Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Summary (via Goodreads): 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.
So Everything, Everything was pretty much everything, everything! I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely adore the book, and didn’t find much fault in the writing. I’m so glad Netgalley approved my request and that I also won a paperback ARC via Twitter.
I loved Maddy and Olly. They were such great characters, and I loved the chemistry you felt between them right off the bat. It easily could have felt like the author was overreaching with their feelings, but I felt like it read as sincere. As I was reading, I made a ton of updates on Goodreads with all my feels, favorite lines, and how much I loved the story.
One of my favorite things about the book besides the characters was the diversity. Olly and his family were about the only white people you saw in the book. I adored that! I also loved that the book touched on some issues like physical sickness (SCID), mental health, death of loved ones, and abuse.
The pictures, spoiler reviews, charts, etc. that were scattered throughout the book were entertaining. I think they added to the book and added to Maddy’s personality. I loved reading all the conversations between Maddy and Olly, whether they were via IM, E-Mail, or in person. I didn’t like his lack of sentence structure in written conversation though. That annoyed me a bit.
So Olly, Olly, Olly. Such an amazing character. Where can I get a boyfriend like that? He’s the newest addition to my book boyfriend list because he’s AMAZING. So sweet, protective, cute, funny, etc. Olly made me crack up quite a bit throughout the book. I like how he recognizes how smart and funny Maddy is first and foremost, although he thinks she’s a babe too. I totally approve of interracial couples, and they’re one of my favorites.
When you get towards the end of the book, there’s a twist and it’s kind of shocking and blows your mind (or at least it blew mine). You’ll realize what I’m talking about when you read the book. That was another part that disappointed me a little I guess, but the book was still amazing as a whole. I cried probably more than I should have, but it was such an awesome book.
A couple of my favorite lines from the book are: “But the difference between knowing it and seeing them in person is the difference between dreaming of flying and flight.” and “‘Is it always like that?’ I ask, breathless. ‘No,’ he says. ‘It’s never like that.’ I hear the wonder in his voice. And just like that, everything changes. ”
Final note: This was a fantastic book and I’d highly recommend it. I can’t wait to see what Nicola Yoon comes out with next. And I’m hoping my finished copy comes in the mail today!