book review

Everything Everything

Nicola Yoon has been on my list of authors that I was looking forward to reading. I wasn’t quite sure whether to start with The Sun is Also A Star but once I saw the film trailer for Everything Everything, I knew that would be the first book of hers that I would have to read.

Yoon is an exceptionally talented writer and demonstrates her skills in character development, plot and descriptions in this novel. She is patient with the descriptions and really makes the main character, Madeline’s youthful and child-like fascination with the world believable. In the Q&A portion of the book, Yoon even says that the innocence of Madeline was largely inspired by her own infant daughter’s reactions to the world around her.

In all honesty, I hadn’t anticipated enjoying Everything Everything as much as I had. It was a new and fresh story that has never been told before. I think that there are themes like love and protection that are carried on throughout that really grip at the readers heartstrings and get them invested in the turn of events. I also respect Yoon for making the main female character multiracial. It’s not her identity but it is something that is made clear about her. I think that it’s incredible to have more culturally diverse characters in books, television and film because it really helps to inspire diverse readers and encourage diversity in the world. It helps remind audiences that fundamentally being different is nothing to be ashamed of.

****

I would recommend this book to YA readers, fans of John Green, fans of film to book comparisons, or anyone looking for an entertaining but light read.

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Books

Happy World Book Day!

I never knew that this was a holiday until today but shout out to my fellow bibliophiles. Today is basically another excuse for us to exit reality and get lost in another book, don’t mind if I do!

I hope you all get to celebrate today in the most ideal way: cuddled up somewhere with coffee/tea and a much anticipated book from your TBR (to be read) pile. Or maybe pick out an old favorite that always makes you feel better. Just remember that it’s only through books that we can live the thousands of lives that our hearts desire. No matter how old I am, I will always love books for the lessons they’ve taught me and the worlds they’ve shown me without leaving my bed. 

Today, in celebration of WBD I’ll be alternating between reading Phoebe Robinson’s You Can’t Touch My Hair and a query submission from my internship. 

Enjoy!

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