Hello my handsome readers,
Over a month of good reading opportunity has past and I sincerely hope you have used it to sit on the couch snuggling with a good book. Among the classes and homework I have, and luckily I have a YA Lit class that requires a book a week read (which is awesome in my humble opinion). Due to the class, I also get to discuss my thoughts on the books with others who read the book- kinda like a mini book club of YA Lit if you will. This week’s read was Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, a Jamaican native.
In the book, Madeline Whittier is diagnosed with SCID, the famous “bubble baby disease,” essentially trapping her inside her house. White everything, a ton of extra time, and no dust in sight– that is until a promising friendship (and perhaps more) with the cute boy next door changes everything.
I won’t live the cover art is what drew me in, it is beautiful and doesn’t stop at the cover. This book is filled with extra tidbits and doodles. The premise seemed simple to me, a girl is allergic to everything and must remain in her air-locked house. Sad? Sure, who wouldn’t hate never leaving the house? Interesting? Yes, because who doesn’t want to see how another person lives? Anyways…The book has elements to root for: diverse characters, unique formatting, and a lot of painstaking love that is absolutely fantastic (and real). It was a fast read due to the formatting and the fact that you get swept up in the novel (I finished in a few hours). Then, the ending… I don’t want to give too much away but I was caught off guard. It is easy to see what an amazing storyteller Nicola Yoon is and personally I can’t wait to read more of her work.
Drawbacks for me- I would have liked the ending to have more of a dramatic flare. But that’s more of a personal thing.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something that is adorable and funny as well as a little heartache.
“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”
― Nicola Yoon,
PS. If you don’t want to read the book perhaps check out goodreads for the quotes because there really are some zingers.