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4.51  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The world tilted for Elodee this year, and now it’s impossible for her to be the same as she was before. Not when her feelings have such a strong grip on her heart. Not when she and her twin sister, Naomi, seem to be drifting apart. So when Elodee’s mom gets a new job in Eventown, moving seems like it might just fix everything.
Indeed, life in Eventown is comforting and exc
Published February 12th 2019 by HC/Katherine Tegen Books
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Every year various dictionaries and encyclopedias try to determine what the Word of the Year is, and every year they make some pretty good choices. Here’s one that I don’t think they’ve done yet, but that’s been on a lot of minds anyway: Discomfort. There’s been a lot of talk about it lately, particularly in terms of the value of uncomfortable/valuable conversations. I am, personally, a person who tends to avoid discomfort at all costs, and my privilege is that I can too often do so. Only becaus ...more
Mandy Stallard
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookposse
I am a huge fan of The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu, so I was thrilled that she shared an ARC of her newest book, Eventown, with #BookPosse. This middle-grade novel will publish in February 2019, so you will have to wait a while to get your hands on it, but I promise it will be worth the wait.

We meet twin sisters, Elodee and Naomi, on their last day in their hometown of Juniper. Things have been difficult for their family for a while; something terrible happened, and now they are sad all
Chance Lee
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: j-fic
With a blurb from Rebecca Stead, Eventown was a highly anticipated book for me. However, I found it too slow-paced for its climax, which hinges on a reveal of information that is only hidden because of narrative manipulation.

Eventown is narrated by Elodee, a sixth-grader who bakes cookies for people based on their personalities. She has a twin sister, Naomi, who likes gymnastics so much she does cartwheels almost as much as she walks. They have a dad who likes to garden and a mom who... not qui
Ms. Yingling
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it

Haydu, Corey Ann. Eventown

February 12th 2019 by HC/Katherine Tegen Books
Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central

Elodee's family is struggling for reasons that aren't clear, and she and her twin sister Naomi are not getting along. When their mother gets a job in Eventown, no one really wants to move, but they do, digging up a rose bush from their old home and bringing it with them. Eventown has a lot of good opportunities and a lot of fun activities for the girls. Elodee loves to cook, and Naom
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my heart! What an amazing, touching book!
Monica Edinger
My New York Times' review here.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Elodee’s family faced a tragedy this year and had trouble recovering from it. Elodee is always angry and her twin sister, Naomi, is getting quieter. Given those circumstances, moving to Eventown seemed like the best plan. The family had vacationed in Eventown and had great memories of being there. When they move into their house that is just like every other house in town, they discover a life filled with hikes into the hills, no cars, walking to school past a waterfall and woods, and rosebushes ...more
Laura Gardner
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to author @coreyannhaydu for sharing this book with @kidlitexchange; it comes out 2/12/19

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 for this wonderful book that nearly broke my heart. If you like books that explore family loss, please read this book. .

I love love love 💕 RULES FOR STEALING STARS by author @coreyannhaydu so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her newest books. Friends, it does not disappoint. EVENTOWN is beautifully written and full of mystery. The reader knows all along that Elodee and her family hav
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Eventown seems like the perfect place to live until you take a closer look. Many of the components were eerie reminders of books like "The Giver." They sing the same song in music class every time; all the gymnasts do the very same routine flawlessly, the recipes provided in their kitchen turn out deliciously perfect meals every time; all the beautifully bound library books are blank, and so on. The most chilling aspect, though, has to be the Welcome Center where each new citizen goes to tell th ...more
Anita Eti
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review

Before reading this book, I was not familiar with the author or her past work but I thoroughly enjoyed this. This book is a heartwarming tale of grief that will appeal to readers of all ages regardless of your experiences in life.

Twins Naomi and Elodee are moving to this new town, and while the author drops hints that something has upended their normal routine there is no big reveal YET of what occurred. So this new town, Eventown, is basically
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eventown is surprisingly thoughtful and slow-paced for contemporary juvenile fiction, but in a great way. It's a story that adults can enjoy and connect with as well. Eventown is a beautiful, picturesque, all-American town, but it has an eerie undercurrent reminiscent of Stepford. Corey Ann Haydu, through her book, says a lot about memories, love, and the smokescreen of the "perfect life."

Even though it is kept secret from the main characters, it's easy for the reader to figure out the underlyin
Sarah Overvaag
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life is messy. We have joys mixed with sorrows, but sometimes those sorrows seem unbearable. Sometimes we just want to leave them all behind and get a fresh start. Elodee’s family is moving to Eventown for that fresh start. Eventown is perfect, fair weather, perfect homes, and no one feels those messy mixed-up feelings.

“Eventown” is a very deep story, almost impossible to put down. Elodee narrates her family’s move from Juniper to Eventown. Elodee hints from the very beginning that something ter
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
“Love has a lot to do with imperfections.” It was interesting to read this just after reading Coyote Sunrise - I don’t want to say too much but they both deal with escaping grief in different ways. This one was much stronger to me. It reminded me a bit of City of Ember (in a good way) and of course there were aspects of The Giver. I liked the wrong feeling of the new town although I think I would have liked it to be just a little bit creepier. Maybe a tiny bit more like Camazotz. Anyway, this wa ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This strikes me as a somewhat unusual middle-grade novel, and one that I have a hard time mentally categorizing - it's sort of realistic, something of a mystery, kind of fantasy, a little bit dystopian, eerie and unsettling and totally compelling. Even though I figured out fairly early where it was going, it was still fascinating and moving and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Cassie Thomas
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
In a story where the setting is a mix between Pleasantville and Stepford Wives, Eventown is a place people go to forget and perfect. The only thing the town didn’t expect, was Elodee. Eventown is a story of understanding, of loss, grief, and hope. Where talking is vital, and so is family.
Shae McDaniel
This book is perfect and it HURTS and I was so close to weeping on an airplane. Everyone needs to read this book. E V E R Y O N E
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Surprising and moving fable about memory, grief, and feeling messy feelings. There were little bits of The Giver and The Good Place floating around in the mix.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking book!
Stephanie Laffin
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book took me on an unexpected journey. I could not put it down...a great roller coaster, i can't wait to suggest Eventown to friends.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read an ARC of this book. It was awesome.
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