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Flora Goldwasser has fallen in love. She won't admit it to anyone, but something about Elijah Huck has pulled her under. When he tells her about the hippie Quaker school he attended in the Hudson Valley called Quare Academy, where he'll be teaching next year, Flora gives up her tony upper east side prep school for a life on a farm, hoping to woo him. A fish out of water, Flora stands out like a sore thumb in her vintage suits among the tattered tunics and ripped jeans of the rest of the student body. When Elijah doesn't show up, Flora must make the most of the situation and will ultimately learn more about herself than she ever thought possible.

Told in a series of letters, emails, journal entries and various ephemera, Flora's dramatic first year is laid out for all to see, embarrassing moments and all.

416 pages, Kindle Edition

First published October 3, 2017

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Jenny Fran Davis

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Jenny Fran Davis received her MFA at the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Profile Image for Rebbie.
142 reviews113 followers
September 23, 2017
I didn't realize this was a Young Adult book when I requested it on Netgalley (thanks for the ARC, btw), so it wasn't what I was expecting but was nevertheless a fun and fast read.

The other reviewers are completely correct, this is an original story with progressive and liberal leanings that is so much fun to read with its wittiness and quirkiness. Even the postmodern format of blog posts, emails, etc. was enjoyable, considering the nature of the book.

If you like feminist novels, funny narrations and a unique writing format, this book is for you.
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683 reviews37 followers
January 7, 2018
This was so much better than I had hoped for! Even though I took huge breaks while reading it, I had no trouble whatsoever getting back into it. That's pretty impressive since it's the author's debut book and I'm a reader who has more or less identified the genres that work for me and stick to them, and this isn’t necessarily a go-to genre for me.

Anyways, I think readers that have gotten bored of the typical YA romances should give this book a try. Everything mentioned in the blurb does happen, yes, but there is so much more (both content and the depth of it) to this book and its protagonist, Flora. It's quirky and fun and it's a unique coming-of-age story that I hadn't come across before.
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May 17, 2017
i LOVED this book. the characters are so original and funny, and the entire story is hilarious and thought provoking. not like other YAs! the author sent it to me even though i don't usually read YA fiction, but i connected so much to flora and found everything about this novel fresh and exciting.
Profile Image for Madalyn (Novel Ink).
499 reviews826 followers
September 23, 2017
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

Thanks so much to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an e-ARC of this book! I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review, but that does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Everything Must Go was certainly not the book I expected, from start to finish. However, the book I actually got was a bit of a hidden gem. This book was smart, funny, and feminist. It’s definitely one of the more *~intelligent~* YA contemporaries I’ve read recently, but the writing never took itself too seriously or came off as pretentious. This is a story about making mistakes and somehow finding yourself along the way.

One thing I adored about Everything Must Go was the format. The story is told through a collection of documents, from letters, to emails, to journal entries, to blog posts. (Side note: the formatting was a little wonky on the e-ARC. This is a book I’d probably recommend reading a physical copy of for the best experience.) The actual plot is a bit hard to describe– and, besides, I think this is the sort of book where it’s best to go in blind– but it follows our protagonist, Flora Goldwasser, as she falls in love with her older history tutor and subsequently decides to leave her prep school in Manhattan and follow him to Quare Academy, a Quaker school of about 30 students in upstate New York.

Even though the story has no real narrator– although present-day Flora does add some asides in between documents occasionally– I really got a sense of who Flora was through the correspondence she sends to her loved ones. I loved reading from Flora’s perspective. She is definitely not a standard quiet, reserved YA protagonist. She’s loud, opinionated, brash, impulsive. And I loved her for all of these qualities. At first I thought she was going to be a typical manic pixie dreamgirl type (seriously, she only wears vintage clothes, lives in Manhattan, and followed a boy she barely knows to a school she didn’t even want to attend), but she redeemed herself over the course of the story. She made some enormous mistakes, but she really made the best of every situation she got herself into. I just love reading about YA protagonists who are loud and impulsive… because that’s who I was as a teenager. One thing I appreciated was the way she acknowledged and checked her own privilege (and also how the people around her weren’t afraid to call her on it).

I also loved the cast of characters who went to Quare with Flora– they were all so different, and they all taught Flora different things and helped her on her journey of finding herself. She went through such immense character growth over the course of this story, and a lot of it was brought on by Quare. Flora’s day-to-day life at Quare was hilarious and stereotypical and made all the more funny through reading her own accounts of the weird things she witnessed in the letters she wrote to her friends and family back in Manhattan. And this is totally nerdy, but I also loved reading about the coursework at Quare. It was so feminist and progressive and intersectional. I was here for it. The school setting played a large role in the story, as opposed to simply standing as filler.

I enjoyed the Miss Tulip side plot, too. I’m trying to be vague– because spoilers– but I was really curious to see how all of that would wrap up, and the ending did not disappoint. In fact, I loved the ending of this book so much. It was a bit ambiguous, but it was done so well.

All in all, I applaud Jenny Fran Davis for managing to pull off such a peculiar story in such a fantastic, smart way. Everything Must Go is a book that I find impossible to describe, but if I had to summarize it in three words, they would be: witty, feminist, surprising. I highly recommend checking this one out if you’re looking for YA contemporary with excellent feminist commentary and a story that might surprise you in the best way.
Profile Image for Liz Cettina.
65 reviews7 followers
December 23, 2017
intelligent and super fun. im shocked other readers had problems with the progressive parts of this story-- it's not like inclusivity is bad thing?!?!
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919 reviews71 followers
August 8, 2017
So not what I was expecting! At first glance, I didn't think I could like a story about a privileged girl in a school where they talk about social constructs, feminism, and the like but I really got into Flora's life. She was this smart rich girl that loved fashion and was infatuated with an older boy. She learned so much about herself that she moved beyond that image. Very unexpectedly lovely and some phenomenal writing.

Flora becomes a fashion icon when she meets this older boy who's tutoring her and happens to be popular online for his photography. ... An older boy taking pictures of a girl that's younger than him and highly impressionable... yeah if that isn't a bad sign for what's to come for Flora, I don't know what is... Anyways, she's so enamored by his charm that she decides it's a good idea to follow him to a new school she really doesn't know too much about because if she did, she would have never gone there. The boarding school is basically like living Amish, very progressive, independent, but not down with anything that makes Flora, Flora. Needless to say, she has a tough time fitting in and worse of all, Elijah, our charming photographer, never shows up. Ah, how she learns so much about Elijah and his ways. Oh, how I wanted to strangle that man child.

I enjoyed that the writing was comprised of emails, journal entries, letters, and website articles. It's not something you read everyday. Actually, nothing about this story was anything like I've ever read or have ever seen being marketed for YA before. There's something about this unique story that drew me in. The characters, Flora's conflicts, and the way Flora learned so much about herself or at least started to explore who she is surprised me. It's a very unexpectedly likable read. Honestly, I've been so tired of the same old thing in YA where the mysterious boy turns up and is the only one the MC can talk to and blah, blah, blah. Everything Must Go was funny and refreshing. It did end strangely but I felt like I went on a journey with Flora and that's kind of what you want when you read a book. This is Davis' first book so I'm expecting a lot more great reads from her in the future.
121 reviews39 followers
July 15, 2017
Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis , is a delightful book full of wonderful characters and a fun filled story.
The Main character of Flora in the book, her style and ambition, trials and tribulations, keeps the reader intrigued as to what will happen next in the Quaker boarding school that she has enrolled in.
I would recommend this book for all ages , a great summer read.
I won this book through Goodreads. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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109 reviews29 followers
Shelved as 'dnf'
February 3, 2018
This ended up being a DNF.
Full review to come later.
Profile Image for Emily.
284 reviews53 followers
June 29, 2017
This book was SO much fun to read. It's smart, funny, and feminist, probably because its protagonist is smart, funny, and feminist. Flora Goldwasser is a (more socially- and self-aware) Georgia Nicholson for this generation of YA readers. (WOW that comparison makes me feel old.) Look out for Everything Must Go in October - full review to come!
Profile Image for Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries).
1,248 reviews393 followers
January 16, 2019
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was a hardcover I got from the publisher for review.

Water is wet, I love cats, and I’m really bad at reviewing books on time when working with a publisher. All these are proven facts. I do things at a relaxed pace to keep some of the stress away, but this is one time I wish I’d gotten to a book when I was supposed to. Everything Must Go deserved and still deserves a ton of attention for being funny, queer, and unforgettable!

Flora is unapologetically feminist, but she decides to leave her exclusive Manhattan school for Quare Academy because her crush Elijah went there and he’s supposed to teach a class there. Doesn’t seem like that feminist of a move, but sometimes you compromise your values for what you think is love. Flora’s story turns into a fish-out-of-water tale very quickly as Elijah abandons his plans for teaching there and she’s just stuck at a weird Quaker school where there are thirty-four students total, one of her teachers gives birth in the fields while the students go about their day, and Flora the NYC retro fashionista gets to see one of her classmates cop a squat in broad daylight despite the bathrooms being really close by.

That is to say, Quare is an unusual school.

Readers might even call Quare unrealistic because of just how weird the school and its students are, but some things are so out there that I have no problem believing some of the events in this novel were things that actually happened to/around the author during her time in a Quaker community. Or maybe those events got minor tweaks before becoming part of Everything Must Go. It’s one of the most memorable contemporary YA settings in a while and a perfect place for Flora’s character development.

It’s also where Flora discovers she’s a little bit queer in a school full of plenty of queer kids. The budding Marxist she makes out with according to different versions of the jacket copy? THAT’S A GIRL. She gets with Elijah, makes out with another guy, makes out with her roommate Juna, and even acquires a “platonic lover” in her new best friend Sam! Amidst all this, Flora isn’t struggling to find a label or figure herself out. She just goes with the flow and accepts that yeah, she’s a little bit attracted to girls too. I absolutely love that.

And a platonic lover? That’s the concept of a squish! We get an asexual form of relationship in a YA novel because Flora has a SQUISH!!!

Almost the entirety of the novel is delivered via letters and emails sent to Flora, letters and emails she sent, some paperwork, and the occasional bit of documentation from other people with minimal narrative input from a three-years-older Flora looking back on her time at Quare. She may not seem brilliant when you’re reading her letters and such, but she objectively is. When excerpts from her reading responses, for instance, appear in the novel, those pieces make all my high school and college essays look like poop–and my teachers and profs bragged about my essays to other people. Flora is far from a ditzy rich girl!

The 416 pages may look daunting, but the pages will pass too quickly for your taste and then the book is just over. I can’t even recall how much attention Everything Must Go got when it came out in late 2017, but I’m entirely sure it didn’t get the amount it deserved. With such a good, queer book as my first official read of 2019, the rest of the year in books has a lot to live up to!
Profile Image for Kimberley.
342 reviews47 followers
August 17, 2017
I received an ARC of Everything Must Go by Jenny Davis, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

As of this post, the book had not yet been released.

There is plenty to unpack here--most of which I won't be able--but because I have only just finished reading, I am still processing the evolution of Flora Goldwasser. I could wait to write this later, but I'm afraid I'd lose the rawness of my thoughts.

Who is Flora? Flora is what some might call "extra".

Upon meeting her, you get the impression she took the long way around to "finding herself". The story is being told, in reverse, using notes, letters, emails, magazine articles, and memos.

The correspondence isn't only from Flora, but others considered pertinent to the telling of the story.

At 16 years of age, Flora has fallen head over heels in love (lust) with an artsy photog named Elijah Huck. Everything that follows, from the point of their meeting, tells the story of Flora's growth and evolution. Prior to that, despite whatever idea she has of herself, she is simply a girl who finds a pleasant distraction in a cute boy:

It wasn't that I needed his approval to exist. Even in this time of frissons and jittery stomachs, I knew my power without Elijah. I didn't need him to kiss me. I just really wanted him to, and that wild desire made my body feel like it was on fire. Let's be honest. I was in love, and it was the kind of love that made me forget myself.

Elijah ignites a passion within Flora. The two work on a project together. Once the project ends, Flora decides to leave her rich New York life behind to follow Elijah to an exclusive (and unconventional) school in upstate New York.

However, when Elijah changes his plans and opts to go elsewhere, Flora decides to stay at the school--a place that shies away from all things trendy and modern in favor of connecting with more rooted ideals.

How Flora comes to grow--as a direct result is being surrounded by people who aren't impressed with living lives centered around materialism and social acceptance of gender norms--is the crux journey.

What she finds out about herself is the prize.

I enjoyed this book. I don't consider myself a feminist in the radical sense, but I do recognize the power in owning who you are--sexually and emotionally--and a lot of this book is about understanding one's primary role in the overall scheme of things.

How do you define who you are as a woman? A man? What defines the type of person you'll become? Who's responsible for YOUR narrative? Are you subscribing to what you want or what you think others want/expect of/from you?

All of these questions, and more, entered my mind as I read this book.

There were too many characters, and too much going on, to truly do justice to this book here. You really have to read it for yourself to understand.

I enjoyed seeing the various perspectives of each and every one of the female characters: Dean seemed the most the most in-touch with who she was, while Sinclair and Juna offered the reader a different embracing of their own femininity.

Elijah, the main antagonist (of sorts), opened up plenty of questions regarding the role the patriarchy plays in man's fear of intimacy and sexual inadequacy.

The very things Elijah seemingly is against, are the very things he (inadvertently) comes to embody: his objectification and rejection of Flora only lend further proof to how much further he has to go.

Even more, the character of Wink also calls into question the role powerful women play in the patriarchy. At least, she did for me.

Like I said, lots to unpack, and plenty of discussions worthy of having once the final page is turned.

The prose (or lack thereof) was a negative, for me. I would have liked to have seen more prose. Emails, letters, and magazine excerpts succeed in telling the story, but were also a bit of a distraction from it at times as well.

That's the main reason this book received four stars.
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1,052 reviews58 followers
October 1, 2017
DNF @ 28%

I can't do it anymore.
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270 reviews25 followers
October 8, 2017
This book is BONKERS. Or at least it starts out that way. The end result is a fantastic feminist read that will get you fired up and ready to let it all go.

Longer rview to come when I can form words better.

Advance copy received through my workplace via our book vendor ARC program.
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1,050 reviews215 followers
August 28, 2018
Very new age and self deprecating feminist novel. It’s definitely very progressive and there were a lot of intellectual discussions throughout, but maybe I’m not smart enough to understand all of it and it left me confused a lot of times.

I still think you should give it a try if you are interested in feminist YA. Maybe it just wasn’t exactly for me.
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2,366 reviews66 followers
June 17, 2018
There is absolutely nothing I love like fishing through a big ol' pile of personal papers, so handing me the equivalent of a carefully curated, chronologically arranged and occasionally annotated scrapbook of a school year -- that manages to tell a story along the way? Best. Book idea. Ever.

The list of styles includes but is not limited to: emails and handwritten letters (not necessarily to or from Flora), attempted letters, blog posts w/ outfit photos, school progress reports, literary analyses, school newspapers and pamphlets, interview transcripts, journal entries, and even occasional bridges from present-day Flora to fill in missing details or provide better context for the scraps. No single entry takes up more than a few pages, so you can read it in any number of bite-sized pieces, or flip along at a fairly good clip.

I fell in love with Flora's voice instantly, in no small part because of "Miss Tulip" and her beautifully described collection of vintage clothing and love of fashion. I had no trouble understanding how she fell for Elijah or formed her weird, wild plan of attending Quare in the first place. Quare itself was exactly as wild and weird as I hoped it would be; half the fun in this novel is just trying to wrap your head around the escalating levels of "damn, bitch, you live like this?"

(It's not all bad, but I would absolutely be out on day 1 over the "no shell speak" rule. Heck if I am going to pretend that it's more impressive to keenly analyze a Toni Morrison novel than to put together an aesthetically pleasing outfit or figure out how to make your hair shine in a way that appeals to my monkey brain.)

This book is touted as a feminist novel, and it absolutely is, but it's a particularly well moderated type of feminist novel that doesn't take itself too seriously. There are so many starter pack buzzwords and cliches to which years of hard labor on Tumblr have made me immune, that my main takeaway was a fond "aw, that's cute, look how earnest she is in her pursuit of Morally Correct Open-Mindedness." I have seen many a young zealot quick to anger and lecture, but not so many who just casually incorporate the mindset into their everyday operating -- and even fewer who are allowed to occasionally react to things outside their natural comfort zone with an attitude of "Yeah, I know what I'm supposed to say in this situation, but actually: yikes." It's refreshing to see such a natural flow.

Flora does get a little more serious about her feminism in the second half, and slogging through the development of her performance piece is kind of a drag while everyone is busy losing their heads over her apparently amazing, brilliant social commentary (yawn...), but in the end, Flora seems to come to the very reasonable state of mind that Moderation and Independently Reached Conclusions Are Good, Actually, so it's really pretty satisfying all around.

I think what I really like about this besides the format, though, is that so many YA novels center themselves around a romance, and while this one certainly has relationship elements, it provides an incredibly thorough look at everyday student life as a whole.
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3,280 reviews264 followers
March 1, 2018
This debut young adult novel by Jenny Fran Davis is such a treat. I knew I had to read this book when I found out it is set in a Quaker School just outside of Woodstock, NY, which is practically my hometown! The cast of characters is as quirky as they come, as you might expect from the self-proclaimed artists' colony of Woodstock.

Flora Goldwasser is plunged into a new way of living when she follows her crush to a small, prestigious hippie school called Quare Academy. When she arrives, she learns that any mention of people's personal appearances is deemed "shell speak" and is strictly forbidden. The culture shock is just about all Flora, a former feminist fashionista, can handle, but she digs deep to find the strength to make the most of it. To top it off, she finds out that her crush has backed out of attending the school, and her master plan to win him over goes out the window.

Told through a series of letters, emails, reports, and news articles, Everything Must Go is positively fun to read. Flora is wise beyond her years, and though she expected to be winning the affection of her crush, she instead finds herself making discoveries about her true self. I expected a fluffy read with this book and was delighted to find that there was plenty of (vegan) meat to sink my teeth into. And just wait until you find out why Flora stuffs everything she owns into a vending machine! - Caitlin D.
Profile Image for Samantha (WLABB).
3,539 reviews234 followers
October 20, 2017
I really enjoyed this book! It was quite an interesting journey with Flora, as she searched for her true self during a difficult period in her life. It was quirky, fun, and touched upon a bunch of interesting issues.

•Pro: I love mixed format books, and this one included emails, blog posts, photos, letters, and more. The different formats were used well, and were cleverly used to bring in different perspectives.

•Pro: Flora was a star. I loved her voice from page one, and I was so happy to go on this journey with her.

•Pro: The colorful cast of characters gave me the gift of laughter over and over again.

•Pro: Flora and her sister had a sisterly bond that made me jealous. Lael was an incredible big sister and was still there for Flora even when she went against her advice.

•Con: The ending was sweet, but I am not too sure what the intention was. Not disappointing, because I smiled, but still not sure about it.

•Pro: As radical as the school was for me, there were a lot of interesting ideas discussed and I like when I am made to look at something in a different way or left with food for thought.

•Pro: There are many, many feminists in this book, and therefore. lots of feminists discussions. But what I loved most about this girl-powered group, was how they wanted to support one of their own in her time of need.

Overall: A fun and quirky coming of age tale filled with wonderful and interesting characters, which left me with a smile on my head and a lot of interesting thoughts in my head.

**I would like to thank the publisher for an advanced copy of this book.

Profile Image for Kayla K. (Kayla's Book Nook).
356 reviews8 followers
October 22, 2017
The quirky and colourful cover was what first drew me into reading Everything Must Go when I came across it on Netgalley. Although I hadn't yet heard anything about this book from other bloggers, I decided to be one of the first to dive into it.

Just like the cover, this book was for sure quirky. That's the one word I'd use to describe every aspect about it. Don't worry, by quirky I mean in an absolutely awesome way. From the characters to the plot, I adored it all!

Everything Must Go is basically about a teenage girl named Flora. When she meets and falls in love with a guy named Elijah, she decides to attend the school at which he is about to teach. A change of plans sends Flora there without Elijah by her side, and thus she has a bit of trouble fitting in with her peers. How will her year make out to be?

First things first, I want to applaud the unique format of this book. That's yet another thing that makes it amazingly quirky! Instead of writing paragraph after paragraph, the story is conveyed using letters, IMs, newspaper articles, and even more. It definitely kept me engaged and eager to find out what was coming next in the story.

Okay, I'm going to have to use that word again! Quirky. This is how I describe Flora. Hence what happened during the story in her troubles with fitting in, she definitely stood out in the sea of book characters I've read about. She was a feminist, which was awesome, AND she was an entrepreneur who was not scared to stand for what she believes in regarding femininity and self-expression. I can see myself remembering Flora for months, if not years, to come.

As for the storyline, events were sometimes a tad slow and confusing, but it may just be because I'm not quite used to the unique formatting of this book. Nevertheless, as I said in an earlier paragraph, I was for sure riveted and kept wanting more and more, which is ultimately what matters!

Overall, I don't really have anything negative to say about Everything Must Go. It was an uplifting, fun, and diverse story all about how we should always strive to be ourselves in a society full of people trying to fit in, and I really appreciated this message. If you enjoy reading unique contemporaries complete with a cool protagonist and a spectacular format to keep you amused, then definitely check this one out!

*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Profile Image for Kathy - Books & Munches.
447 reviews156 followers
August 16, 2017
The first thing that intrigued me about this novel, was the fact that Flora already has fallen in love. Most stories focus on the love story, instead this is a novel that promises to give you something else, something more unique.
Add to that the out-of-the-ordinary format of letters, emails and journal entries... Well, it looked promising!

So this is where we begin: with me, naked and in love in the bathtub, like many a tragic protagonist before me.

At about 25% in the novel I started to get doubts. Flora felt very focused on the way she looks and I still didn't get a lot of details on her life at Quare. Certain events are laid out, but it all feels very detached, even though you're reading parts of her journal - but mostly emails that have been send back and forth between Flora, her friends and her sister.
Honestly, I was thinking about maybe DNF'ing this... And I rarely DNF any book!

But then the turn-around came and I started liking Everything Must Go. Actually. Started. Liking. It. Flora turns out to be the funny feminist and, even though I couldn't really connect with her, I didn't feel like it was essential to love this story.
This novel is unique in the way that Flora has already fallen in love and she needs to find her way coping with that love. By going to Quare - somewhere a materialistic person doesn't really 'fit in' - she takes on multiple battles at once.
She has to fight to keep on to hope, love and, in a way, even friendship. She has to find her place in a little tight-knit community where standards are... Well, completely different than the standards she lives by.

"Girls are not machines that you put kindness coins into until sex falls out."

Even though the feminist-aspect in this novel is clearly portrayed, it was the "no shell-speak" rule at Quare that grabbed me most. Really, that rule should be present everywhere.
At Quare, the students are practically forbidden - but not really - to comment on the appearances of their fellow peers in any way. You have to ignore the "shell", focusing solely on the inner beauty of everyone around you. If you're to give a compliment, compliment someone on their creativity, their way of thinking, but not on their hair, clothes, jewelry.
This idea, this rule. This is what I'll remember about this novel. No more shell-speak.

"When you think of yourself as so different, you become so different. All you'll be able to think about are the ways that you're an outcast."

The big negative for me, though, is the format. Expecting to love it, I ended up disliking it quite a bit. Even though it was a fun way of reading, I have to say that I might've connected with Flora more if this book was written as a diary, instead of the compilation of journal entries and e-mails. The odd e-mail could've been added, of course. But the main gist should've been Flora's journal.
The main reason, except for connecting more? Flora's mails often feel as if it's supposed to be "just" prose instead of an e-mail. I can't imagine ever writing someone an e-mail in which I'm quoting whole conversations, all details included. I would, however, write those things in a diary.

I'm giving this novel 3 / 5, considering it's very promising and I enjoyed it, but the execution could've been better.


I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own. I'm not being compensated in any way.
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12.3k reviews373 followers
Shelved as 'sorry-couldn-t-finish-these'
June 2, 2017
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

20% in and I am noping my way out of this.

A bit longer review will come in September.

EDIT (since some people will always find fault in things): I will just leave a few quotes here which I found weird (grammatically, sentence-wise, or because it was TMI (Too much information)).
Please don't assume I am racist because I am talking about colour/etc. (that sentence just seemed odd to me, and I also discussed it with other people, and they also were a bit confused on the sentence), a hater of those who pee (Sorry, even if she has a bladder problem you just don't drop your pants and pee on the lawn, in full sight of everyone. Nope. Nope, and nope. It was also a bit too much information), or a hater of abortions (I just found that sentence weird and out of place, like, whut, where did that come from?). Ok, thanks. I will probably NOT be posting my full review here, and I may even remove it totally. I am not sure yet.

"And here's what happened -- I'm almost too grossed out to write this: the girl suddenly scampered down the porch steps, pulled down her cords and granny panties, squatted in the grass, and released a waterfall of neon-yellow urine onto the grass. In plain sight! In the light of day! The communal, gender-neutral bathroom was forty paces away!"

"...and the regular nanny is training to be an abortion doula this weekend."

"They're half black and half German..."

Yup, I am out of here. *waves and quickly runs away from this book*
1 review
October 2, 2017
I loved Everything Must Go! I could not put it down. Flora is such a complex character, and I just looove Juna! The story is so fresh and original I would love to see it adapted to the small screen at some point; would love to see Floras outfits and Quare's campus come to life! This book deals with so many relevant topics. I really wish this book was released when I was in high school, definitely would have been obsessed with it then as well.
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345 reviews36 followers
October 15, 2018
A highly feminist novel is now in our midst! Flora Goldwasser is the epitome of a strong feminist figure with her vintage attire and her no bs persona, she brings the old school to the modern world. Shaking up societal ideals on what it means to be a strong and confident young woman and do amazing things through art, Flora takes an unexpected journey through queerness, sex, and finding herself. I loved the light and love this novel shared with readers. I felt very happy and could see how positive it is to stand out from the norm and be who you are without glitz and glam. Being a young woman myself, I know that it’s harder to be acknowledged and it seems like we are sometimes just made to be puppets for a man. I’m happy that this book concluded with a sort of respect and equality between men and women, but it really was not about men per say, it was about Flora breaking boundaries and making statements. This was an empowering novel along the lines of Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu. If you loved that novel, this is one you don’t want to miss out on reading!
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92 reviews3 followers
June 3, 2017
I am a big YA fan and this book drew me in from the very start. I like the way it is written in a series of emails, letters, journal entries etc - it has been a while since I read a book in this type of format. It was refreshing.

Flora and the other main characters are well written. I particularly liked Flora's overall character development. At first I felt she was playing the victim too much - but that changed over the course of the novel, making her more likeable.

If you love YA but are sick of vampires or first love but one person is damaged from their past/ ill / dying etc then give this a read instead. I'm not sure I've ever read a YA novel quite like it & in my book that is no bad thing.

Ps. I love the idea of 'no shell speak' - I am totally going to try to incorporate that into my life :)
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Author 2 books140 followers
September 17, 2017
I can't believe how quickly I read this. It's quite a long book but today I steamed through more than half of it in one go to get to the end!

Love love love. Quare was such an interesting setting and I loved seeing it through Flora's eyes, so disparaging at first but then over time SHE becomes more 'Quare' herself.

I think I had a bit of a crush on Dean too.

The letters/emails/diary entries format was really well done too. It didn't simply read like a bunch of letters; as most of them were from Flora it felt like her narrative interspersed with a few things from others.

I loved the Legally Blonde-esque idea too of going to a school for a guy and then growing to realise that he's a jerk who's not worth it, but the choice in going to that school turned out to be the right one, if for originally the wrong reasons.
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133 reviews
June 17, 2017
I am so in love with this book.

Everything Must Go is a story that is told through letters, emails, and journals throughout Flora's first year at the...hippie...boarding school called Quare. She gets here because of fascination and obsession with an older boy Elijah, who is a tutor at her school and a former Quare graduate. She thinks that attending this school will deepen the connection between her and Elijah, but she has no clue what she's gotten herself into.

She walks into a very hippie commune-like situation that's definitely very different from the life she led before.

This novel explores topics such as gender, sexuality, choice, and feminism.

In the end, it's a coming of age novel and e author has done a fabulous job!
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326 reviews28 followers
August 2, 2017
I won an ARC of Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis through a Goodreads giveaway...thank you! I was immediately drawn in by the cover, and imagined it would be a fun, light read. I didn't expect it to have such an impact on me, emotionally! It really hit home in a few places and I felt a connection to the characters. The story unfolds in a series of journal entries, letters, and emails. I really enjoyed it, and I definitely recommend it to those who enjoy books such as, Where'd You Go, Bernadette? Based on this debut novel, I see a promising future for Jenny Fran Davis. Congratulations!
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24 reviews4 followers
July 30, 2017
I received this book through a goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed the format of the book as it provided different perspectives on the growth of the characters. I really enjoyed how the story looks at how we try on various personalities in an attempt to find ourselves and how it is important to view people not as single stories/snapshots from a moment in time but as complex individuals that cannot be neatly compartmentalized into boxes.
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139 reviews
July 5, 2017
I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway.

Vibrant, unique, refreshingly cool narrator/heroine. A coming of age story, where she finds herself and what it means to be yourself and respect yourself and your choices; love is not always where you expect it. Easy to read and a unique voice.
4 reviews
July 27, 2017
Great storyline. Fun read, enjoyed the characters. Love the cover by the way. Will recommend this book to others.
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