Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summer Biannual Bibliothon Blogger Challenge 4: Book You've Rated 3 Stars or Less

This blogging challenge comes from @bookwormgirls88

I know almost everyone loves Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon but I actually gave this book only two stars. 

Here is the book description from Goodreads so my review makes more sense:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

My review does sort of  contain spoilers so if you haven't read the book STOP READING NOW!

It seemed kind of like Madeline used Olly to be able to experience the world. I couldn't believe that she just outright abandoned him after putting him through her almost dying. This made me dislike her and view her as selfish and clueless about what love really is.

I sensed the plot twist ahead of time. I'm no doctor but I've watched enough Grey's Anatomy to know family generally isn't allowed to treat family. Also the only time she had ever been sick was when she was a baby. If she had this autoimmune disease how did she manage not to have caught so much of a cold in the last 17 years? If her disease was so rare why did not scientists want to study her? And she clearly had access to the internet but never googled her own disease!? Come on now! This is a plot hole that is utterly unbelievable.

Not to mention how ableist the book was. Your life can only have meaning if you get to leave your house and get laid. It was offensive to people who have real chronic illnesses.

It seems I'm not the only person that felt this way.

Everything, Everything is Ableist, Ableist


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1 comment:

  1. This is really interesting! I can totally understand where you're coming from, even though I loved this book and rated it five stars. I do think there were some things that weren't necessarily perfect, but overall I think it was mostly supposed to be a cute romance and I enjoyed it just for that. :-)