Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
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.
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First off, lets just admire how gorgeous this cover is, seriously, it is so pretty. Around 27% into the book, all I can think about is how this story is cute, sweet, and adorable. Watching Madeline and Olly interact was pure bliss, these characters are so well developed and contrast yet compliment each other perfectly. Olly holding his life of secrets and Maddy dealing with her life in a bubble.
I loved the concept behind the book, is a half-life truly living? Are you living to your full potential when you can’t leave your house? The last 20% is absolute madness. Your heart melts for Olly, and it truly breaks for Maddy. Her mom, left me completely speechless and shell shocked. I had no words but the thing that got to me the most was the ending. I wanted more, I wasn’t satisfied where it left off. Overall, this was a quick, enjoyable read!
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