This Chick Read: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything is a love story between a girl who can’t leave her home because the outside world may kill her and a boy named Olly who moves in next door. That is the simple version and it’s the truth, but this book has so much more. It’s about first love, taking chances and discovery. 

Surprisingly Maddy is very well adjusted. I mean, if I could die at any moment and my mom and my nurse were my closest friends I would be glued to my window watching the world outside my bubble.  Maddy seems to have come to grips with her situation. Until Olly moves in next door. I think what draws her to Olly was not his appearance, although he was cute, it was actually his circumstance. His father was an abusive drunk. When Maddy witnesses and hears that abuse I think it opens her eyes that other people’s lives may be worse than her own. 

Olly was every teenage girls dream boyfriend. He was cute, mysterious and sensitive. I, too would have risked my safe world to embrace all sorts of harmful bacteria and live in the moment with him.

Everything, Everything was not just a lighthearted teenage romance. Because of Maddy’s dangerous disease, every move she made was wrought with tension and even though you rooted for her to have a moment of happiness you hoped it wouldn’t kill her and that gave this romance an edge. There was a HUGE twist at the end of this book that added another dimension to the emotion in this story that you should not miss. ❤❤❤❤


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Copyright 2017 Deborah Kehoe A Chick Who Reads All Rights Reserved

This Chick’s Sunday Commentary: Authors could solve the worlds problems…

I love reading fiction for many different reasons; I can escape from reality, I can explore different lands, I can fall in love over and over again, I can learn new languages, I can have great sex, I can can fight oppression, and I can be a hero. The list goes on and on! If you follow my book reviews you know I like books where the underdog wins, women find the power within to beat bad odds, where “race issues” are played out between humans and elves-vampires and werewolves, where basically the world becomes a better place because people WANT to make it better in these books. Of course, there is always a happy ending, or at least a sequel where the characters I love will get to take that battle to the next level.

I love that these life themes are played out in Young Adult books, so girls can learn empowerment and boys can learn how to work with others to change the world for the better (Snow Like Ashes).

I love that romantic fantasy can be between two different races. One race who lives in the day and one in the night, and even though the darker race has large teeth and the lighter race is considered horrifyingly ugly because of the lightness of her skin, they still open people’s eyes to the love in their union. They set a good example for acceptance and unity (Eidolon).

I love that those in power can learn from the humanity in one individual, even if they are an alien,that makes them change their behavior towards an entire race (Star Nomad).

I also love that I can escape into a fantasy world where a small group of individuals battle against an egomaniacal President who is infected with a deadly virus and win that battle (Justice Ascending).

All of these themes, although played out in fiction, give me hope that the light of humanity exists. After all, these authors are writing about things that exist in our every day life- hatred, bigotry, love, war, friendship, honor, and ultimately the power of good people doing great things. These themes must have resonated because these authors are successful and fans buy their books in bundles!

I would like to make a suggestion on the next book our leader should read. Nicola Yoon could teach you about how deportation feels from a teenagers viewpoint in The Sun is Also a Star, or maybe you could learn compassion from a nice interracial love story set during the Civil Rights Movement in Alissa Cole’s Let it Shine. Really, I’d love it if he would read the moment in Rebecca Zanetti’s Mercury Striking when the virus takes hold of the President and he becomes a psychopath, there are some frightening similarities.

I guess what I’m trying to convey is that writers have been fighting and solving these real life themes for generations. The books I mention above are all books I’ve read recently, but you can find great ideas in the classics as well. Maybe what we need from our worlds leaders, besides the obvious things like compassion, intelligence, thoughtfulness, a good world view, etc. is also to be well read. Well read in Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult novels, Mysteries-all of these genres, and others, have some great solutions to the problems our world is dealing with right now. You may have to look past the fangs to find them, but the solutions are in our fiction novels.

It’s something to think on-

Please click each book below to read my reviews on each, and to link to buy.

Deborah

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This Chick Read: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

 This novel has been on my shelf for a couple of months and after the 10th appearance on a Best Of list, I was motivated to read it, finally. I found it to be  charming, sweet, funny, interesting and magical. Needless to say, I was not disappointed at all.

This book about two high school kids who meet by chance in New York put my own rather average adult life in perspective. As Daniel wondered about the chain of events that gave him the courage to approach Natasha, I thought about all of my own decisions that led to major events in my life. How if I had turned down a different road, said yes instead of no, or stayed home when I took a chance at something, my life could be completely different. our lives seem so insular, the tunnel vision makes it easy to miss signs that may influence our lives towards happiness, love, good fortune, bad fortune, death, etc.  That chance they took with each other, that made that one day so magical even though fictional, does give food for thought and helped me realize that every decision we make is important. You may think I am giving this book a little too much weight, but this is what I thought about as I finished reading this book. Especially with how the book ended with another chance meeting, fate dealing another hand.

Yes this book was sweet, thoughtful, funny and full of the innocence of young love, but there was a lot of weight to this book too. As an adult, I loved the hope and joy this book made me feel because at times I feel jaded and skeptical, but it also made me appreciate where I am in my own life and happy I am past the struggles of youth although I do still like reading about them. ❤❤❤❤❤


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