo que sufrió y cómo se empezó a relacionar con la gente después de su trauma. Me divertí muuucho con sus comentarios y pensamientos. Y también lagrimeé en varias partes. La trama no es tan compleja pero lo más genial es Sarah y obviamente Ruby ♥
Que esté escrito en español peninsular es raro al principio pero una vez que te acostumbr
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Melody
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Most books I read dealing with the subject of grief are memoirs so this was a pleasant surprise, especially since this is a dark comedy... and I did not know that going in! There are moments in this story when your heart will ache and burn at the raw emotions displayed but there are so many more when you'll tilt your head in shock at the snark that comes out of our main character, Sarah. What a wonderfully developed main character she is. Sarah is broken. Not lost. Completely broken. Watching he ...more
Jennifer
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! The writing and voice are fresh and interesting. Each chapter starts with a chart or graph depicting Sarah Jones' thoughts on a topic. Sarah is struggling to deal with the death of her best friend, Jamie, and with the personal responsibility she feels for it. I imagine many readers might get fed up with Sarah feeling like she should just "move on;" many of the characters do. However, this is what I find real about her. She recognizes that she cannot talk about her best friend a ...more
Barbara
Life doesn't always make sense, and high school student Sarah Jones struggles to make sense of the freak accident that took the life of her best friend Jamie. Even though eight months have passed since Jamie's death, Sarah feels angry, guilty, confused, and unsure about why bad things happen. When a deer crashes through the gym window and dies in the same place where Jamie died, Sarah wonders about the significance of its death. As she tries to piece her life back together, she alineates almost ...more
Vir
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi teoría de todo ha sido una lectura super divertida y amena, con una protagonista absolutamente genial y una neurona borde que no se está callada ni debajo del agua. Un libro sobre la pérdida y cómo enfrentarse a ella, pero narrado de una forma especial: con un humor sarcástico que le quita un poco de dramatismo al asunto y nos termina deparando muchas risas.

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Jenn
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 12-13-gw
Grief often seems impossible to grasp. Ms. Johnson, you should be applauded for making grief so real and the "new normal" so...normal. I also loved how each chapter began. I don't know how many will choose to "experience" this book, but I look forward to the deep discussions w/ the students that do.
Teresa
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado este libro, está lleno de emociones, de pequeñas reflexiones que te hacen pensar, de risas y de momentos tan tristes como bonitos.
Aquí tenéis la reseña: http://ladevoradora-delibros.blogspot...
Lauren Vieyra
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this book! The writing is so nice and interesting. It starts off by showing that Sarah is struggling to deal with the death of her best friend Jamie. She recognizes that she cant talk about her best friend all the time. It starts to drain her and others around her. But her not talking about makes it harder for her to move on. After reading a few chapters I was started to feel unsure, but for me personally it takes awhile for me to get hooked into the book. The one thing I love about this ...more
Maureen E
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
theory of everything
Last year, Sarah's best friend Jamie died in a freak accident. Back then, everyone was sad; now they're just ready for Sarah to get over it and move on.

But Sarah's not ready to move on. She can't stop reliving what happened, struggling with guilt, questioning the meaning of life, and missing her best friend. Her grades are plummeting, her relationships are falling apart, and her normal voice seems to have been replaced with a snark box. Life just seems random: no pattern, no meaning, no rules -
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Camila Riquelme Jaque
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mmxvii
Mi teoria de todo a tocado completamente mi corazón. Compré este libro de casualidad, y me alegro de haberme topado con el.
Los personajes estan muy bien construidos, puedes sentir cada una de las emociones que experimentan, y sin duda alguna te llegas a encariñar muchísimo e incluso logras empatizar tanto con ellos como con sus vivencias.
Lo que más me ha gustado de toda la historia son los puntos que se narran acerca de la muerte, como -independientemente de la edad u otro factor- la enfrentamo
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Enena J.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loss isn't easy for anyone. In the book 'The Theory of Everything' by J. J. Johnson, Sarah, the main character, has to deal on a regular basis with the unexpected death of her best friend, Jamie. As she becomes depressed and unsocial, she is hard to bear for anyone; her family, school staff, and most importantly her boyfriend; She continually feels like it is her fault for Jamie's death, although she is far from the reason of her friend's loss. As a result, she seeks help. To start off, she begi ...more
Nicole
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, 2013
Originally reviewed at Owl You Need is a Good Read

I saw this book while shelving and was drawn to it because of the blue cover and the trees in the letters of the title. I flipped to the back and without reading the premise of the book, I knew I had to check out. On the back cover is a chart. A CHART! Listing percentages of things in the book. I was sold. 5% possum? Done. I had to see where the possum fits in. It already seemed like my kind of humor and it was a chart!

The premise of the book sou
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Isabela
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.3

Con este libro entré en un género con el que no estoy muy familiarizada y debo decir que me gustó bastante. Fue algo a lo que no estaba acostumbrada, pero que me mostró un mundo injusto, triste pero hermoso en los momentos cotidianos de nuestro día a día.
Este libro fue sencillamente mágico. Se metió en mis pensamientos y los hizo girar como un caleidoscopio. Entendí a la perfección a Sarah y evolucioné con ella. Me reí a carcajadas en muchas ocasiones (sobretodo con sus pensamientos e ideas)
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E. Anderson
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I want to start by saying I simply loved this book. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING by J.J. Johnson is brilliantly written with a striking voice and clever characters that remind me a lot of John Green. Of course, similar to AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES, this book also comes with a variety of charts and diagrams at the opening of each chapter. It's a completely fun book, that, unexpectedly, begins with a tragedy.

When Sarah's best friend Jamie died in the freakiest of freak accidents, Sarah lost herself.
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RivkaBelle
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by publisher for review.
Review originally published on my blog: AWordsWorth.blogspot.com

When I read Johnson's debut This Girl is Different, I knew she had a good hand for telling the tough teenage stories. The Theory of Everything is another great example of the raw, rough edges of being a teen in the world -- and what it means to grow through those experiences.

Last year, Sarah's best friend Jamie died. In the school gym. In a super crazy freak accident. And Sarah was right there wh
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Samarkanda Starling
Llegué a la novela por su maquetación, tiene una edición cuidada con un gráfico al principio de cada capítulo que muestra la visión del mundo de un adolescente. Había oído que era un libro lleno de ironía y divertido pese a que el punto de partida es más bien dramático, y puesto que parece que vivimos en un momento en que el drama es un tema de lo más recurrente en el género juvenil (The perks of being a wallflower, The fault in our stars, Eleanor and Park...) me animé con ella.
Es entretenida y
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Lisa Wolf
I stumbled across this sweet, sad young adult novel at my library, quite by chance, and just happened to take a peek inside. Once I saw the Venn diagrams, I was hooked!

The Theory of Everything is narrated by 15-year-old Sarah Jones, a typical teenager in many ways but one: Eight months earlier, her BFF Jamie was killed in a freak accident in the gym at school. Sarah, the only witness, was powerless to help or to save Jamie. Now, months later, it seems as though everyone’s patience with Sarah has
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Lara
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: royal
Reviewed by Thalia Stuart, 12th grade

Sarah and Jamie had been best friends since birth. They did everything together. They were even together on the day that Jamie’s life tragically ended. Even though a year has passed since Jamie’s death, Sarah seems unable to live without Jamie. When Sarah first meets Mr. Showalter, she thinks that he is the creepiest maintenance man ever to walk the earth, mostly because of Buddy, his pet possum. When Mr. Showalter offers Sarah a job at his tree farm, however
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Jenn Brower
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You know that type of book that is really good, but when it comes time to be responsible and go to a bed at a decent time, you are able to put it down and come back to it later?

Yeah, this isn't that type of book, especially when you get about half-way to three-fourths of the way through it.

I didn't even skim-read as I usually do when a book is getting good. I needed to read and feel and experience what Sarah was going through as she continues to struggle with the horrific loss of her BFF.

The r
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Lisa Nocita
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sarah and Jamie were BFFs in the truest sense of the term. But that was a lifetime ago. A lifetime ago of swapping clothes, sharing adventures and gossip, glances that say everything without needing to say a word, and unequivocal understanding and support. A tragic accident leaves Sarah struggling to make sense of the chaos that rules the universe. But as the months go by her family and friends seem ready to move on and don't understand why she's not doing the same. She's snarky and bitchy in tu ...more
Erin Sterling
There are a lot of teen books with death or missing people in them--death of a parent (often), missing parent, friend's death, the undead, etc.--and many times, I find the books can be overly heavy or angsty or just too depressing. But I loved this one! After witnessing her best friend's death in a freak accident, Sarah is a different person--she's snarky, depressed, and doesn't want to hang out with anything, except for her boyfriend when he's home from his boarding school occasionally on the w ...more
Marilyn
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this Young Adult novel in 2 days and highly recommend it. It's about loss but also much more. Almost-16-yr-old Sarah's best friend Jamie died in a terrible accident, in Sarah's presence. Even though it's been months since then, Sarah is not yet coming to terms with it. She's become a problem to her parents, teachers, just about everyone. Then another accident starts things moving... It's an excellent plot, with characters that come across as real and, often, funny. A few moments where tea ...more
Estela
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mi teoria de todo se ha convertido en uno de mis nuevos libros favoritos. La evolución de Sarah, el personaje principal, es simplemente tan real como increíble. Este libro ha conseguido trasmitirme mucho dolor al igual que risas con los momentos sarcásticos. Un final abierto al que le he dado en mi mente un buen provecho. También cuenta con esa "filosofia casera" que hace que te pares a pensar. Otra cosa que cabe a destacar es la relación con Ruby, el perro. Yo como amante de los animales que so ...more
Chris
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The smart creativity of this book starts with the book flap and continues all the way to the last page. Before the novel begins, Sarah Jones, on the brink of 16, has lost her best friend in a tragic accident at school, and she is burdened by the grief and guilt of that loss. Her grieving puts her into a downward spiral that damages most everything relationship she has.

But this isn't your typical teen sadness book. Sarah is smart, funny, sarcastic, and self-aware, and her narrative voice is irres
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Eileen
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I literally just finished this book, and wanted to just emote my feelings of it.
First off, the writing was brilliant! I like J.J. Johnson's writing style a lot. It's simple yet deep down it is heartwarming. The words flow so easily, the story weaved delicately like a beautiful basket.

I don't like spoilers, and I don't like to give away the whole sypnosis of a book otherwise why bother reading it? "The Theory of Everything" is a coming of age story about Sarah, who's lost her best friend in an a
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J.J. Johnson is a youth counselor turned young adult novelist. She grew up in a small town in central New York and graduated from Binghamton University in 1996.

In 2001, J.J. earned a Master of Education from Harvard with a concentration in Adolescent Risk and Prevention. She is the author of THIS GIRL IS DIFFERENT, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, and BELIEVAREXIC (all from Peachtree Publishers).

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Me: Need to shop for a dress. Stenn asked me to prom.
The Momster: WTF!
Me: Mom? What do you think WTF means?
The Momster: Well That's Fantastic.”
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