Everything, Everything: Oceans, Solar Systems, Deep Thoughts about Life

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Madeline has never been outside. Never felt the salty, invigorating coolness of the ocean. Never tasted the crispness of the oncoming fall.

Never been to a high school. Never fallen in love.

Never had her heart broken.

But then a boy moves next door. And her life changes forever.

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My Rating

Three and a half stars. *throws confetti but with a sad smile*

An entertaining one sentence summary

There’s this girl and she’s like allergic to the air and grass and well everything, everything but then this dude moves in next door and he only ever wears black and he climbs around on trees and roofs and walls like he’s a monkey and he’s totally flirting with her and she’s like yes please and then they run off to Hawaii to snorkel with humuhumu-whatawhata-something-something fish and that was a bad idea.

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More Entertaining Short Summaries

Phonetic Scrabble (which is like the coolest idea ever)

Fun illustrations for the child within (like bundt cakes and time passing techniques and even little dictionary definitions and book reviews)

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Hawaii

Outer space

ARCHITECTURE

OVERPROTECTIVE MOTHERS

Air locks

Almost dying (fun)

LOVING THE BOOKS yo

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Initial Thoughts

Being up-and-up on the latest YA hits (that was sarcasm, btw), I really wanted to check out Everything, Everything. I saw a trailer for the upcoming movie randomly pop up on my Facebook page and it looked fairly decent.

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Plus, when I saw the cover, I was like YES I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER.

Note: I think we have learned that Amanda only ever reads/chooses books because of their pretty covers. While this is not always true . . . I do tend to choose books based on the covers.

Entering the book, I was in love. Maddy was absolutely darling: she was sweet and super super smart. She also didn’t cuss, was HOMESCHOOLED and had a great relationship with her mother.

This had the makings of SUCH A GREAT BOOK.

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Then comes Olly. Olly cusses quite a bit, which isn’t surprising because his dad is an idiot and cusses even more.

AS I WAS READING THIS BOOK, I was reading another book. It’s Christian nonfiction and one of the parts was about how touching people of the opposite gender is dangerous. Once you start, you can’t stop. I kid you not, I had both of the books open and as I was reading Everything, Everything, Maddy said:

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I was like DUDE!! So true!

And we see a dangerous progression.

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Maddy and Olly are okay with just pantomiming to each other through a window.

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They want to meet each other. So Maddy gets her nurse to arrange a meeting. They aren’t allowed to touch each other.

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A few weeks later they meet and and Olly grabs Maddy’s hand to help her with a handstand. Oops, accident . . . won’t happen again right? WRONG THIS IS YA FICTION.

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A few weeks later . . . Olly sits really close to Maddy.

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A few weeks later . . . Olly kisses Maddy.

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And then they run away together and there’s only one bed and . . . yeah. Not good.

This was definitely a God-thing for me to read this book in conjunction with the nonfiction one. It just proved to me that, yes. There is no end to desire. And there isn’t supposed to be within the bounds of marriage! That’s what the world doesn’t understand.

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This book was full of beautiful imagery, deep characters, and amazing musings on the universebut I must part it with a gift of only three and a half stars because of the messages:

  • Follow your heart (as usual)
  • Teens drifting away from their parents is normal
  • All love relationships end in intimacy meant for marriage
  • It’s okay to do something that could possibly kill you if you’re going to be happy
  • Love relationships make you crazy and that’s okay; you’ll be obsessed, out of whack, but that’s normal and just go with it. Make that person YOUR ALL in life and don’t look back.

SO . . .

What I did like

  • THE HAWAII
  • Phonetic Scrabble (becuz y not)
  • Maddy and Olly’s conversations (they reminded me of convos I’ve had)
  • Maddy’s wanting to REALLY LIVE
  • Her obsession with books

What I didn’t like

  • Maddy comes to the conclusion that teens are supposed to fall in love and not like their parents anymore. Their love affairs replace their bond to their parents. SO SAD!!
  • There was a gay dude (they always have to throw those in there)
  • The PG-13 scene (I’d say it’s more like M or R; regardless, I skipped it)
  • The climax was kind of like WHOA WHOA WHOA waht

More fave quotable quotes

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A few months ago, I jumped off a cliff into a lake. Maddy’s experience was so much like mine I wanted to share it. Read the book for another even more beautiful passage about the feeling.

He nods. “I’ll go first. I won’t let you drown.” He jumps up and out and does a full somersault before arrowing into the water. A few seconds later he resurfaces and waves up to me. I wave back and then close my eyes to take stock of my situation, because jumping off a cliff seems like a pivotal moment when a little stock-taking should be done. Strangely, though, I felt like I don’t really want to think too much. Like Olly, I just want to jump. I teach out Olly’s face in the water and find him waiting for me. Considering what the future may hold, dumping off this cliff doesn’t seem so scary at all.

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Have you read this book? Will you watch the movie?

My Latest Book } A Little Intro

I wrote my first full-length novel about two years ago. You may ask yourself, “Well what has she been doing since then?”

And that, my friend, is an excellent question.

You see, I only realized the other day (no joke) that if I want to be an author, I need to keep writing. Therefore, I took the latest idea I had scrambling around my head and I just wrote. I wrote and wrote and wrote. And now I am up to 52 glorious pages.

Only two-hundred-something to go. *cowers under chair*

I just wanted to introduce you guys to my novel. He’s a shy little guy, kinda small, but he has great potential.

MEET MY LATEST NOVEL

1. Which came first: characters or plot idea? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

The plot idea definitely came first. I’ve always loved reading fairytale retellings so I wanted to take a stab at one myself. To Follow Him is a snazzy jazzy retelling of The Pied Piper. Furthermore, I AM A PANTSER. All the way. I tried to write with a plotline once and it did not work. I felt absolutely lost and deprived of my creativity.

2. Do you have a title and/or a “back-cover-blurb?”

I do not yet have a back cover blurb since I am only fifty pages in, a pantser, and therefore have no idea what in the world is going to happen in this book. I do have a title though: To Follow Him. I’ll probably change it.

 3. What wordcount are you aiming for when your novel is finished?

Well, my last book was nearly 73,000 so I’d like to challenge myself to get to 80 or even 90k. Of course, if I don’t need the extra twenty thousand words I can do without it.

4. Sum up your novel in 3 sentences.

A boy controlled by magic. A girl controlled by circumstances. The end of Hamelin as we know it.

5. Sum up your characters in one word each.

Emeline (main character): Broken

Quarter: Sarcastic

Mrs. Pfenning: Bookworm

Mrs. Huber: Maternal

Aloisa: Innocent

Stefan: Optimistic

6. Which character are you most excited to write? Tell us about them!

Quarter is super fun to write because he has this amazing sarcasm. And actually, his sense of humor kinda belongs to me you know so I’m the genius with the amazing humor. But that’s beside the point.

7. What about your villain? Who is he, what is his goal?

This book is man vs. himself conflict so, in essence, there is no villain.

8. What is your protagonist’s goal? And what stands in the way?

Ultimately, all Emeline wants is freedom from lies and deceit. In her mind, she just wants Aloisa safe. But her main goal goes hand and hand with this. The mayor of Hamelin stands in the way. He’s an oaf, but no one wants to cross him.

9. What inciting incident begins your protagonist’s journey?

When Emeline summons the piper, everything begins.

10. Where is your novel set.

Germany in the 1700s. Yeah, that’s gonna take some research.

11. What are three big scenes in your novel that change the game completely?

I haven’t gotten that far enough to be able to decide on that.

12. What is the most dynamic relationship your character has? Who else do they come in contact with or become close to during the story?

Emeline and Quarter have this amazing chemistry that just pops off of the page. There are many other characters with which Emeline shares a special bond but MAN her and Quarter are like WHOA!

13. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

By the end of the novel, I hope that Emeline is free and realizes that things in life do not, and should not, control you. You should be balanced in every aspect of your life, not obsessive over books or statuettes or whatnot (although I say a hardy amen to all those bookworms out there ’cause I’m one of ’em).

14. Do you have an ending in mind, or do you plan to see what happens?

I do have an ending in mind but I don’t know if it will fit. It’s rather depressing, so I’ll just have to see if I feel ruthless the day I type THE END.

15. What are your hopes and dreams for your book? What impressions are you hoping this novel will leave on your readers and yourself?

I hope that my book will make people realize what Emeline realized–that balance can set you free. There are also undercurrents of other threads of thought that I hope a savvy reader will catch. I’ve dropped all kinds of valuable nuggets in there. And no one will probably ever understand them.

Questions from Paper Fury.

Amanda