Book Reviews

Book Review: Everything, Everything

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Published: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Ember

Genre: Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Fiction, Coming Of Age

Official Summary:

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. 


Rating: 3 out of 5.

So apparently I like pictures in my books.

The little pieces of Madeline whether it be drawings, lists, teeny tiny book reviews or otherwise really added something to the story and to Madeline’s character.

While I enjoyed watching the romance between Maddy and Olly bloom I did have a few problems reading this story.

Problem 1:

Everything, Everything seems to be pushing the narrative that you aren’t really living with a disability until you go out and LIVE (and by live I mean do some dumb/cute shit that could literally kill you). I can’t say that I understand Maddy’s decision nor should I say what I would have done in her place, because I don’t have SCID or anything like it. But I wouldn’t have done what she did.

Problem 2:

The ending was a plot twist that I sort of saw coming but didn’t appreciate. The fact that it implies that only now because of said plot twist she can live a happy and fulfilling life.

This isn’t a problem that really affected my rating but Olly’s aversion to proper punctuation in the IM’s really irked me.

Moving away from the negatives, I really enjoyed Nicola Yoon’s writing style and the formatting in this book.

I think Nicola Yoon explored a form of abuse that some might not even realize is harmful, but she contrasted the hidden abuse done to Maddy by her mother with the obvious physical abuse Olly’s family receives from his father and I think that contrast was a really interesting aspect of the story.

Everything, Everything didn’t quite meet my expectations but it wasn’t a bad story to read.

That’s All I Got, Romy.

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