TITLE: Everything, Everything
AUTHOR: Nicola Yoon
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult
GENRE(S): Contemporary, Romance
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.
Everything, Everything was absolutely everything! This is my first Nicola Yoon book and I think it is suffice to say that it will not be my last. Not only is her writing captivating and humorous, it is also endearing and inventive.
This book was a really pleasant contemporary read and I really enjoyed the degree to which Yoon developed her characters. Maddy is such a wonderful main character and the progression of her relationship with Olly is cute and inviting. I also really loved Carla – she was the friend Maddy truly needed.
One of my favourite aspects of the book is the illustrations that accompanied the storyline. It really helped me to think of a young teenager writing her story down and creating doodles to go with it. It is a really smart touch to the story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would however recommend that if you wanted more of a proper representation of the illustrations that you purchase the hardcover/paperback version as the e-reader version that I have made it a bit more difficult to view.
While I was pleased overall with the book, I did find the end of the book to end a bit abruptly. As a consistent reader, I do really enjoy when author’s leave some part of the ending up to the reader. Specifically, I enjoy the aspect of imagining where a character may have gone or how a relationship may have progressed over time etc. However, Yoon ended this book in a way that left too much to the reader to figure out and it was something that left me on a bit of a sour note. If
If you want a quick and easy, quirky contemporary read, then I highly recommend reading this book. The movie is also a nice addition to the storyline and I found it to be quite cute!
”Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.Favourite Quote
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