If you're new to #COLLABOREADS, welcome!
Every month, Kristin from Taz + Belly and I host this fun little book-loving link-up, and we're so happy you've stopped by!
Here's how this works: We pick a theme every month, you pick a book that fits (we all read different books! it's fun that way!) and then all link up and share our thoughts (with a handy-dandy R.E.A.D.S. acronym usually--see below!) and link up and become BFFs. You can read more about this whole thing here.
What part of the book could you NOT get enough of? I had seen one commercial for this upcoming movie, and was intrigued by the concept -- a sick girl is stuck in a bubble because she's allergic to basically everything in the outside world, but when a new guy moves in next door, things get interesting. I read this book in one sitting one evening while I was babysitting after the kiddos went to bed, and it was a really fun and engaging read. It's definitely more in the YA genre, so it's not super deep or really incredibly well-written, but it's such a solid read with interesting characters and twists you won't expect.
How did you relate to/care for the characters? What's your thought on the plot line and twists and turns? I definitely cared for Maddy -- you feel for her that she's been stuck inside her whole life, and you are rooting for both her and the neighbor boy Olly in their different circumstances. They're likable, quirky, fun, and sweet characters with a little more depth and heart than I expected. I didn't love the mom, but you'll have to read to understand and sympathize with her. I will say that the characters aren't incredibly well-developed or anything, but for a light-hearted YA read like this, I wasn't expecting that or wishing for it. There are some emails/chat conversations/drawings throughout, which usually I don't love, but it worked really well for this one.
What other books are like this one? If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with it's themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life or the news right now? I can't think of others that seem similar... anyone else?!
You know you judged this book by the cover. What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages? The cover is perfect for this one -- I loved the contrast of the stark, bubble world illustrated in the first "Everything" and the super vibrant, colorful outside word illustrated in the second "Everything" -- I thought it was a really fun way of representing this story.
How many out of five do you give this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend? I gave this one a solid 4/5 stars -- it's not a blow-me-away 5 star read, but it was a really fun, unexpectedly enjoyable book that I think will make a great teen movie too!
LET'S LINK UP NOW.
FOR THE FUTURE:
June's theme is "A Book You Can Finish in One Day". Find any book that you can crush in a day, read it this month, blog your thoughts (you can use our R.E.A.D.S acronym or whatever style you want!) and link up at the end of the month!
Kristin from Taz + Belly and I are so excited to have you joining us, and we can't wait to see this fun little link-up grow this year!