Sep 022014
 
Review: Everybody Has EverythingEverybody Has Everything by Katrina Onstad
Published by Emblem Editions on May 29, 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Format: ARC from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

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?

I had been putting off reading this book because I was afraid it would be too emotional, but I finally decided to just go for it, and my overall impression was one of disappointment.

I approached this book with the feeling that I would be very sympathetic about Ana and James, and their reactions to receiving custody of Finn. Unfortunately, I never connected with Ana. From the very first page, she felt cold and unlikable. It’s hard to feel for a character when you can’t bring yourself to like anything about her. Even most villains have some redeeming qualities, and I just couldn’t find any in her.

James is a completely different story. He was completely likable, and it was easy to connect and understand him. Every time something happened, I was so proud at his reactions, he was just a great guy.

Overall, I felt a lot less for this book than I expected, which left me disappointed. I was hoping for an emotional and powerful book, and while there were great moments, most of the story felt flat and boring. The ending felt rushed and a little too neat, and I finished the book feeling very bleh about it.

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