Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon was her first book to be published which was then followed by The Sun Is Also A Star. The latter mentioned was the book that introduced me to the tremendous writing by Nicola. A recommended book that I mention in my Women You Should Read post.
I’ve accepted that I’m a hopeless romantic. I love love, I love seeing strangers in love and i especially love reading and watching how characters fall in love. Nicola writes romance in a way that resurrects butterflies in my gut for fictional characters; they very slowly lift their wings as the characters meet for the first time and by the end of it, they’re flying, flapping their wings furiously as the two come together in a pure and untainted love. This does not mean that throughout the story your heart is not taking through turbulence. If anything, the turbulence is what gives my butterflies steadiness at the end.
Everything Everything is about a young girl, Madeline Whittier, who suffers from a rare disease known as Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) in which any and everything could kill her. Firstly, thank you to Nicola for teaching me about SCID; a disease I had never heard of till i opened up this book. Everything Everything explores Madeline, an African-American and Japanese 18-year-old, and how she has to navigate through life with this illness. Nicola writes on the fierceness of a mothers love to protect her daughter at all costs; she writes on the bond between mother and daughter and that mothers are complicated and imperfect. She writes on how love can make us shed our skin and bring forth someone new and unexpected within us; how love can make the unimaginable imaginable. Nicola gives us difficult characters, characters who grow and characters we desperately needed to know more off (Nurse Carla for me).
She does this with such an easy writing style that engrosses you from the very first sentence. The first sentence in Everything Everything goes “I’ve read many more books than you.” and i don’t know about you, reader, but for me, my immediate reaction was “You wish!!”. That’s probably just the competitive streak in me shining through. Madeline then goes on to say “It doesn’t matter how many you’ve read. I’ve read more. Believe me. I’ve had the time.” and so now, i was left to wonder what does she mean by she’s had the time? Why has she had so much time to out read me, a prolific reader? Obviously, this is me prior to knowing about her illness and had i read the blurb maybe i wouldn’t have asked that question. But i don’t read blurbs because, sometimes, they reveal too much.
Everything Everything is going to be adapted into a film starring Amandla Stenberg and as much as i hate films that are adapted from books, because so much is lost in the transition; so much is taken out and sometimes the actors do not execute the characters in a way that pleases me; I still look forward to seeing this story being told because it needs to be.
Having read all 2 of Nicola’s books, i compare both and i can’t decide a clear-cut winner on which book stole my heart more. Both did for different reasons. Reasons that you might have to find out yourself by getting the two books.
Everything Everything: https://www.bookdepository.com/Everything-Everything-Nicol-Yoon/9780552574235?ref=grid-view
The Sun Is Also A Star: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Sun-is-Also-Star-Nicol-Yoon/9780552574242?ref=grid-view