Mwahahaha! Today I bring you another fluff contemporary! (I’m in such a fluff mood … what is this)
Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon) was a big splash in the YA book community … especially when the movie came out. (Nick Robinson ❤ ) I, however, hadn’t heard of it until a month ago. *shrugs* However, I read it (and immediately loved the movie) and now I have a review for you. How considerate of me.
Now, lettuce carry on with all of this fluffy fluffin fluff.
I’m in such a fluff/contemporary mood after reading a TON of dark/depressing books, so I went to the library and picked up the first book with a bright and colorful spine. Everything, Everything was the lucky winner. (So I went in knowing next-to-nothing.)
The first thing that I have to say that I loved about the book is the tone. It bounces back and forth between being light, fluffy, and fun and serious. It’s balanced very well. The whole feel of the book was amazing – just what I want in a contemporary. (I also loved the formatting of the book … but more on that in a minute.)
Madeline has SCID (which basically means that she can’t leave the house else she’ll die), and I think that that was something interesting about the book. (The whole disease aspect wasn’t original, but I did like the layers that SCID gave it) Madeline really appreciates life more than an average person, and just slowing down my life and realizing that was really cool.
Surprise! I liked Madeline. I know. When was the last time I liked a female protagonist? I had fully thought that I would adore Olly, not sure where that would leave me and Maddy. Turns out she was great. Her personality was one that I just really enjoyed. She wasn’t too serious and she just took life as it was … but as her character progressed, she wanted to live life. She fully appreciated things – all the little moments – that so many people just take for granted. That was beautiful, I think.
Okay. Okay. I thought that I would love Olly. In fact, that was the whole reason that I read the book. (Olly’s introductory line: 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.). I mean, how can you not love that?! Well. Turns out I was consistently being rubbed the wrong way by him. Ugh. Still, he had his absolutely adorable moments.
I honestly didn’t care that much for Carla? She was nice and fun and all … but eh. *shrugs* Also, I was not a fan of Maddy’s mom waaaay from the beginning. She just annoyed me and rubbed me wrong, as well.
I LOVED THE FORMATTING. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 There was medical sheets, drawings, texts, and thoughts. It was beautiful. It gave a depth to the story that the plot otherwise lacked. I loved it and it helped the story to fly by.
The actual story itself wasn’t all that original, but it was still just different enough (and I loved the characters) that it kept me along for the ride.
(I also didn’t like the final plot twist. I’ve seen many opinions on this, but I just wasn’t a fan. It seemed a little too obvious and I just … I dunno, mate.)
Olly was, honestly, a disappointment for me. I guess that I had built up what his character “should” be like (think Spencer Boldman in Zapped), and was disappointed when he fell flat of that.
(what’s with all the white in the book?)
Okay. This one is kind of silly … but it stills is earning a spot. I hated all the DMing/texting. Why? TEXTING GIVES ME SUCH ANXIETY. Like, I’m not even joking. I hate texting people, and I’ve had a couple bad experiences (IRL), so whenever I read the texting portions, I was anxious. Weird, right? *shrugs*
The book was a little shallow. I mean, that was actually something that I really enjoyed about it (it was a thoughtless book … filled with bomb quotes). It WAS cheesy, but again, I loved that. ❤ Also, it was predictable and had very small character development (lotsa cliches and instalove and stuff).
So, the book isn’t a super serious one, but I still really enjoyed it. Maddy is just living life to the fullest, and that is a trope that I just will never grow tired of. I liked the ending, despite the final plot twist and I really loved the characters. It was fun and overall very enjoyable. Plus, tons of great quotes.
(And I can’t tell you how many times I dorkishly grinned 😆 ).
In summary: a cute, fun book, if filled with cliches and predictability.
A word on the movie: this is one of the rare (rare, rare, rare!) movies where it and the book is almost exactly the same. Like, lines were almost exactly the same (without being annoying) and … I actually liked the movie better??? Mostly because Olly’s character was more enjoyable to me (I mean, Nick Robinson. Duh). Plus! I was worried that the formatting wouldn’t adapt well to a movie … but it fit perfectly. The movie was amazing. ❤ ❤ ❤