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review 2017-07-01 21:48
[REVIEW] Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

I predicted the twist from the very beginning so that really took me away from the narrative. I did not like how the end was wrapped up in a somewhat neat bow. It all seemed dismissive to me. It's hard to explain. The middle is a bit of a slog to get through. It was too easy to stop reading and do something else. This book also has a case ofinsta-love but one that I can excuse given the fact that Madeline has never been exposed to a situation like this before. 

However, the I-love-you scene was strangely anticlimactic and not very heartfelt. It read like the author had to get them to say that cause they were going to have sex in the next chapter.

(spoiler show)

That being said, I enjoyed how easy this book is to read because the chapters are so short and Ms. Yoon's prose is so breezy. I loved the little illustrations that complimented the reading experience. This is one of those books that--should you choose to read it--you should buy a physical copy. I loved that Madeline was biracial. I loved that she loves The Little Prince almost as much as I do.

Still, I can't get over that 'twist' or how that end was so... incomplete.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-28 18:03
Du neben mir und zwischen uns die ganze Welt
Du neben mir und zwischen uns die ganze Welt: Band 1 - Nicola Yoon

€ 9,99 [D] inkl. MwSt. 


€ 10,30 [A] |  CHF 13,90* 

(* empf. VK-Preis) 


Taschenbuch, BroschurISBN: 978-3-570-31099-1




Erschienen: 17.04.2017 




»Am Anfang war nichts. Und dann war alles.« 

Die 17-jährige Madeline hat noch nie das Haus verlassen, denn sie leidet an einer seltenen Immunkrankheit. Bisher war das kein Problem, weil sie es nicht anders kennt. Doch als im Nachbarhaus der geheimnisvolle Olly einzieht, kommen sich die beiden so nah, wie es für Madeline möglich ist. Plötzlich möchte sie die Welt außerhalb ihres sterilen Zimmers entdecken, die sie sonst nur aus Büchern kennt. Selbst wenn es bedeutet, dafür ihr Leben zu riskieren…

Meine Meinung:

Ich habe vor einigen Wochen The Sun is also a Star und war von dem warmherzigen Schreibstil begeistert. Aufgrunddessen wollte ich dann auch den Debütroman der Autorin lesen, der aktuell in dieser Filmausgabe zu haben ist. 

Der Einstieg ist mir auch hier wieder sehr leicht gefallen, die Autorin schafft es gekonnt, den Leser durch die gefühlvolle Art mitzunehmen. Man lernt hier Madeline kennen, die äußersten Hygienevorschriften ausgesetzt ist und noch nicht einmal das Haus verlassen darf. Nun zieht aber im Nebenhaus ein junger für sie interessanter Junge ein. Nun merkt sie noch stärker als vorher, wie eingeschränkt sie in ihrem Leben ist. 

Als einzigsten Kritikpunkt habe ich eigentlich nur, dass der Verlauf der Geschichte für mich teilweise etwas unrealistisch war. 

Allerdings muss ich sagen, dass das Buch wahnsinnig schnell zu lesen war. Zum einen lag es natürlich an dem tollen Schreibstil, zum anderen auch an den vielen Illustrationen, so dass einige Seiten schnell zu lesen waren.

Alles in allem gesehen ist dies ein ganz toller Jugendliebesroman mit einem fesselnden Schreibstil. Ich kann eine ganz klare Kauf- und Leseempfehlung geben und bewerte das Buch mit tollen 4,5 Sternen. Ich freue mich schon jetzt auf das nächste Buch der Autorin, welches hoffentlich bald folgen wird. 

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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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