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Everything Breaks by Vicki Groce

Posted by Caitie F on October 3, 2013

Title: Everything Breaks17465462
Author: Vicki Grove
Hardcover: 240
Pub Date: October 3, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Rating: +++

Summary from pub:

Tucker was supposed to be the designated driver. But there was something about the beauty of that last true summer night, that made him want to feel out-of-control just once. He drank so much and so quickly that he was instantly sick. That left Trey to drive. “I’ll catch up to you later,” were the last words Tucker would ever say to his friends as he heaved by the side of the road. It was the last time Tucker would ever see them alive.

Tucker’s grief and guilt are just about unbearable and he wonders how he can continue living himself. When he meets the Ferryman who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers that divide the world of the living from the world of the dead, Tucker gets a chance to decide: live or die. The temptation to join his three best friends on the other side may be too much for Tucker to overcome.


This book was not what I expected it to be and I still can’t decide if that is a good thing or not.

I thought more of this book would center on meeting the Ferryman and deciding, but that was just a very small part at the end of the book. Mostly, it focused on Tucker dealing with his best friends’ deaths. Which isn’t a bad thing at all. A reader can’t care if Tucker is going to live or die if the reader knows nothing about him.

And by the end you really feel for Tucker. He tries his best in life and is generally a pretty good person who has had one really bad thing happen to him, and a few small ones. This one big thing changes him forever, and the response felt real and raw.

Yet I still wish there was more with the Ferryman and the choice. The secondary character, his stepmother’s father, was one of the best parts of the book. He had dealt with the Ferryman before and I was more interested in his story from Vietnam. There was more depth there and it explored the choice in a much more thorough way.

It is still a very moving book and it will make you feel, it just wasn’t what I was expecting.


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