Somewhere over the course of the past two years I stopped reading fiction novels. I fell for the incorrect belief that I needed to read proper adult books (because adulting is tough and help is much appreciated). I spent much of 2017 reading spiritual, marriage, and self-help books but couldn’t get over the fact that I was struggling to finish some of them. The aforementioned genre of books are great and I’ve learned much from them but something was missing – my imagination. So in December I decided that I would commit to reading a minimum of one book per month cover to cover. I would choose books that kept me engaged and let my imagination run wild – lots of fiction included.
I chose to read the young adult novel Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon after watching the movie late last month. I loved the movie and its fresh approach and chill soundtrack but worried there would be no surprises left to uncover in the novel. I was completely wrong – there’s so much goodness and lovely details that weren’t captured in the movie. Everything, Everything is about a teenage girl, Maddy, that has never left her home due to a rare disease. Her life is methodical, her relationships with others from the outside world are few and she is content with it all until Olly moves in next door. Initially I thought that falling for the boy next door was awfully cliché but Nicola Yoon captures Maddy and Olly’s feelings so well. I was instantly brought back to my high school years and all of the teen angst that came with it. In terms of the characters, I loved that Maddy was thoughtful, well-read, resourceful and delightfully persistent/stubborn. I also loved that Olly, though a little rough around the edges, was transparent with his feelings, equally as persistent/stubborn, and intelligent. I could see bits of myself in these characters and grappled with the relatable choices they faced.
This was the first book I’ve read that contained diagrams, diary entries, drawings, and e-mail/text messages. The images gave a greater glimpse into Maddy’s world and were a change of pace from the typical book layout. Everything, Everything was a breath of fresh air and I couldn’t put it down. I tore through this book in one weekend, which hasn’t happened in years! I can’t tell you the last time I stayed up late into the night to read a book and I will probably re-read the book and re-watch the movie soon!
Do you love fiction as much as I do? Let’s chat about it – what books are on your reading list? Have you read or seen Everything, Everything? If so what’d you think of it?