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Everything Beautiful in the World

Everything Beautiful in the World

A Novel

Lisa Levchuk

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)



Lately I feel like an astronaut out on a space walk – constantly praying the tube attaching me to the ship doesn't snap and send me flying into outer darkness.

The only good thing about having a mother with cancer is that people are willing to let you get away with pretty much anything. Like failing a Latin test. Or being late to class. Or skipping tennis practice. But there's one thing Edna's fairly certain even she can't get away with – her burgeoning romance with Mr. Howland, her fourth-period Ceramics teacher. That day when Mr. Howland kissed her in his office, she felt like she was floating, like she could levitate right out of her skin. It's Mr. Howland, with his tousled blond hair and his beautiful guitar and his spot-on impression of Dracula, who makes Edna feel happy for the first time in a long time. But what does Mr. Howland want? And how does Edna really feel – about her mother, about Mr. Howland, about moving forward?

Set in New Jersey in the 1980s, this is a piercing story about decisions both heart-wrenching and wonderful, and how life and love so often lead us down unexpected paths.


Praise for Everything Beautiful in the World

“Levchuk does a remarkable job of writing a novel that deftly balances the facts on the pages with the unspoken emotion underneath.” —Starred, Booklist

“An . . . ultimately rewarding read by a debut author who is going places.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Debut author Levchuk creates a distinctive and memorable voice for Edna--her hidden concerns and her secrets come to make emotional sense for readers as Edna begins to understand and move past them, while her wit and wry candor hint at a reserve of deep, even flinty optimism.” —STARRED, Publishers Weekly

“Edna's narrative is fascinating. She is funny and scathing, naïve and complicated, and her confessions are frequently surprising for their unadulterated frankness. Her voice is so engrossing that the book is difficult to put down.” —VOYA

“Sharp, edgy, and amazingly funny. Best first novel I've read in years.” —Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife and Fortune's Rocks

“This heartbreaking coming-of-age novel tells the story of life as an adolescent and the tough choices that come along with it. Powerful and engaging, Edna struggles to learn about herself, love, moving on, and what it means to be scared of the unknown.” —ALAN Online Picks

“I found Everything Beautiful in The World to be everything a book should be: heartbreaking, funny, brave, and unforgettable. I was enthralled with Edna, her confessions, and her bravado. To create a character who is all at once flawed, defiant, remorseful, utterly sympathetic, and wryly profound is a breathtaking literary feat.” —Elinor Lipman, author of The Inn At Lake Devine and Then She Found Me

“This is a vivid picture of a girl who's floating through life out of fear of what she'll find if she stops.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“This is a book that shows you that even bad things turn out beautiful in the end.” —A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader

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About the author

Lisa Levchuk

LISA LEVCHUK teaches high school English and lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Everything Beautiful in the World is her first book.

Lisa Levchuk

Janine Norton

From the Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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