Contemporary · YA

Everything, Everything: The Humuhumunukunukuapua’a

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon18692431

On the surface, Everything, Everything seems like another teen drama about fatal disease and a love that can’t last. Just one more in a line of tales that will make you ugly cry, like The Fault in our Stars, or A Walk to Remember. This book is satisfyingly sweet and then bam, just like the 151 floater in a rum runner, this book unexpectedly kicks you in the mouth. Ok, maybe that’s a terrible metaphor but all I’m trying to say is – holy plot twists, Batman.

Looking for a light summer read that will remind you to savor even the simple things in life – like your toes in the sand, the wind in your hair and the sun on your face? Then this is it. Confined to her home because of a rare disease, our main character Maddy’s biggest dream is to travel to Hawaii and swim with the state fish humuhumunukunukuapua’a. As you read her tale, pay tribute to this magnificently named fish by sippin’ on a cocktail and humming along to this song that always get stuck in my head for days.

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”
― Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

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The Humuhumunukunukuapua’a

  • 1 oz blue curaçao
  • 1 oz rum
  • 6 oz pineapple juice

Fill your glass with ice. Pour blue curaçao in first then top with pineapple juice and rum. 

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