The deal: Sophie Sophia has begun to experience "episodes" — uncontrollable, vivid, and bizarre hallucinations that, when they're over, leave her back in the real world with a small physical "souvenir" of the event. Her father, an eccentric theoretical physicist, also had the same kinds of episodes, sometimes vanishing for days — until he disappeared for good years before. Sophie is trying to prove that she (and her father) aren't crazy, that these episodes are real ... and figure out how to stop them, as they're inconvenient (to say the least) and could lead to a psych ward. She's joined on her quest by a shaman panda and a physics-obsessed best friend as she travels to NYC to find her father and learn more about his research — even if it means uncovering answers that she never expected.
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is quirky, fun, and heartfelt, and I love the accessible-to-non-science-people inclusion of theoretical physics. (Yayyy layman's terms!) And though this novel feels lighter and is very charming, it tackles subjects like parental abandonment and mental illness with the respect they deserve. I definitely recommend it as a great addition to the contemporary YA genre.
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