Reviewed by Abby Morrow, Community Engagement Librarian
Eventown, a middle grade novel by Corey Ann Haydu, is a good introduction to utopian fiction for tweens. Elodee and her family have lived through a traumatic event and are looking to escape their reality and start fresh. They move to Eventown–a perfect town where the sun shines every day, everyone gets along, and they have amazing ice cream. Everything seems perfect, but as Elodee soon discovers, perfect can also be confining.
This book reminded me a lot of The Giver by Lois Lowry and Matched by Ally Condie. Although it covers a lot of the same ground, it does bring in new elements such as Elodee’s relationship with her twin as they grow up and how people deal with grief.