Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – A Spoiler free brief review

The only reason I bought and dived right into this one was because of how much I enjoyed reading the sun is also a star.

Synopsis:

Eighteen year old Madeline Whittier has lived indoors for as long as she can remember. She has this rare kind of a disease which makes her allergic to literally everything which is why she cannot step into the outside world. So her constant companions are her mother and her nurse Carla, also her books. Her routines entail online classes, assignments, reading (a lot), playing games with her mother and just the kind of things that wouldn’t harm her health and wouldn’t require her to go outdoors. She has made her peace with her situation and goes on with her routine until one day new neighbour moves in next door and there obviously has to be a really cute guy her age as one of them. This new family is unlike Madeline’s, Olly the cute guy next door is the one who captures her attention and she obviously captures his. After stealing glances at each other enough for a few days they finally start to have a conversation.

And well, the rest is a book on it.

My review:

The concept of this book really sounded cool to me, it was unlike anything I had heard of before which was the second reason I picked it up. Madeline and Olly’s situations throughout the book really made me want to root for them, like I was just wanting for them to be together already! It was really nice to go with the flow of the story and see how it was unfolding. So it is safe to say that the book started off really well for me, more than halfway through it I was really enjoying it. The writing style was simple with a few illustrations here and there, it is fun to read these kinds of books. Sort of like breaking the monotony and getting a personalized view of the character.

The plot seemed to be going really well for a while with Maddy and Olly’s interactions and everything. I almost would’ve loved this book if it wasn’t for the ending. That is the only reason it did not live up to my expectations. That was just SOME ending! I did not see that coming!

But anyway, I did enjoy reading it.

Rating: 3/5

The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon – Spoiler free review 

 

I bought myself the sun is also a star which is a YA contemporary as a valentine’s day present, because why not? And what a treat it was! I finished that book in two days (actually the same day but past 12 technically) as I did not have any lectures that time.  I have had the review written in my journal for months now and I am finally putting it up

The sun is also a star is the first book that I read by the author Nicola Yoon. Needless to say, I picked up Everything Everything almost immediately after finishing this one. This is her second book and I honestly liked this one much better than everything everything, which is her first.

Synopsis:

You know the whole theory that is out there about how opposites attract? Well, here is another take at the same thing by Nicola Yoon navigating it with Natasha and Daniel, the leads of the story. Natasha is a Jamaican native living in America which she considers to be her home as she has lived there all her life and Daniel is a Korean American who likes to write poetry. While Natasha is a realist, Daniel is a dreamer. She is about to be deported and in the midst of all the hopelessness that she is experiencing, she meets Daniel. There are these two different worlds of thoughts that collide and take you on a journey where somewhere along their individual struggles of their day they show each other a few different ways to look at the world and/or it was maybe the universe showing them that.

My review:

The sun is also a star is that perfect kind of a cute read which is so heart wrenching at the same time. There were those perfect ‘aww’ moments and those moments where you know your heart is on the verge of breaking and those moments when a scene is just so well written and well described that you feel so content. This book was so fast paced, once I started reading it, I just went on and it was so hard to put it down. And I feel a major reason for that was the writing style. The chapters weren’t too long and each one gave a new perspective from different characters which was refreshing and didn’t feel stretched. More like showing a different angle of the story.

I absolutely loved this book, there was so much that it entailed, from an issue like deportation to having such diverse leads in the story. Honestly, I get that a lot of people will not find this book very realistic because of too many coincidences but it feels like that really depends on how you see it, to what extent you believe in fate or if you believe in it at all. So the ‘realistic’ aspect of this book depends on how you see it. Yes, I might just be a little too much like Daniel. On the other hand, the whole love at first sight and Natasha’s scientific aspect of things was beautifully showcased, like there were times when even I found myself almost being convinced with Natasha’s point of view even though I am a dreamer through and through. Another thing I loved is how the other characters, even though they hadn’t been around much, play a significant role and how it all connects and plays out in the end.

This book is sweet, simple and thought provoking at the same time.

Rating: 5/5

My Playlist for this one:

  •  Lost Stars-Keira Knightley
  • Everything has changed- Taylor swift feat. Ed Sheeran

 

Talking it out rant

Honestly sometimes I don’t understand how the brains of adults work but then again I am an adult too now. Which is really hard to believe because I either act like a 9 year old or at times I legit act like a 69 year old, so yeah I am either too young or too old, there is no in between.

The only time the in between is experienced when I get into an argument with my parents. That is when it feels like that I am actually a young adult. Because when you’re a kid you don’t really get to experience those intense fights with them and when you’re too old, well, you are just old and pretty much have lived more than half your life so I do not think they’re THAT concerned with you making a mistake.

All of that being said, let’s get to the whole argument thing when you are a young adult. You think you know things, maybe a little too much and your parents think you’re practically Jon Snow know when it comes to the world. You know nothing. So one simple thing which could have had a simple answer blows completely out of proportion and all of the things that you might have done wrong in your entire life come up erupting like lava from a volcano in the form of words. Let’s be honest, if it were up to them they would bring up things you did wrong in the past life as well.

You know, you are either the suffer in silence types who will just listen to them and not voice your opinion or you are straight up in the zone having an answer for everything that does not even come out as a question from them. But still, all you want is to be heard by them or at least given a chance to be heard, it sucks when the answer comes out to be no even before you finish the question. It is not always okay to be silent and let your parents always get away with voicing out whatever anger or opinions or comments they have, I get it that you do not want another argument, but that is not healthy. It will do nothing but make you passive aggressive in the future. You need to let your thoughts out even if it is your parents, and if you don’t think the middle of the argument is the right time then hear them out, let them cool down and speak to them to the next day when they are calm and are willing to listen. Do not bottle up your emotions like that, at the same time that does not mean that you say mean things and absolutely hurt them for no reason, what I mean is, talk to them and try to reason. Tell them what hurts you, things that are bothering you and the so and so things they should not have brought up in the argument the night before and how unfair that was.

Maybe things will be better after that, maybe they won’t but at least it would be a step you take towards handling things on your own in a way where at least you are letting your thoughts out and making them heard without the other person trying to cut you off again and again. I mean this is my way of dealing with these kinds of issues but I don’t know all of a sudden I don’t get why I am writing about this. Probably because I have something like that going on at home right now and after having heard everything and knowing that there was no point arguing back as nobody wanted to listen, I let it go like I always do and will talk it out in the morning.

This really feels more like a rant kind of post than anything, I guess I was just trying to explain this to myself by writing it out.