Everything Must Go
By Jenny Fran Davis
Everything Must Go is a witty and unique epistolary coming-of-age novel based on the varied correspondence of Flora Goldwasser, who has left her private girls' school in New York to see out her high school career at an 'alternative' education establishment, Quare - ostensibly in pursuit of love, but eventually in pursuit of everything else.
'A witty portrayal of a certain type of uber-conscious New York millennial . . . a comic, self deprecatory illustration of the conflict between our projected self-image, versus the reality' Financial Times
Flora Goldwasser is private school perfection - all wrapped up in a vintage Grace Kelly dress. But when she leaves elite Manhattan for an academy of unwashed hippies and ironic hipsters in the Hudson Valley, Flora discovers that when it comes to popularity and approval there is no commutative property. Her love of Maison Kayser macaroons, perfect French conjugation, Jackie Kennedy sunglasses, and Audrey Hepburn movies make her the ultimate outsider in a land of kale, quinoa, and tattered tunics.
Told through a collage of letters, emails and clippings, Everything Must Go is a thoughtful, nuanced story about identity, sex, friendship, and the bridges we cross (and burn) as we grow into ourselves. A budding Marxist, a Jenna Lyons doppelganger, and a jacked dude named Agnes come together with a vending machine full of vintage accessories as Flora throws off the mantle of expectations, assumptions, and perfection -- the trappings of her old life.
Everything Must Go is an offbeat, modern novel with emotionally rich and compelling characters.
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05 Oct 2017
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Quirky and totally gripping coming-of-age story . . . sarcastic, highly intelligent and slightly offbeat . . . Flora recounts her feelings about Elijah with the true breathlessness expected of a teenage crush, but has enough self-knowledge to realise how ridiculous such an abundance of crazy emotions can make a person. It's smart, funny and different. — Daily Mail
Funny, witty and feminist, you'll fall in love with Flora. — Stylist magazine
Coined as a "modern coming of age" story, it's really so much more than that. Davis's voice is so rich, funny and compelling that you'll implore her to do nothing but write more books as the world truly needs more - STAT. — In Style
A quirky, self-aware book that makes a change from the usual high school fiction. — Running in Heels
Imagine Blair Waldorf in a hippie commune as told by Maria Semple. Simple, entertaining joy. — Emerald Street
An inventive debut from a young New York writer that explores the conflicting impulses of smart millennial women . . . a quirky, modern Bildungsroman . . . it recalls the young-adult worlds of writers like Maria Semple. — Irish Times
A witty portrayal of a certain type of uber-conscious New York millennial . . . a comic, self-deprecatory illustration of the conflict between our projected self-image, versus the reality. — Financial Times
Davis's smart and witty debut captures a girl's changing attitude and gradual acclimation to a very different environment. Filled with vibrant characters, it balances gentle jabs at pop culture and self-righteousness with thought-provoking ideas about feminist ideals and human frailties. — Publishers Weekly, starred review
An introspective, feminist, nuanced story that is difficult to place in any one box. This standout debut is as empowering for readers as it is for its protagonist. — Booklist