Monday, December 21, 2015

Book Review: Everything, Everything

Title Everything, Everything

Author Nicola Yoon

Release Date September 1, 2015

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.
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Review

It just didn't work for me. I seem to be in the minority here. It happens.

I think it's only fair to point out a book's positives first. I think the drawings, charts, emails, and whatnot were cool. I love seeing things like that added into novels. There were some great quotes sprinkled throughout the book. Unfortunately, that kind of concludes what I liked.

Sadly, the things I didn't enjoy seems to be a bit longer. First, I didn't feel any emotional connection to the characters. Nope, nothing. This was supposed to be the kind of heavy book that readers fall in love with, right? (Obviously many have done so.) I just can't do that if I don't care about the characters. Second, I can't be the only one that figured out what was going on before it happened. (I was pretty confident I knew what was going to happen when they were on the way to Hawaii). I know I can't. And what happened... sigh.

Overall, Everything, Everything was alright. It was a quick read and I don't regret reading it. It just didn't live up to my expectations (darn those high ratings/positive reviews).

Rating

2 out of 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. I think I enjoyed this one slightly better than you, although I wasn't blown away either. Nicely written balanced review.

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