Narrated by Bahni Turpin & Robbie Daymond
This book was everything I'd hoped it to be. It was nothing like the previous books I'd read and that made me 100% happy with it. So happy, I'm going to see the movie as well.
So I guess you're wondering why I enjoyed this one so much? What set this YA novel apart from the others? Well, number one reason...It wasn't all about Romance and Death. No, this book was all about life and enjoying it to the fullest! What can be better than that?
I'm not even going to lie, I dove into this book, fully expecting to hate it. Each book, I'd previously read, that centered on someone sick or dying, or wishing they'd die or had died was full of unbelievable drama that just made me sick. Maybe because I was always the new kid, in a militant, take no jive sorta family- things like that just didn't happen for me. I didn't dream of death or dating someone who was going to die... you know what I mean! It's become too much for my interests to hold to. That did not happen with Everything Everything, by Nicola Yoon. This was an original piece, like a sweet, sweet dessert. It was full of intelligence, innocence, and real life, topped with a cherry of an illness.
Madeline Whittier is almost finished with high school. She's a lovely young lady, full of unblemished innocence, smarts and loves to read. She's family oriented and conscientious of her health. She has to be, because she can't go outside. If she does, she'll die.
Though she's always wanted to go out, she never did, for fear of what could happen to her. Until she meets a guy, by chance. He's different, beautiful, strong and vulnerable at the same time and makes her want more than she's ever had or known. Their friendship takes her on a journey that shows her who she really is, who her mother is and how life is death unless you get out and live it!
Everything Everything isn't about a girl and boy who fall in love, though that does happen. It's really all about Madeline and how she sees the world she's unable to be a part of. How she grows from this girl in the bubble, into a young woman, looking for truth, adventure and love. It was heart-warming, encouraging and full of what makes things right in the world. I couldn't get enough. And listening to the voice of Bahni Turpin made it even more special. I loved the tone, purity and curiosity of every word.
If you're looking for a book that doesn't glorify death or allows the dead person to gather a sort of revenge (unless it's a horror story), then Everything Everything is your book! I promise, you will develop a sort of tunnel vision that will transport you into the shoes of a girl on the inside, looking out.
Cheers, I'm off to the next read!
March 7, 2017
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