By: Nicola Yoon
Expected Publication: September 2015
Madeline suffers from the bubble boy syndrome where she’s allergic to everything and can’t go outside. Her only human contact are her mother and her nurse. One day a new family moves in and she fall in love with Olly.
Dang, That was Good
- This story is interspersed with Madeline’s journal type entries. This isn’t new but it’s a nice departure .
- There were moments of sadness when Madeline expresses her feelings toward her condition. Madeline and Olly share some beautiful introspection about life and love.
- Love the cover and the publicity postcard inside the book.
That’s Too Bad, Dang
- I had issues with this book. First of all, the characterization was uneven. Olly was a great character while Madeline left more to be desired. Olly was witty and quirky and while there was nothing terrible about Madeline, she was just-meh. She had a couple of moments but for the most part…
- This story was painfully predictable and that’s all I’ll say about that.
- The similarities to TFIOS are glaring. Even the title-Everything Everything (Okay Okay).
- I also felt like there were some missed opportunities for a good discussion. For example, Madeline has a major disagreement with her mother and instead of leaving the issue open ended for a discussion, Yoon had Madeline evaluate every possible reason. This happens a couple of times and it bothered me.
I’m a bit disappointed in this book because it has a bi racial protagonist who isn’t pregnant or lives in the ghetto. This was a story about a girl in love who happens to be a minority and there aren’t enough of these types of characters in YA fiction.
Yoon is a debut and I think this a good book for a debut but with a few tweaks to the Madeline character with a less predictable plot it can be so much better.
I thinks it’s a good easy read for teens but the writing just wasn’t quite there.