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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,897 ratings  ·  442 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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by 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
I'm not a huge elementary reader, but I absolutely LOVED Corey Haydu's EVENTOWN. It starts as a typical upper elementary read, so its hidden depths prove all the more profound.

Tragedy devastates our main character Elodee’s family, so when Elodee’s mom gets a new job; moving seems like it’ll fix everything. Welcome to Eventown. A place where all the houses look the same, the air always smells like roses, and blueberries grow year round. Where everything seems like the perfect summer day. At lea
Chance Lee
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
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Think Stepford Wives for middle graders and you have EVENTOWN.

Identical twins Elodee and Naomi are uprooted to the seemingly idyllic hamlet of EVENTOWN. Narrator Elodee soon realizes that all the houses are the same, down to the number of flowers in the gardens. It never rains in EVENTOWN, in fact, everything is downright perfect. Except that it isn’t. Upon moving to the town, memories are erased, even good ones. But Elodee holds on to important ones and she may just save herself and everyone el
Kate Willis
I love this book for its intriguing cover and review by Rebecca Stead.

Its truth about family and sisters and sorrow, and its truth about family and sisters growing apart because of sorrow. (Dad’s sighs were particularly accurate.)

Its portrayal of an easy world perfect for a fresh start.

Baking and blueberries and ice cream and s’mores and faded freckles and a rose but that would not be tamed.

A slow reveal of what the tragedy was and how the eerily idyllic Eventown worked.

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Kaytee Cobb
At first I thought I knew what was happening, and then I was won't, and then I was delighted. Ib was pretty sure this was going to be a 3 star average book for me, but the last 40 pages are really wonderful. ...more
Destinee Sutton
This is basically like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for kids.

As a grown-up, I really don't need to read another story about a supposed utopia that is actually *gasp* a dystopia. But, of course, to most child readers this will not come off as a tired trope. "Too good to be true" is a real thing, kids! Be suspicious of anyone who tells you it's possible to live in this world without discomfort.
Miss Kelly
Baby's First Dystopian ...more
Mandy Stallard
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
From the start I could tell this book and I were not necessarily going to get on too well.
The book started by laying it on thick that something really tragic, bad, world-tilting, etc, etc had happened to our narrator and her family. I quickly got tired of being told something awful had happened but with no story development to go along with constantly being told.
It felt like the author was trying too hard to be profound.
The big reveal occurred too far into the story, about 280 pages into a 320 p
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May 21, 2020 marked it as to-be-review  ·  review of another edition
This is a middle grade book. I won a kindle edition of this book from a goodreads giveaway, and I will post a honest review of this book as soon as I finish reading it.
Ms. Yingling

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
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Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was an amazing blend of mystery, thought, and wit. It was obviously very well thought out and the plot was great. Eventown gave such a feeling of fakeness and mystery, which I found creepy and gripping at the same time. I recommend this book if you like mysteries and/ or middle grade novels.
Lily Wallaker
Sometimes you just want to peek at a book to see if it's any good.
But for this one, I peeked and then sat down and read chapter after chapter. I read the whole entire thing in one day! It's wonderful, heartwarming and, well, perfect!
Nicole Johnson
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining middle grade reminiscent of The Giver.
Barb Middleton
A well-written book is one that has different meanings and layered themes for readers to interpret as they may. One person might like the character development on what it is like to have a twin. Another reader might relate to the pressure the protagonist feels to conform to peers. Another might interpret that pressure as isolation and the loneliness of not fitting in because whenever he or she tries it blows up like a firecracker in unimaginable ways. Or perhaps the book reflects a depressed sta ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much! The authors craft was so good! Though the whole thing with Lawrence didn’t quite fit into the story, in my opinion. I thought that there were great descriptions throughout the story. I would definitely recommend it.
Leonard Kim
I am not sure the metaphor works—that wanting to forget can be equated with social conformance. Camazotz and Orphan Island and the Community in The Giver are similar setups and yet all “meant” different things, so I guess that’s a quibble too—the distinctive American attitude that individualism is prized over societal peace and welfare can be exploited in just about any kind of book like this, but this indiscriminateness makes the resulting world-building feel inconsistent. Still overall this wa ...more
Phil Jensen
Aug 24, 2019 marked it as notes-on-unfinished-books  ·  review of another edition
Notes on Chapters 1-5

This is basically a mid-tier M. Night Shyamalan story. It's not as good as one of his Bruce Willis movies, but it's not as bad as one of the later ones. It's kind of like The Village or Signs. There's a lot of deliberately enigmatic stuff happening, and the author is shoving mystery in my face, but I don't particularly feel compelled to solve the mystery. I feel pretty sure there's a deliberate cheat in here somewhere.

The story is that there's this family, and tragedy happen
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
If you could escape grief by giving up your memories, would you? Something terrible happened to Elodee’s family, and now her parents have decided to move to Eventown for a fresh start. Elodee and her twin sister Naomi are initially excited about the things they remember from a visit a few years ago: the amazing ice cream shop, the beautiful views at the end of a hike, the way the air always smelled like roses. But while Naomi is eager to embrace the perfection and blend in to life in Eventown, E ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so magical and beautiful and sad. But it was also full of hope. I loved it.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I pick this book up from the Library without knowing anything about it. I’m glad I did. Even though it’s considered young adult I feel like anybody who is dealing with different kinds of emotions and the ups and downs of life can relate.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished Eventown by Corey Anne Haydu.

Wow. That one took it out of me. I spent the last 50+ pages either teary-eyed, sniffling, or full-on sobbing. Haydu goes deep into real-life, life-shattering issues that so many other Middle Grade authors tend to gloss over. I applaud it. How else will we give tweens & very early teens the permission to not only feel these emotions, but to know that those emotions mean something and are just as important as "adult" feelings during the same life upheaval
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
“In Juniper, nothing was ever perfect. Especially not lately. I didn’t think anything would ever be perfect again. But here in Eventown, perfect seems possible.” (73)

As fifth-grader Elodee knows “Some days are harder than other days.” (7) But it seems that more and more days are “harder.” Her identical twin Naomi seems to be growing away from her, the kids in the school think she is weird, she is losing the two friends she has, and she has these strong feelings of sadness and extreme anger. She
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library, tween
I found this a bit heavy-handed with the forgetting thing - alluded to too many times. But that was the point, so I guess it was necessary. I am not sure why I ended up reading two identical-twin books one after the other (The Lost Girl), but I did. This one, I could actually tell the two girls apart, but the differences almost seemed exaggerated. OK, but I am not sure it would appeal to that many kids. I think the most interesting person in the book was actually the MC's friend's mother. ...more
Gracelyn Buckner
This book is my whole heart. 💖

"Love, in the way we take care of each other when we're hurting.
Love, strongest in the worst, scariest, most painful moments.
Love, even better when the sky is gray and your heart is breaking."
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