Posted in 2013-2014 Club, Not Mock Newbery

The Center of Everything, by Linda Urban

Center of EverythingSummary:  For Ruby Pepperdine, the center of everything is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors, stargazing from the circle of her grandmother Gigi’s hug. Now Ruby’s best friend, Lucy, is mad at her. Worst of all, Ruby regrets what happened with Gigi. And now it’s too late to make things right. But Ruby has one last hope. It all depends on what happens on Bunning Day, when the entire town will hear her read her winning essay. And it all depends on her twelfth birthday wish– unless she messes that up too.

Harcourt

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3 thoughts on “The Center of Everything, by Linda Urban

  1. In this book, nothing really happens. There is a plot and it does get resolved at the end and the characters are not THAT flat, but it just feels like somethings missing and I’m left thinking “whats the big deal.” Also i did not like the point of view or whatever it was called in this book. It went into everybody’s thoughts, even characters that seemingly had nothing to do with the story which kind of got tedious and annoying. It was also a little bit depressing.
    The setting was pretty good and it was definitely a creative story, but it is not my winner.

  2. Yeah, at the end of the book, I kind of feel like there’s no point in reading it. Having everybody’s thoughts isn’t necessarily bad, but it didn’t feel like it fit in with the story. I also don’t know how a twelve year-old would believe that throwing a quarter into a doughnut grants them a wish… I doubt it could win.

  3. I feel like it was a good read. I am not sure I agree that nothing happens. The things that happen are normal every day things. A relative dies and a young girl is trying to handle this in the way she knows how, which is to wish she had done things differently. I am not sure it is realistic how this character is processing the events in the book. I think the main character has an identity crisis. One the one hand, she is believing in wishes (being a kid), on the other hand she is appreciative of her town in the way an adult would. I have read another of this author’s books before, and she is definitely a deep thinking man’s type of writer. The plot does meander and many of the characters are kind of fuzzy. Gigi is supposed to be important yet I don’t really know anything about her after reading this book. Don’t feel that it is a winner, and I also am not sure who I would recommend this book for. If it was just the story of a small town and the people in it, that would be fine. If it was the story of a girl dealing with her relative’s death, that would be fine, but it tries to mix the two too much.

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