Title: Everything Must Go
Author: Jenny Fran Davis
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult
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.
Source: Thanks so much to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!
How I Found Out About It: Netgalley
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.*