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Everything Is Fine.

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  770 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Stuck at home caring for her severely depressed mother and abandoned by her father, Mazzy has only the day-to-day dramas of her neighborhood to keep her busy. But between flirting with the boy next door and worrying about the fact that she's flat-chested, Mazzy has to face the fact that her mom is emotionally paralyzed by a family tragedy. As readers delve into the story, ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published February 6th 2009)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
It only takes a few chapters in this novel in verse for the reader to see that everything is not fine in this household. Mazeline lives alone with her mother, who is severely depressed to the point of being nonfunctional after the death of Mazzy's little sister Olivia. The story of how Olivia died, a real shocker at the end and not what I expected, is revealed gradually, which keeps up the suspense and makes the book unable to be put down. Various neighbors and a social worker stop by to try to ...more
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
I finished Everything is Fine in about one sitting. The writing is so crisp and minimalist and evocative that you devour the story before realizing what Ann Dee's up to. She doesn't give us much time to reflect, which makes it all the more necessary to pay attention to the psychological nuance. This book's main character is as disturbing as the hapless protagonist in This is What I Did, Ann Dee's first book, and just as endearing. She gives us limited access to a vulnerable person whose interior ...more
Holland 2010
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mazzy is 12 years old she has to take of her sick mother because her father is out of town for work.She lives in a messy house she dosn't have time to clean it up becuase of her mother.Her mother is depressed what had happend to her last baby.
Everyone in the neighborhood is worrid about her and her mom,everyone tries to help her but mazzy dosnt want any help until a lady will take her mother to the hospital and mazzy will has to kansas thats when she needs help.Her only help is her father.
Soon a
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Annalisa by: Janessa
I admire people who can write so beautiful and powerful a story in so few words.
Lacey Louwagie
Maybe I've just read too many young adult "problem novels," but this book didn't excite me. It centers on the relationship Mazzy has with those around her -- especially her mother -- in the aftermath of her younger sister's death. The subject matter is fairly original, the writing beautiful in places, and the characters well-defined. Mazzy feels like a real adolescent girl who has lived through and is trying to make sense of trauma. The style is very reminiscent of Lyn Rae Perkins work, except w ...more
Feb 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
This book was strange it was hard for me to comprehend. Though, everything made more sense after finding out about the horrible tragedy this family went through. Still something was off. I think it was the character of Mazzy. At first I thought maybe she had regressed backwards in maturity after the tragedy but after reading a bit about before it happened it seemed she was still kind of the same. I found it strange that she karate chopped people when she was upset or didn't know what to do, but ...more
Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Mazzy has more responsibility than most people her age. She has a severely depressed mother that barely moves and a father more concerned with his career than with what is going on at home. Her only companionship comes from her neighbors, but friendships are hard to maintain because of her strange and off-putting behaviors. The only outlet Mazzy has is art. Her mother’s abandoned art supplies provide her with a way to express her true feelings when everywhere else she has to hide what is really ...more
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Everything is Fine i chose this book because it looked really excting to read and it was, the main charater was Mazzy she was quite intresting at first i though mazzy and colby were gonna go out sometime it seemed liked they liked eachother but i guess not she talked about her mom alot i guess she just cared alot well this was a super duper amazing book i loved it, this book i couldnt stop reading it was so good i loved it, thanks the problem was that mazzy didnt want her mom to go away so she t ...more
Jun 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
What a profound disappointment.

This is one of the books purchased for the Health Information Project that we send to our various centers. All of the titles we promote tend to focus on issues of health in general -- anything from body image to mental health to drug use and sexual behavior for teens.

I believe we thought this title would be a good one because of its depiction of mental illness in a family -- Mazzy, the daughter, is left home with her mother, who suffers from a severe case of post-p
Alethea A
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alethea by: Margaret Stohl
Ouch! Really tough read. I won't tell you which issue(s) it covers, but it does it very well.

I would say it's definitely lighter than some of the other "issues" books, like Wintergirls or Living Dead Girl Definitely worth a read and ok for younger readers (LDG is pretty graphic--I'm over 30, and went *through* that kind of thing, and I still squirmed! I wouldn't give that one to anyone younger than, say, 16.)

Review pending.
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Well, I vacillated between one star (didn't like it) and two (it was okay) and decided to go for two, since the actual idea behind the book was interesting. I didn't care for the writing style and I could not stand the characters, I mean uniformly detested them - the protagonist included. I don't want to give any spoilers, so suffice it to say that Mazzy has reason to be off-putting, angry, you name it, but page after page of it was too much to bear. I was actually relieved to get to the too tid ...more
May 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I'm sure this is a book that my students who are fans of Ellen Hopkins will like, but I wanted more than the sparseness the book provided. I really missed the sense of place, character development, and I felt cheated at the end of the book. I had to reread the last section just to make sure I hadn't missed something, some point of resolution. It was like the book just ended, and I wasn't satisfied.
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, 2008
This book was incredibly difficult to read do to subject matter. Mazzie is left to take care of her deeply depressed mother. It's very hard to pin an age on Mazzie but it seems that she acts younger than her age because of all the stress in her life.

Everything is Fine is written in prose with small vingettes about her daily activities.

It's a great book but be prepared for a few tears.
Mrs. Kathy
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked the writing and the way the story slowly unwound, but I'm not sure middle schoolers would stick with it long enough to get it. Your mature readers probably would. It's not a very uplifting story....really tragic!
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sadsadsad
I loved the style of this book. Short sentences, and the voice of the character was clear as a bell.
Emily Miller
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st
Norma, She is a kind and generous. Norma is trying to make friends. But everyone is super worried about her mom. So they keep on asking Norma if her mom is okay. So she said “yes she is fine but she was lying”. Norma doesn't want people to worry about her mom. Then this lady asked if she could see her mom, Norma said “no you may not you fat lady with the red car and no cats.” Then instead of the lady listening to Norma she went and saw Norma’s mom anyways. But when she went to see her the lady w ...more
Rose Marie
Snowstorm has been messing up my WiFi and tv so I chose to marathon this very short 150 page book. I had read it a couple years ago and it's just one of those books that are great for when you're in a reading slump or are in between bigger books.
it's partially written in what I believe is called verse writing and it honestly works so well with the story. it's a story of a severely depressed mother who has lost her child and is left alone with her middle school aged daughter. it's a pretty sad s
It took me a little while to get into the author's writing style. It is a part narrative and part novel in verse, so the stream-of-consciousness thinking and flashbacks didn't always mesh neatly. While Mazzy is the heart of the story, what drives the plot is her mom's debilitating depression. There were plenty enough hints early on why she is depressed. It is not all dark and depressing, though. There are lighter moments. I like how Mazzy's relationship with Norma (adult neighbor) evolved becaus ...more
Allie Z.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book started off rocky- a book my adviser said I should read but that sounded dumb and the complete opposite of "my kind of book". But as I kept reading I got sucked into Mazzy's world. While I did not appreciate some of the ways certain content was handled, the writing and structure of the novel was genius. Readers slowly figure out all of the unanswered questions introduced in the beginning of the book, a slow, dramatic, realistic, and haunting understanding. I love novels that don't play ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
The writing in this book.
It is kind of annoying.
Because every sentence is written on a new line.
It makes the story feel disjointed and choppy.
The story itself is only okay.
And it doesn’t make up for the choppy style.
Zoe Zuniga
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
sweet, short, spare. great dialogue just the way real kids talk.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teens
This is a heart breaking short book about how a family copes with tragedy.
Melody Loomis
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was alright. I think the formatting was a little difficult to get used to. It was kind of hard to tell who was talking at times. But overall not a terrible story.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
tw // suicide mentions.

this was weird. i was uncomfortable. i was confused because the pacing was so freaking weird. all the characters are weird. it’s boring. i just, idk. i don’t like this. sorry
Kari Allsup
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an insightful story. Ellis writes convincingly in Masolene’s voice. Quick read!
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
She is soooooo good at voice.
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story kept me on the edge of my seat! 4 stars.
Stephi K.
3 1/2 stars. This book reminded me of the way I thought when I was twelve because of the strong voice and the format.
Lisa Rogers
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Way to tragic for me.....
Linda Clark
Just a little to grim for my taste, but very well written. I could not begin to understand the father.
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Ann Dee (pronounced "Andy") Ellis received an MA from Brigham Young University, where she now works as an instructor for creative writing for children and young adults. She lives in Utah with her husband and two young sons.

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