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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141698013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416980131
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—Friends Sydney and Natalia, both 16, are sent to a wilderness camp to canoe the waters of northern Canada for six weeks. They have secrets: Sydney is pregnant, and Natalia has just found out that her older sister, Margit, is actually her biological mother. Other campers also have secrets. Brendan, a hot TV-soap star, is hiding his sexual orientation; and on a dare the gritty, tattooed Mick reveals that he killed a man. While the campers paddle, cook, and have adventures, Sydney ponders her predicament. She didn't have much of a relationship with the unborn child's father, and at one point during the trip she contemplates sleeping with a fellow camper to dupe him into paying for an abortion. After a night of drinking, she briefly considers a belly flop as the fix. Natalia recognizes the enormity of Margit's decision to give birth as a teenager, and she extracts a promise from Sydney that she will have the baby, assuring her that she will help, but the troubled teen must ultimately make her own decision. De Gramont introduces a lot of ancillary characters, and it's doubtful that readers will care about many of them, but the story moves along at a decent pace as it examines one teen's struggle to deal with an unplanned pregnancy.—Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA
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From Booklist

Critically acclaimed adult author de Gramont makes her YA debut in this novel of summer transformation. After 16-year-old Sydney learns that she is pregnant, she and her glamorous best friend, Natalia, try to track down the boy Sydney had sex with and end up in trouble with the police. Sydney keeps her secret from both her frustrated, divorced mother and her father, who ships her off to a Canadian summer camp. Natalia joins her, and as the girls paddle through the wilderness, they wrestle with Sydney’s options. Friction grows as Natalia speaks out against abortion and then begins a charged friendship with Mick, a troubled kid who uses the n-word and claims to have killed a man. The author writes with frank authenticity about teens: their inner and outer dialogues, their gradual self-awareness, and their puzzling choices, particularly about sex. The girls’ ultimate acceptance of Mick, for example, feels both realistic and unsettling. More than Sydney’s dilemma or the camp dynamics, though, it’s the parent-child relationships, both loving and fraught, that may resonate most with YAs. Grades 8-11. --Gillian Engberg

More About the Author

Nina de Gramont is the author of a collection of short stories, Of Cats and Men, and the co-editor of an anthology, Choice. Her novel, Gossip of the Starlings, was published in 2008, and she has also written a young adult novel, Every Little Thing in the World. Nina's work has appeared in Redbook, Seventeen, Exquisite Corpse, post road, Isotope, and the Harvard Review.

Learn more about Nina at www.ninadegramont.com

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I wish this book were required reading in high schools across America.
Otaku Girl
Every Little Thing in the World follows Sydney as she not only spends an extended period in the wild but as her relationship with Natalia changes.
Kelly Jensen (STACKED Books blog)
A lovely story written with such detail that I have clear mental pictures of all the characters and settings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on April 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 this 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 pregnancy and her.

Sydney was a character that was easy to like from the beginning because while she had a big problem that none of you teens out there will hopefully have to face during your high school years, she also had others that were easy to relate to. Also, you could feel her frustration on which choice to make- have it or abort it?- and the different opinions that came from her friends on the situation, leaving you to constantly cheer for to come out doing what she wanted to do in the end. And while I do feel that she could have handled some of the situations differently, I still admire her for doing what was right for her in the end, not leaving others to influence her decision. Natalia, Syd's best friend, was a character that just surprised me ( usually not in a good way) throughout and while I'm dying to say more on this, I don't want to give too much about the story away. I did like the secondary characters, though, because I enjoyed how Nina had them each come from a different and diverse background that made them stand out in their own unique way.

As said briefly above, the plot was just plain addicting, leaving me to finish this book in less then two days which is pretty good considering the loads of homework that usually dictate most of my time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Su on April 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 astonishing range of observations she provides us, many of which are things we could only dream of having learned as a teen. The tensions she experiences in her relationships with the important people in her life are perfectly written and balanced.

In this sense, then, EVERY LITTLE THING IN THE WORLD is so much more than a story about teen pregnancy: as Sydney canoes through the Canadian wilderness, she learns about friendship, lust, unrequited crushes, parents, and what really matters to her. This book doesn't try to present a moral; rather, it's an exploration into one teenager's mind. We may not necessarily agree with everything Sydney does, but after reading this book, we come to appreciate the thought processes that go into people making different decisions.

EVERY LITTLE THING IN THE WORLD is so much more than it appears to be upon first glance. Read this for a beautiful and amazing in-depth look into teenage interaction and decision-making.
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Format: Paperback
When sixteen-year-old Sydney discovers she is pregnant, she tells only her best friend and hopes in vain that she'll miscarry. Her divorced parents, unaware of her pregnancy and fed up with her reckless behavior, send Sydney on a wilderness canoeing tour in Canada in the hopes to straighten her out. As the days pass and Sydney's pregnancy progresses, she thinks back on her choices and is forced to come to a decision about her future.

This introspective novel explores Sydney's life and her relationships, with her parents, her best friend, her romantic encounters, and her own demons. Gramont focuses on Sydney's slow personal growth, and the unexplainable yet magnetic dynamics between her protagonist and the supporting characters. It's in Sydney's interactions and unexpected strong connections to the most unlikely people in her group that force her to own up to her mistakes and take responsibility for her actions. Every Little Thing in the World is a novel about possibilities, connections, and the power of redemption.

Cover Comments: I like the bright colors of this cover, and the look on the girl's face--full of bliss. The water looks really cool, and makes this cover look really active.
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By E. Swan on March 10, 2012
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I so enjoyed Ms. De Gramont's Gossip of the Starlings, that even though I'm technically an adult, I had to read her YA debut novel. How nice to re-enter the 16-year-old mind in the wilds of Canada but with the very real, difficult issue of teenage pregnancy hanging in the balance. As with Starlings, I found I could not put the thing down. Once I entered the world of these flawed, but thoughtful teenagers, I had to see them through their crises, flirtations, cans of beans, lack of soap, and night swims in the cool, Canadian lakes. De Gramont's writing is gentle, funny and inviting. I finished the book in the wee hours of last night, and I'm still longing to know what happens to these kids. I want more!
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