The Center of Everything

by Laura Moriarty | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0786888458 Global Overview for this book
Registered by allbookedup of Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on 9/16/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Thursday, September 16, 2004
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Laura Moriarty's debut novel is a simple story, but effectively told. Ten-year-old Evelyn Bucknow lives with her not very responsible young mother, Tina, on the outskirts of a small Kansas town. The Center of Everything follows a clean arc: How Evelyn, a gifted but poor student, negotiates the pitfalls of her background to become a college student. The book shows the scary tenuousness of poverty. When Tina's car breaks down, their life falls apart like a flimsy cardboard edifice. Evelyn can't get to school, Tina can't get to work, and unseemly relationships with men who own cars develop. The novel's other theme is the importance of teaching; when one of her teachers tells her she's gifted, Evelyn's life is changed. "She takes off her glasses, still looking at me. I take off my glasses too, because for a moment I think she is going to place them on my eyes, the way you place a crown on someone's head when they become queen. Welcome to being smart." As she heads into adolescence, Evelyn sees her best friend fall in love and become pregnant, just as Tina did when she was a teenager. Evelyn resists these traps, not without some lovelorn, lonely moments. The Center of Everything careens dangerously near fingerwagging at times, but the book's salvation comes from unexpected quarters: Evelyn's mom Tina. At the outset, she seems beleaguered and lost, but as the book progresses she develops a wry resiliency. We get to watch Evelyn and Tina grow up together, and it's a rare sight.

Journal Entry 2 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Tuesday, August 04, 2009
currently reading... it's been on my shelf for too long!!!!

Journal Entry 3 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Sunday, August 09, 2009
I liked it, but it was also a bit depressing, I was happy that Evelyn gets to "escape" in the end

Journal Entry 4 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I wanted to wild release it at the cinema yesterday, but forgot to write down the BCID!
So I gave it to magnaram ;) Hope you'll like it

Journal Entry 5 by magnaram on Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Will start reading it as soon as possible

Journal Entry 6 by magnaram on Thursday, August 27, 2009
I really liked the story, also the fact that I read "The Center of Everything" on a short holiday in the middle of nowhere (Tannberg in Upper Austria)! Of course, the story had a depressing setting but for me there was no doubt that Evelyn was destined to finally leave. I also liked that her mother's and grandmother's development is described.

Journal Entry 7 by magnaram at OBCZ-Heuschober-Roma dzt GESCHLOSSEN in Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (11/23/2009 UTC) at OBCZ-Heuschober-Roma dzt GESCHLOSSEN in Linz, Oberösterreich Austria

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Journal Entry 8 by wingOBCZ-Heuschoberwing from Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Thursday, November 26, 2009
im OBCZ-Regal

Journal Entry 9 by wingOBCZ-Heuschoberwing at Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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Journal Entry 10 by ursuutz at Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Monday, October 25, 2010
Gute Rezensionen. Mal lesen!

Journal Entry 11 by ursuutz at cup&cino in Marchtrenk, Oberösterreich Austria on Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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Journal Entry 12 by ursuutz at cup&cino in Marchtrenk, Oberösterreich Austria on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Journal Entry 13 by wingGhaneschawing at Marchtrenk, Oberösterreich Austria on Wednesday, April 17, 2019
aus dem Regal befreit

Released 2 mos ago (4/26/2019 UTC) at Haus der Jugend - BC Convention 2019 in Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany

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Journal Entry 15 by wingcoco7wing at Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany on Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Taken home from the Mainz convention when it was still there on Sunday. I liked the author's novel The Chaperone which was wildly popular a few years ago.

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