Buddy Read – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

January 2018 – Mel’s choice

Everything, Everything

by Nicola Yoon

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Published 2015

Genres: Fiction / Young Adult

“According to the Big Bang theory, the universe came into being in one single moment – a cosmic cataclysm that gave birth to black holes, brown dwarfs, matter and dark matter, energy and dark energy. It gave birth to galaxies and stars and moons and suns and planets and oceans. It’s a hard concept to hold on to – the idea that there was a time before us. A time before. 

In the beginning there was nothing. And then there was everything.”

 

Maddy is allergic to the world; stepping outside the sterile sanctuary of her home could kill her. 

But then Olly moves in next door. And just like that, Maddy realises there’s more to life than just being alive.

You only get one chance at first love. And Maddy is ready to risk everything, everything to see where it leads.

 

Mel says…

This book had been sitting on my Goodreads ‘to read’ shelf for so long, so as part of my 2018 Reading Resolution to read more of the books on my current ‘to read’ shelf, I chose this for our first buddy read of the year.

I’m glad this was the first buddy read of the year, as it gave me the warm and fuzzies. I liked the unusual plot line of Madeline being a “bubble girl” and reading about the life  challenges she faces each day, being so isolated from the open world.

It was very clear through the narrative that Maddy was a positive, well educated young lady, who had a very loving mother. To begin with, she didn’t appear to loath life in her “bubble” as she simply didn’t understand what she was missing out on in the outside world.

As the plot develops, this shifts and her world opens up to mass possibilities.

One negative I could find, and this is minor, is that there were many similarities to John Green’s ‘A Fault in Our Stars’, in a young romance novel way, but this did not deter me from enjoying this book.

I highly recommend this book to all of my Aussie friends as a great summer beach read, or to anyone else enjoying an icy start to their year, for a cosy warm hug.

Rating:

Did not like it  –  It was ok  –  Liked it  –  Really liked it  –  It was amazing

 

Janelle says…

The premise of this book had me intrigued, and like Mel, it had been on my TBR for a long time.

This was a welcome change of pace for me, and most of all I enjoyed the sweetness of the relationship between the two teen protagonists, Maddy and Olly. I also loved how the book was formatted, with drawings, IM chat transcripts, made-up word definitions etc., strewn throughout to break up the text and show a different perspective of their daily lives.

I had been expecting more focus on the way Maddy had to live her life because of her illness, isolated from the world and never without risk of being infected by a mystery contagion. That aspect of the plot was probably what interested me most, but in fact I found the book didn’t seem to dwell too much on it. I also thought that the connection between Maddy and Olly was all a bit too sudden and convenient to be believable.

So this didn’t rock my world, but I would definitely recommend this if you enjoyed The Fault In Our Stars or if you’re a fan of YA in general.

 

Rating:

Did not like it  –  It was ok  –  Liked it  –  Really liked it  –  It was amazing

 

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2017 wrap-up – our top books and reading goals

2017…what a confusing little devil you were! Either so up you’re up, or so down you’re down. Frankly, you were a bit silly and you can go in the bin now.

But the good news is, we’ve finally put together our yearly wrap-up and goals for the next 12 months!

Janelle says…

My top 5 books of the year

Fever Dream – Samanta Schweblin

Unsettling, memorable, unique. I can’t compare this book to anything else I’ve read before, and I couldn’t not give it 5 stars after the profound experience of reading it. If you like books that push the boundaries and leave you thinking, you could give this one a try, just not if you’re a more conservative type.

Shelter – Jung Yun

I loved this book for the fact that it was both an exploration in to cultural and generational divides, and a page-turner to boot. It was confronting but also human. A wonderful surprise of a book.

Burial Rites – Hannah Kent

One for the feels! This was all about the characters for me, Hannah Kent does characters so well and I just fell for them. She also does atmosphere well, and this would be a perfect cosy Autumn or Winter read.

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

I just want more of this book, I would happily re-read it again and again. This is a bit of a “Swiss army” recommendation for me, it has something for everyone and I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying it. I can’t WAIT for the movie!

One Dark Throne – Kendare Blake

This series has totally captured my imagination and my heart, I love it so much. The story is captivating and addictive, the world that Kendare Blake has created is intoxicating. Semi-dark fantasy with richly drawn characters (you’ll have a hard time choosing a favourite!). Would be great for Game of Thrones lovers. This is bound for the screen at some point, surely.

 

My reading goals

I failed my Goodreads reading challenge for the first time in 2017, falling short by 5 books. And that’s ok, because reading 43 books in a year is still great. I’ve really re-adjusted my Goodreads goal for this year to be more realistic, and I’m aiming for 24 books. That way, I can get to some of the chunkier books that are waiting to be read and not feel irritated by how long it’s taking me to get through them!

I was also kind of participating in the Shelf Love Challenge again this year. I say “kind of” because I didn’t really pay any attention to this at all after I set my goal, I didn’t blog about it, nothin’. I was aiming for between 21-30 of my books read this year to be from my own shelves, and ended up with a total of 15. Considering I currently have around 170 unread books at home (and that number’s about to grow – the Lifeline Bookfair is coming up you guys, I don’t care I’M GOING), that’s pretty crappy. I’m going to say that for 2018, I want at least 50% of the books I read to be from my own piles at home!

 

Mel says…

My top 5 books of the year

The Dry – Jane Harper

This was one of the first books I completed in 2017 and I called it early in my review with my pick for ‘Book of the Year’. I stand by my initial claim. This book was my favourite read of 2017 and I have recommended it to many people since, who all say they loved it also!

Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf

This was a cute, easy read that Janelle picked. I loved the warm and fuzzy feelings it gave me and can’t wait to watch the Netflix version.

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur 

I’m not usually one to read poetry, but this book had so many amazing reviews that I couldn’t resist. It explored darkness, lightness and everything in between. Highly recommend!

The Black Book – James Patterson

My Dad highly recommended this gem to me, as he knows I love anything Crime Fiction. Right from page 1, it reeled me in and didn’t let go until the final page. This was my first James Patterson adventure and I was looking forward to my second, ‘The Zoo’ but that one fell into my DNF pile for 2017.

Force of Nature – Jane Harper

My second Jane Harper pick for Top 5 and I won’t apologise for it, it is well deserved! Can this woman do no wrong? She has me on the edge of my seat from the start of each novel and now I am equally as anxious for book number 3.

My reading goals

As I surpassed my initial Goodreads reading goal in 2016, by 7 books, I set myself high expectations in 2017 with a goal of 30 books. Unfortunately, I didn’t achieve my goal this year and fell short by 12 books coming in at only 18/30 books read. Sigh….

One to keep persisting and pushing myself, I have set my 2018 goal to 20 books in the Goodreads reading challenge and hope I can manage to achieve this, if not surpass it once more!

 

We want to know how your 2017 reading year was! Leave us a comment below!

 

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