Everything, Everything (hardcover)
by Nicola Yoon
AR Level 4.4, 7 points
Young Adult… not for kids!
Madeline lives with the illness that keeps her in a bubble with air-tight doors and windows, filtered air, and no visitors. She is cut off from the outside world, with only her nurse and mother as her companions. Then Olly and his family move in next door, and she’s instantly in love. They start emailing and IMing each other, until one day, they get to meet in person behind her mom’s back. Madeline needs to decide whether it is better to live a lonely, sheltered life, cut off from the world, but in HEALTH, or risk illness or death, but enjoy traveling and being in love. She makes her decision, and there is an unexpected twist.
What I liked about this book was that Madeline was able to fall in love and experience that, so I was also able to experience that as a reader. I also enjoyed the twist, although I won’t spoil it for you. I love stories with something unexpected. That keeps the story in my mind.
What I didn’t like about this book was that I was angry with her mother, and I wanted her mother to face consequences for her actions. I would also have liked for the love story to be a bit more believable. Why did Olly like Madeline so much when he didn’t even know her? She seemed a little boring to me. It was a good story, though, and I look forward to reading The Sun is Also a Star, which won an award.
Book 39 of 40 (40 Book Challenge)
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire!
by Polly Horvath
AR Level 4.8, 6 points
This is the story of a girl named Madeline and the kidnapping of her hippie parents, Flo and Mildred. Madeline is a responsible, intelligent young girl who wants to be normal, but her hippie parents live in a commune and do not respect modern day society and their focus on education and Prince Charles. Madeline comes home to find her parents had been kidnapped by some wicked foxes, who wanted the address to her Uncle Runyon’s house, hoping he could translate a rabbit recipe for their new factory that will make rabbit by-products. Madeline enlists the help of some rabbit friends, and they go one an adventure to rescue her parents and get her to the school in time to meet Prince Charles at her graduation ceremony.
What I liked about this book was that it had a lot of smart-alecky jokes. As you know, I love smart dialogue. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny are constantly bickering, which is humorous, and they have quick and snarky comebacks for each other, without being inappropriate. Their marriage is actually quite realistic! Though they argue, they have a deep love for each other, and a love for Madeline as their “pet” or adopted daughter. It is a funny, light-hearted, whimsical story, and it is no wonder it is a Parents’ Choice Award-winning book.
What I didn’t like about this book was that it hold my attention. It just couldn’t get through it. Maybe if I’d been reading it to my children, I could have stayed engaged, but for some reason, it lost my attention half way through. I had to just buckle down and finish the second half this afternoon. I can see it as an animated film someday, and that would be lovely.
Book 3 of 40 (year 2)