Everything Everything By Nicola Yoon- Spoiler Free Review

 

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Author: Nicola Yoon                                     Pages: 310                                                         Rating: Image result for bubble clip art NO BACKGROUNDImage result for bubble clip art NO BACKGROUNDImage result for bubble clip art NO BACKGROUND (terrible I know)
Genres: Contemporary YA, Romance          Goodreads

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has not left her home in 17 years. Even so, her life goes on happily and quietly until the blue-eyed boy like the Atlantic moves into the house next door. The crush emerges by instant messaging and is growing and complicated through an endless number of conversations, desires, vignettes, feelings, illustrations, dreams …
And it is difficult to return to the usual routine with all the noises that come from outside. Suddenly, Maddy is aware of the gossip of the birds and of the rays of sun that are glued by its shutters. And the more she tries to separate herself from the outside world, the more determined she feels to enter it.

Everything Everything was a cute but somewhat predictable YA NOVEL about a girl living with a condition called SCID. Maddy is unable to leave her clean and sterile home, as she is allergic to everything, but when the quirky guy next door moves in she suddenly craves more beyond the bubble she has been so adjusted to her whole life.

Everything Everything was a quick easy to read story. Nicola wrote concisely and simple, but effectively she seemed to weave chapters of MSG format and drawings well within the story. It made it more interesting and interactive and added elements to the story, without them being pointless and unnecessary. I really enjoyed her style and use of short chapter and it brought me back to primary school when I read books with drawings and picture in the margins (Andy Griffin for example). I particularly enjoyed Maddy’s Mini book reviews, they gave her more personality and were an unconscious way of showing her interests in reading without (*cough*Caraval*cough*) telling it.

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The plot wasn’t perfect at times and could be predictable, I saw it as your classic YA romance/girl next door, thrown in with a girl who was facing an illness. Although it’s predictability at times was a bit meh. I still enjoyed the story and it still had it own unique and refreshing vibe.

Maddy was a likeable, easy to read character. You could see how her personality was influenced by the way she had been brought up, she was naive but smart and funny and being locked up inside for so long, she had become accustomed and accepting of her reality. Obviously, until she craved something outside her bubble.

“For the first time in a long time, I want more than I have.”

I also appreciate the fact that Maddy was a character of colour but it wasn’t constantly forced or mentioned for the sake of Diversity. Further, it was nice to see a character with a strong bond to her mother. In saying that there were a few unrealistic elements, like her lack of friends (the internet?) and at one stage she was buying a credit card off the internet for herself.

There were a few WTF moments in relation to the actions she made, at times they seemed very irrational for someone who should have known better.  It just felt unrealistic and like a bit of a plot device. like those moments in horror movies where the character is making these fucking stupid decisions and your just yelling at the screen the fucking smarter option but they’re to annoyingly stupid to realise. Okay, Perhaps it didn’t go that far.

As for Olly, sadly we really didn’t get to know him well, he was an interesting, quirky and very likeable character but we really only scratched the surface within his family life, social life and personality and didn’t get much behind the surface. In saying that the romance between Maddy and Olly was still, cute and although a bit fast, it felt authentic and very sweet.

See this is where the cheese and not so great message weaved its way in. I feel the message, although with good intent, was really not so great. The message we were basically left with was that it is okay to risk your life and health for love, which really isn’t romantic or at all something I’m okay with. I think there could be a better approach to this, and Nichola could have created a much more profound message.

Overall, Everything Everything was an easy to read contemporary romance, despite its flaws I would still recommend this to anyone who likes as classic, cute and slightly cheesy romance. Despite its message, it really gives readers a newfound perspective on the life of someone who basically lives in a bubble or with SCID’s.

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Book Blogger Newbie Tag

So because my lazy ass won’t post on my fucking blog, I though I start off with some easy shit and go from there. I’m hoping to get a review on Caraval up next…

 

1. Why did you start this blog?

I like books, also to discuss books and shit. So might be cool to make some friends and talk about books, because I’m so lonely, no one wants to read.

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2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

-I can read books with my eyes closed

-I always put in A+ for effort, which is why I only do book tags (subscribe)

3. What are you most excited for about this new blog?

Being able to attempt to get my thoughts on books out there, particularly ones that I hate & seem to be loved by everyone. Hopefully my reviews will be structured enough to be readable (though don’t get your expectations to high)

4. Why do you love reading?

Its kind of like travelling, within your comfort zone, in your bedroom with pillows surrounding you. On a serious note, I guess I read to learn things, and gain new perspectives. Which is why I love deep books with messages or just stories that make you feel things. Reading is also a way of connecting my feelings and emotions with something, I can connect to stories and read stories that fit with my feels.

5. What book or series got you into reading?

Nothing? I suppose I grew up loving things like the Goosebump series and Spider wick and I remember this book called Rose by Holly Webb which got me into fantasy. I honestly just grew up reading handfuls of random books and have loved books since.

6. What questions would you ask your favorite authors?

I may have already done that…. I remember at the beginning of high school emailing Maggie Stiefvater and rambling about how much I loved the Shiver series and her music and blah blah. She actually replied and fuck, not only did I miss asking a actual question, I look back and realize how fucking cringey I was. Kill me now. Ty.

Idk what I would ask her now.

 

7. What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?

Trying to post frequently. I’m aiming for at least 1-2 times a week. (Living the hard yards of a post high school gap year life) Also as I mentioned, Trying to write structure reviews without rambling.

8. When did you start reading?

How the fuck should I know (Sorry for the cussing) I’d like to think I started reading before I start school ( 5) but I don’t really know, pretty early on I was reading kids chapter books. Reminds me how I started to read chapter books in my first few years of school, but since I couldn’t read out loud (and had bad eye site when they brought out those big mother of books) the teachers put me in tutoring, so I just thought I was that good they had to give me extra reading lessons. lol. Explains why I was always given these fucking shitty two words per page books, while I was reading chapter books at home and envying the kids reading actual books.

9. Where do you read?

Usually in bed or on the ground or on a chair. I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of reading outside or driving somewhere nice to read, but its not working for me so far.

10. What kind of books do you like to read?

Any fantasy, si fi, thrillers/physiological, romance, anything fast pasted I don’t mind contemp. but I have to be in the mood, I’m usually really critical with and find every character annoying.  Also Ya and classics.

 

Cool, I have no one to tag, so I’m not tagging anyone, unless you (I feel like I’m talking to a brick wall) want to join in.

 

Georgia                                                                                                                                                     x x x x x x