WHO: Nicola Yoon
WHAT: Bestselling novelist and finalist for the National Book Award
WHEN: Born in 1972
WHERE: Born in Kingston, Jamaica; currently resides in Los Angeles, California
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Everything, Everything: "The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more."
The Sun Is Also a Star: "Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them."
“Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way, characters go from hope to despair, from self-knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming-of-age books become stories of losing your way. Your favorite characters come back to life.” (from Everything, Everything)
“I was happy before I met him. But I’m alive now, and those are not the same thing.” (Everything, Everything)
“We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.” (The Sun Is Also a Star)