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'“Sarah’s snappy yet pithy observations will appeal to teens working on their own theories about life.” —Kirkus Reviews “Readers will easily relate to Sarah’s use of cynicism as a defense mechanism—her sharp-witted voice sets the tone for a story that’s truly tragicomic.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “One element that was different for me was incorporation of illustrations—chapters begin and are decorated by Sarah’s doodles and drawings and charts, all of which are incisive and piercing social critiques. I thought they added a wonderful layer to Sarah’s personality and to the novel. Overall, Johnson’s sophomore effort was extremely strong, an enjoyable read, despite the heavy subject matter. . . . I will certainly pick up her next work.” —By Anonymous Writer “The doodle-illustrated pages with Sarah’s theories about everything . . . along with Sarah’s nearly constant snarkiness, make this a story with which most teens can identify, even if they have not lost a close friend.” —School Library Journal “Johnson deftly blends humor and grief in this story . . . The Theory of Everything keeps readers guessing—and laughing—and crying—to the last page.” —Blogging for YA “Johnson delicately unravels the accidental and peculiar death of Jamie while introducing us to a complex and completely hilarious character in Sarah. This snarky and endearing girl ropes you into her heart quickly with her combination of Zoloft-infused wit and wisdom. . . . Johnson successfully illustrates the struggles of a teen dealing with depression while still battling the harsh criticism of her peers. The characters in Johnson’s novel are rich with small town flavor and it is easy to see why she revisited the same setting in her second novel . . .” —The Pirate Tree “It’s a powerful story with a snarky main character that will leave you in stitches and tears.” —Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers “Where The Theory of Everything [stands out is] in how deliberate the voice was in accurately capturing everything Sarah was feeling . . . As a result, Sarah felt more real and current to me than perhaps any other character I’ve read this year, her story leaping off the page to lodge a place in my head and heart.” —Blogging for YA blog '