Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

3.5 Stars
“Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”

Is this a kissing book?


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Everything, Everything fell victim to the Great Kindle Shattering of ’15 . . . .

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Which translates to “I read this book two months ago, then broke my Kindle and forgot to upload a poopton of read-but-not-yet-reviewed ARCs to the new one.” I’m fairly certain when I originally read this I thought I was being generous with a 3 Star rating, but the more I think about it the more I think I liked it so it’s getting 3.5. Please note that this is very much a YA book so it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. For me, though????

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Simply put, Everything, Everything is a love story with a twist. When Olly moves next door to Madeline, she asks herself . . .

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In most cases I’d have a very zealous reaction to something like that . . .

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But this time around I made an exception. You see, Madeline is a “bubble girl” (for lack of a better term) . . .

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She’s never left her house and no one ever comes in except her mother and her nurse. When Madeline sees Olly she begins to alter her outlook on life . . .

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

Some wise advice from her nurse helps Madeline decide to take a chance . . . .

“Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything. Besides, doomed love is a part of life.”

The two eventually begin to communicate via computer and Madeline realizes . . .

“Maybe we can’t predict everything, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”

But as with all ill-fated love, things don’t always work out as planned . . .

“I am made. I am unmade.”

And Madeline has to decide to risk death for a chance to live a little bit of life . . .

“Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it’s impossible to tell the difference.”

Everything, Everything was a YA love story told in “mixed media” format of both traditional writing as well as diary entries, book reviews, charts, etc. it was a quick read that also threw a little twist in for good measure. Most of all, it served as a reminder to the reader to . . .

“Remember, life is a gift.”

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.”

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