This afternoon I finished reading an absolutely outstanding and compelling read: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon for the 2016 Reading Challenge.
Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Category: #25 A book that takes place during summer
“Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it.”
Everything, Everything is an excellent, emotional and strikingly different book. Starring 18-year-old Maddy, who is housebound as a result of a debilitating, life-threatening illness, this YA contemporary has love, trust and friendship as its primary themes.
Maddy has been alone all her life, except for the care provided for her by her doctor mother and her nurse, Carla, until one day a new family move in next door. Olly is wildly adventurous and caring, and before Maddy has time to think, she makes her first real-life friend. Experiencing many firsts with Olly, Maddy realises there is more to life than just surviving.
This novel is a true gut-wrenching read. The characters are well-developed, and the story is told not only through prose, but also IM conversations, book reviews and ticket stubs, making for a more interesting novel. Also, that plot twist, wow!
I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful book: it was so much more than I expected it to be – I’ve already pre-ordered Nicola Yoon’s upcoming second novel (out in November)! Possibly my favourite thing about this novel was the issues it addressed; perhaps the most prominent of which is the plot twist itself. Read this book, you won’t regret it.
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