But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
With The Sun is Also a Star releasing this November, I thought it's high time I talked about the author's much-hyped debut, Everything, Everything. The feedback for this book has been extremely positive within the blogosphere, with almost everyone I know or came across seeming to have loved it. It had the promising signs of a unique diverse read, and that coupled with that gorgeous cover is enough to make anyone want to pick it up, and I couldn't resist it either. So did I love this book or not? Well-
Here's what I loved about this book: the illustrations, diversity and cute story-telling.
That being said, I should also say that I was quite let down by this book. I had high hopes prior to picking up Everything, Everything- the hype, the rave reviews, why, the blurb itself promises a unique, beautiful story which would make me fall in love with the characters while touching on certain important issues- but sadly, I couldn't really love this book.
Don't get me wrong, there were some parts which I absolutely ADORED, and Maddy and Olly were both likable characters and the narration was smooth, letting the story flow by without any glitches. But there were times when I felt the author was just trying too hard to give us a touching novel. Particularly because by the end, I found I really didn't give a damn about the main character. Also, some things regarding Maddy, her disease (SCID), her mother- and even Cara (her nurse) made no sense at all. Absolutely zero sense. Zilch. Nada. I know we have to suspend a certain amount of disbelief when it comes to novels, however "realistic" they are touted to be, but I just couldn't with this one.
I'm quite very disappointed about how this book turned out to be for me, but I still wouldn't discourage you from picking it up. I'm looking forward to the author's next, but this time, with fewer expectations.
The story idea: 4/5
The realization of the story: 3/5
The characters: 2/5
The cover: 5/5
Enjoy factor: 3/5