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Everything Beautiful in the World

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  269 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Lately I feel like an astronaut out on a space walk – constantly praying the tube attaching me to the ship doesn't snap and send me flying into outer darkness.

The only good thing about having a mother with cancer is that people are willing to let you get away with pretty much anything. Like failing a Latin test. Or being late to class. Or skipping tennis practice. But th
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Published August 13th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published October 28th 2008)
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Julie Zantopoulos
What did I just read? I mean, I know what I read, but why did I read it? That story went NOWHERE! A girl is coping (or not) with a sick mother who has cancer. She refuses to go and visit her in the hospital, her father is absent, her school work is failing and that's okay...cause sick mom. She holds on to her passion for tennis and her ceramics teacher. This teacher is manic. What a nut job! This almost seems like a poor man's Lolita. This is neither an effective telling on how you cope with a s ...more
Okay, so I wasn't one to sleep with my art teacher and I don't believe my daughter is (please, please, please) so I'm having a bit of a hard time relating to this. But, I did have a mom with Cancer and I have seen a shrink, so maybe I can voice some thoughts.

For a debut novel, the style is reasonably well written. If you're into the teacher makking on students vibe, I'd recommend Boy Toy by Barry Lyga. Now, that one had some creepy crawly imagery that seriously had me thinking about home school
Noël Cades
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a strange and lovely and bittersweet book. Edna is seventeen, her mother is in hospital with cancer, and she finds herself becoming involved with her married art teacher. She's a pretty troubled girl, she can't bring herself to visit her mother in hospital, and there's an unknown mystery about her brother who died as a child.

The central student-teacher relationship is well written. It starts with Edna's clear crush on Mr Howland, the school's heartthrob ceramics teacher.

His attraction fo
Sonia Reppe
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like coming of age
Shelves: 5stars, coming-of-age
Loved it! It looks deceptfully simple, but it's deep, and Levchuk masters the point-of-view thing, meaning she gives the protagonist, Edna, a unique outlook and definitive personality. We really get to know this high-schooler as she enters a relationship with her art teacher who falls in love with her and she deals (or doesn't deal) with her mom's cancer. She's afraid to see her mom, fearing that if she does, it will be the last time she sees her. So Edna has some things to work out. Takes place ...more
Jun 19, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Released November 2008
Jun 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Some teenage girls will probably become familiar with the storyline. At the end of the book, the narrator gives an important message, that I felt was so true. A huge recommendation.
Jul 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009, ya
This was a nice surprise. I hadn't heard anything about it, I just happened to pick it up off the new YA pile at work. I don't actually think much of the cover, it looked kind of boring to me, and I almost took it back unread. So glad I didn't! This is a beautifully written first novel. It's a coming-of-age story set in 1980. The protagonist, a seventeen year old girl named Edna, is dealing with a host of different problems. One thing that set this apart from a lot of YA, she isn't just dealing ...more
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mistook the prose style for passive summarizing, so at first I was dragging my feet reading this book. Then I began to get it. This is the internal world of a teenger who wants to think about anything except the worst thing that's happened to her: her mother getting cancer. She feels the weight of an imaginary guilt, believing it is her fault that bad things happen to the people around her, but even knowing that belief is irrational, she has trouble shaking it off. Her journey is handled with ...more
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daisy by: I don't know and I'm not sure why I picked this up
Shelves: ny, tennis, autism
at first: Strange that about 20 pages in, you find out that it's 1980. That makes you re-think everything you just read but oh well.

Edna -- I like so far how every few pages you learn something new and unexpected about her. (Good name.)

The music references provide a flashback of a soundtrack that put you right when you need to be.

upon finishing: The spine on my library copy says YA but I don't care and it might not even be true. This is a pertinent, raw novel that makes me cry. Edna is confuse
Apr 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a 17 year old girl whoes name was Edna. She fights with her mother alot and they claim not to like each other but when her mother tells Edna that she has cancer the fights stop. While her mother is at the hospital she doesnt visit her at all and believes now she has a chance to do whatever she wants. Her and isnt talking to her and nethier is she talking to him. SO she is free to do anything. Mr.Howland is her teacher and he scares her. She tells him whats up and he question ...more
Dawn Powell
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most commenatators here are giving plot summaries (wrong) rather than evaluations (correct). Also, mostly everyone is missing the humor! This is a VERY funny book, honest and truthful, real, no holds barred. The point is not that Edna is supposed to be perfct. Hello--what planet is this? Who of us is perfect, especially what 17-year-old kid on her own trying to find her way? Think again, please, folks. This is not fantasy fiction. It's real life.
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I don't know why I liked this book so much... but I did! Perhaps because it takes place in 1980... though it did take me awhile to pick up on that.
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
This is one of those more psychological YA reads. Not a lot of action, but compelling and suspenseful nonetheless, which is impressive.
Loretta Nyhan
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Critics are always tossing around comparisons to Catcher in the Rye when writing about YA books; in this instance it actually fits.
Amanda Ellis
This book infuriated me when I read it 10+ years ago 😂😂
Katerin Escalante
Lisa Levchuk purpose of writing the book “Everything Beautiful in the World” is not very clear. Edna’s behavior Edna's behavior appears largely random. Her impulses, while natural enough for her age, are exaggerated and irrational. This suggests some form of mental illness, but left unexplained, they basically confuse the reader. For me, this made the story more interesting. I don’t think this book could have a lasting value. Well for it really didn’t have one because it was basically a novel.

Hailey Marley
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything Beautiful in the World by Lisa Levchuk
by Hailey Marley
Edna is far from normal. I mean, really, really, far from normal. How normal could having an affair with a teacher get? Not very close. With her mother ill and in the hospital and her father entirely estranged and awkward, she's just about free to do whatever she pleases, it seems. As a 17-year-old girl, that's just what she wants. The pity of having a sick mother gets her more free passes than she can count, but why can't she br
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book caught my eye, I honestly thought it would tell me about topics of beauty that people don’t see everyday or doesn’t appeal to the normal eye. Instead, I found myself reading about a girl named Edna, with a mother diagnosed with cancer that gets her free tickets out of things the normal kid wished they could get out of. The book ended up being the complete opposite to my surprise where the main character Edna, fell in love with her art teacher Mr. Howland which causes her a load of prob ...more
Lenore Appelhans
Oct 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-hardcover
Edna’s mother has cancer and the only good thing about that is people are willing to let her get away with pretty much anything. If she fails a test, is late, or misses tennis practice, everyone understands. What they wouldn’t understand is her illicit romance with her art teacher, the one thing that makes her feel happy lately. Not that she’s going to tell anyone – especially not her therapist who wants to convince her to visit her mother in the hospital. But she just can’t and no one is going ...more
Natalie Bochenek
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Diana Baca
I usually read books based off of friend recommendations and 99.9% of the time I absolutely love the books they ask me to read. From the moment I walked into the library and got a hold of the book I had a feeling that this was going to be great, the title said it all “Everything Beautiful in the World.” I honestly had high expectations for this book but it wasn’t anything like the title. This book basically has two main characters, Edna who is seventeen years old and her ceramics teacher who is ...more
Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2009
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Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edna is a young student struggling with the sickness of her mother, death of her brother, and the loss of a real relationship with her father. In time, she falls in love with Mr. Howland, her teacher, but the relationship soon causes more troubles for her. Throughout this book, I felt a lot of ups and downs; there were parts in which I thoroughly enjoyed what I was reading, and other times when I could not remember why I had picked up this book in the first place. I felt like the author, Lisa Le ...more
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, when I got this book from ALAN to review, I had no idea what it was about. When I started reading it, I was extremely disturbed. It's the story of seventeen year old Edna and the love affair she begins with her high school art teacher Mr. Howland. Edna's mother is in the hospital being treated for cancer and her father is not around. This basically gives her the freedom to come and go and do as she pleases. It makes the affair between her and Mr. Howland possible and allows for he ...more
Nov 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
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Oct 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Donna
Taking place just as the disco era gives way to new wave, Jersey Girl Edna must deal with her mother having cancer, and also with her growing infatuation with her high school ceramics teacher.
the author gives voice to Edna in such a manner that it is possible to remember what it's like to be seventeen and filled with conflicting emotion. Often times what you're experiencing doesn't make sense, or follow any rhyme or reason.
As an adult, and as an educator, I naturally had issues with the cerami
May 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read "Everything Beautiful In the World" and I thought it was by far one of the best books I've ever read. I love all the obstacles that Edna is faced with. I love the way Edna's mind works in the story. There are moments where she has flashbacks about things in her childhood, things that made her into the person she is today. Edna's steemy relationship with her art teacher is also another thing that keeps the reader from closing the book. Each time they are together you wonder if they'll get ...more
Stephanie A.
This was way better than a story about an adulterous high school teacher/student relationship should be. In fact, I ended up being rather fond of it. I don't know why. I wanted their love to somehow triumph in the end! The real reason this book stands out to me, though, is that it was the first one I'd ever read with a student/teacher relationship, and instead of confirming my suspicions that it would be terrible, it made me curious about how many other takes the library shelves might have on it ...more
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