Book Review : Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan

September 16, 2014 Book review 2 ★★★★

Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan is a book that you would love to present to all pre teens and early teens to read.  It is innocent but realistic with a loveable main character.

Book Review : Evie Brooks is Marooned in ManhattanEvie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan by Sheila Agnew
Series: Evie Brooks #1
Published by O'Brien Press, Limited on 3 March 2014
Genres: Animals, Young Adult
Pages: 219
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Publisher

New York City. Evie Brooks had seen it on the TV, but suddenly finds herself leaving her home in Dublin and moving to Manhattan to her American uncle Scott, after the death of her mother.

Never owned a pet more substantial than a goldfish, Evie is intrigued by Scott's NYC veterinary practice, and before long, Evie is working as an assistant in the clinic. Between the pets, their owners, Scott and his lawyer girlfriend, the Summer quickly becomes a whirlwind of change and activity!

And then Evie has to make a huge choice: will she stay in New York, or return to live in Ireland with her godmother, Janet?

First Line of Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan:

“Lashing out furiously like a cornered dog, I managed to free the collar of my cardigan from the security guard’s grip and started to freefall into a void, my long hair trailing swiftly behind me.”

My Thoughts on Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan:

This is a fun, vivacious book with an adorable main character.  Evie has lost her mother recently and has moved to Manhattan from Dublin to spend the summer with her Uncle Scott whom she doesn’t really know.

Her Uncle is a very solid character and he knows just how to humour his niece.  He doesn’t wrap her up in cotton tissue but treats her like she wants to be treated.  He is a vet and Evie becomes his assistant for the summer which makes for a fun read as you encounter their various patients and eccentric owners.

Obviously Evie is grieving hard for her mother but distraction is her main coping method.  And in New York, she has lots to distract herself with; her Uncles crazy girlfriend, new friends, boys and all the animals.  I love how Evie manages to adapt to her surroundings with good humour and a can do attitude.  She isn’t Miss Perfect and is well capable of throwing a strop at times but I love how her Uncle Scott coaxes her back into her normal self with humour and work.

The animals in the book deserve their own mention.  From Ben the not-so-clever-but-slobbery-rogue of a dog, to rabbits, to parrots to turtles.  All have their own place in this book and are a huge part of what makes it such a fun read.  I love the All Creatures Great and Small vet books and this is the young adult version of these.

The book is witty at times, has an authentic young persons voice at all times and there is plenty of everyday drama to keep the pace flowing nicely.  And it handles the emotional aspect of the storyline very nicely; you do get drawn in and feel huge empathy for Evie.  But don’t think this is a downbeat book, it’s not.  Evie is all about living her life and the book pulsates with her youth and energy.

Overall I loved it and would be happy to read along on any of Evie’s future adventures.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan?

I’d highly recommend this to all young people in the 10 to 14-year-old age bracket.  It would make a great pressie if you know someone that age.  Also recommended to those who like stories about animals and a young, endearing main character.  I’m well outside that age bracket but I still thoroughly enjoyed Evie’s escapades!

Thanks to O’Brien Press for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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2 Responses to “Book Review : Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan”

    • trish

      I know I’m looking forward to reading it soon! Especially after the way this one ended 🙂 And I agree such a sweet book, it was adorable!

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