Book 3: Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.
This book was also purchased in 2011 when a Borders was having a final sale. I purchased the book because the description peeked my interest and the cover is pretty awesome. I didn’t notice until I finished the book that on the back cover, Janet Maslin of The New York Times, compares him to Kurt Vonnegut. I can totally see how you would get that from reading this book. The book handles dark subject matter with a lead character who battles with knowledge of the end of the world.
Everything Matters! is based around a family in Maine and the tragic events they deal with during their lifetime. The chapters are written in first person depending up which character the chapter is titled after. Sometimes this doesn’t really work for me, like in The Help, but for this book I found it was fine, even enjoyable. The pacing is quick and the story never really lulls. The matter-of-fact personality of our main character, Junior, keeps the tales of drugs, abuse, and disappointment from getting too heavy. I enjoyed every character in the book and never felt like any of them were disposable. I highly recommend reading Everything Matters!