Title : Everything, Everything
Author : Nicola Yoon
Publication date : September 1st, 2015
Publisher : Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary
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. (From Goodreads)
“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.”
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Review edit (January 2017):
I was made aware by a few discussions I had on Twitter that Everything Everything isn’t as amazing as I initially thought. This book is so so beautiful and cute but it also very very much ableist which saddens me a lot. It could’ve been great without all the harmful things it contained. The major and most popular one being the “You’re not living with a disability unless you tell it to go to hell and risk your life to do things that could kill you” and that’s not good. Maddy put her life on the line for the sake of love and kept on endangering herself. Anyway, here is a review from someone who knows what they are talking about.
THIS BOOKS PLAYED ME and it played with my head and my feelings. I just love it! I don’t know why I’ve been putting off reading it for more than a year now, I mean, it got to a point where I wasn’t even thinking of reading it (I don’t know why, don’t ask) but then the urge of reading it came back and more urgent than ever. So, what do I do? I JUMP ON IT. Look at that gorgeous cover though, it is one of the prettiest things I have ever seen, who could resist it? I know I couldn’t.
What took me by surprise when I first skimed the book are the illustrations, notes, etc… they’re so cute and make the reading experience that much more enjoyable and personal to the reader.
The writing in this book is so gorgeous, if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve already witness the ridiculous amount of tabs I have in my copy and those are ALL for quotable sentences (If you haven’t, here‘s the tweet I’m talking about). It is also funny and had me laughing quite a few times, which is something that hasn’t happened in quite some time. The descriptions in it are magnificent and very vivid, making common everyday things stand out. <Spoiler> I genuinly think that the first kiss here is one of the most beautifully described one I ever read, and most memorable too.<End of Spoiler>
Everything, Everything is told from Maddy’s POV which is great because she had such a perky and enjoyable voice which helps a lot with the book’s flow. I seriously think I could’ve read it in one sitting if I didn’t have life and adulting stuff getting in the way. I flew through it compared to the pace I normally read at.
So, the plot is really quite simple. Stranded Maddy, hot boy next door, they find ways to communicate and get to know each other without meeting and that was such a great twist on your classic romance, it made it stand out. Here they got to know each other through emails and IMs and the like which helped them get to know each other on a deeper level faster. THE CHEMISTRY IS SO REAL and it made me swoon and squeal and flail and all things crazy fangirls do. <Spoiler> And that made the first time they met, albeit awkward at first, go by smoothly and naturally because they already knew so much about each other <End of Spoiler>
I had two tiny issues with the book though. The first one is that I would’ve liked for SCID to be A LOT more detailed and explained to the reader because all we are told is that it means that she’s allergic to a lot of things and she never know what might trigger her severe immune reaction. The second one is <Spoiler> how she actually got the money to buy the plane tickets to Hawaï without her mom knowing, she doesn’t work or anything so that just didn’t sit well with me <End of Spoiler>
Maddy is such a strong and beautiful character, inside and out. She’s lonely and alone which really broke my heart but she didn’t let herself be defeated by her disease. Even when her little world wasn’t enough for her she kept relentlessly fighting for what she wanted which I must admit led her to being reckless. Olly, though… He made my heart flutter. He’s so sexy and sweet and just all around awesome. He took care of her, tried to understand her, and was considerate of everything she went through.
I really loved the relationship she had with her nurse, Carla, it was refr eshing and she was like a second mom and a best friend to her. She adored her and was always there for her, her joys and her heartaches. Her complicity with her mom was lovely as well with their little rituals and all the time they spent together.
BUT THAT ENDING THOUGH!!! It made me question EVERYTHING and I just couldn’t handle it. <Spoiler> What her mom did was such a crazy and drastic thing and WOW, JUST WOW… and that’s when I understood some of her behaviors that seemed a little overboard <End of Spoiler> People kept telling me it’s going to blow your mind and bla bla but I just couldn’t believe it or see how it would be the case BUT IT DID. IT REALLY DID!
This story made me think about and acknowledge the simple things in life that I usually take for granted like going outside, meeting new people, having spontaneous experiences, physical contact and so on and so forth which I am really greatful for.
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