So my wife buys this book, Everything, Everything and seems to enjoy it. When she finished, I asked whether she thought I would like it. We do NOT really have the same taste in books, or movies…we both like Shark Tank and HGTV (shout out to Chip and Joanna). Against my better judgement, I started reading. Alas is was much as I suspected; it was a sappy, sad story. The novel was rather short so I decided to persist (I hate not finishing a book…it has to be really bad for me to do that).
“My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but you know it as ‘bubble baby disease.” Basically, I’m allergic to the world…No one knows the triggers, but everyone knows the consequences.”
That excerpt from page three of the novel by Nicola Yoon should have been enough to push me away, but I persisted. Strike two came when a brooding young teenage boy moved next door. Oh my freaking God, this is going to be a tragic love story! Abort reading! Abort reading! Like I said it take a lot to get me to give up on a book once I start. I pleasantly admit to being very glad that I didn’t in this case. It did have all of the sappy love stuff, but it is just a really well written story. Some surprises too!