I love it when you're surprised with a book. I didn't know what to expect from The Miseducation of Evie Epworth when I first picked it up. I didn't have high expectations, but when I started reading, I couldn't stop. Not only that, but I could be found in the corner, reading closely, laughing out loud at some of the antics that Evie and her family got up to. The beginning was so good I read it in a single sitting. If ever a book could make you laugh and cry at the same time, it's this one. Well done Matson.
The story follows the summer of 1962 through the eyes of sixteen year old Evie Epworth. She lives in rural Yorkshire with her father and 'live in' housekeeper Christine. Now she has to decide what to do now her exams are finished. Her life is very sheltered, confined to a small village. Yet the tales she tells are so brilliant. She hates Christine, a girl not much older than herself who has latched onto her father. It's when the exotic, well for Yorkshire, Caroline comes to pay a visit that the world turns upside down.
I loved this book, the writing flows so easily. It's almost as if the story was being told to you by a chatty friend. The stories are not farfetched, the trip to Beverly to a posh restaurant, you can visualise as if it happened to you. The characters are fantastic, each adding to the storyline. There's no trough in the middle, you ride the wave of Evies life from beginning to end.
Please don't read this book if you're afraid of laughing. You won't get past the first page before you're cracking up. A very high five star read.