Elodee and her family moves to a new place. The houses are pretty, the plants are neatly trimmed, and the people are pleasant. But something about all the niceness is uncomfortable - and when Elodee mentions different music or different recipes than the customary choices, it's clear that something is off. Blending in seems like the obvious choice, but Elodee can't let her discomfort go, even when everyone, even her twin sister, encourages her to do everything she can to belong in Eventown.
This author writes about pain and beauty with an honesty that is a gift to read. Readers will cheer for Elodee, who isn't engaging in physical battles like Katniss or Tris, but who is, nonetheless, defining herself by her own choices in the midst of a system designed to squash individuality. It's harder to convince a lot of readers to pick up a stand-alone book instead of continue with a well-known series, but for some readers, this book will mean everything.
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