Everything Is Fine

Everything Is Fine by Ann Dee Ellis
Ann Dee Ellis
Little, Brown
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  MDG
Despite the title, Mazzy's life is not fine. Though she continually repeats that that everything is fine to her father, her neighbors and even herself, she's suffering. Mazzy's mother is severely depressed and her father has abandoned his family for his career. She looks to her caring neighbors and painting for some kind of solace. As readers turn the pages they will discover what tore the family apart and learn how it can be put back together.

This book was very sad. Mazzy is only eleven or twelve years old and has to care for her mother who can barely get out of bed. Somehow she is strong enough to pull through which is nice to see in such a young protagonist. Even with a great main character, the book seemed poorly written, without much of a plot. The book jumped around between topics making the story a little choppy. It's a short book, but don't mistake the length for a light-hearted story; it's anything but.

Reviewer Age:16

Reviewer City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania United States


Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  KFCampbe
Poor Mazzy! Ever since her big family tragedy happened and her father's new job sent him away, Mazzy's life just gets worse every day. Her mom won't talk or get out of bed anymore, and her dad hasn't called Mazzy in a couple months. Now Mazzy is about to go into 7th grade, and her life is still changing. With the help of friends, maybe Mazzy can put the past behind her and start anew. Can Mazzy get away with a new life for her and her mom, or will she get caught in the process?

I read the book Everything is Fine by Ann Dee Ellis. This book was definitely not one of my favorites; however, it was very touching and unique. Everything is Fine is a book that is absolutely perfect for the people who love to read realistic fiction. It's not one of those lovey-dovey books that a ton of people like to read; it's a surprisingly true tragedy from a sister's point-of-view. The downside to this book was that the author left a ton of stuff out. I personally think that, if anything, Ann Dee Ellis could write a sequel to this moving story. This story taught me to always be positive, no matter what the situation, and you'll get your wish come true.

Reviewer Age:12

Reviewer City, State and Country: Fresno, California USA


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