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I m not a huge elementary reader, but I absolutely LOVED Corey Haydu s EVENTOWN It starts as a typical upper elementary read, so its hidden depths prove all theprofound Tragedy devastates our main character Elodee s family, so when Elodee s mom gets a new job moving seems like it ll fix everything Welcome to Eventown A place where all the houses look the same, the air always smells like roses, and blueberries grow year round Where everything seems like the perfect summer day At lea I m not a huge elementary reader, but I absolutely LOVED Corey Haydu s EVENTOWN It starts as a typical upper elementary read, so its hidden depths prove all theprofound Tragedy devastates our main character Elodee s family, so when Elodee s mom gets a new job moving seems like it ll fix everything Welcome to Eventown A place where all the houses look the same, the air always smells like roses, and blueberries grow year round Where everything seems like the perfect summer day At least on the surface A dark secret lurks beneath the vine covered homes Every person who moves to Eventown has a session at the Welcoming Center After telling your stories including the scariest most embarrassing your memories are locked away Never to be recalled But would you sacrifice your memories if it meant you could forget the most painful parts of your life What s the price for perfection From the description, you can tell EVENTOWN is basically a junior Stepford Wives On steroids The beginning is a little choppy, but as Elodee s family enters EVENTOWN the story quickly picks up pace Like Stepford or its many counterparts, Elodee is initially infatuated by the town s seeming perfection But soon she notices something amiss beneath EVENTOWN s impeccable exterior Why are there only three flavors of ice cream Why is the library entirely filled with blank books As with most elementary books, the writing is simple However the plot isn t The unnamed tragedy isn t revealed until the very end and lemme tell you, it ll leave you SOBBING Seriously, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is child s play compared to EVENTOWN Even writing this review makes me a little teary As a side plot Elodee and her twin sister, Naomi, growing apart is nicely explored Their differing attitudes toward Eventown is a great metaphor for their developing separation As you come of age, you may be different from your twin or friends and that s okay Summary A must read I love this book for its intriguing cover and review by Rebecca Stead.Its truth about family and sisters and sorrow, and its truth about family and sisters growing apart because of sorrow Dad s sighs were particularly accurate Its portrayal of an easy world perfect for a fresh start Baking and blueberries and ice cream and s s and faded freckles and a rose but that would not be tamed.A slow reveal of what the tragedy was and how the eerily idyllic Eventown worked view spoiler The stori I love this book for its intriguing cover and review by Rebecca Stead.Its truth about family and sisters and sorrow, and its truth about family and sisters growing apart because of sorrow Dad s sighs were particularly accurate Its portrayal of an easy world perfect for a fresh start Baking and blueberries and ice cream and s s and faded freckles and a rose but that would not be tamed.A slow reveal of what the tragedy was and how the eerily idyllic Eventown worked view spoiler The stories of our lives good, bad, and ugly overlapping and smashing together and being vital to who were are hide spoiler Sparks view spoiler Reminding those we love who they are and where they come from hide spoiler view spoiler Choosing how to live with what you know hide spoiler Just a note, there was one blasphemy and mentions of hard things including view spoiler divorce, suicide, and racism hide spoiler Also, one side character has lesbian parents who figure highly into the last quarter of the book.Altogether, this was a surprisingly profound but slightly problematic read If you need me, I ll be out in the rain eating olive oil jasmine cake with white chocolate pear frosting 3 With a blurb from Rebecca Stead, Eventown was a highly anticipated book for me However, I found it too slow paced for its climax, which hinges on a reveal of information that is only hidden because of narrative manipulation Eventown is narrated by Elodee, a sixth grader who bakes cookies for people based on their personalities She has a twin sister, Naomi, who likes gymnastics so much she does cartwheels almost as much as she walks They have a dad who likes to garden and a mom who not qui With a blurb from Rebecca Stead, Eventown was a highly anticipated book for me However, I found it too slow paced for its climax, which hinges on a reveal of information that is only hidden because of narrative manipulation Eventown is narrated by Elodee, a sixth grader who bakes cookies for people based on their personalities She has a twin sister, Naomi, who likes gymnastics so much she does cartwheels almost as much as she walks They have a dad who likes to garden and a mom who not quite sure what she does The family is leaving their town of Juniper because of some sort of unspoken trauma Elodee, the narrator, knows what happened to her family, she just decides not to tell the reader about it The family decides to move to Eventown, a homogenous community that I wanted to beEerie, Indiana but is reallylike Pleasantville but boring Everyone is happy in Eventown, and you know that because every single chapter for half the books ends with how perfect Eventown is Almost halfway through, the girls are welcomed in a ceremony that s part The Giver but mostly Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Elodee then forgets the unspoken family trauma With the trauma going unspoken view spoiler the family s transplanted rosebush takes over the town hide spoiler and finally, the trauma is revealed It s exactly what you think it is Then there s cake The end Haydu has a gift for vivid descriptions, and I did appreciate Elodee as a character with anger management issues, but I didn t feel there was enough meaty content in this book to sustain it for 300 pages when I could read only the first and last sentence of each chapter and understand exactly what was going on Also, my copy of the book has a huge typo in which Chapter 2 is titled The Only Pretty Thing in Jupiter but the town is called Juniper making me think my dyslexia flared up Think Stepford Wives for middle graders and you have EVENTOWN.Identical twins Elodee and Naomi are uprooted to the seemingly idyllic hamlet of EVENTOWN Narrator Elodee soon realizes that all the houses are the same, down to the number of flowers in the gardens It never rains in EVENTOWN, in fact, everything is downright perfect Except that it isn t Upon moving to the town, memories are erased, even good ones But Elodee holds on to important ones and she may just save herself and everyone el Think Stepford Wives for middle graders and you have EVENTOWN.Identical twins Elodee and Naomi are uprooted to the seemingly idyllic hamlet of EVENTOWN Narrator Elodee soon realizes that all the houses are the same, down to the number of flowers in the gardens It never rains in EVENTOWN, in fact, everything is downright perfect Except that it isn t Upon moving to the town, memories are erased, even good ones But Elodee holds on to important ones and she may just save herself and everyone else.I grew up on the original Stepford Wives the only real version IMHO based on Ira Levin s or Rosemary s Baby fame, again only the original is the read version novel, which spawned a few unequal sequels that could never spark the same magic In Stepford, men wanted perfect robotic wife s and replaced their brains with computers.EVENTOWN s creators hadbenevolent motivations, to heal from traumatic memories Residents brains aren t replaced, but their memories are erased Naomi seems to relish life in EVENTOWN while Elodee, theinquisitive and argumentative twin, struggles to hold on I m a sucker for all twin books, fact or fiction Elodee and Naomi had enough similarities and differences to feel authentic My only criticism is that Corey Ann Haydu took too long to get to the meat of the story, which at times moves too slowly.EVENTOWN is a fun MG novel Baby s First Dystopian At first I thought I knew what was happening, and then I was won t, and then I was delighted Ib was pretty sure this was going to be a 3 star average book for me, but the last 40 pages are really wonderful. I am a huge fan of The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu, so I was thrilled that she shared an ARC of her newest book, Eventown, with BookPosse This middle grade novel will publish in February 2019, so you will have to wait a while to get your hands on it, but I promise it will be worth the wait We meet twin sisters, Elodee and Naomi, on their last day in their hometown of Juniper Things have been difficult for their family for a while something terrible happened, and now they are sad all I am a huge fan of The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu, so I was thrilled that she shared an ARC of her newest book, Eventown, with BookPosse This middle grade novel will publish in February 2019, so you will have to wait a while to get your hands on it, but I promise it will be worth the wait We meet twin sisters, Elodee and Naomi, on their last day in their hometown of Juniper Things have been difficult for their family for a while something terrible happened, and now they are sad all the time Their parents decide to move the family, and they pick a small, idyllic place called Eventown Everything seems perfect in Eventown the food Elodee cooks tastes better than it ever has before her father s rosebush from Juniper flourishes her mom is finally happy, and shy Naomie feels right at home Unfortunately, Elodee is havingtrouble assimilating A visit to the Eventown Welcoming Center is guaranteed to help Elodee fit in with everyone else Unfortunately, her visit is cut short, and after that day, things start to go a little haywire in Eventown Elodee starts questioning Eventown s perfection The beautiful library is full of books with blank pages The delicious ice cream shop only has three different flavors There is only one song in all of Eventown How can a place be perfect when everything and everyone is the same I must admit that I was a bit frustrated with this book when I was a 100 pages in and still had no idea what awful thing had happened to Elodee s family We know that it was something sad that upended the family s lives, but we have no clue what happened to make them feel the need for a fresh start I was desperate to know what trauma they were trying to escape, and I was getting angry that it seemed like I was never going to find out I was just being too impatient because we finally learn about their tragic past in the most perfect way This book would not have been as powerful if Haydu had chosen to reveal their loss at the beginning or even middle of the book By waiting until the end of the book, we feel the family s loss evenHaydu s newest novel shows readers that love is messy, but that messy can be beautiful and necessary Our emotions are not isolated we can be happy and sad at the same time Sometimes we need to revisit events from our past, even if they are sad, to appreciate what we have in the present This novel presents valuable life lessons the importance of remembering the past and appreciating differences in a very accessible way for middle grade students Eventown is a must add to classroom and school libraries *Download Book ⇖ Eventown ⇩ The world tilted for Elodee this year, and now it s impossible for her to be the same as she was before Not when her feelings have such a strong grip on her heart Not when she and her twin sister, Naomi, seem to be drifting apart So when Elodee s mom gets a new job in Eventown, moving seems like it might just fix everythingIndeed, life in Eventown is comforting and exciting all at once Their kitchen comes with a box of recipes for Elodee to try Everyone takes the scenic way to school or work past rows of rosebushes and unexpected waterfalls On blueberry picking field trips, every berry is perfectly ripeSure, there are a few odd rules, and the houses all look exactly alike, but it s easy enough to explain until Elodee realizes that there are only three ice cream flavors in Eventown Ever And they play only one song in music classEverything may be even in Eventown, but is there a price to pay for perfection and pretending From the start I could tell this book and I were not necessarily going to get on too well.The book started by laying it on thick that something really tragic, bad, world tilting, etc, etc had happened to our narrator and her family I quickly got tired of being told something awful had happened but with no story development to go along with constantly being told.It felt like the author was trying too hard to be profound.The big reveal occurred too far into the story, about 280 pages into a 320 p From the start I could tell this book and I were not necessarily going to get on too well.The book started by laying it on thick that something really tragic, bad, world tilting, etc, etc had happened to our narrator and her family I quickly got tired of being told something awful had happened but with no story development to go along with constantly being told.It felt like the author was trying too hard to be profound.The big reveal occurred too far into the story, about 280 pages into a 320 page book I feel like the story would have hadimpact for me if I had known what it was they were forgetting instead of just constantly being told they were forgetting something Instead there was a long and kinda boring build up to the reveal and then the book ended almost immediately As far as the utopia of Eventown, I thought it was underdeveloped I would have loved someworld building and understanding of exactly how it all worked.I do appreciate that the author tackled a subject not usually explored in middle grade fiction but I also don t think it was addressed enough for such a serious topic That is what happens when you wait until the end of the book to actually explore the topic This is basically like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for kids As a grown up, I really don t need to read another story about a supposed utopia that is actually gasp a dystopia But, of course, to most child readers this will not come off as a tired trope Too good to be true is a real thing, kids Be suspicious of anyone who tells you it s possible to live in this world without discomfort.