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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Gina’s Review: Everlost

Gina’s Review: Everlost

I recently read Everlost by Neal Shusterman to my class, and they loved it. It was probably their favorite read aloud all year. While I had it hanging around my classroom, my daughter Gina picked it up, devoured it, and then convinced HER teacher to read it aloud!

Gina’s Review: Everlost

This is one of my favorite books: Everlost. It is about Nick and Allie, who get in a car crash and don’t survive. But they don’t exactly die either; instead they end up in Everlost. Everlost is a place between life and death where only kids can go. It’s a place filled with ghostly children and things and places that no longer exist in the living world – like The Twin Towers, the Hindenburg, and any object that was ever loved.

Allie and Nick decide to find their parents and see if they survived the crash. As they go along their journey, they are introduced to Mary Hightower. Mary is the supervisor over all the children and she keeps them safe. Nick instantly falls in love with her. Allie instantly hates her.

They are invited to stay with Mary forever but Allie doesn’t agree. She wants to learn some skills from a kid called the Haunter. When they get there Nick gets trapped in a pickle barrel, but Allie manages to get away. Before she can rescue Nick, the Haunter gets attacked by the one true monster of Everlost: The McGill. Allie goes to find the McGill and when she does, he captures her.

Now she has to find a way for her and Nick to escape.

I loved this book because it was so cleverly written. People you thought were good ended up being bad, and people you thought were bad ended up being good. Thank heavens there’s two more books in the series: Everwild and Everfound.

Thanks, Gina! And I second her recommendation. Love, love, love The McGill! As for my class, they enjoyed it so much that this month’s Scholastic book order looked like THIS. I think Mr. Shusterman owes me some thanks. 🙂

11 Responses to Gina’s Review: Everlost

  1. Sarah says:

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks so much for this great review, Gina!

  2. salarsenッ says:

    Wow! I think this is one of her best reviews. Guess I’ll have to add it to my TBR list. Thanks Gina!

  3. wow, what an interesting concept! I never heard of this series, but it sounds kinda dark non? Great review Gina!

  4. Linda G. says:

    Great review, Gina! Sounds like a real winner. 🙂

    Dianne, just a little heads up — I’m taking your name in vain over on my blog today. 😉

  5. I’ve had this on my bookshelf for 2 years and have yet to read it! I think I shall pick it up immediately!!!

    Great review!

  6. My 11 yo loved the book. 😀

  7. I have seen and of course shelved this book many times at B&N. I never knew what it was about but I think I will be adding it to my list to read!

  8. Lenny Lee* says:

    hi miss dianne and hi gina! wow cool review. you said just enough that could make me wanna read it. for sure im gonna add it to my biwrl(books i wanna read list.)
    …hugs from lenny

  9. Becca says:

    Sounds good. I recently read Unwind, by the same author, and loved it, but I think I avoided this book because I prefer stand-alone novels as opposed to trilogies or a series.

    Maybe I look into this one again.

  10. What a GREAT review (And what a sweetie she looks like)!! On my radar now!

  11. mshatch says:

    that review is so good I’m going to have to add it to my list. thanks Gina!