The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna; 2013; $17.99; 310 pages; Philomel Books, New York, NY; 978-0-399-25626-4; Teen Fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood;9/30-10/1

Why did I pick this up?  Because Kari Luna is going to be at Wordstock this weekend and I am scheduled to introduce her and Nancy Werlin on Sunday.

What is the story?  Sophie Sophias’ father is no longer around, her mother is very protective and she talks with a Shaman Panda named Walt.  She also moves often due to her episodes.  Her father is a renown theoretical physicist who has put forward some rather controversial theories.  She meets up with a new best friend and a boyfriend when she moves to a new town.  Then she and her new BFF travel to New York City to find her father and have some great adventures.

Did I like it?  Yes it a great story about love and how to embrace our lives as they are, at least that is what I got from it.  One of the most compelling stories about love, friendship and family that I have read in a while.

Grade-A

What is with the title of the review?  Our family has had a stuffed Panda that has accompanied us for the last 21 year and he is named Phil.