I want to start by saying I simply loved this book. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING by J.J. Johnson is brilliantly written with a striking voice and clever characters that remind me a lot of John Green. Of course, similar to AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES, this book also comes with a variety of charts and diagrams at the opening of each chapter. It’s a completely fun book, that, unexpectedly, begins with a tragedy.
When Sarah’s best friend Jamie died in the freakiest of freak accidents, Sarah lost herself. She no longer relates to her peers, has a hard time talking to her parents, and even her amazing boyfriend Sten is a victim of what she calls her “snark box.” The snark box spits out constant sarcasm in response to pretty much everything, and she’s already on the brink of losing it when a deer crashes through the glass doors in the gym, right in front of Sarah, making a bloody mess right where she saw Jamie die. As Sarah spins out of control, and the consequences of her actions grow greater, she finds herself working at a Christmas tree farm for one of the town’s most misunderstood residents…and actually enjoying herself. The question is — will she ever be able to get her life back on track, or is she doomed to push everyone away for the forseeable future? And will she ever be able to talk to Jamie’s twin brother about what happened the day of the accident?
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is an unbelievably beautiful book, not to be missed by fans of John Green and Maureen Johnson, and definitely one to watch out for this award season.