Everything Is Fine.
By Ann Dee Ellis
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316013642, 160pp.)
Publication Date: March 2009
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Stuck at home caring for her severely depressed mother and abandoned by her father, Mazzy has only the day-to-day dramas of her neighborhood to keep her busy. But between flirting with the boy next door and worrying about the fact that she's flat-chested, Mazzy has to face the fact that her mom is emotionally paralyzed by a family tragedy. As readers delve into the story, they'll eventually discover what it was that tore Mazzy's family apart, and they'll see what it takes to put it back together.
Despite its serious subject matter, Mazzy brings humor to the trying age of adolescence and gives readers just the kind of awkward, troubled, and endearing character they will gladly embrace.
Ann Dee Ellis received her MA from Brigham Young University. Reviewers called her debut novel, This is What I Did:, "haunting," "well-told," "intense," and "original."