Monday, December 17, 2012

The Theory of Everything by J.J. Johnson

"Just because everyone else thinks you should be over it doesn't mean you are.

Last year, Sarah's best friend Jamie died in a freak accident. Back then, everyone was sad; now they're just ready for Sarah to get over it and move on.

But Sarah's not ready to move on. She can't stop reliving what happened, struggling with guilt, questioning the meaning of life, and missing her best friend. Her grades are plummeting, her relationships are falling apart, and her normal voice seems to have been replaced with a snark box. Life just seems random: no pattern, no meaning, no rules - and no reason to bother.

In a last-ditch effort to pull it together, Sarah befriends Jamie's twin brother Emmett, who may be the only other person who understands what she's lost. And when she gets a job working for the local eccentric who owns a Christmas tree farm, she finally begins to understand the threads that connect us all, the benefit of giving people a chance, and the power of love."


The Theory of Everything is a young adult novel about dealing with loss and guilt. Sarah feels responsible for the death of her best friend, Jamie and is having difficulties dealing with it, when everyone else things she should just move on with life.  It's a poignant story filled with humor and of course, teenage angst as Sarah deals with her parents, her boyfriend, her new boss and forming new friendships.  

Thank you to Peachtree Publishing for providing me with a copy of the book.