It’s September 6th, aka national Read A Book Day!
If I pick up a book and it’s actually good, I’ll refuse to put it down until I finish the story and get completely emotionally attached to the characters. And then I obsess over them and reread the last few pages over and over again, so I don’t have to say goodbye to them. Eventually I’ll reach the “Post-Series Depression” phase and basically just beg that a movie adaptation of the film is either A) already released or B) In production. (I love when books are turned into films! Except when the film completely sucks and disappoints the book’s devoted readers, *cough* The Percy Jackson franchise *cough* *cough*)
Since I love reading, I thought I’d start sharing book reviews with you all. So expect to see a lot of book related content in the future. 🙂
Here are two books I’m currently obsessed with!
1) Everything, Everything Nicola Yoon
“If my life were a book and you read it backward, nothing would change. Today is the same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be the same as today. In the book of Maddy, all the chapters are the same.
Everything, Everything is about a girl named Madeline, who has a rare and unique condition that makes her allergic to basically everything. She has lived her entire life indoors, protected from anything that could trigger her allergies. Then she meets Olly, a boy who moves into the house across the street from her. He tries his best to understand her and her illness, and will do whatever it takes to get to know her better.
I adore this book! I couldn’t put it down! I literally read it in less than five hours. The characters have a cute relationship and the protagonist, Madeline, is very optimistic and relatable, despite her serious condition. A lot of the book is told through doodles, and emails and chat messages between Madeline and Olly, which makes the relationship feel very real and modern. At times, it gave me The Fault In Our Stars vibes, but I enjoyed this book a lot more than TFIOS. If you want something cute and light to read, pick this book up!
Also, a movie adaption of Everything, Everything is currently in production! Amandla Stenburg and Nick Robinson were casted as Maddy and Olly, and I can’t wait to see it in 2017! Mainly because I really really really love Nick Robinson..
2) All the Bright Places Jennifer Niven
“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”
Finch and Violet, the main protagonists, meet on the ledge of a clock tower, six stories above the ground. Finch is fascinated by death and known as the school “freak”, while Violet is the popular cheerleader, who can’t wait to leave her small town. They have nothing in common, except that they were both at the clock tower, together, contemplating suicide. They soon form an unexpected friendship, while searching for reasons to stay alive.
I hated this book at first; I struggled with caring about the characters. But once I got to the middle of the book and saw Finch and Violet as more than just angsty and cynical teenagers, I began to appreciate their relationship and finally understand why this book is so popular.
All the Bright Places is painful and heart-wrenching, and that’s why I loved it. It left me feeling like an emotional mess. It was depressing, uplifting, romantic, refreshing, and powerful, all at once. But because the book explores heavy topics like depression and suicide, I do not believe it’s right for everyone. Those who feel uncomfortable reading “dark” content or are easily triggered shouldn’t read this, since a lot of the story features very negative and sad thoughts. However, it’s still a beautiful and impactful book!
And of course, a movie adaption is also coming out in 2017.
I hope you decide to add these YA novels to your reading list & maybe even read a book today, since it is national “Read A Book Day!”