Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Why? I’m not the type who reads contemporary romance. It’s just really not my thing, I basically have less than 10 books on my shelf from this genre and I’ve read only 3 of these books, well 4 now. So I think this will qualify as ‘Something Different’ for me.
I’m also cheating this month because this can also qualify for my Motif Challenge that I’m doing which is read a book-to-movie novel.
Review: It’s an easy read with a small set of characters, I mean there really aren’t that many. As far as protagonists go, I’m not a big fan of Maddy, and I really wasn’t any happier with her by the end. I understand the anger, I just don’t understand the hate. I’m not at all pleased that the author chalked up all rebellious angst as ‘it’s a teenage thing’. I would like to think that not all teens are like that. As far as the love interest, I’m also indifferent towards him. He’s not really swoon worthy or anything, but I do love the fact that he protects the people he cares about. I’m also not a big fan of the romance between the two characters since it seemed instant. I hate those kinds of relationships, and I realize, with this book, I’m not a fan of relationship that grow between two people where one is secluded and really doesn’t have choices on who to fall for.
The one thing I did enjoy, for the majority of the book, is Maddy’s relationship with her mom and nurse, Carla. In fact my favorite character in the whole book is the nurse. I love the mother figure that Carla represent and the connection that she has with the protagonist. I did wish that there was some type of conclusion between her and her daughter, but unfortunately Yoon didn’t think it was pertinent to the story to include an ending for them. As I mentioned previously, I understand why Maddy is angry with her mother, but to draw it out as hating her, is a bit extreme.
This book reminded me of Romeo and Juliet as I was reading it, but with a modern twist. I’ve read better contemporary romance, but it was entertaining enough that a lot of people enjoyed it. The first half of the book was good but after the climactic event, the book kinda went downhill for me.
I’m not really sure if I’ll be watching the movie or even pick up Yoon’s other books, but we’ll see.