This book was literally Everything, Everything!

I hope at least one person got the title of this post….if you did please tell me in the comments below!!!

In case you didn’t….I’m reviewing the book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Yes I know it is also a movie, but I haven’t seen the movie. I’m the type of person that must read the book before I see the movie it was made into. Most of the time the movie disappoints me anyways because they always chose to leave out important things from the book that should really be included from the book but I’m not a director or a screen writer so that’s just my opinion!

Enough about that, let’s get on with the review! Just in case you have no idea what this book/movie is about let me tell you just a little bit…

Maddy has a rare and famous disease, she’s basically allergic to the outside world and is forced to be confined to her house. She has been stuck inside her house, with her mother and her nurse and occasionally a few other guests. However these guests have to go through extensive health checks before they can come into the house. This poor girl hasn’t left her house in seventeen years.

One day as she’s sitting in her house, she hears a moving truck pull up next door. She looks out her window and she sees a boy. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black – a black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that completely covered his hair. As she’s looking through her window, he catches her looking at him and stares at her. She stares back. She later finds out his name is Olly, and she knew from that very moment that she would certainly fall in love with boy. But she also knew that I would end in a complete and utter disaster.


To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. I read exactly half of it in one night….staying up way too late might I add! But I didn’t care! I didn’t want to put the book down.

The writing style with all of the different drawings and notes and the emails and messages back and forth between Olly and Maddy were some of my favorite touches of this book. I also really enjoyed how it had a similar feel to The Fault in Our Stars (another amazing book I may just have to do a review on…and that one I did see the movie….and loved it just as much as I loved the book…shocker!!).

The book began beautifully with diverse and interesting characters, who are falling in love but cannot act upon their feelings. Their relationship builds rapidly though all they can do is mime through the window and chat online with one another. I’m a sucker for a love story and I loved how much Olly and Maddy truly loved each other.

Now…I won’t spoil it completely but I will say that the ending had me both shocked and a little disappointed. In my own personal opinion it took away from the whole premise of the book. At the same time I can appreciate this special twist but I could’ve been happy with a different ending. I promise you that if you read this book (or maybe even if you see the movie because I’m sure they didn’t leave this particular detail out), you will be shocked by the ending too. My jaw literally dropped! I’m not going to lie part of me (the romantic side of me that always wants a happy ending for the couples in books or movies because I believe that everyone deserves happiness!) was happy that the book ended the way that it did!

Want to know how it ended?? Check it out for yourself! Have you read the book or seen the movie?? If so which one did you like better? Have you read any of Yoon’s books? If so which ones? I’ve also read The Sun Is Also a Star (and did a review on it already…go check it out!!) Happy Reading!

Xo’s Shelby

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2 Types of People In This World…

There are two types of people in this world. The type of person who believes in science and facts. Then there’s the type of person that believes in fate and dreams. Or maybe you’re like me and you believe in both?? And there’s nothing wrong with that! Except that’s not what this blog post is about!

In the amazing book, The Sun Is Also a Star written by Nicola Yoon, we follow two very different people through a very interesting “love story” (I use those words loosely here!).

Natasha is the type of girl that wants nothing but the facts presented to her. No fate, no destiny, no dreams that will never come true. Her reasoning behind this is very understandable. Her family is less than 12 hours away from being deported from New York City back to Jamaica. This girl is desperate to do anything to help her family to stay. She wants to be in NYC with her friends, her whole life is in this city. On her way to meet with an attorney about her families problems, she runs into this boy on the street. Then she runs into him again….and again. Coincidence or is this something else? Natasha wants to blow it off completely. She has no time for foolish things like this. She isn’t the type of girl that would run into a boy, by chance, on a crowded NYC street, and fall in love with him….or would she?

Daniel on the other hand is the type of person who believes in fate, everything happens for a reason! He’s an aspiring poet, who spends his free time writing poems about heartbreak, even though he has never had his heart broken….at least not yet. He’s always been a good son, a good student and the one who has always lived up to the very high expectations of his parents. Until he met Natasha…there was something about her that made him believe that fate had something more extraordinary in store for him….for the two of them actually.

Natasha and Daniel are both funny, flawed and fully developed characters who feel as if they are old friends. However, as the day unfolds, so does their love story. This love story is anything but simple, and you will find yourself (much like me if you’re at all a sucker for romances….) rooting for them from the beginning until the very last page.

I won’t spoil it by telling you anymore than I already have. Will Natasha get deported? Will Daniel get his heart broken? Or will they end up happily every after? Find out for yourself by picking up a copy of this amazing book!

Ps. The Sun Is Also a Star has a style of switching narrative between the two main characters, which made the story flow very easily. I will say that I was a little skeptical at first because in the past I have not enjoyed books written in this style, but I loved this one so much. I only mention this at the end because I know that the style in which books are written can turn readers away. It used to turn me away.

If you’ve ever read this book, or any other book by Nicola Yoon please leave your thoughts in the comments below! And be looking for my review of Everything, Everything (the book…not the movie!) coming soon!

Xo’s Shelby