“I didn’t know you this morning, and now I don’t remember not knowing you.” ― Nicola Yoon,
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? – Goodreads
Eden: When I finished this book I found myself ugly crying for about 10 minutes after. Part of it was because the characters and overall story were just so beautiful. The other part is because I was simply just sad that it was over. This is one of those books that I know I will read again. 5/5 stars because this book did nothing wrong.
Caitlynn: I was very on the verge of a reading slump and I’m so glad that this was the book that we were reading this week. I couldn’t have asked for a better book to read! This was everything that I didn’t know I needed in a contemporary book! I wouldn’t change a thing about this book and it’s definitely a contemporary that I would re-read! 5/5 stars!
Jenn: After reading Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon I knew I wanted to read more from this author. I didn’t know what to expect front this book. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I went in without reading anything about it. I wanted a blank slate. This book was beautiful, interesting, and heartbreaking. It was all encompassing and felt important. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. If you haven’t read it yet make sure you pick it up. 5/5 Stars.
Jenn: The Sun is Also a Star! I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.
Eden: I don’t know if I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, I enjoyed it in a different way.
J: I thought it was going to be a lot more similar to Everything, Everything in the style and it was so different.
E: I loved the style of it.
J: Everything is very linear it’s just told through her point of view and so you have this whole world that you don’t really get to see the outside… especially because she’s literally in a bubble. As opposed to this one, the outside characters make it so real and so engrossing into the main characters. They felt fully fledged people instead of just characters on a page.
E: The crazy part of that is that everything takes place in one day.
E cont.: I was genuinely rooting for her and Daniel and there was a point where I stopped and was like, “why am I rooting for them? They’ve known each other for hours…” Why did I care so much? Nicola Yoon… she’s why I cared so much. Her writing was just that good.
Caitlynn: There’s part of me that is like this is the exact definition of “insta-love” this is moving so quickly, but then I’m just like it’s not… it’s just so different than insta-love.
J: I think it’s because they were having such pivotal points in their lives that were happening at the same time that it put that pressure on it for their relationship to feel normal. It was such an intense time they are both going through a point in their lives where so many things are about to change and they are clinging to the one thing that they want instead of focusing on the things that they cannot control and that they don’t want.
E: I finished it last night at like 11:30 and I was sobbing. I am sobbing for a book that I wasn’t even expecting to feel this way about. I was a little on the crushed side, but I loved the ending.
J: I did not like the epilogue.
E: The epilogue was weird.
J: I didn’t like how it just so happens that everyone ends up on this plane together. I wish they just never would have seen each other again.
J, cont.: Let’s talk about her dad…
E: At first, I was like he has some redeeming qualities but as the book progressed he’s a piece of shit.
J: To be fair, I think it felt so emotionally charged because of the one statement that he made in the heat of the moment. That was the only part that we got to see of him. Obviously he cared about them.
E: I don’t think he would have stuck around if he didn’t.
J: He did say something really fucked up, but everyone says stuff that’s really fucked up sometimes.
C: I say fucked up shit every day.
C, cont.: Can we go back to the epilogue really fast though? That seriously changed my whole view of the book. I don’t think I would have rated it a 5/5 stars if the epilogue wasn’t included. I was bawling about the part with Irene and her life after the phone call thanking her from Natasha.
J: I liked Irene, I wish it would have just ended with Irene being like “it changed my life” other than more fate.
C: That’s the whole thing with the book though, it focuses so much on fate and the most ridiculous stuff happening in order for these two people to be together.
J: I didn’t not like the ending, it just didn’t change my view of the book as a whole. With another book it would have changed my view of the book but Yoon’s writing just makes it.
C: Like you’re trying too hard to have a happy ending.
J: I kind of wished that it would have just ended with, this thing happened to the both of them and it changed the way that they view things. This is an important part of our lives and it changed us and our outlook on things.
C: Everything, Everything is definitely on my TBR now.
C, cont.: Are you guys excited to see the movie? Yoon just announced that they were adapting this to a movie.
J: I’m worried that it is going to end up being white-washed.
C: I feel like it’s such a pivotal factor in the book that there is no way for them to white-wash it without totally changing the plot line.
J: I’m worried that they are going to choose somebody that is not Korean and they are just vaguely Asian-looking. I’m afraid they are going to choose a girl without “natural” hair. It’s very easy to cast the characters, but are they going to be able to find actors that will be true to the character’s essence, being proud of her hair.
J, cont.: We don’t see enough diversity in the POC unless the characters are being demonized and I don’t think that that is fair.
E: I think that is the beauty in this book because this is such a wholly diverse cast of people and the story isn’t just about these two people falling in love, but also about how their worlds can come together and how their own individual lives work together in America as some form of immigrant.
E, cont.: I loved the representation of the diversity because it’s not typical of the YA genre typically and I think Yoon did such a great job with it. I’m reading her acknowledgements at the end and she genuinely researched as much as she could for the Korean characters. I was very pleased with how she managed it.
J: I hope she has some role in casting and screenwriting. I can deal with changes to the story, but I couldn’t deal with the characters being altered.
C: I agree!
E: That’s what made the book, the characters were everything about this story.
J: I pictured Nicola as Natasha in this book. I’m worried that by selling the rights, they don’t take this identities and make them “hollywood”… excited, just worried.
C: The story is pointless without the diversity of the characters. It wouldn’t have any story.
E: Nicola Yoon brings to lught the “perfect Asian” stereotype. She shows the behind the scenes as to why Daniel’s father is the way that he is and the reasons behind it.
E, cont.: I loved the surrounding characters.
J: It was such a micro view on such a macro world so we got to see so much more into others lives in this book. It’s very much like a domino effect or pay it forward. You have some sort of importance on people’s lives with the smallest interactions.
C: The security guard was heartbreaking!
E: Dude, his chapter was TWO PAGES. I was so sad when I read that and Yoon made me feel that crazy after just two pages for the security guard. Yoon, I respect you so much!
E, cont.: I think it was a beautiful book.
C: What about ratings?
E and J: 5/5 stars!
C: Me too!