37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order)

37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order)

Book - 2012
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Fifteen-year-old Ellis recalls her favorite things as her mother's desire to turn off the machines that have kept Ellis's father alive for two years fill the last four days of her sophomore year with major changes in herself and her relationships.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805094657
Branch Call Number: YF MAG NVD
Characteristics: 218 p. ; 20 cm

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VigilanteReads
Sep 18, 2016

I thought it was a beautiful book. Each chapter we get something that Ellis loves or things she might love. Sometimes those things changed. Sometimes I didn't know why she loved certain things or people until we saw more of her life. It was really special. I loved that format.

This book has a romance element. It has some comedy. It's really a story about a girl growing up . A girl coming to terms with the fact that her mother wants to pull the plug on her father. A girl realizing that she's been holding onto a hope so tightly that she hasn't been enjoying life like her father would want for her.

Ellis goes along with things. For example, everything Abby puts her through. Abby might be one of the worse friends I've ever seen in a book but Collin and Ellis let her be. Just when I thought I couldn't dislike Abby more it happens but still no real immediate consequences for her actions in the book. At the end, I feel like there will be a change but I don't know how much things will change.

Ellis also goes along with what Evan wants in this book a little. I feel like that part didn't surprise me because I don't think Ellis had much agency in other parts of the book unless it had to do with her dad. She made a dumb decision because she always did what was expected of her when it came to friends and popularity. I think part of that was because of her main focus being her father. Where this book ends there are a lot of changes on the horizon for her. I liked that it was a little open-ended about what some of those changes might be.

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PSMP0005997157
Aug 14, 2012

this book stinks

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