Everything, Somewhere

Young Adult - Coming of Age
424 Pages
Reviewed on 02/12/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Everything, Somewhere is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama and coming of age sub-genres and was penned by author David Kummer. The work is intended for the mature young adult and upwards reading audience, and contains some use of explicit language throughout. Our primary protagonist is Hudson, a young man sinking deeper and deeper into depression and isolation, who befriends struggling actor Bruce Michaels who is hiding from Hollywood in a small town called Little Rush. But as their unlikely bond grows, cracks appear in Bruce’s now-tarnished veneer, and Hudson wonders if there’s a serious dark side to the man he looks up to. What results is a gripping drama with much more story than first meets the eye.

Author David Kummer has crafted a fascinating, detailed, and highly emotive work of fiction with plenty of realistic drama and high tension to offer its readers. In terms of its presentation of character, I found that the use of close narration created a deeper emotional resonance, and there were many more characters than Hudson and Bruce once I began to explore the book more deeply, which really helped the feel of realism from the town. I admired the way Kummer was able to showcase such a variety of personality and place in a typical small-town setting. There was also some fantastic craftsmanship of the secrets being slowly revealed and the tension building more and more towards the novel’s conclusion. Overall, I would highly recommend Everything, Somewhere to fans of emotive writing, visual and visceral scene craft, and for coming of age drama readers everywhere.