The smallest thing by Lisa Manterfield

Rating: 💚 💚  💚 
Author: Lisa Manterfield
Title: The  Smallest Thing
Published: July 18th 2017
Genres: contemporary, young adult
Number of pages: 272
Goodreads link: The Smallest Thing

Received from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for honest 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.


I enjoyed reading the story, the first half a bit more, than last part. I've never read anything like it. 

So there is a girl Emmoth, who desperately wants to move away from her home and town, where her family lived for generations. She wants to live with her boyfriend and saves up enough money to move. But there are people dying in the town. They get sick with flew like symptoms and just die. After few deaths, her town is put in quarantine. She still desperately wants to escape, but is running out of options. 

I didn't like Emmoth at first, she is very determined and comes across annoying at first. When I got to know her a bit, I started to like her.  There is just something about her. I also disliked Ro, her boyfriend, like ... a lot. :)

The premise is really unique and the Author did amazing job intertwining stories of small town, deadly plague and girl among all of this. 

Only complaint, the pacing was slow at times.

Happy reading,
Amazon link:The Smallest Thing (Affiliate link)



  1. Thanks for your review and for hosting a stop on the tour. :-)


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