The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield book review



The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back.  But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit?  Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become an adult—and fall in love—in the midst of tragedy.


Holy smokes, Lisa Manterfield blows me away again. This is my second book by her and I cant wait to read more! SO for the fun tidbits…. EM, what a heart breaking character. This poor girl goes through so, so much. She literally goes through the whole “what else could go wrong” stage over and over. She really comes into herself throughout this novel and you see her and remember the feels of young love and heartache as you read her. Ro makes me want to go through the book and strangle him. Lisa wrote his character so flawlessly that you will hate him as he is a piece of crap. Aidan was beautiful. I really loved him. He is such a wonderful person. To see all that he does for Em is just nothing short of amazing. Again in this book Lisa has flawless writing and I am loving her more and more as a writer. Her stories are always full on intrigue and become a 1 click read for me. Her books are way too hard to put down until you finish them and then you will be left reeling and with ultimate book hangover. 5 stars from me.

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