Review: “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

“I’ve read many more books than you. It doesn’t matter how many you’ve read. I’ve read more. Believe me. I’ve had the time.”

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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Review: “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett” by Chelsea Sedoti

The first thing that happened was Lizzie Lovett disappeared and everyone was all, “How can someone like Lizzie be missing?” and I was like, “Who cares?”

A Red Raven Reads Review of “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett” by Chelsea Sedoti

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-I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.-

THE STORY (Goodreads):

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

THE GOOD:

I freaking loved this book. I was laughing, crying, and curled-into-a-ball-ugly-crying. (Lots of crying—happy and sad.) The author definitely wrote in a way that teenagers can resonate with (ignoring the beginning which made me kinda mad. Deets later.) It was funny, sparky, witty, and fresh. I enjoyed every moment and finished the book in one sitting. My lovely, precious lil book. WHO’S THE CUTEST LIL BOOK. YOU ARE. And Hawthorn. Kicks. Ass. I stood up and danced around at one point. I feel also that the book had important commentary to share concerning the world, expertly shielded behind a fantastic story.

THE BAD:

I really couldn’t get into the book until about the 20 percent mark, because the beginning sort of… flopped. It was super expositional and seemed to dredge along without offering much activity of interest. When it got going, it certainly got going, but I’m obligated to take this into account. The formatting and typos were difficult to deal with as well. But guys, real talk, the worst part was that this book couldn’t go on forever. I love Hawthorn so freaking much and I wanna hear every freaking detail about her wonderful freaking life. Loveeeeee. (I know this is the “bad” section but OMIGOD THIS BOOOOOOOOK GUYS)

THE CONSENSUS:

The second this book comes out, buy it. It was so flipping incredible. I literally want to cuddle with it like it’s a stuffed animal but it’s on my kindle. Plus, dang thing won’t hug me back for some reason. I DON’T NEED YOU ANYWAY, BOOK. I’m sorry baby I didn’t mean it like that, you know I love you.

BABY COME BACK. YOU CAN BLAME IT ALL ON MEEEE

THE RATING

5 stars. “Maybe. Probably.”