Hey everyone, its Divya! Its FINALLY May, but for some reason, Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the memo, and the weather is 60*F FOR TODAY, and 51*F AND RAINY TOMORROW! WHERE IS THE LOGIC?!?
But anyways, here on my blog, we like to keep it chill and with the current book-related-news, and recently I’ve read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. In almost a week, Everything, Everything will also be coming out in theaters, starring Amandla Stenburg and Nick Robinson (and not gonna lie, this movie looks super cute). I’m going to try REALLY hard to make the non-spoiler section as ‘non-spoiler-y’ as possible, but this is a short book with a lot of really cute scenes. All my favorite parts are going to be hard to avoid.
Summary (Courtesy of GoodReads)
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, 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.
I don’t know much about Yoon’s other literary works, but judging from this book, she is a really strong author! I loved this book, and all the cutesy (but relate-able) moments that a person gets when crushing on a hot guy. Well, in this case, an extremely hot guy. Its short, its sweet, and its definitely memorable and different from the normal Young Adult books that are filling library shelves and are stacking up on tables at Barnes & Nobles. I give this book a 3.8/5 stars, and that concludes the non-spoiler section! Go do yourself a favor and READ it, then come back to thecookiecrumblr to discuss! See ya
After seeing trailers for a movie that looks absolutely amazing, and hearing many of my friends rave about Everything, Everything, I did everything in my power to get this book in my hands ASAP.
And this book was good! Especially in the beginning and middle. The main character, Madeline, was funny and sweet, and her relationship with her mom basically embodied the relationship I wish I had with my mom. And of course, her relationship with the incredibly attractive (fictional ;( ) guy next door made me jealous beyond compare. (I’ve been exposed to the world outside my house for more than 16 years now, and I am unbearably shy and awkward around people. Especially guys. How is Madeline so suave?).
The love story amidst all the craziness and excitement is what really made this book shine. I died a little bit every time Madeline and Olly secretly met up. I felt constantly on edge, each time thinking that Madeline’s mom would just walk in on them kissing, and forbid Madeline and Olly from ever seeing each other again. And when her mom did finally find out, I WANTED TO SLAP THE LADY. Though I knew that her mom had a good point, and that Madeline’s health should be above this crush on a guy, I still wanted them to be together. It killed me to see Madeline be forced to fit back into the neat schedule of the same nothingness that she’d been living her entire life. And beyond that, it killed me to see Madeline forgive her mom so easily when her mom was taking away the first bit of freedom Madeline had ever been granted. But at the same time, it made me smile to see her not want to cause her mom any unnecessary pain.
But then of course Madeline decides to go to HAWAII. I understand the reasoning behind the inner-workings of her mind; that actually living a few days and dying happy is better than waiting the rest of her days in essentially a super-clean fish tank to die one day. To me, it sounded like an extremely poetic way of saying she either stopped caring or was suicidal, but I was still super excited for it. The fact that she was about to go on a journey with a guy she loved, to a place she’d only dreamed of was crazy exciting and I was oblivious to the obvious danger in the situation.
This brings me to the part of this book that i did not really like all that much. For all its cutesy moments and excitement, I couldn’t bring myself to love it. My only problem with the entire book was the ending.
It wasn’t sad, but I might have almost preferred it if it were. This book left me feeling kinda annoyed. I’m not saying it was bad, because it really wasn’t! It just felt so unreal. The fact that Madeline had been living completely isolated from the world, believing she was plagued with a disease that would kill her if she left the confines of her home, but suddenly she’s actually completely fine at the end and she can live happily ever after; it felt sorta like a cheat ending. The fact that this is a real disease, and in the real world, no one is lucky enough to have this disease washed out of their lives with one simple discovery. At first I thought this book would be one to promote awareness for a disease that few people in this world are forced to live with, but then it kinda turned into an ideal I-broke-the-rules-and-now-I-can-live-happily-ever-after. On top of all that, the person she trusted the most, her mom, was the one who was to blame for the waste of her life? All of that just made this book so much weaker in my mind. And it was all discovered in the end, where the book should be its most powerful.
However, I love how Yoon made the story come full circle, back to books and connecting Olly’s and Madeline. Their reunion at the end was just so perfect. Not too detailed, but enough for the reader to fill in the blanks. I hated how Madeline shut Olly out, and it made me incredibly mad, as she tricked him, and Olly did nothing wrong. But at the end, its clear that it was all water under the bridge, and (as a book lover) I can appreciate the cuteness and romantic tension in that bookshop.
Unfortunately, Everything, Everything was only a stand-alone novel, which depresses me because it was so short and I want to see more!! But luckily for us, its movie is out in theaters on May 19th! So dont forget to catch it in theaters!
Thanks for reading my review. Comment below if you have any book suggestions, or any ideas about what else you guys want me to post about. That’s all for today! BYE!