“In the beginning there was nothing. And then there was everything.” Nicola Yoon

I’ve finally had a chance to start reading some of the Advance Reader Copies I brought home from Book Expo America. First up, one of the top YA picks for the fall- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

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I have to admit, the premise isn’t one I would normally gravitate to, but after hearing it discussed at BEA, I added it to my must read list. In this story the protagonist, Maddie, has a rare disease and faces some insurmountable odds. She’s basically a bubble girl, allergic to the world, and unable to leave her house.

And then a boy moves in next door.

I’m not usually a fan of girl meets boy and life finally gets interesting, but Yoon gives the old archetype some new life and the book is insanely readable. There’s a love story, sure, but it’s part of a larger narrative and that’s what keeps you reading. Maddie makes you want to root for her.

Also, being a big supporter of diverse books, I have to say that I appreciate that the protagonist was racially diverse, but was allowed to tell a story that had nothing to do with race. Stories about learning to accept what makes you different are important, but equally important are stories where diverse characters are accepted as part of the story without having to highlight the ways in which they are different.

Kudos and congratulations to Nicola Yoon on writing a story worth reading. I couldn’t pull myself away from the book until the end, and even then I wanted to know more. Everything, Everything comes out on September 1, 2015 and I highly recommend finding yourself a copy.

Oh, and of you want to read it first, leave me a comment below. If at least five people comment with their favorite book featuring a diverse character, I’ll pick one commenter randomly to win a copy of Everything, Everything before it goes on sale. The winner will be posted next Friday, July 10th. Good luck and happy reading!

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23 thoughts on ““In the beginning there was nothing. And then there was everything.” Nicola Yoon

  1. I really want to read this book. I’ve heard great things about it already from people and it’s not even out yet and it really sounds like a great book and different from anything i’ve read so I’m really looking forward to reading it! Sadly, I haven’t had the chance to read many books with diverse characters, but my favorite that I have read so far has to be Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

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    • It was a really engaging book! Hopefully you’ll get a chance to read it soon! I keep meaning to look at Aristotle and Dante myself- glad to hear that it’s good. I need to put it on my must read list now!

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  2. My favorite diverse character is Auggie from Wonder. For those of you who don’t know, Auggie is a young boy who was born with craniofacial deformities. The book tells the story of how he started going to a public school for the first time. RJ Palacio did a great job with Wonder and I immediately fell in love with Auggie.

    In addition, I would LOVE to read Everything, Everthing. I was so disappointed that I didn’t score a copy at Bookcon and I would be so happy to win this copy. Thanks!

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    • I just read Wonder for the first time and loved it! Have you read Auggie and Me, yet? If you didn’t get a copy at BookCon, I definitely recommend finding one as soon as you can! Happy reading and good luck! I’ll be announcing the winner on Friday!

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      • I scored a copy of Auggie and Me at Bookcon but haven’t gotten to read it yet! My TBR list just keeps getting longer and longer lol

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  3. My favorite diverse character has to be Dante from Aristotle and Dante. He is just so eccentric and interesting and truly made me think about life and my choices.

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  4. Well, I was also going to go with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, but I’ll pick another one since two people have already mentioned that so I’m going to go with Max from Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin. Max is intersex and just all the things that Max goes through throughout the book is heartwrenching. It had a huge emotional impact on me!

    I’ve had my eye on Everything Everything for a long time and I can’t wait to get my hands on it so I’m crossing my fingers for the giveaway.

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  5. Thanks so much for reviewing this and hosting a giveaway! I’ve heard a lot about this book from people that were able to go to BEA and BookCon and I wish I could have gone myself. The premise of this book sounds very intriguing to me and I think it will be one that I enjoy so it would be amazing if I could win! Now I’m not sure if I can pick a favorite book with a diverse character, but the last one that I read, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, just came out like a month ago and it was very good and I liked the added sort of sci-fi element to it. That being said, there were a few small problems I had with it, but it’s definitely worth the read!

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    • BEA and BookCon are definitely worth it if you can get there. They were in Brooklyn so it was easy for me, but I’m still thinking about making the trip to Chicago next year.

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  6. Thank you for the opportunity! I, myself went to Bookcon and didn’t have a chance to get it. I am really looking forward to read the book.

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  7. I don’t know if I’m too late or not to enter the giveaway but I would have to agree with the four other people that mentioned Aristotle and Dante and that’s mostly because that’s actually the only book i’ve read with diverse characters which is really sad because I really want to read more diverse books!

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  8. Hey everyone! I announced the winner of the giveaway on Friday’s blog, but for anyone who hasn’t seen it, Lisa was the big winner this week. Thanks for commenting and keep visiting. I have all kinds of fun book giveaways planned for the future. 🙂

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