Everything You Ever Wanted: A Florence Welch Between Two Books Pick
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Sylvie in particular seemed a little cold and self centered at times, which lead me to dislike her until late on in the novel. She has lived in New York City, Brooklyn, Tucson, Arizona, Philadelphia, and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
The first thirty pages of Everything You Ever Wanted flit back and forth between Iris’ modern life and her first few days on Nyx.
Sylvie (the matriarch)belongs to the school board, and now has to deal with the scandel and shame of what Scott did (or did not. In this controversial and exciting listen, Pollan explores caffeine’s power as the most-used drug in the world - and the only one we give to children (in soda pop) as a treat.
Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. The narrative is not written from a first person perspective, but it is contained to Iris' view directly and often comments on her internal thoughts and feelings. The next day you stay in bed until the afternoon, scrolling through your social media feeds and wondering why everyone else seems to be achieving so much. It is a story about how complicated relationships can be; those haunting memories of what could have been; should have been. Sylvie must decide between maintaining her outwardly perfect life --the family estate outside Philadelphia inherited from her grandfather, the school, the reputation --and the son who she feels wants nothing to do with her.I think referring to certain things that appear very appealing onto the surface, and having them slowly become annoying or burdensome, was a very effective literary device by the author to show this is not the reality we (or Iris) truly want. But despite working in the same club and sharing a flat, they couldn't be more different: Tiggy speaks posh and receives a cheque from her father every month, believes in love, wants nothing but to be loved, can't stop grieving for her mother who left the family when Tiggy was fourteen and is waiting for her older, married lover (who used to be her teacher in a boarding school) to leave his wife. The planet Nyx is painted like an idyllic paradise, a simple hunter-gather lifestyle surrounded by deserts of pink-hued sand and crystal clear blue skies glowing from the planet's 24 hour long sunshine cycle. It’s escapism in its most absolute form, because that’s the cliff-edge our modern late-stage capitalist world has us teetering over.