Review: This Could Be Everything by Eva Rice

Title: This Could Be Everything

Author: Eva Rice

Pages: 432 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

It’s 1990. The Happy Mondays are in the charts, a 15-year-old called Kate Moss is on the cover of the Face magazine, and Julia Roberts wears thigh-boots for the poster for a new movie called Pretty Woman

February Kingdom is nineteen years old when she is knocked sideways by family tragedy. Then one evening in May she finds an escaped canary in her kitchen and it sparks a glimmer of hope in her. With the help of the bird called Yellow, Feb starts to feel her way out of her own private darkness, just as her aunt embarks on a passionate and all-consuming affair with a married American drama teacher.

THIS COULD BE EVERYTHING is a coming-of-age story with its roots under the pavements of a pre-Richard Curtis-era Notting Hill that has all but vanished. It’s about what happens when you start looking after something more important than you, and the hope a yellow bird can bring… 

The Review

My favourite kind of book is a coming of age story. I just love the elements of it. Having Eva Rice – one of my safety authors – releasing a coming of age story is like a dream for me. This Could Be Everything is more than a coming of age story though. It is a story of loss, of grief, of insecurities that all centres around February and her formative years.

February is dealing with a lot of loss and the things that have happened to her have make her develop agrophobia. Through a chance meeting with a boy and a yellow canary February’s journey of self discovery starts.

I would be lying if I said this was my favourite Eva Rice novel but I did enjoy it. I enjoyed the randomness of the storyline and I was genuinely kept on my toes. I didn’t know how it was going to end.

This Could Be Everything is definitely worth a read.

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