I recently read the book “Everything, everything” by Nicola Yoon.
I am not sure where to even start with this book. It was intense, amazing, heart breaking all wrapped into one! When you first start reading it was a little slow but those parts are important for the rest of the story to all come together. Being held captive in your own home but not knowing it for 18 years is hard to imagine and harder to read. When I read a book I love to picture myself in their shoes, feel what the feel, see what they see. I know it sounds silly but it opens your mind to what the author wants you to feel and see to truly become part of the story. This book had so many parts when I wanted to yell at the pages but then once Yoon explains why from the character, your heart just wants to weep for her. What would you be like if you had an incurable disease and could only survive in one place. Would you keep away from the windows so you wouldn’t see neighbors and long to be outside with them? I’m not sure how anyone can truly do it but then again if you had no choice anything is possible.
During the middle things get juicy…I mean really juicy! A young 18-year-old girl has flown the coop but to what cost? These pages are the ones I really wanted to scream at her. Tell her it’s not ok you’re not safe, but remembering being 18 and feeling things for the first time is harder to control. The story tugs you in both directions as an adult reader. Even though the projected audience was for teens I’m curious to know what a younger reader would feel reading this story. I know what my 18-year-old self would have felt so I am sure in some ways it would be the same.
Finally coming to the end of the novel it felt like relief had washed over me but to what extent I am still asking myself. When you read the ending and find the real reason the mother did the unthinkable to her daughter, it’s truly saddening but I can see why she chose to do so. Again this coming from myself a mom of two young girls, I would do everything in my power to keep them safe. Safe from something that would truly hurt them. It is also known that 18 is the legal age for an adult and the young girl chose what she truly wanted in life. How could you keep that from her even longer than you did before?
This book is truly a good read. Just remember to keep your mind and heart open while reading, it is so worth it!
It was so good they even made a movie about it!
Until next time.