Review: Everything, Everything

18692431Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Pages: 350

Publisher: Random House Children’s: Delacorte Press

Format and source: eARC from NetGalley

Expected publication date: September 1st, 2015


This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

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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Waiting on Wednesday: Dream Things True

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating. Happy middle of the week! 

23848212Title: Dream Things True

Author: Marie Marquardt

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Expected publication date: September 1st, 2015


A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town.

Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much — except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two-years-old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard.

But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There’s too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she’s an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission. What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one’s family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives.


Taking away that beautiful cover, the synopsis of this book is very unique and something I’ve never encountered before. Undocumented immigrants are obviously a real issue and rampant one in any country. For it to be finally depicted in literary fiction is somewhat a miracle. I hope this sheds some light on the terrifying aspect of being deported from the one place you call home and having to face some crippling charges. At this point, I’m very curious how the author will be able to weave a realistic issue into the two lives of teenagers who are at the opposite spectrum of life.

Waiting on Wednesday: What You Left Behind

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating. Happy middle of the week! 

20933641What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

Expected date of publication: August 4th, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks 


It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?


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Top 5 Tuesday: Anticipated Releases of 2015 (Part 2)

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group created by Lainey and Mindy. It is a public group open to booktubers and bloggers alike where every month, topics for each Wednesday of the week is provided either by the moderators or suggested by the members and done by everyone in the community on their respective accounts. Due to the fact that I’m already participating in a weekly Wednesday challenge (Waiting on Wednesday) I decided to make this a day earlier hence, Top 5 Tuesday.

Last week, I posted about all my anticipated releases of 2015: Contemporary Edition so this week, I will be featuring another top 5 from different genres like fantasy and paranormal.

T5T 524951755Davinci’s Tiger by Laura Malorie Elliott

Expected publication date: November 10th 2015

Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love. Read the full summary on Goodreads! I’ve been really into historical fiction lately and this sounds like my cup of tea! I’ve been excited to explore the genre more and I hope that this is as exciting as it sounds!

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Fab 5 Friday: Top 5 Book Boyfriends

Fab 5 Friday is a listography that I created inspired by the Top 5 Wednesday book group in Goodreads. It is basically the same thing where a topic is chosen for everyday of the month and 5 books will accompany the said topic. I hope to still carry on with Top 5 Wednesday while thinking up new topics for my new Friday brain child. TGIF!

For this week’s Fab Five Friday, I want to share with you this post about all the boys I’ve fallen in love with in YA. I excitedly compiled all these photos and characters for you because I swear with all my heart, my top book boyfies are the men you dream about!

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KAIDAN ROWE of The Sweet Trilogy is one of my greatest contenders for my best book boyfie. I love him not because he’s a cocky prick at the start of this series but because he was brave enough to go against his demon father and even risk his life just to protect Anna. If that’s not true love then I don’t know what is. Know more about my love for this series and Kaidan Rowe on my recent Waiting on Wednesday’s post!

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