Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

April 30, 2016

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Intermission: So... I did some background research on the author because that's what I do. Also, her surname is 'Yoon', which is a Korean surname. Turns out that the author is black, not Korean. Her husband is Korean. When I found out I was like, "Okay, cool."

Now for the review...

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA, romance

Blurb: Maddy is allergic to the world. She hasn't left her house in seventeen years.

Olly is the boy next door.
He's determined to find a way to reach her.

Opinion: Basically, I regret buying the book (Heck yeah I'm picky). I have been told many times not to judge a book by its cover and boy have I learned the importance of that phrase. I wish I had looked past the beautiful exterior. I was even warned that there was insta-love in this. But no I had to give it a chance! Also, I knew that it was going to be a romance novel. Why on earth did I pick up a romance novel?

Realistically, it wasn't completely terrible. I didn't die after reading it. It was pretty decent for a debut novel. However, I had so many problems with it and that is why I'm writing a negative review.

Firstly, I couldn't really connect with the characters. Maddy was sweet and intelligent and stuff but I could not feel anything but sympathy for her. Olly... I didn't like him but I didn't dislike him either. He was okay... I guess. My favourite character was Maddy but I didn't really have a choice with the lack of depth in the characters. 

The short chapters and rushed story-line did not help at all. I might have liked the characters a little bit more if it weren't for that.

The 'romance' in this novel was all sweet and innocent at the beginning and then boom! (Spoiler in white, highlight to see) the obligatory sex scene that happens at the middle of YA romance novels because why not? It's not like there's anything wrong with rushing relationships!
movie film reaction 1980s bored

This book was kind of predictable. Also, the ending wasn't my favourite.

Good things - The doodles were pretty cool. The protagonist was a POC (Asian and African American). It was beautifully written.

Recommendation: This is for fans of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Basically.

Rating: **- Two stars out of five


So, have you read this book? Are you planning to? What do think about romance novels in general?

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  1. Epic review! I've bought soooo many books based on the covers sadly. Now I just visit the library before I purchase. Did you change your blog template? I like it a lot! :)

    1. Thank you! I wish I could find books I want in the library. I kept the book really clean so I was allowed to return it. Thank God! Yup, it's a new template. At least everything works now (everything except the social buttons).

  2. I'm sorry this wasn't a great book! The cover is gorgeous, though. I'm personally not one for much romance, mostly because I don't like either the MC or the love interest and I think they'd be much better off as friends most of the time.

    Also, I've tagged you for several tags (basically you can chose which one you want to do): http://victoriasoceans.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/tags-of-many-multitudes.html

    1. yeah, love interests can be quite.. :/ and they SHOULD BE best friends **cough, cough** Eleanor and Park. They would have made awesome friends!

  3. Wow, you're idea about turning the font white for the spoiler is great!
    Ugh! I know!!! Doesn't it drive you nuts when they're like "oh! I sorta like you! Now lets SUPER rush our relationship!" It drives me CRAZY.

    1. Haha! But turning the spoiler white isn't my idea, haha I actually got it from Reading Is My Breathing

      Rushed relationships make me dislike romance so much! Thanks for checking out my blog.


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