Author: Nicola Yoon
Read: December 2017
I actually really liked this book. I know that it has already been made into a movie but I haven’t watched it yet. I’m one of those people who will put off watching a movie for as long as it takes just so that I can read the book first. So for this movie, even though I really wanted to watch it, I didn’t go and see it. I waited. Well I was in Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago and it was on the shelf behind the counter and I just had to buy it. Those books that are on the way to the checkout counter are too tempting for me and I have no self-control when I’m in a bookstore.
Anyways. I finished “Lost in a Book” super fast and I was on a read-a-book-in-three-days high and had to grab another book to read. I started reading “Everything, Everything” and I also finished it pretty quickly. I read it in two days and so I was very happy about reading two books within the first week of December.
So, moving on to the actual book. I really liked this novel. I’ve read a few reviews saying that the illness should have been dealt with differently since it was her entire life. Like, this girl is eighteen and she’s been living in her bubble world for as long as she can remember. The illness she has is life-threatening and it’s not something that gets put on the back-burner simply because a boy moves in next door. For real.
But aside from that I had no problems with this novel. I liked Maddie and her character and Olly is sweet and fun. It’s just a cute, little love story. But that plot twist though. If you have not read this book, and you’re a fan of YA (you should have read it by now unless you’re like me and waits for eternity to go by), do yourself a favor and read this book. I liked it a lot. I’m not going to say love because I didn’t love it, I didn’t gain anything from reading this novel. I just really enjoyed myself while reading it. Go and read it…just go. I’ll wait.
So that is the spoiler free part…
IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK AND DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER!!
WARNING!! SPOILERS BELOW!!
Okay lets talk some more about this book. I have a few things to say about it. First of all, the fact that you kind of feel like there’s only two ways this book could end. Either Maddie dies or she’s not actually sick. I was like, “well this could turn out to be very similar to ‘The Fault in our Stars’ if she dies at the end.” But, I figured that she couldn’t die. I just don’t think that would happen. Also, its told from Maddie’s perspective so obviously she wasn’t going to just go away at the end.
So it had to be that she wasn’t sick at all. I figured this out and I was like “boom, I’m a genius” when it became clear that this was the case. I had to tell my mom about it and I was like, sorry I ruined the movie for you if you had wanted to see it. Oops. Though, to be honest, I had a little bit of doubt when Maddie got sick in Hawaii and everyone thought she was dying, including Maddie herself. But nobody had to worry because her mother came and whisked her back to her bubble to take care of her.
I was also very disturbed by her mother and the fact that she could do that to her. She kept her hidden away, not allowing her to live her life, because she was scared. But, after living with the death of her husband and her son, I guess I could understand her. She was in pain and she didn’t want to lose her daughter too. Also, she wasn’t in her right mind. The tragedy of losing two vital parts of her family was too much to handle, especially when you add on top of that the fact that Maddie was constantly getting sick at this time. So its understandable when you think of it that way.
The other thing that was confusing for me was the ending. So Maddie flies to New York to see Olly after she finds out that she was never sick. Well, she and Olly hadn’t been talking since she cut ties with him when she still thought that she was sick. So she shows up in a used bookstore to surprise him and he’s really happy to see her. The thing is, Olly doesn’t know that Maddie isn’t sick. They see each other and he’s cool with the fact that , in his mind, she’s sick and she came outside again. No “oh my gosh you can’t be here” or “you’re going to die” reaction from him. Olly just smiles and is happy to see her. Does he already know? It’s not stated in the book that she told him. Maddie texted him to tell him that a surprise is waiting for him at his local bookstore. And they see each other and it fine. That just bothers me. His initial reaction is happiness to see her again but what else. I want to know what happens. When I read the ending I was so confused. I felt like Olly should have done something else other than just smile when he saw her. Maybe Nicola Yoon was trying to finish it up. Or maybe she thought that nobody would question this, seeing as the reader would already be aware of the fact that Maddie is not sick. I don’t know. That’s just what I thought of when finishing this book.
Okay. That’s it for this book. Maybe I’ll have more thoughts on it in the future, but for now the ending is just a confusing mess.