Every Little Thing in the World. Nina de Gramont, Author. S&S/Atheneum $ (p) ISBN I wish I could say that about Nina de Gramont’s book, Every Little Thing in the World, but I can’t. This book, about a teenage girl dealing with her. Every Little Thing in the World. Deborah Stevenson. de Gramont, Nina. Every Little Thing in the World. Atheneum, [p]. ISBN $
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Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont
Every Little Thing in the World. Sydney figures that’s just a small blip in her plans that still gives her time for a first-trimester abortion upon her return, if she can amass the money, but the journey becomes much more than a simple diversion. Accompanied by her best friend, Natalia, who’s discovered her own recent family secret Natalia herself was the child of a teen dr, born to the woman she’d been raised to consider her sisterSydney begins to shed her old [End Page ] self and find a new Sydney—who still faces the same dilemma as the old.
The characters are believably restricted by Sydney’s view a fact she herself realizes when considering the boy who got litlte pregnantbut they qorld depth and originality, and the growing formation of the motley worls of canoeists into a kind of tribe is subtle but believable. Particularly interesting is Sydney’s changing relationship with Mick, the youthful offender who’s taking the trip as a form of rehab: Mick is frightening and obnoxious, yet capable of genuine support for Sydney, and, whether she likes it or not, he matters to her.
The situation also provides a believable opportunity for exploration of the various futures that lie before Sydney depending on the choice she makes, and her path is genuinely uncertain for much of the book. Sydney’s situation is one that looms over many readers, and they’ll both be moved by her experience and enlightened by her reflections as she struggles to make a decision.
Every Little Thing in the World « Nina de Gramont
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Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: A positive pregnancy test marks a crossroads in the life of sixteen-year-old Sydney, but before she even gets a chance to confess to her mother, her other offenses cause her to be shipped off for a month-long canoe thinng in the Canadian wilderness in hopes that the experience will straighten her out.
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