Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review: The Theory of Everything By: Kari Luna

Title:  The Theory  Of Everything
Author: Kari Luna
Published:  July 11th, 2013
Source: E-Galley from Netgalley
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Goodreads Summary:
One part Libba Bray's GOING BOVINE, two parts String Theory, and three parts love story equals a whimsical novel that will change the way you think about the world.

Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad. 

Guided by Walt, her shaman panda, and her new (human) friend named Finny, Sophie is determined to find her father and figure out her visions, once and for all. So she travels back to where it began—New York City and NYU’s physics department. As she discovers more about her dad’s research on M-theory and her father himself, Sophie opens her eyes to the world’s infinite possibilities—and her heart to love.

Perfect for fans of Going Bovine, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Probability of Miracles.

My Thoughts:

The Theory Of Everything was one of those books that I really hadn't heard that much about, I was definitely curious to say the least especially when I saw the part about shaman panda. This book has so many genre's mixed in and it definitely felt different from most YA books that I have read. It talks a lot about string theory which I don't know much about but, it was very interesting the way it was explained in context of this book. Sophie was an endearing character and most of the book is really about her finding herself, who she is, and  coming to terms with the way that her life is.

Sophie Sophia is not crazy, but she keeps getting expelled from school for doing crazy things. she keeps seeing things that nobody else can see. She meets Walt her shaman panda and his crazy marching band and poker playing group of pandas. Sophie wants to find her father again, he is a physicist who could see the same things that he could, she wants to find herself and the solution to her visions.

Sophie was the perfect character for this story, I loved watching her find out that she could have friends and fall in love. She made me smile when she was in her visions, from crowd surfing at a concert to playing poker with a bunch of pandas. I loved hearing about her relationship and her father. Many YA books, gloss over family but, this one doesn't and it was the perfect coming of age story.

Overall, Theory Of Everything was fun and a different read for me which I definitely needed. While I didn't love it I definitely respect the fact that Luna took a different look at a coming of age story. 

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