Last year, I read a debut young adult novel by American author Nicola Yoon. I selected to read Everything, Everything because it was a New York Times Best Seller, it appeared on the YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults list, and it had an attractive dust jacket. Isn’t that how everyone selects books to read?
Seventeen-year-old Madeline suffers from severe combined immunodeficiency and is confined to the sterile environment of her home. When a new family moves into the house next door, Madeline befriends the son and the two begin communicating online. Both teens have complicated family relationships. As circumstances draw Madeline and Olly closer, both teens take chances that lead to surprising revelations.
Everything, Everything was the best of the best I read in 2016. It had romance, it had intrigue, and it was loaded with teen rebellion. Well done, Nicole Yoon.
Onward to 2017 and Yoon’s second young adult novel, The Sun is Also A Star. Natasha believes in science and facts, not love at first sight. Enter Daniel, the good son and dreamer who believes that everything happens for one reason only—fate.
The novel takes place over the course of one day in New York City, with two teens that have nothing in common, share the hushed details of their lives and fall in love.
In a story told in alternating points of view, The Sun is Also a Star transported me to a “what if” time in my teen years. A time when passion defied reason and illogical love felt nothing less than logical.