3.05.2013

Alice in Everville by S.C. Langgle | Blog Tour Review + Giveaway


I'm excited to be a part of the Alice in Everville blog tour! The tour is hosted by Jennifer from My Life With Books, and features reviews, guest posts, interviews, and awesome giveaway. Check out my review, then scroll down to enter to win a copy of the book.

Alice in Everville by S.C. Langgle
Publisher: Pendrell Publishing
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Jennifer @ My Life With Books)
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Publication Date: 12 March, 2013
A poem can seem like a labyrinth, a maze of words you can lose yourself in. The key is to find a thread to hold on to, to guide you in your reading, to lead you into and out of a labyrinth of words…

Alice Little thinks she’s read every word the world-famous poet Sylvie Plate published before her untimely death…until she discovers a coded message hidden in Sylvie’s final collection of poems--a message that may explain the poet’s mysterious demise.

All she has to do is decipher the code and she knows she can convince her beloved English teacher, Miss A, that Sylvie’s message is real. Unfortunately, she only has one manic day at Everville Mall to do it. And between keeping track of her fountain-splashing, havoc-wreaking sister, finding a new copy of Sylvie’s poems, and…oh yeah…dealing with the blue-eyed, guitar-playing, majorly swoon-worthy Jaden Briar, who keeps popping up everywhere she goes, Alice wonders if she will ever finish deciphering in time.

“Some things you just couldn't change, or transform, or wish away. Sometimes the path you were on only went one way. Sometimes, the truth wasn't what you wanted to hear.”
-Alice in Everville by S.C. Langgle
Though I don't usually review short stories, I was interested in reading this one because of its play on Sylvia Plath's name, and the code that Alice discovers in this Sylvie Plate's poems. The book is short, a little over 170 pages, but a lot happens during Alice's day at the mall. She spends the day alternately trying to discuss her discovery with her English teacher, and trying to decipher the rest of Sylvie Plate's code--all while taking care of her exuberant younger sister, dodging mall security, and making friends with her long-time crush. The idea that a hidden message can be found in a poet's last works is a thrilling one, and I was just as excited as Alice to see what the message would uncover.

There are a lot of parallels to be drawn in this story, the biggest being that Sylvie Plate was known to have committed suicide, leaving behind her young children, whereas Alice's mother had attempted suicide in the past--something that their family hasn't completely gotten over. Seeing Alice work through this as the day goes on, is ultimately satisfying. I don't want to give anything away, but I'll say that when Alice finally finds the final message, it is equal parts shocking, and enlightening.

I think what I really didn't like about the book was the way Alice's parents were portrayed, and the overwhelming amount of puns. I like puns, and in fact found some of them funny. The mall store called Never 22 made me laugh out loud. But there were so many of these, that it felt overdone.

As for her parents, Alice's mother is described as not being of sound mind, and therefore not always able to take care of/be with her daughters, while her father seemed unwilling to even help Alice take care of Jillie. In fact, it was comments such as the quote below that made it seem as if Jillie (who is described as having to go to a "special school," although we don't know what her diagnosis is) was Alice's responsibility through and through.
"It's fine," I said quickly, "she can come." There was no way Dad would let me leave him alone with Jillie again, so this was the best solution.
-Alice In Everville by S.C. Langgle
Overall, I think Alice in Everville is a cute story perfect for a day at the beach, or for any middle grade peeps. It's got humorous elements, as much mystery and adventure as you can find in a shopping mall, and inspires an interest in poetry in a unique way.


Temp. Guide
Read this if:
...you like poetry, mystery, and have big a sense of humor.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
{Talk of suicide and depression.}





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S.C. Langgle is offering a $20 dollar gift card and 2 Alice in Everville ARCs as a Giveaway! 
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Bonus entries are available for following the participating blogs. 
Winners will be announced, and prizes fulfilled, by the author.
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Book Tour Stops
Visit the other stops on the tour for guest posts and interviews with S.C. Langgle, and more reviews of Alice in Everville!
February 27 – Jennifer @ My Life With Books
February 28 – Misty @ The Book Rat
March 1 – Jessica @ Books: A True Story
March 4 – Kathy @ I Am A Reader Not A Writer
March 5 - Penelope @ The Reading Fever
March 6 - Jamie @ Writers, Write, Right?
March 7 – Alexis @ The Book Hideaway
 March 8 – Haley @ Life and Lies
March 11 – Michelle @ Book Briefs
March 12 – Author post @ S.C. Langgle

3 comments:

  1. Hi Penelope! Thank you for participating in the blog tour. I liked your review and take on Alice in Everville and glad someone else noticed/didn't like the parental relationship in the book.
    Jen

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  2. Thanks so much for taking part in the tour and for your lovely review!

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