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Everything Breaks by Vicki Grove

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Everything Breaks by Vicki Grove

Stereotypically, girl books are pink, have a girl on the cover and FILLED with sickeningly sweet romance. Boy books, on the other hand, are darker, have blood dripping or something more creepy on the cover and there are NO girls to be found. But we all know this isn't true, right? There are books that boys AND girls love!!!'s “He Said/She Said” feature aims to highlight a book each month to discuss its guy and girl appeal.

Last week, we put up a cover survey to ask YOU if you thought EVERYTHING BREAKS by Vicki Grove looked like a boy book, a girl book or both based on it's cover. Out of all of you who answered, a wopping 77% said the book looks like it's a book for boys AND girls, 20% of you said it looked like a boy book and 3% said it looked like a girl book. Looks like while most of you said that this book is for both boys and girls, this book may be one more slanted towards dudes. Let's see what the Teen Board members think!

Here, Patrick and Ashley from our Teen Board talk about their thoughts on the book. The twist? They never saw the cover, title or author name! So they are weighing in without the visuals or context which may sway their opinions. Let's see what they have to say!

How would you describe the book?

He Said: The book was very different that the usually niche I read. I love the concept of the book, and the characters were great and fun.

She Said: Tucker Graysten was supposed to be the designated driver the night he and his three best friends hit the last bonfire party of their junior year. Instead, a turn of events leaves his best friends dead, and Tucker the only survivor. It's a realistic story with a tragic turn that ends with a mythological twist. 

What are three words that you would use to describe it?

He Said: Engaging. Honest. Entertaining.

She Said: Contemplative. Bittersweet. Heartbreaking

What was your favorite part?

He Said: My favorite part had to be the beginning. I love how we get introduced to the main character, and it starts off entertaining.

She Said: I was very amused by Tucker's first encounter with the modern-day Charon. She's this random hitchhiker on the side of the road, but little does Tucker know what he's gotten into. 

Did you have a favorite character and if so, what did you like about him/her?

He Said: I don't think I really had a favorite character, but all the characters were real and relatable.

She Said: Definitely ferry girl, the character that embodies Charon. She's just so sassy and awesome. Did I mention sassy?

Would you recommend this book to your friends who are girls? Why?

He Said: I think girls should definitely try out books like these. It would be really great seeing it from their perspective.

She Said: I would! This books has humor, likable characters and a bittersweet reflection on the effect of death on the living.

Would you recommend this book to your friends who are boys? Why?

He Said: Guys would really enjoy this read! With the main character a guy and only hints of romance in the book, any guy would find this entertaining and engaging.

She Said: Yes. I think that boys always have the stereotype of being stoic and unemotional, but Tucker demonstrates the emotional scars his best friends' deaths have left on him and his tumultuous road to becoming at peace with himself.

Everything Breaks
by Vicki Grove

  • Publication Date: October 3, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
  • ISBN-10: 0399250883
  • ISBN-13: 9780399250880