Jesse Browner s dazzling new novel records a single day in the life of Wes, a seventeen year old who attends Manhattan s elite Dalton School and lives in Greenwich Village in a dilapidated town house with his terminally ill mother, distant father and beloved younger sister In the course of one day everything will happen to Wes he will lose his virginity to the wrong girlJesse Browner s dazzling new novel records a single day in the life of Wes, a seventeen year old who attends Manhattan s elite Dalton School and lives in Greenwich Village in a dilapidated town house with his terminally ill mother, distant father and beloved younger sister In the course of one day everything will happen to Wes he will lose his virginity to the wrong girl and break his own heart, try to meet a Monday morning deadline for a paper on War and Peace, and prepare an elaborate supper he hopes will reunite his family Wes struggles through the day deep in thoughts of sex, love, Beatles lyrics, friendship, God and French cuisine a typical teenager with an atypical mind, a memorable young man who comes to the poignant understanding of how fragile but attainable personal happiness can be Everything Happens Today is funny, moving, generous and exhilarating With a classic structure that nods, inevitably, to Mrs Dalloway and characters worthy of comparison to those created by J.D Salinger, Everything Happens Today will enchant young adults who see themselves in the story as well as adult readers who will be captured by the deeply sympathetic characters and the acute feel for the way we live now Most readers will want it never to be over.
Everything Happens Today Jesse Browner s dazzling new novel records a single day in the life of Wes a seventeen year old who attends Manhattan s elite Dalton School and lives in Greenwich Village in a dilapidated town house
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As far as young adult novels go, I think this ranks right up there with Perks of Being a Wallflower and Speak There isn t anything traumatic about the book as there is in those other two, but that doesn t mean the novel doesn t equally capture teenage angst and the sort of intellectual machinations teenagers go about I particularly liked the ways in which Browner tied teenage judgment of adult decisions situations into the character s thought process all teens judge their parents particularly ha [...]
Forced myself to finish this, it was kind of mechanical at times, pretty dull Everything amounted to not much I almost laughed when I saw Browner was a food author but didn t, because my throat would have made me start coughing The care he put into that sweetmeats plot finally made sense I liked the writing at times, and the way the plot weaved, but the main character was an insufferable snot and it often got sidetracked on weird thoughts tangents visions that made me roll my eyes at how hard th [...]
Not quite _Catcher_ status but certainly a modern coming of age story that seems to push hard in that direction The narrator s circumstances aren t typical but the teen whiny angst seemed real enough I kept waiting for something to happen And that s just it, isn t it Things are absolutely happening to for this guy In my old age it s easy to think things are going nowhere, but with the benefit of hindsight I m reminded that s what the teen experience is often about.Format Overdrive EPUB, Contra C [...]
Without question one of the best books I have read this year and a new favorite I ll write a longer review later, but for the meantime, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a very intelligent, character driven, and insightful read and one that s full of humor, too I could hardly put it down because it was such a delight to read.
Irritating beyond belief.
DNF pg 27 couldn t get into it
The you think, the you feel you should think less, and the you feel, the you think you should feel less And the worse thing about it was that those who actually did think and feel less didn t seem to suffer from a similar sense of insufficiency the smart people wish they could be like the stupid people, but the stupid people never seem to want to be like the smart people Which hardly seemed fair pg 64Wes wasn t sure that he believed, as he once had, that there was a right way and a wrong w [...]
Inhalt Wes hat sich in der letzten Nacht sein komplettes Leben versaut Zumindest glaub er das Fast 1 ganzes Jahr lang hatte er sich f r die sch ne und beraus kluge Delia aufgespart und dann Dann hatte er einfach so mit Lucy geschlafen Er kann sich gar nicht mehr richtig daran erinnern wie es dazu gekommen war, aber das will er auch gar nicht Es ist passiert und man kann es nicht ndern, seine Unschuld wird er nicht wieder zur ck bekommen Seine Facharbeit ber die Bedingunganleitung ist auch nicht [...]
Wes is the lovable, seventeen year old protagonist of this novel He attends the prestigious Dalton school in Manhattan Wes is there on scholarship and lives in a run down house in Greenwich Village with he terminally ill mother, a father who brings his girlfriend home, and his younger sister Nora, who he is very protective of As the novel begins we learn that Wes has lost his virginity to the wrong girl and is sure he has ruined his life In addition he has a major assignment on War and Peace due [...]
Tutto accade oggi.Un titolo che fa decisamente centro e che rivela il cuore di una storia profonda, matura, quotidiana.Un romanzo che pur avendo per protagonista un adolescente, un diciassettenne, sa elevarsi a romanzo per tutte le et.E accaduto tutto in poche pagine ne bastano 222 per comprendere a fondo inquietudini, timori, desideri di Leslie, un adolescente che preferisce cambiare il suo nome in Wes per non rischiare di essere preso in giro per quel nome fin troppo femminile.Wes ci appare im [...]
Well Where do I begin I m giving it three stars because I can t make up my mind I picked this up randomly at Book Culture because the summary made it sound super interesting And it is Kind of My opinion went back and forth repeatedly as I read, so here s what I thought overallWhen I first started reading I thought wow, this is great The language was a step up from most novels you d typically pick out at random and at 37 pages in I publicly declared this is going to become one of my favorites But [...]
It s been a hard day s nightChi mi conosce lo sa adoro la malinconia Adoro tutto ci che la richiama i colori caldi dell autunno, i libri tristi e privi di lieto fine, le statue presenti nei cimiteri, la luce fredda invernale.Non che mi piaccia essere triste, questo no Ma reputo che alcune emozioni, alcuni sentimenti, siano pi cinematografici e fotogenici di altri.Tutto accade oggi un libro malinconico, a tratti davvero molto triste Triste perch Wes, un diciassettenne della New York bene, stato c [...]
Honest, fluid, heartwrenching, and hopeful the author left his heart on the page with this one Jesse Browner s close third person narration of this middle class, straight As teenager in Greenwich Village is a model of the form, such that we come away from the novel feeling like we know Wes incredibly well, and through him we know his family, friends, and the two girls in his life confusingly competing for his affections To love this novel you must first love Wes himself I find that easy Wes is e [...]
This book takes place over the course of one day from Wes arriving home very early in the morning, to when he goes out to walk the dog that evening Unlike many books that take place in short time periods, there aren t extensive flashbacks only enough to fill in the necessary parts of the story, and even then they aren t flashbacks as much as a natural meandering of Wes s thoughts Wes is a particular kind of teenager intelligent, meditative, bookish ahead of his years in some ways, but appropriat [...]
I remember being on a date once in NY at this trendy little Italian restaurant in the West Village, sitting at the counter by the kitchen it was ahead of its time by having an open kitchen so you could see the chefs cook , and looking at the menu and realizing there was very little I would actually eat up until then I was a very picky eater I think I had just started eating sushi including those little crabs that look like spiders but taste like popcorn So I m on this date and I m really hungry, [...]
I bought this at the Brooklyn Book Festival a week before it was released elsewhere I picked it up because I saw a lot of myself in it I m living in Greenwich Village, had been a teenager in prep school, etc.The book was great I just don t think Browner needs to be as insecure writing in a modern world He was so intent on slipping in technological bits My iPhone chimed, over abbreviated texts that they came out wrong And if you mess up on content in your book, even a little bit, it reduces its l [...]
My favorite book I ve read so far this year Yeah, I know, it s only February 4, but I liked this book a lot And that s saying quite a bit, given that it has several characteristics that usually turn me off 1 it s short 2 it doesn t have chapters or any real breaks, so it was hard to put it down and pick it up again 3 nothing much happens It did take me a while to get hooked on it, but once I was, it didn t disappoint.Inevitably this book will be compared to Catcher in the Rye and such works, as [...]
Is calling something a modern day Catcher in the Rye douche y I feel like maybe it is But that s what this felt like to me this and Someday This Pain May Be Useful to You Apparently this season I am really into coming of age novels about Manhattan boys I bought this randomly at the Brooklyn Book Festival because I was at the Europa table and I wanted a tote bag and you got one if you bought a book I saw coming of age and Manhattan and I was sold, and this turned out to be one of my favorites of [...]
This book takes place all in one day It is about a 17 year old boy named Jesse He lives with his sister, terminally ill mother and his distant father in New York City I haven t read a book lately in which I was drawn to a character as much as I was to Jesse I was sad to leave him at the end of the book The jacket says Jesse is, a typical teenager with an atypical mind, a memorable young man who comes to the poignant understanding of how fragile but attainable personal happiness can be His sister [...]
I picked this up a few hours ago and was not at all expecting to finish it in one sitting, but once I started, I couldn t stop the fact that it has no chapters and thus no natural pause points, helped It was a delight going backwards and forwards over the course of about 48 hours with Wes, a typical wannabe novelist, literature obsessed teenager who just takes himself way too seriously He imagines himself as Prince Andre from War and Peace , but of course, he s much Holden Caulfield Because of [...]
I wish I could give this four stars, but I really can t I felt like it dragged in the middle, to the point where I almost put it aside I liked Wes, he was certainly a Holden Caufield type, his family was just eccentric enough to be interesting and sad enough to feel believeable You could see where Wes would develop the personality he has, given the combined factors of his upbringing The book was just missing alittle something I realize that as everything took place in one day it was likely impor [...]
This book is an absolutely gorgeous work of fiction that will connect to people of all ages and backgrounds Everything Happens Today strikes one as a modern day Catcher In The Rye, except that the Holden of this novel is full of vitality and hope I was captivated from start to finish Seriously, if you want to sit down and be enchanted then you should absolutely read this book Browner is not only a master story teller, he is also a deeply talented writer This is a touching, unique, exciting novel [...]
Easy read the plot takes place over a single day with flashbacks to the night before I finished it in a day too with a lot of skimming at the end Uneven development of protagonist.or seemed to have one version of him in mind and then halfway through had him say do think things that seemed out of the original character thought provoking tangents on enjoying the moment you are in, doing certain things just so we can tell others about it and feeling sorry for mean people instead of taking offense b [...]
This book sounded good from the brief summary on the book sleeve, but it really didn t do much for me The idea is the whole book takes place during one day of a 17 year old teenager s life He is quite annoying and a bit self righteous in his thoughts which occupy the majority of the book He has made some decisions that he regrets, and he tries to reason through everything was quite slow and uninteresting for me Perhaps if I read it again in the future, I ll be receptive to Browner s writing.
This book started out being very slow, and I did enjoy the characterization, and sadly, it continued to be slow until the very end It had a LOT of descriptions and details, and not a lot of character development That may be because the book takes place over the course of a single day in the life of a 17 or 18 year old teen I liked the quirkiness of the family, and thought some of the descriptions were very well written, but the book just dragged for me and I wanted it to end.
3.5 stars Written in the stream of consciousness style, this book follows the main character, Wes, through one day of his life after the night he loses his virginity His homelife includes taking care of a terminally ill mother and angsting over his distant father He adores his sister The writing style got a little tiresome at times, but I most enjoyed the coming of age aspect, and how change, or a seed for it, only needs a single day.
Well written and fun read about Wes a 17 year old student at the Dalton School in NYC The novel takes place in one day with a few flashbacks Wes cares for his dying mother and young sister, looses his virginity, works on a paper based on War and Peace and cooks a dinner of sweetbreads at the request of his mom I loved the setting and the writing, especially when he writes about food I read in his credits that Browner is also a food writer.
A contemporary Catcher in the Ryea day in the life of an angsty, Manhattan living teenager It s a compelling read if you have the patience to slog through the first 60 pages For a book that s only 216 pages long, that s quite a commitment.My favorite passage See, being a grown up is all about priorities, Typo It s all about deciding what s important to you, because it all can t be You can t be a perfect person and a grown up at the same time What a relief
The you think, the you feel you should think less, and the you feel, the you think you should feel less And the worse thing about it was that those who actually did think and feel less didn t seem to suffer from a similar sense of insufficiency the smart people wish they could be like the stupid people sometimes , but the stupid people never seem to want to be like the smart people Which hardly seemed fair.