You’ll know if you saw my 100 Movie challenge that I converted the idea of that from books. I love reading, but that comes with a caveat that I love reading whilst travelling – if I’m by a beach for a week I can whizz through 6 books without evening trying. When I’m at home, I really, really struggle to get myself into a book – I can’t deal with putting down my books every five minutes to deal with a dog that’s barking at me, and by the time that I get to bed (which is always too late) I just don’t have the concentration for it. On a rare occasion at Christmas, I managed to both start – AND finish a book.
I picked up Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon back in summer when I purchased the Potion Diaries in WH Smith and they were either Buy one get one free or buy one get one half price. I really like YA fiction when I’m in the mood for it, if I want to read – but I don’t want to read anything that’s too challenging (as stupid as that makes me sound, but sometimes I like to be a bit passive) YA is always the place I turn to.
Everything Everything was exactly what I needed, it was short and sweet and it only took me a few days to read, I’d probably say in total it was read start to finish in about 4 hours, if you’re looking for a book that will get you back into the swing of reading or like reading in short spells I’d really recommend this one, the chapters are normally under 4 pages – and sometimes it’s just pictures, diagrams or just a few short paragraphs on a page. There’s something motivating about feeling like you’re getting through a book quickly which is why I think if you’re in the need to get yourself back into reading then it’s a good option.
Onto the actual book itself. The book’s main character is Maddy – a girl who describes herself as living in a bubble since being a baby she’s been confined to her house – for 17 years – as she suffers from allergies, anything can trigger it from houseplants to the the washing powder on someones clothes. Apart from her mother, nurse and a teacher no one else can come in without being personally vetted medically by Maddy’s mum and a grueling process of getting past all the sterilization to get into her bubble.
One night Maddy looks over at the empty house next door, to find that there’s a new family moving in. She catches the eye of the hottest guy she’s ever seen (naturally), and they manage to strike up a friendship via email and IMing. After much convincing Maddy’s nurse, Carla – is finally convinced to let Olly into the house without Maddy’s mother finding out, as long as they agree to stay on opposite sides of the room and do not touch. Trying to convince herself that they can not and won’t fall in love.
This book unexpectedly had a twist – right from the start I thought I knew where this book was going, but in fact it had a little genius twist.
It’s a heartwarming story of traditional YA young love and heartbreak. I think if you love The Fault in Our Stars, you’ll love this and it’s a very easy and quick read. I’ve also just found out that it’s been made into a film that will be released this year.
I’m desperately trying to get my head into another book – infact the second Girl Online book which I’ve had for over a year and still not touched – but it may be in reality that I don’t settle into a reading routine until our honeymoon. Regardless though if you have any recommendations please leave them below – I’ll be getting my kindle prepared over the next few months!