Title: The Cost of All Things
Author: Maggie Lehrman
Release Date: 5/12/2015
Reviewed by: Aurora
The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman has a very interesting concept. The story is about what would happen if you could take an enchanted spell to change or fix things in your life. It mainly focuses on a small group of teenagers. It’s about the events that led up to the death of their friend, Win, and how they deal with it. Even if that means taking a spell or two.
The story is narrated by four different characters. One is Ari, the girlfriend of Win. Another is Kay, one of Ari’s friends. Then there’s Markos, Win’s best friend. And the last one is Win himself. Each point of view is in first-person, so you really get to understand how the characters are feeling. While I was reading, I did find it surprisingly easy to follow the story-line even though it has four perspectives.
Set in modern-day Cape Cod, the story starts days after Win dies, when Ari gets a spell to erase her memory of him. All spells have a cost to keep the balance, and the effect of this spell spirals into a story. Each spell affects what happens to all of the characters, not just one. All of these spells take a part in weaving the past, present, and future.
The overall theme is that things do change, and it’s not good to keep them from doing so. You will change with every person you meet, so it’s pointless to try to prevent that change. Then the other moral is that you shouldn’t try to change yourself so much that you’re a completely different person. If you change yourself, you won’t be happy with who you’ve become.
The Cost of All Things is a good book. I like it because the story is really unique. It’s not your typical topic for a young adult novel. Other than that, the writing itself is great. Maggie Lehrman is good at putting in enough detail to explain without overdoing. Highly recommend!