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Movie Mondays: Everything, Everything

Movie Mondays: On the occasional Monday, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this edition’s offering:

Book Cover | Movie Poster

Book: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (2015) | Movie: Everything, Everything (2017)

Which did I read/see first? the BOOK

Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: First Person, Single
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook

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I’ve seen this book on countless blogs over the years and so it inevitably made it onto my TBR. I really wasn’t sure what to expect; I’m not a big YA contemporary fan and this looked like it could be an angsty romance depending on the way it was spun. But, as a healthcare worker, I was super interested in the SCID aspect so I went in optimistically.

I almost read this as an audiobook but I either read somewhere that there were illustrations or I previewed the novel and saw them. Anyways, I’m really glad I read this as a novel but I’m sure this would be a great audiobook because Maddy is a great narrator.

Which is why I gave this book a 5/5 on Goodreads though I would give the overall plot a 4/5. I loved Maddy’s energy. She was so endearing as a narrator to me and I immediately got sucked into her story. I truly had a hard time putting it down and it’s one of the only books in recent memory where I read it in one sitting.

I would give the overall plot a lower score just because it does stretch the realism of the situation a bit. But as I always say, let fiction be fiction and I knew I wasn’t reading it for realism. The situations and circumstances work well for this story in terms of entertainment and conveying the message that only you can determine what it means to live your life.

overall

Don’t go into this expecting some super realistic book about a girl with an immune disorder nor expect a novel that delves deep into situations. This is really about a girl defining what it means to live her life and the joys of first love. It’s definitely a lighter, mostly romantic, YA contemporary.

Rating: 4.5/5
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Note: Do NOT watch the movie trailer if you plan on reading the book. As someone told me on Twitter, it kinda gives away the plot twist of the story (and it’s a really good twist that you likely won’t see coming otherwise). My review below does not contain any spoilers.

Were My Expectations Met?

Yes, I’d say they were. The movie captured the light, feel good vibe of the novel. I was smiling like an idiot (on the airplane no less) as I watched Olly and Maddy interact and fall in love. Gah, it was so adorable!

How Close is it to the Book?

Fairly close though the “main twist” had a different way of delivering itself in the movie. I think given the length of the movie that the approach worked well so I understand why the change was made. But the backbone of the novel is in the movie and it’s a very close adaptation when all is said and done.

Did I Like the Cast?

YES! I thought the movie was cast perfectly. Everyone was great in their roles, particularly Maddy and Olly. They just had fantastic chemistry and truly captured the charm of their characters on the big screen.

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The movie is great! Don’t get me wrong! But I just loved the book and how charming it was to me.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!


Synopsis for Everything, Everything (from Goodreads):

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.

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Single Sundays: Crazy, Undercover, Love by Nikki Moore

Single Sundays: While this blog may be focused on reviewing book series as a whole, we can’t forget about the good ole’ standalone novel! On Sundays, I will review a novel that is considered to be a standalone novel. Here is this week’s offering:

Synopsis for Crazy, Undercover, Love (from Goodreads):
Uber-feisty career girl Charley Caswell-Wright travels to Barcelona for a weekend assignment as PA to the gorgeous Alex Demetrio, CEO of Demetrio International.

But she’s there under entirely false pretenses: to get her life back on track. Having lost the job she worked so hard to earn, she’s determined not to give it up so easily, especially when she didn’t deserve to lose it in the first place.

Mr Dreamy CEO is her only chance of clawing back her career – and her reputation. So she has to keep things strictly professional… boy, is she in trouble!

Review:

This book was just what I needed–a fun yet heartwarming romance novel that put a smile on my face as I was reading and when I finished.

It was refreshing to read a story with a strong heroine and a CEO who doesn’t have some kinky sexy obsession or alpha male tendencies. I get that reading is fiction so it’s nice to lose yourself to a fantasy–but every once and a while it’s nice to read about some down to earth characters (all things considered).

Although this book takes places over a weekend, I really liked the relationship that develops between Alex and Charley. It felt genuine to me and wasn’t based on just their physical attraction to each other. And their conversations weren’t laced with innuendos or useless prattle but interesting topics. But, the sexual tension is right there from the start so I never felt like it was lacking in any means!

The reason Charley is in Barcelona is because she lost her job and wants it back–and this adds an interesting spin to the book. I really liked this plotline and it added a more serious tone to the book which kept things a little more interesting though the focus is mostly on the romance. But be warned if you are hoping to read more about the city of Barcelona, there really is only one chapter where the city is toured so not much is described if that is what you are looking forward to the most.

While this book seems straight-forward and most readers will probably have a good idea on where everything is headed before you even start the book, there were some good plot twists along the way that made everything a little more interesting and made the book that much more enjoyable.

Conclusion:

If you want a romance that is just a straight, “vanilla” romance that is quick and entertaining, this is it. Just a great, light hearted read that is delivered well and is simply charming to read.

Rating: 4/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit, Brit Lit, Travel, Workplace Romance
Recommended for: 26+ women
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: first person
Similar Reads: Worth the Scandal by Karen Erickson (Worth it Series #1)

Single Sundays: #16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought…

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and he’s actually pretty sweet…in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She’s not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend…and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can’t imagine living without.

Review:

I’m not a Twitter user but I do like looking at the hashtags people use (watch Jimmy Fallon’s Hashtag videos on Youtube! They are hilarious!). So when I saw the title of this book, it intrigued me and it’s been awhile since I read a coming of age book so it seemed like a good match.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I feel like Janet Gurtler hit the nail on the head a few times with how young people use social media. I hate when people are constantly on their phones (if I didn’t need one for school purposes, I wouldn’t have one) and Morgan is a prime example of that; but what I love is that her friends call her out on it all the time. I get that people feel comfortable talking online with people more so than real people (I mean I have a book blog for goodness’ sake!) but I like that this book tries to teach you that there is more to life than popularity and social media so I really appreciated that.

To a certain degree, the book was a little predictable and I had a good idea of what was going to happen. But then there is this curveball that really adds another dimension to the story and I think I wouldn’t have liked the book as much if it wasn’t for that little twist. It was a good move and really cements the message of the story.

Part of the reason I didn’t love this book was because Morgan is a hard character to like at times but that’s probably the intention with a coming of age novel so you can see the character develop. She’s a tad self-centred but she seems to know it and knows she needs to fix it so I can appreciate that. She really does grow as a character by the end so it was nice to see that change. My biggest problem with her was that she didn’t seem like she was 18 years old. Reading it, I would have said 16 years old but I know why she was 18 given the plot of the story.

UPDATE (May 10, 2014): There is a great video out that talks about young people’s obsession with social media and how it is affecting our face-to-face communication. Watch it here!

Conclusion:

It’s a nice coming of age story that today’s teenager will probably relate to in some way. It’s very realistic in its delivery and is well written. While the plot is slow, the book doesn’t take long to read and there are a few chuckle-worthy moments. Readers who enjoy coming of age novels will enjoy this. It’s a definite feel-good read.

Rating: 3.5/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Drama, Romance, Realistic
Recommended for: 16+
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: First Person
Similar Reads: Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares (Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants #1) and Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Single Sundays: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.

Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.

When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.

Review:

Ever since I read Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill this past summer, I’ve been keeping an eye on her subsequent works. I enjoyed Meant to Be for a variety of reasons but two things I really liked were Ms Morrill’s writing style and the humour. After reading the synopsis for this book, Being Sloane Jacobs, I was excited to get these two things again.

While this book didn’t have me laughing out loud like Meant to Be did, I did smile at a few of the lines and events in this book. I was expecting a bit more hijinks considering that two girls who are polar-opposite in nearly every way were switching places but this book had a more serious tone to it which in the end turned out to be an OK thing.

This book is really about finding your own person and going for what you want in life–even if it isn’t necessarily what your parents want for you. Therefore, it has a bit of serious tone to it. BUT don’t assume that this is some sort of heavy-read: it is actually very light-hearted and charming, just don’t expect laugh-out-loud comedy situations. There isn’t a lot of drama and it’s straightforward in its delivery–and again, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. While the situations are a little stereotypical, they are general enough that I think a majority of young teen girls can relate to and enjoy reading about. It’s nice every once and awhile to read a book that isn’t trying too hard to be something its not. It’s a feel-good-book plain and simple.

My only peeve about this book is how easily the girls are able to switch into the opposite sport. As a girl who played ringette (basically hockey but using a ring) myself for 3 years, I couldn’t imagine figure skating let alone trying to do it for a camp. Yes, I’m a pretty decent skater but there is no way I would have been able to pull off jumps and lifts. The skates are completely different and require you to skate in a different way–but I digress. If my only peeve is about skating then this book must have delivered on everything else 😉

Book Bonus: It takes place in Montreal, Canada!

As a bit of a side note: When I was reading this book I was having the darnedest time trying to figure out what this book reminded me of. I think the first thing everyone thinks is the Parent Trap but that’s a movie and has a bit of a different plot to it. It wasn’t until I looked up the similar reads on Kobo that I remembered an old goodie I read called Will Grayson, Will Grayson where essentially two boys with the same name meet and undergo the same process of these girls. I highly recommend Will Grayson, Will Grayson as well because it is unlike anything I have read previously.

Conclusion:

If you need a feel good read about two girls who are learning to become their own persons, then grab this book!

Rating: 4/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Sports
Recommended for: 16+
Point of View: First Person, alternating
SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Feel Good Book 2014
Similar Reads: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan