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review 2017-09-18 20:10
Everything, Everything
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

There was a lot I loved about Everything, Everything. While I guessed part of the twist, I didn't have it all and once I got there it put the rest of the book into a new perspective for me. At its core, this is a love story. It's about how love can make people stronger and braver than they were before. Yes, it can also make you stupid, but that's often a necessary part of what love can teach us. Is it the same basic premise of many other YA love stories out there today? Yes, yes it is. But I was OK with that. I expected it going in, so I didn't have my expectations shattered on that front. There were some aspects that were a bit loose and messy that I wish the author had strengthened. In a way, it felt as though the ending was expected to be enough to forgive all the rest. That's sloppy for me. I did like it enough to check out Yoon's other book. We'll see how that one goes...

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review 2017-09-16 15:19
I guessed the ending, especially after my daughter clued me into it…
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

Book Title:  Everything, Everything

Author:  Nicola Yoon

Narration:  Bahni Turpin & Robbie Daymond

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  YA, Realistic Fiction

Setting:  LA, California & Maui, Hawaii

Source:  Audiobook (Library)




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Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Originality:  3/5

Book Cover:  3/5 for the movie tie-in edition…but, the OG cover is way prettier.

Narration:  5/5  I really liked the full cast narration.

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total:  3/5 STARS - GRADE=C



My Thoughts


Everything, Everything is a very quick read/listen…so quick that I couldn't be upset with anything, not really, but I also didn't find any of it to be all that real, or heartfelt.  They were cute characters, at least the two main characters, already can't remember what their names are.  The romance between them was very sweet.  This book…while not everything it was…something, I guess.


Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Meh…




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text 2017-09-04 21:10
August wrap up
What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything - Sarah Rees Brennan,Cassandra Clare
The Last Stand of the New York Institute - Maureen Johnson,Sarah Rees Brennan,Cassandra Clare

3 books

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review 2017-08-18 19:14
A Writer's Diary, Virginia Woolf
A Writer's Diary - Virginia Woolf,Leonard Woolf

For lovers of Virginia Woolf, but also those interested in writing itself, as well as history (Woolf details the approach and beginning of World War II, including the bombing of her home in London). This "writer's diary," edited by husband and first reader, Leonard Woolf, comprises those entries where Woolf discusses her writing and reading as well as encounters with literary acquaintances.


There is a pattern to her writing process whereby she's excited about a new idea (which sometimes comes while she's working on another project) and rides a sort of high until she completes it. This is followed by depression and ambivalent feelings about reviews. Some books come easier than others, but the overall pattern remains the same. Every one feels like it might be a failure or badly reviewed, and she attempts to convince herself she doesn't care. The ups and downs in her mood suggest bipolar disorder, which contemporary psychologists believe afflicted her. Knowing her fate (she drowned herself not long after the last entry of this diary) made reading portions very sad.


On the other hand, Woolf felt she had just begun to know her own mind in her 40s, which gives me hope! Elements of her process and the way one negative review overrode all the positive responses created a sense of affinity for me as a writer. Woolf changed literature, and I'm glad she kept such a diary.

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review 2017-08-11 21:51
Would have been more useful at an earlier stage of my career.
How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those ... How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up - Emilie Wapnick

Can't quite remember how I came across this book but it sounded intriguing. What do you want to be when you grow up? Strictly speaking it's been quite a while since someone could really ask me this in earnest but it still comes up jokingly in job interviews or when getting to know someone. Author Wapnick takes the reader though the concept of being okay with "I don't know" to the question and that one's multipotentiality is not a hinderance nor a sign of being indecisive but a gift.


You've heard or seen or probably know these people. They hold multiple jobs, they're jacks/jills of all trades, they used to work in one field and then shifted to a completely different one (maybe multiple times). They're the people you go to when you have a problem at work because they end up hold the role of the "fixer" regardless of the type of problem or issue at hand. 


Wapnick describes these people as four types of multipotentialites. They are the one who become so entrenched at the company because they can hold so many hats. They have multiple part-time jobs because their interests are so diverse. They have a single, full-time job but off the clock they leave work at the office and have outside passions. They are the people who worked in one job and then transitioned to a completely different field.


It was an interesting concept but in some ways it's all stuff you've heard before if you've done career coaching or looked into changing fields or looked to find ways to make work more meaningful, etc. I found a lot of it was just re-arranged to show how one who doesn't quite fit that cookie cutter, 9-5, Monday-Friday job/career can make it work.


It was nice to perhaps put a name on this and to recognize myself in it. I've changed fields, I've worked in areas I never thought I would, I've never found a "calling" or found a job that I love that was feasible to remain in for financial/stress reasons, etc. After a certain amount of time (from 6 months to a few years) I do get bored. A roommate once called me indecisive and the job market has forced me to adapt and broaden my horizons.


Some of it was good, some bad so while I was glad to see some recognition, I wasn't sure this really went more in depth into how to really harness this. If you're in the midst of a career change (or how you approach work), or are just starting/restarting a career/job, then this might really give you food for thought on approaching work/making a living. I'd have loved this as a college student/right out of college but as of now it wasn't something that told me much. 


I understand that this is an article and there's a TED talk on this subject. It might have been more useful to just access those instead of buying this book. I'd recommend borrowing it from the library if you're not really looking for a job/career change and are just curious.

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