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Quick Take: Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
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Oh goodness, just all the feels with this book. Val has also read this beautiful novel everythingand has reviewed it, so I encourage you to check out her blog post!! I am going to go into a quick synopsis and then the rest of this is going to be pretty spoiler-y, so if you haven’t checked this out, you need to ASAP! I’ve read another Nicola Yoon book earlier this year (check out my review!) and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary authors!! She not only writes beautiful books that tug at your heartstrings, but she also weaves in such important themes such as family and race relations. All of which is super refreshing and so important to see represented in YA novels.

Now a quick synopsis: Madeline has just turned 18 and has never left her house due to having SCID. This basically means that she’s allergic to everything, so she stays inside her house with her nurse and her mother. Olly, a cute and interesting boy, moves in next door peaking Madeline’s interest in the outside world. And that is it for a synopsis! And if you are reading the synopsis thinking that you know exactly how this story turns out…I am going to tell you to ignore that voice in your head and read this book! This book takes the most interesting of turns, and while it is the cutest and sweetest love story you’ll probably ever read, it’s also a beautiful and heartbreaking story about family. So now, I’m going to get into some spoilers, so get out of here if you haven’t read this yet!! 🙂

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tl;dr everything,everything you’ve met your match

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The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Oh my goodness. This story was so heartwarming and sweet, I could barely keep iImage resultt together. Mallory and Rider grew up in an awful foster care situation, and were separated on tragic night. They were together for 10 years, where Rider took most of the beatings so Mallory wouldn’t have to, and fell completely in love the way young kids do.

Mallory has been adopted and living with an incredible family for the last four years. As she prepares for college, she decides to try high school since she has been home schooled the last three years. In foster care she was taught to be as quiet as a mouse to avoid the violence, so this would be quite a new challenge for her.

On the first day of school she recognizes him immediately, and Rider remembers her just as well. What follows is an incredibly adorable story of their reconnection as they are surrounded by new lives, people, and challenges of growing up in a city. You really have to read this to fall in love with their story and understand the pure and sweet love between Mallory and Rider.

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Top 5 Books of 2015

2015

We’ve done a lot of reading this past year and we have to say, we’ve read some really great books. It’s very hard to pick favorites when it comes to books, but here is what made our top 5 lists this year!

Christina

  1. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone: OCD is something that is so inaccurately portrayed in mainstream media, so I always appreciate an author that can get it right.
  2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Race is an important issue in today’s society and we need more books like this that directly address the issues of how race is portrayed/perceived by people today.
  3. The Archived by Victoria Schwab: I loved the magical realism of this book – it was haunting, beautiful, and captivating. Super quick read, but so enjoyable. (Quick note: my review was a dual review of the duology – read with caution!)
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: I don’t typically love alien books, but this one is an exception! Plus, the movie is coming out soon!! (Quick note: my review was a dual review of the duology – read with caution!)
  5. Cress by Marissa Meyer: The Lunar Chronicles is definitely one of my favorite series now, hands down, and this third installment was my favorite!

 

Rachel
I can’t bring myself to rank them, so here they are in no particular order:

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: this is the kind of YA that I think we all crave. It’s action packed, has just the right amount of romance, and is chock-full of interesting characters.
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: this has everything I love in a good book…beautiful writing, a compelling setting (France in WWII), and a heart wrenching ending.
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: in case you can’t tell, I like WWII stories, and I don’t think you can find one more compelling than this.
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: this book renewed my faith in YA lit. If the world of Six of Crows could be defined as gritty, this one would be defined as cruel.
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: this book included so many things I don’t normally read about (love, disability, a quieter plot), and yet I absolutely loved it–so much, in fact, that I read it all in one sitting (with a box of tissues nearby)

 

Val
I am also incapable of ranking these in any order, so here they are in the order they come to mind:

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: A great companion read to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and a fantastic mystery/thriller read.
  • The Real Thing by Ellen McCarthy: I think when I read this, I was desperate to see something in my own relationship that wasn’t there. What it really taught me is what I should be looking for instead.
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: A whirlwind romance and exploration with a great surprise twist.
  • Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb: a great twist on my favorite series. Can literally pick these up any time and enjoy the crap out of them, every time.
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: One of the heaviest books I have ever read, but also one of the best told stories that really pushes on all the right emotions at the right time.
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tl;dr this is everything

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
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Wow. I don’t even know where to start this…. WARNING: Do not pick up this novel if you do not plan to read it in one sitting!

The story follows Madeline Whittier, who just turned 18 but has never left her house. She has the disease where she is allergic to anything and everything. A cute boy moves in next door and Madeline’s entire life changes because the moment she sees him, she knows she’s going to fall in love with him. And she does. So very adorably deeply it hurts to read about.

The story is written so well before you know it, you have read half the book and cannot wait to finish it. It is not creepy like the love story of Bella and Edward came off in the first Twilight movie, where they had to condense it so much it was just stalkerish. The story of Madeline and Olly is a beautiful description of the innocence and romance of first love.  Full of wonder, heartache, and of course a surprise ending. Continue reading

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