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review 2017-05-21 01:19
Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

Here is a summary of what the  book is about.  Risk everything... for love. What if you couldn't touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face...or kiss the boy next door?

 

In Everything Everything, Maddy is a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who  moves in next door... and becomes the greatest risk she's ever taken.

 

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

 

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.

 

Oh my Gosh I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down.

 

There are some surprises in it that I didn't see coming.

 

I would recommend this book. I can't wait to see the movie.

 

I do plan on reading more books by this author.

 

By the way the author's husband did all of the illustrations in the book.

 

I thought this book was very well written.

 

Happy Reading Everyone!

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review 2017-05-15 21:42
Review: The Sun is Also a Star
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

I don’t really know what to say on this one. I was really looking forward to it as I absolutely loved the author’s debut, Everything Everything, which I just devoured. But I just couldn’t get into this one. It wasn’t a bad book really. The characters were delightfully diverse, the two leads, Daniel and Natasha had fantastic chemistry and a believable romance in a tough situation. I thought it was handled fairly realistically.

 

But…I just didn’t like it. It just didn’t work for me. The premise is an interesting one. Daniel comes from a Korean family who immigrated to America, his dad runs a pharmacy. His brother Charlie has always been the high achiever of the family, though has recently come home from college in disgrace. Daniel has always been in Charlie’s shadow. His parents have very high expectations of him. (Charlie is an absolute dick). Daniel is a more sensitive soul, he has a big university interview, he’s not sure what he wants to do with his life. He has a quirky, almost snarky tone of voice. He likes to write poetry.

 

Natasha’s family came over from Jamaica, her family all live in one small apartment, her dad had dreams of being an actor. He’s got great talent, but can’t seem to get a break, Natasha has a younger brother, and a hard working mom. Natasha herself is very smart and loves science. Her dad got drunk and wound up spilling their family history to a police officer, including telling the police they are illegal immigrants. And now Natasha and her family are twelve hours away from being deported.

 

Natasha is determined to make one last stab at saving her family from deportation by meeting with a lawyer who specialises in deportation cases. Stopping in a record store a chance meeting leads her to run into Daniel on the way to his interview.

 

They spark a great connection and start to get to know each other, despite the fact that both of them have places to be and a limited time, their connection is so…just there…they keep finding ways to keep the conversation going; Daniel is more optimistic and romantic. Natasha is a lot more practical and logical.

 

While they both have great voices, I think what really distracted from their story was random chapters from a whole other points of view. Various characters who have random interactions with both Natasha and Daniel, and whole chapters of random information about things that are relevant in the novel. Sometimes sciency things.

 

There was an almost quirky tone of voice to the while thing, but it felt to me like it was trying to be clever and funny, but it just came across as distracting from the main story. And by half way through these chapters were making my eyes roll more than anything. Even though they all had a part of play in the eventual story.

 

It did at least have a believable ending, which I did like, a realistic tone to it. I wouldn’t particularly read this book again, but I do love this this author.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House UK Children’s for approving my request to view the title.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-08 12:39
The Sun ist also a Star
The Sun is also a Star.: Ein einziger Tag für die Liebe - Nicola Yoon,Dominique Falla,Susanne Klein

400 Seiten · gebunden

 

14.5 x 21.0 cm 

 

ab 14 Jahren

EUR 19,99 · EUA 20,60

ISBN-13: 978-3-7915-0032-4

Erscheinungstermin: März 2017

 

 

Zum Buch: http://www.dressler-verlag.de/buecher/jugendbuecher/details/titel/3-7915-0032-5/23422/33803/Autor/Nicola/Yoon/The_Sun_is_also_a_Star___Ein_einziger_Tag_f%FCr_die_Liebe.html

 

 

Schicksalsfäden einer großen Liebe! Wie viele Dinge müssen geschehen, welche Zufälle passieren, damit sich die Wege zweier Menschen kreuzen? Als Daniel und Natasha in New York aufeinander treffen, verguckt er sich sofort in das jamaikanische Mädchen. Die zwei teilen einen Tag voller Gespräche über das Leben, ihren Platz darin und die Frage: Ist das zwischen uns Liebe? Doch ihr Schicksal scheint bereits festzustehen, denn Natasha soll noch am selben Abend abgeschoben werden.

 

 

 

Eine besondere Liebesgeschichte: Poetisch, berührend, ein Herzensbuch für junge Frauen!

 

Meine Meinung:

Ich bin durch das auffällige Cover und den englischen Titel auf das Buch aufmerksam geworden. Glücklicherweise wurde mir das Buch im Rahmen einer Leserunde bei wasliestdu zur Verfügung gestellt. 


Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir sehr leicht gefallen, der Schreibstil ist einfach sehr flüssig und auch besonders gewesen. Es ist zwar an sich eine eher ruhige Geschichte, aber es steckt einfach viel Tiefgang drin.

 

Die Kapitel waren sehr kurz, was ich als sehr gut empfunden habe. Die Nebencharaktere haben dann teilweise nur ein oder zwei kurze Kapitel gehabt, es steckte dennoch immer eine Botschaft dahinter, z.B. bezüglich des Rechtsanwaltes privat.

 

Das Buch hat für mich auch z.B. die Botschaft vermittelt, dass auch das Handeln von außenstehenden Personen das Leben einer anderen Person total verändern kann und das nicht immer zum Guten.

 

Durch diese Tiefgründigkeit denke ich, dass diese Liebesgeschichte auch sehr gut von Erwachsenen gelesen werden kann.

 

Dieses Buch versprüht auch eine ganz besondere Atmosphäre und Poesie. Es ist sehr ruhig erzählt und zum Schluss überschlagen sich die Ereignisse dann fast. Das Ende fand ich persönlich zwar sehr schön, aber doch etwas unrealistisch und mit zuvielen Zufällen behaftet.

 

Alles in allem hat mir das Buch sehr gut gefallen. es hat Spass gemacht, zu lesen. Natasha und Daniel werden mir noch ein wenig im Gedächtnis bleiben. Ich kann hier nur eine klare Kauf- und Leseempfehlung aussprechen. Von mir bekommt das Buch sehr gute 4,5 Sterne.

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text 2017-04-24 16:05
LIFT 4 Autism 2017 Auction is LIVE!

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Win a $25 Winner’s Choice Gift Card in the LIFT Celebration Giveaway!

 

The Lift 4 Autism Auction is a bookworm’s dream! Featuring hard-to-get, much-sought items from romance favorites like Nicola Yoon, Kristen Ashley, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Corinne Michaels, T.M. Frazier, Marie Force and more than 200 others in celebration of Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month.

 

Authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan founded LIFT 4 Autism a few years ago as a charitable initiative rallying the romance community around autism. All proceeds go to this year’s charitable partner Kulture City, who is doing amazing things for the autism community. Learn more at kulturecity.org.

 

Specifically, LIFT 2017 will benefit Kulture City’s lifeBOKS program, which provides families with free kits to curtail wandering, a common and potentially life threatening challenge. Proceeds will also benefit Kulture City’s tablet program, which provides iPads to improve communication for non and limited verbal children on the spectrum to families who cannot afford them.

 

Learn more about the mission of Kulture City and the dangers of wandering in today’s USA Today HEA feature here.

 

Watch the lifeBOKS video: https://www.facebook.com/AutismOnTheMighty/videos/1591316364511099/

 

 

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  1. Online Auction, featuring many of your favorite romance authors!

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review 2017-04-15 02:18
Where Practicality is Overrated, Hopeless Romantic Rejoice!
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

I can be a hopeless romantic in the things I never thought I would believe in. At times, life can take me to some places I never expect to be, meet incredible and wonderful people through time and in the end, when I believe practicality is reality, it became overrated.

 

The Sun is Also a Star is by far truthful to that. I know, not everyone do experience that in their lives but I do believe in our choices, the universe plays a role. That one small decision can lead to big things. That significant sign will lead to an inevitable life-changing moment. And when we fall in love, it is instant without reason that only comes later. This book has it all. Reality and the inconceivable. Hope and lost. Science and dreams. I experience through all that... and this book writes it like its true.

 

Unlike Everything, Everything, this book is written in two main perspectives of two main characters and it all happened in a single day. I like how Nicola Yoon inserts other people's lives that gets affected by the main characters and a few small notable facts that she included makes it a grand read. Simple and yet beautiful, the flow of this story is more believable to me than Everything, Everything, which I had a harder time to accept. The romance is just what I felt a better execution and towards the end, it is what it is - that even hope may come true. The beauty of it is how one moment can connect the people we meet. I do believe this is true because it had happened to me before. And the debate of if we do believe that the universe plays an important role in our lives, for me I do feel its more truer because I always make small choices that changes every thing and if I do not make any choices at all, we will always be where we will be.

 

To read The Sun is Also a Star is to have an open heart and mind. Skeptics might get turn off by this book but I do feel this needs to be given a chance. Its a 4 & 1/2 out of 5 star rating for me. That missing 1/2 star would be added if not that I felt the exchange of dialogue between the two main characters weren't strong enough. I do recommend that this is a must read in one single sitting (I took too long and should have read it in a day or two but due to work, it takes longer than that).

 

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