Published September 1st 2015 by Delacorte
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Recommended to: people who love cute romances
But it’s never just one moment. It’s a series of them. And your life can branch out from each one in a thousand different ways. Maybe there’s a version of your life for all the choices you make and all the choices you don’t.
This book is not what I imagined it to be. When I read the blurb about Madeline being sick, I immediately concluded that this will be like all the others before it. I’ve read a lot of books with main characters who are suffering from various illnesses (and even my top three favorites are about them), so believe me when I say that the pattern is almost the same. But this one was different. And you should read this to find out why.
This was Nicola Yoon’s debut book but I read her second novel, The Sun is Also a Star, before this. I liked the latter but I felt that it lacked something. However, this one had all the right elements that I was looking for.
THINGS I LOVED ABOUT THE BOOK:
- The illustrations. This is probably my favorite part. What’s amazing is that Nicola Yoon’s husband, David Yoon, was the one who drew them. There are only a few books with illustrations in them so this was a breath of fresh air. But these are not your ordinary illustrations either. What set this apart from most of the books I’ve read is that the illustrations also tell a story. They complete the book.
- Madeline is multiracial. I guess this will be a common denominator in all of Nicola Yoon’s books and I am looking forward to it. Although Madeline wasn’t able to show various traits in her character since she is sick and has never been to the Outside, I just loved the fact that she is a mixture of different countries. Most of the characters from the books I’ve read all look the same in my head but Madeline was different. I am not going to wish for Nicola Yoon to be able to show more diversity and difference in cultures since she already did that in her second book.
- The writing is beautiful. One thing I liked best about Nicola Yoon’s books is the way her characters think. They see different meanings to life from different perspectives. My favorite in this book is the one said by Olly.
- Madeline’s dictionary. This was a nice touch. I wish this had more of it. Here’s a sample entry:
prom·ise() n. pl. -es. 1. The lie you want to keep. [2015, Whittier]
- Madeline & Olly. I love them individually as much as I love them together. Enough said.
Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and the only time all at once.
P.S. One thing I did not like about this book though is how short the last chapter was. I want more! Nicola Yoon, where is the justice in this? 😂 *flips table*