Beyond the Books|Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

11:18am. My couch, again. Michigan.

Well, I’ve already finished another book, so here I am with another review. Next up:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Rating: ★★★★☆


Now, I will admit, I saw the movie before I read the book. This is in typical fashion for me. I love reading, I do. But sometimes the release of the movie gets here too quickly for me to sit down and read the book, so I have to wait until I fall in love with the movie, and have to read the book. This is exactly what happened here, but I loved both mediums through which this story was told.

The book was a really easy and quick read if you love reading like I do. It took me only about 3 hours total with about an hour break in between 100 pages (the book was 306 pages; I read 100 in an hour, took a break for an hour, read 100, took a break, etc.). However, I found it really enjoyable for that reason. I was able to take Maddy’s (the main character) entire journey with her in one night, without necessarily rushing through it to the point that I don’t even remember any of it. I really commend Yoon for thinking of a storyline like this; I never would have though of it myself, and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard of. Without giving away the ending, I can say that it’s nothing you’d expect.

I also really liked the aspect of it that included drawings, and Maddy’s doctors notes, and the IMs between Maddy and Olly (the love interest). I feel like if it was just explained in words it wouldn’t have had the same effect, which is what a lot of novelists do. Seeing it drawn out makes it just that much more personal between the reader and the character, because you’re given exactly what she means instead of imagining it yourself. But, if you specifically like imagining it yourself, that aspect may deter you.

The grammar was surely more sophisticated than the last book I reviewed, but Yoon is a professional author; this is what she does, but I gave this novel one more star than I gave the last book because it seemed that much more…official. That, and the imagination and effort that went into this book was so unique that I was captivated enough to finish it in one night.

I loved this book a lot and would surely recommend it to everyone. It was an easy enough read for someone as young as 12 to read it, but sophisticated enough for someone as aged as 60, 70, 110 to get something out of it. It draws you in almost immediately and it is hard to put down once you start. After reading the book, you can watch the movie and enjoy it just as much because of how closely they followed the story line, and really see it come to life.

Thank you again for reading my review if you did. My next book will be In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I’ve never read a novel like this, so I’m really excited to get into it.

Talk to you soon!

Caitlyn xx