Book Review: Everything’s Fine by Janci Patterson

PrintTitle: Everything’s Fine

Author: Janci Patterson

Series: None

Released: June 2, 2014


Book Description:

Kira thought she knew everything about her best friend, Haylee. But when Haylee commits suicide immediately after her first date with her longtime crush, Bradley Johansen, Kira is left with nothing but questions, and a gaping hole in her life where Haylee used to be.

Kira is sure that the answers to her questions must be written in Haylee’s journal, but she’s not the only one searching for it. The more Kira learns about Haylee’s past, the more certain she is that other people grieving for Haylee are keeping secrets—especially Bradley, and Haylee’s attractive older cousin Nick. Kira is desperate to get to Haylee’s journal before anyone else finds it—to discover the truth about what happened to Haylee—

And to hide the things that Haylee wrote down about her.

From the author of Chasing the Skip comes Everything’s Fine, a new contemporary YA novel about secrets and loss, and the winner of the 2007 Utah Arts Council award for Best Young Adult Novel.


This was a lot deeper than many of the books I usually read. It is contemporary fiction and there is some romance in it but it deals with suicide and secrets and touches on mental illness. Some of the subject matter isn’t pretty but it is dealt with tactfully. It was kinda heartbreaking and shows that life isn’t always pretty and we don’t always know everything about the people around us. It was tragic but not depressing.

Recommended to those who want something a little different.

4 starsRating: 4 Stars – Great Book

Content: a couple instance of language, some sexual content but no sex scene, innuendo and crude comments

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  1. Thanks for sharing this, Kathy. I had not heard of it previously, and it would’ve been a shame if I missed out on it.

  2. Sounds like it might be a good one.