Saturday, June 10, 2017
Online Tea Party - Everything, Everrything
Guys, I'm so excited to finally announce this!!
So, if you saw my post from Tuesday, you may have noticed that I mentioned a book club. Becca from My Life As A Sports Fangirl and I have started an online book club, tentatively called "Online Tea Party"!
So what does this mean?
Like any other book club, we will choose a book to read and then review it on our respective blogs. We are in the process of creating some fun activities and questions to go along with the books that we choose each month.
---THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!---
This month, we chose "Everything, Everything" by Nicola Yoon.
This book was super fluffy and I really enjoyed being able to read something fun and cute for a change!
The book follows Madeline (Maddy) and Oliver (Olly), two teenagers who meet when Olly's family moves next door. There's only one kind of big problem...Maddy has SCID, a disease that essentially makes her deathly allergic to the outside world. Maddy has spent 18 years living in her house, doing classes online, under 24-hr care from her mother and nurse. But once she gets a taste of what she is missing, Maddy may fall in love with the life that in turn may kill her.
This book was my first venture into Nicola Yoon's writing and although I did enjoy the book, I found it a little cheesy. It was very reminiscent of a John Green novel. Both authors are great writers, however the story does have some parts that are a little unrealistic.
For example, 18 year old Maddy applies for a (pretty incredible) credit card and gets approved immediately, with no credit score, no credit history, and no sort of history in pretty much anything. The twist at the end was also a little unrealistic.
At the end of the book, we find out that Maddy's mom had suffered a mental breakdown due to the loss of her son and husband and has essentially held Maddy hostage her entire life by convincing her she is too ill to be outside. Though it is never addressed as abuse, that is pretty much exactly what abuse is. I found that it was a little odd that Maddy's nurses didn't seem to look too far into her illness to make the discovery themselves.
Another issue I had with the book was the sex scene between Maddy and Olly. Sex in YA has never bothered me but it was a little sudden to go from "I could die by breathing the outside air" to having sex. I feel that there would possibly be some hesitation, some build-up to the decision, but it was pretty rushed and a little clunky.
All in all, I found the book to be a good read if you're in the mood to turn your brain off for a bit and look at incredible artwork.
For fans of: John Green, David Levithan
Overall Review: 3/5
Be sure to check out Becca's review HERE!
Have you read "Everything, Everything"? Let's chat in the comments!
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