Nicola Yoon's Books are Everything (Everything) I Want

Last month, I caught up on some reading I've been meaning to get to - mostly, I read both of Nicola Yoon’s YA novels within a week of each other and loved them.

Yoon’s debut, Everything, Everything has been on my To Read list since it came out last year. From the pretty cover to the intriguing synopsis and all the hype surrounding it, it screamed for my attention. And it was worth it. The plot was somewhat far-fetched but Maddy was charming and easy to “listen” to. Yes, sometimes she was selfish and the insta-love was very intense, but it showed that she had flaws and maybe everyone is a cynic and doesn't believe in love at first sight even if it's possible (I think she had a good reason for falling so hard for Olly - he was the first guy her own age she'd ever seen!). 

Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way, characters go from hope to despair, from self-knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming-of-age books become stories of losing your way. Your favorite characters come back to life.

I have to admit that I'm a fan of unhappy endings; I don't mind things don't work out for the characters. But I also have to admit that I'm a closet romantic and just want my ships to sail on smooth waters. Yoon manages to satisfy both of these halves of me in The Sun is Also a Star. I don't want to spoil it for you, but I went from happily disappointed to hopeful in the span of five pages. I've talked to a couple of people and they all agree that while Everything, Everything was good, The Sun is Also a Star is much more polished and has an extra something that takes it into the realm of greatness. I loved the mini chapters on random characters and both Natasha and Daniel, like Maddy, were easy narrators to get into. 

It’s not up to you to help other people fit you into a box.