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Every Little Thing in the World Hardcover – March 23, 2010
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Learn more about Nina at www.ninadegramont.com
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
16 year old Sydney was a wonderful main character. Mainly because she was just so real. I could understand her reactions and thoughts and I felt for her from page one. After being sent away to wilderness camp in Canada for being too rebellious, Sydney will have the experience of a lifetime. While most girls will be worried about sleeping on the ground and getting bitten by mosquitos, Sydney Biggs has something even bigger on her mind- she's pregnant.
Sydney's story was very different from any other teen pregnancy novel that I've read. Mainly because she was unsure about what she wanted to do about the baby. Have it and give it up for adoption? Or have an abortion? She was faced with many difficult decisions over the course of the story and it made things even harder that she was stuck in the woods; trying to pretend she wasn't really expecting. While her pregnancy was a key part of Every Little Thing in the World, there were still a variety of other plot points that were just as important.
I loved reading about the canoe trip. With the beautiful scenery, wildlife, and nature it sounded like an amazing experience. Best of all, Sydney's fellow adventurers were all unique and well developed characters.Read more ›
Although that book ended up being less than I hoped, I was excited to see that de Gramont would be releasing a teen book this year -- GotS featured a prep school girl, and I had the hopes that when aiming to reach the teen audience, rather than the adult audience, the story would come together a little better.
Every Little Thing in the World delivered.
Sydney Biggs has been getting in more and more trouble lately -- and when she and her best friend Natalia steal a car, that's the end of the rope for Sydney's mother who decides she needs to spend time with her father while they figure out a punishment.
While away, her mother and father decide the best means of punishing her for her poor behavior is to send her to a summer camp in the wilds of Ontario, Canada. The lessons in self sufficiency and survival should help her learn to be more responsible and think through her actions. As Sydney calls Natalia to break this news to her, Natalia lets Sydney know that she, too, will be joining her.
Oh, and Sydney is pregnant but she hasn't told anyone except Natalia.
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. Once best friends, their time on punishment has really changed how they relate to one another and to other people their age. Then there is the issue of the pregnancy, which tears the two of them apart and pulls them back together at the very end of the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've looked at this book several times on Amazon before and finally ordered it. I didn't even read it until a few weeks ago and it turned out to be so much better than I had... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sarah
When sixteen-year-old Sydney discovers she is pregnant, she tells only her best friend and hopes in vain that she'll miscarry. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by The Compulsive Reader
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. Read morePublished on March 10, 2012 by E. Swan
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... Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by TeensReadToo
This was a really pointless story in my opinion. I just don't understand why read something that has no resolution whatsoever. Read morePublished on August 16, 2010 by Sab H.
Oh, I had such high hopes for this book! de Gramont's Gossip of the Starlings received a lot of press, and I was excited to see that Every Little Thing in the World was a YA book... Read morePublished on July 26, 2010 by Tina Says
A lovely story written with such detail that I have clear mental pictures of all the characters and settings. I genuinely cared about the characters. Highly recommended.Published on May 4, 2010 by M. S.
When I finally sat down to read this book I couldn't stop. I had to read it straight through. The author has an amazing knack for remembering exactly how it feels to be a teenager. Read morePublished on April 18, 2010 by N.V.