Review: “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

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A Red Raven Reads Review of “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

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THE STORY:

Alright, so think “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble” meets literally any other YA romance where a sexy new guy moves in next door. I think? Maddy has the whole John Travolta deal going on. And Olly has that… uh… tragically bland YA hero deal going on. So that’s the gist.

THE GOOD:

The little sketches and artifacts enclosed in the book, drawn/created by the author’s husband, really make this book. And even though the majority of the content itself is boring, Yoon writes it in an interesting way. I’m reminded a lot of John Green as well, which is ALWAYS a good thing. AL-WAYS. Plus, Maddy isn’t white, which is like, FINALLLYYYYYY.

THE BAD:

Olly sucks ass. He’s super lame and boring and there’s nothing interesting about him. Maddy’s pretty bland as well. Like… the characterization? Not good. The romance isn’t even very good, and to be honest, it’s upsetting. I feel like most YA romance novels, as lame as they usually are, at least have some semblance of romantic or sexual tension. There’s nothing here. It’s sort of like reading about those mashed potatoes you make from a little packet of powder.

THE CONSENSUS:

I know what you’re thinking—this book totally sucks, right? Well… Sort of? But not really. Objectively, I don’t think it’s a great book by any means. But it’s a fun, quick read, it’s pretty cute, and I enjoyed it. Plus, PLOT TWISTS. BUM-BUM-BUMMMMM.

THE RATING:

“Everything, Everything” gets a rating of 3 out of 5 stars.

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