Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is a young adult contemporary romance with very little going on. I wanted to love this book, I really did but I just couldn’t. Though overall, in my opinion the book isn’t too great, it does have some excellent aspects.
The humor and the light hearted dialogue of the characters was lovely, especially since the Madeline, the main character, has this very dangerous highly fatal disease. She had a great sense of humor and I think that serves as proof for the fact that no matter how dark a situation gets, you can always make it light. The story is told in first person and the main character has a very strong, funny voice which makes the read all the more enjoyable.
Since this is a YA, like most others, it has a love plot. While there were some very cutesy scenes and very cheesy dialogues, I wasn’t a big fan of this. It was very insta-love, and to me, from their talks, they seemed more friends than anything else. It was also very disappointing to see how the main character was so weak and changes only and solely because of the boy. She has no spine of her own and that was a little bit frustrating.
I liked the mother-daughter scenes in the book–a good family dynamic in a novel is always appreciable. But at some points I felt like Madeline’s maid was more her mother than the real mother.
What really made this book stand out from every other mediocre insta-love young adult book were the illustrations. They gave the book character; it’s not often that we see many illustrated books, so this was great. A major part of the book was also in email/IM form which was also a lot of fun to read.
One thing I felt that could have been better explained was the actual disease that Madeline had. If the consequences and symptoms of SCID could be better explained, I might have sympathised with the main character more.
The end of the book seemed a little bit rushed and felt a bit incomplete. Some of the issues, in my opinion, were not completely resolved.
Overall, Everything, Everything is, for me, another over-hyped, too cliché contemporary. For a debut novel, this is brilliant–I wasn’t the biggest fan of the storyline but the dialogue and the beautiful, simple writing makes up for it.
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Guest review contributed by Confessions of a Bibliophile. This blogger is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and has been blogging since the 5th grade. In her bio she has recently quit quitting.
A valuable art collection disappears, turning a treasure-hunting duo into crime-stopping sleuths willing to risk their lives to vindicate family members in Kaylin McFarren’s action-packed suspense novel, Banished Threads.
While vacationing at the stately Cumberforge Manor in Bellwood, England, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen attend an elegant dinner party hosted by her uncle, Paul Lyons, and his aristocratic wife, Sara. Before the evening ends, a priceless collection of Morris Graves’s paintings are stolen from her uncle’s popular gallery, throwing all suspicion onto his wife’s missing granddaughter.
Determined to clear Sloan Rafferty’s name and, in the process, win Paul’s favor, Chase scours the countryside looking for answers. In his absence, the police accuse Rachel’s uncle of an unsolved murder and secrets surrounding her grandmother’s death and the deaths of Sara’s former husbands turn his wife into the most likely suspect. With the true villains hell-bent on destroying Paul Lyons and his family, solving both crimes while ensuring her uncle’s freedom not only endangers Rachel’s life but that of her unborn child.
Will Chase save them before the kidnappers enact their revenge or will the ultimate price be paid, as predicted by a vagabond fortuneteller?