THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING by Laura Moriarty, (2003). Here is another Coming of age story that takes place in the Midwest. Kerrville, Kansas to be exact. 10 year old Evelyn Bucknow is living with her single mother who’s finding it hard to cope with loosing her job, loosing her car and an unwanted pregnancy. The poor girl has a crappy life.. Are you up for reading about it? The writing is good so maybe you won’t mind. Let’s see if they come out on top.