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Every Little Thing in the World

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  889 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Sydney Biggs is a “good kid.” Smart, pretty, self-aware. No one doubts that she’ll go far in life. But, lately her mother worries that Sydney is wandering down the wrong path and getting all caught up in petty teenage rebellion and shenanigans. When Sydney and her best friend Natalia “borrow” a car to go to a party and then get escorted home by the police, ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published March 23rd 2010)
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Mar 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I would like to first say that Nina De Gramont can receive my humble apology whenever she would like.

When I first saw the cover and heard the jacket blip of this book, I instantly made fun of it. All I could think of was, “ANOTHER pregnancy story AND she is going to wilderness camp, OH COME ON!.” I think I can literally count on all my fingers and toes how many times I picked up this book and laughed, however Gramont got the better of me. After reading some of the reviews of Every Little Thing
Morgan F
Originally, I wasn't too interested in this book. From the plot description, it looked pretty cliched.

This book is about 16 year old Sydney Biggs. After getting into some trouble, Sydney's parents send her off on a six-week canoeing trip for the summer in the Canadian wilderness. Sydney's best friend, the rich and beautiful Natalia, is also going, but Sydney isn't all too happy about that, because with Natalia there, Sydney must constantly face an awful truth: she is pregnant. Over the course o
-k The Lady Critic
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Ok, I loved this book and I’m not just saying that because it was sent to me. No, it was just so completely raw and real; I can completely see this happening in real life. But at the same time I hated it with a passion because of some of the things that happen. Really, this book pissed me off to no end.

First, I’m completely pro-choice – it’s your body, do with it as you will – and I would never even think of counselling someone on this since I’ve never experienced it, which is why Natalia annoy
Oct 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
terrible. this book took me weeks to slog through. i kept waiting for something, ANYTHING, redeeming to to happen to any of these selfish, naive, ridiculous, irresponsible characters. there was no "lightbulb" moment for any of them. nothing learned. the ongoing battle of whether sydney should or should not get an abortion was preposterous. she lists all the stupid things that she had done as a 16 year old that she knew better than to do but failed to acknowledge that because she is a child, maki ...more
Steph Su
Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With freshness and immediacy, Nina de Gramont takes us deep within the complex mind of a pregnant teenager in the absolutely incredible EVERY LITTLE THING IN THE WORLD. But this is more than just a book about teen pregnancy: it’s also a lovingly detailed celebration and dissection of all different types of human interactions and relationships.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a YA book that gives such insight into human and teenage nature. Sydney’s voice never feels forced, despite the astonishi
I ordered this to fulfill the Young Adult Book Club's 17th quarterly challenge, although teen pregnancy books are seldom my thing. But I had a pretty good feeling about this story. I shouldn't have had it - that gut feeling. The main character, her best friend, all the boys AND her parents are completely unlikable in my opinion. 83 pages and some skimming through the rest provided no joy or satisfaction at all. That said I need to stress that my rating does not have anything to do with the outco ...more
Jun 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know it when I started it but this book was 'Young Adult'. Once I finished it I couldn't believe it was for 14 years and up. I know I am an old woman and a prude but really - 14 year old girls need to read about sex, pregancy, sex, sex, drugs, abortions and more sex? And did it all have to be made to look attractive and inviting? Whatever happened to Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie? OK - so now you all know I am an old woman and a prude!
Stephanie A.
Every single character in this book was unlikable except the dog and maybe the stepmother. I may have physically punched it after reading the ending.
Emily Benoit

This overall, was a good book. But in a way, I couldn't stand it. Sydney, in the beginning, drove me INSANE.

I'm not someone who believes in abortion, although I used to think it wasn't a big deal. Quite frankly, I didn't care. But not now. Now there's just something about when I think of it, it feels totally and completely wrong. Dont have sex, if your not ready for a baby.

Sydney seemed so self-centered, and I wanted to throw the book at the wall half the
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I know this may sound strange, but I love reading books that contain teen pregnancy. Some people say this topic is overdone and partially clichéd, but in my opinion each story presented the author takes the topic and turns it into a story that's all its own. Further more, this is exactly what happens with Every Little Thing In The World.

Every Little Thing in the World is an emotional, enlightening, and fast paced tale of one girl's choice between what's right and wrong when it comes to her preg
Finally, a young adult book that *doesn't* vilify abortion! Thank you, Nina de Gramont. And, to be honest, this one single factor easily could've been the thing that made me love this book. But thankfully the book had a *lot* going for it. Nina de Gramont is quite a good storyteller and even though there were plenty of moments where I felt very frustrated with Sydney, the narrator, in the end I did think that she epitomized a what life can be like for somewhat sheltered, middle class teenage gir ...more
Uh oh, poor 16-year-old Sydney got herself knocked up...What is she going to do??? Why, dodge making a decision by going on a summer wilderness expedition, of course! Yes, this is another teen pregnancy dilemma novel with plenty of corniness, but I enjoyed the Canadian summer canoe adventure. There was even a bit of compelling substance and imagery here and there tucked between the various cliches and stereotypes, so as far as chick-lit goes, this ain't so bad. I'm sure there are plenty of young ...more
Rebecca McNutt
I liked this book, it has many different characters and themes, but it wasn't a very original story and some of the characters were really immature and annoying.
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
*Warning: spoilers*

This book for me was a very easy read, and that’s saying something considering I haven’t read a book from cover to cover in a long time. The narrator exuded a realness that added to her likeability, I appreciated how at times she had more flaws than strengths. The guilty thoughts that Sydney had towards her baby made the self-righteous part of me protest, such as when she jumped off a cliff, “I realised at just the right moment that if I flattened my body – let myself fall bel
May 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book was extreamly weird and i dont think i recomend it for anyone. There isnt really a point to it except some girl gets caught at a keg party with her best friend who is from sweden i think and then she finds out shes pregnant and her parents are divorced and her dad is a hippy that has the same ideas as sr amina with fast food and stuff so the main girl moves with her weird hippy dad then he sends her away so she tells her best friend that shes being sent away to canada for a kanoo trip t ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, audiobook, ya-lit
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Diana Dang
May 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sydney has a problem. She's pregnant.

Being pregnant at sixteen years is definitely not ideal, but what can Sydney do? She knows she will not marry the baby's father because that is unrealistic and it will not work out. Keeping it quiet from her parents, she is unsure what to do in this situation. Her father sends her up north to Canada so she can join a canoeing camp that will help her learn something new and be away from the technological world today.

Surrounded by Canadian wilderness, Sydney in
Amanda Munoz
"Every Little Thing In The World" was very difficult to read. Although Sydney is described as a "good kid," she is anything but a good role model for teens like myself. She and her friends have no qualms about drinking, partying, and "borrowing cars," but maybe that's the point. This made it laborious for my to sympathize with her concerns.

The actual writing of the book is very good. Nina de Gramont has a wonderful grasp of the English language and stylistically parts of the book are very beaut
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Breanna F. for

Sydney Biggs is sixteen and somewhat of a rebel. After she and her best friend, Natalia, sneak out to a party one night, her mother ships her off to her father for the summer so that he can deal with her. Her father then tells Sydney that he is sending her off to a wilderness camp for a month.

The only problem is that Sydney is pregnant, and she needs to decide whether she wants an abortion or not within a very short period of time.

She plans to not think
Sydney is 16 and pregnant. She gets in trouble with her mom the night she decides to tell the father of the baby (she's not close to him & she never does tell him - my first issue). Sydney's mom is frustrated with her & sends her to her dad without Sydney telling her about the pregnancy. Dad sends her on a wilderness adventure so that hopefully she will get focused. Sydney doesn't tell him either. The only person who she tells is her best friend Natalia, who shortly after the book begins ...more
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
This was a really pointless story in my opinion. I just don't understand why read something that has no resolution whatsoever. I dont know if I'm making any sense, but when I read, I expect to be moved or entertained or scared or have an epiphany moment when everything clicks into place or... something. I felt none of those things here. I don't even know if the book was supposed to be about something or about nothing at all. I'm so confused.

I enjoyed it quite all right and I was never bored enou
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: at-the-library
As someone raised strongly pro-life, this book was an interesting, and at times disturbingly relatable, read for me as it deals with the dilemma of a pregnant sixteen year old girl who was not raised with any similar strong influences as she is confronted for the first time with what God might think of abortion, what choices she has, and how whatever choice she makes will effect the rest of her life - all under the time constraint of twelve weeks before it becomes too late to legally have an abo ...more
Hermela Tefera
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont was an amazing and well written book that I thoroughly enjoyed. This book was about a rebellious teen who learns many life lessons throughout the book. The main character Sydney is pregnant and is not ready for the responsibilities to come. She overcomes many personal conflicts and she learns that she must live in the present not in the fear of tomorrow. Sydney also learns that she must take action in the situations she faced. I really enjoyed t ...more
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really great book. I really liked the characters in this book. Although they were pretty typical--the pretty boy celebrity, the hot best friend, the badass, and even the main character who was the pretty average girl, they all had another side to them that went beyond their stereotypes.

As for the plot of the book, I did not know what to expect for Sydney's decision. There were times when she thought she would keep it, and there were times when she thought she would abort it
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was actually pretty excited to read this one. And to be honest, I enjoyed it for the first few chapters. I finished it yes, because I was hoping there would be a transformation in the character. There wasnt. My problem was the fact that Sydeny didn't change. She is sooo good at kept secrets from everyone. It made be uncomfortable to read some of the book too due to contradictions of my beliefs. But that is the point of reading: to learn about other lives apart from yours (and the pure joy of c ...more
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I thought this would be a book about the unfortunate pregnant high school girl and maybe her lame boyfriend and her best friend. But, whoa, this book blew me away! First of all, de Gramont is a beautiful writer, really skilled with using language. Second, the plot and cast of characters are so interesting and fully realized. De Gramont avoids easy stereotypes and creates real human beings. (Well, not exactly, you know what I mean.) Third, the action is unpredictable -- so refreshing in a YA nove ...more
Better than average, but not extraordinary. Full review
Jun 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book about the outdoors. DO NOT read this book if you want to read fiction about the outdoors, or if you want to read books about adventurous women, or women behaving sensibly in the wilderness. If you are sending your daughter to camp and want to get her pumped for it, this is NOT the book for you.

Early on, Sid says she liked canoeing until she discovered beer and boys. She should be told that you can fit beers and boys into a canoe, and still have room for the rest of your campin
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Sydney is 16 and has a slight problem - she's pregnant. And when she and her friend Natalia are caught stealing Natalia's parents' car, neither share Sydney's condition or the fact they were on their way to tell the father, Tommy.

Sydney's mom sends her off to her dad who decides her punishment is to go on a month-long canoe trip with no technology. Sydney actually can't wait to go. One more surprise, Natalia is also going. Sydney knows she's getting an abortion, but Natalia tries to change her m
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