First lines: I’ve read many more books than you. It doesn’t matter how many you’ve read. I’ve read more. Believe me. I’ve had the time, p. 1.
A frienFirst lines: I’ve read many more books than you. It doesn’t matter how many you’ve read. I’ve read more. Believe me. I’ve had the time, p. 1.
A friend of mine recommended this book to me back in May 2016. I wasn’t eager to start reading. Probably due to the description on the inside flap of the dust jacket: I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. Pa….lease! I’m so sick of love. That sounds horrible, I know, but I’m tired of YA novels being about some teen falling in love with some other teen. My teenage self would disagree with my adult self, of course, and would have loved all the lovey dovey his-breath-smells-like-chocolate-and-spice crap. My cynical adult self thinks breath smells like stale air and plaque and whatever was last put in there, ugh, shutter.
Obviously, I finally decided to read it, well listen to it actually. And.... I was delighted! In fact when I was finished listening I sent my friend a text that read “OMG I just finished everything, everything! So, so, so wonderful. I liked it more than I’ll give you the sun.” She responded with, “I’m glad! Happy endings are getting rare in YA, but this one is satisfying yet realistic! Now, read Serpent King!” (Hope you don’t mind me put this in here, friend.) And look, now I have another book to read. Pure happiness.
Here are my top 7 reasons why you should read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
1. The cover! LOOK. AT. IT. It’s so so pretty. 2. This quote “You’re not living if you’re not regretting,” p. 186 3. The illustrations (by Nicola’s husband) 4. There’s a twist 5. Carla (a nurse with a teenage daughter who always knows what to say. See #2.) 6. It’s more about self discovery than teenage love. Imagine never leaving your house for 17 years, because it could kill you! 7. This word: humuhumunukunukuapuaa.
First lines: Mr. MacInerney drives way too slow, which is weird for a man who spends his life running into burning buildings, p. 1.
Burn Baby Burn isFirst lines: Mr. MacInerney drives way too slow, which is weird for a man who spends his life running into burning buildings, p. 1.
Burn Baby Burn is another finalist for the National Book Award (NBA) for young people’s literature, but that may not mean a whole lot to you if you don’t know what the NBA is. The easiest way to explain it is it’s an award given to American writers by other writers or experts in the literary field such as librarians, critics, or booksellers. The winner in each of the four categories (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature) receives $10,000. Ten thousand dollars!!! They also become a member of the National Book Foundation, and more importantly get all the publicity that comes with having won the award.
I loved this book! It takes place in 1977, and though Medina did an amazing job of capturing many details of that time, I felt like it could be taking place right now. And that is why I think Burn Baby Burn deserves the NBA recognition and possibly medal. Medina was able to connect this reader with a year I wasn't even alive in, and help me see that history is not just dates and names. History is fluid connecting all of us together whether we are aware of it or not. And we really should make an effort to be aware of it. 1977 New York was miserable. Miserably hot, miserably bankrupt, and miserably in the dark, literally due to a blackout, and to the identity of a serial killer calling himself Son of Sam. This is the backdrop the protagonist, Nora Lopez, is trying to understand her life. She's turning 18, might be interested in going to college, and has a terrifying home life. Luckily there are some amazing characters in this book that will not let her face life alone. What a awesome book! ...more