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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,263 ratings  ·  219 reviews
Mesmo que todo mundo pense que você tenha superado um problema não significa que isso, na realidade, já aconteceu. Ano passado, Jamie, a melhor amiga de Sarah, morreu devido a um terrível acidente. Naquela ocasião todos se entristeceram; agora consideram que é melhor Sarah esquecer o que se passou e seguir em frente. Mas Sarah não segue em frente porque não consegue deixar ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Nossa Cultura (first published October 1st 2012)
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Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Katie Hutchison Irion
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
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Lauren Vieyra
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 rule
Enena J.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
E. Anderson
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review originally published on my blog:

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 w
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
Jenn Brower
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
Lisa Nocita
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
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really enjoyable read. The heart of the book wasn't centered around he loves her/she loves him. It was about forgiveness, grief, acceptance, healing & letting go and moving on. However, mixed with an endless amount of snark and wit and Star Wars references.
Ooo.. and possums. hehe.

I loved it. I love seeing a character find their way back to who they are after a tragic and horrific event. See the changes they've made because of the events that happened to them. The rediscovery of that pe
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I love this book. No, I know I do. Grief isn't easily overcome and perhaps the hardest time to deal with grief is during the teenage years. Someone saying life isn't fair or life is difficult doesn't help. You want to grieve for the person that's gone but also to remember them. People move on at different rates, but that shouldn't make you an outcast or weird. I recommend this to adults, teens, and everyone in between. Grief can't be categorized and packed away. It doesn't magically disa ...more
Emily Zerrenner
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really just picked this book up because it looked a little interesting and I needed a quick read. I wasn't expecting to love it quite as much as I do. I adore Sarah as the main character - she is very real to me. I can imagine her as an actual person I might cross paths with. Her feelings are true. Everything came together in the end of the book, and by that point, I felt I'd grown with Sarah over the course of it. The only bad point was the ending with Stenn - I would've like to see that reso ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
this book was so hyper unrealistic that I was actually angry as I was reading it. I want to speak to the author and ask them why they didn't file this book under fantasy. WHO would tell a teenager to get over witnessing (and being slightly at fault of) their best friends HORRIFIC death?? Why didn't her garbage parents have her TRANSFER schools so she wouldn't have to relive it all the time?? why was everybody treating her like a nuisance while she was REALLY OBVIOUSLY in severe pain?? I know thi ...more
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Theory of Everything by J.J. Johnson, fifteen-year-old Sarah Jones is not ok. But she doesn't want her family or boyfriend to know that. Sarah is still reeling from the death of her best friend Jamie. Before Jamie died (BJD) everything was great. Sarah was outgoing and social. In the months since Jamie died (SJD) everything has changed. Sarah is no longer the person she used to be. The other half of her is gone, and she doesn't know how to move on.

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Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh lordy did I want to slap our girl every other sentence in the first half of this book. Luckily (…well), that's her OWN reaction to her unbidden outer behavior and snark box, so…that's the right reaction? Tough when an author succeeding in spades means the reader wanting to scream at the narrator and never pick the book up again. But the unconventional grief plot and unconventional friends made/jobs taken up and SUPER /unconventional "mathematical" observations that kick off each chapter make ...more
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, there are some parallels with my life in this book, and reading it made me sad, but it was a worthwhile sad. The kind of sad that makes your happy times happier.
I enjoyed the main character, even at her snarkiest. I enjoyed how her new friendships developed and made her better. I enjoyed the people she became friends with immensely. I especially enjoyed the chainsaw, hard labor, and cookies.
I even enjoyed a certain ambiguity at the end, because the things that were left ambiguous sudenly m
Molly Grimmius
So many things I liked about this book:
*Growth in the main character
*Fun visual/graphic images at the beginning of each chapter
*Unique characters
*The ramblings of the main character

A few things that make me lower this book:
*The use of sex and okay with how it is okay to have sex...though redeeming factor is they didn't have sex and kind of showed how the guy really wanted sex
*Moral views are different then mine own.

Wouldn't give this book to an average 8th grader..or any for that matter, but sti
I thought this book was a very great book! Even though many people don't have to go through losing their best friend, I think this book is still very relatable for a teenage girl. Sarah is just a normal girl who goes through a very tough time. She feels like people don't understand her most of the time, and I think that once in a while we can all relate to that. I think this is a book that every girl should read for the surprises in the book. ...more
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J.J. Johnson is a youth counselor turned young adult novelist. She grew up (with an 80s perm) in a very small town in central New York. She then went to Binghamton University, where she discovered writing --and dancing, and marching, and sitting-in-- for social justice. She graduated with a history degree in 1996.

In 2001, J.J. earned a Master of Education from Harvard University, concentrating on

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