Review: Everybody Has Everything by Katrina Onstad

Name of book: Everybody has Everything
Author: Katrina Onstad
Publication: May 29th 2012 by Emblem Editions
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Provided by the kind publisher...

Combining a pitch-perfect, whip-smart dissection of contemporary urban life with a fresh and perceptive examination of our individual and collective ambivalence towards parenthood, Katrina Onstad's Everbody Has Everything balances tragedy and comedy with verve and flair, and is destined to be one of Canada's most talked-about novels of 2012.
What happens when the tidy, prosperous life of an urban couple is turned inside out by a tragedy with unexpected consequences? After a car crash leaves their friend Marcus dead and his wife Sarah in a coma, Ana and James are shocked to discover that they have become the legal guardians of a 2½-year-old, Finn. Finn's crash-landing in their lives throws into high relief deeply rooted, and sometimes long-hidden, truths about themselves, both individually and as a couple. Several chaotic, poignant, and life-changing weeks as a most unusual family give rise to an often unasked question: Can everyone be a parent?

-- My Rating --

3/5 Oscars: Liked it...

-- My Thoughts --

     The book and the author were new to me, here. But these books always appeal to me. These slow and realistic contemporary reads. This one had its ups and downs
     Ana and James really wanted a child. They wanted to be parents. In the end, it took them one hour to be one. When Finn arrives to their house, their lives are changed forever. Will they be able to hold on or will a tragedy-ic split be their future? 
     Interesting, right? Well, that was my first impression. I liked the idea and how it went. The beginning of the novel was too slow for me. I found my mind drifting away to other books that I could read. Which is bad. Then towards the 50th page, it got a little better.
     I couldn't connect with the characters. Maybe it was due to the age limit. Since they are in their thirties and I am in my teenage years. I also couldn't sympathize with them. Maybe if some older audience would read this book, they would like it better.
     This book was enjoyable, really, up until the ending. I hate these kind of unresolved, unsatisfying endings. When I turned the last page, I was like "What??? This is the ENDING?" I couldn't get it, which ruined the read for me. Anyway, don't take me word for it. Read a couple of other reviews and read a sample, then decide if you wanna read it or not.


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  3. The premises sounds interesting, but when you cannot make a connection to the characters it really ruins the story. Great review!

  4. I actually really like unresolved endings, LOL! But this book sounds like a movie that came out sometime last year-- The Odd Life of Timothy Green. It was actually a really good movie! (: I agree with Kimba. If you and the characters don't connect, it can ruin the entire book. Fab review, darling!

    Megan@The Book Babe

  5. I can see how the age difference could make it harder to connect but not so great to hear about the beginning. And the ending. I just finished a book today that did that. I literally had to scroll backwards on my nook to see if I missed something. :( I'm glad you enjoyed this one somewhat though!

  6. I hate when there is not connection felt with the characters, it makes it so hard to read. And, I am certainly no fan of open ended books. I like real endings with at least some closure. Sorry you didn't enjoy it more!


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