Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Pub. Date: September 1st 2015
This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a 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.
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.
Source: Nova @ Out Of Time let me borrow her ARC because she’s super nice like that. Thanks!
I’m trying to experiment with different review styles and so today I’ve decided to tell you why you should read Everything, Everything–in a list format! This book was absolutely amazing, and I am so glad I had the chance to read it (thanks again, Nova!). Without further ado, here are 6 reasons why Everything, Everything should be on YOUR wishlist:
1. Maddy is allergic to, well, everything. She has a disease called SCID that means that she cannot be outdoors, or else she may die. Because of this, she has lived at home with her mother and nurse Carla for her almost her entire life. The house is completely air-locked in order to ensure that nothing (or no one) will set off her allergies. The concept is what originally attracted me to this book because THE CONCEPT IS SO INCREDIBLY AWESOME. I have a friend with a lot of allergies, but nothing to this extend, and I was so excited to read about Maddy’s condition.
2. The romance is pretty much the best thing ever. Olly moves in next door to Maddy and despite her condition, they start communicating online and falling for each other. Their conversations are sweet, funny, and sometimes awkward. They felt like 2 realistic teenagers and I couldn’t help but love their conversations! When Olly finally met Maddy in person…well, let’s just say it was pretty adorable. ALL THE FEELS, PEOPLE.
3. Maddy herself is an awesome character. Maddy has had almost no contact with humans outside of her little bubble. She’s pretty naïve, yes, but she is also really sweet and funny and relatable. She has dreams to see the outside world and live her life. When Olly moves in next door, she finally feels like her dreams might be coming true. Also: she loves the Internet. Enough said.
4. I really loved the format! The chapters aren’t very long and drawings, diagrams, and sketches and scattered throughout the book. Several chapters are told entirely in diary entries, or text message conversations between Olly and Maddy. It’s difficult to pull off a unique format like this one, but I think Nicola did a great job with this! As a consequence, the story feels a lot shorter than it actually is. Come to think of it, maybe that isn’t actually a good thing… I would have loved more page time!
5. It’s so relatable! Do you ever read a book and feel like the author just gets you? That’s what Everything, Everything felt like to me. The characters are honest, funny, and sometimes painfully awkward. Despite the unique concept for the book and the extraordinary circumstances Maddy is in, the author still managed to make the story relatable, which can be very difficult to do, but she pulled it off!
6. ALERT: PLOT TWIST COMING UP! I thought I knew what I was getting with this story. It was a cute contemporary, right? Ha, nope! Everything, Everything had all the makings of a cute contemporary, but then a huge plot twist happens near the end (shhh…no spoilers!). Just as I thought that I knew what was going to happen, a secret was unveiled. I loved the ending!
Should you read Everything, Everything? Hmm., how about…YES! READ IT ASAP. Everything, Everything is everything (haha!) that I had hoped it would be. It’s more than just a fluffy contemporary–it’s one of those books that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you FEEL ALL THE THINGS. I highly recommend it!