Book ReviewYoung Adult

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Books | Pages: 322

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: ★★★★☆

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.

Review:

Everything, Everything was absolutely everything! This was my first Nicola Yoon book and I think it is suffice to say that it will not be my last. Not only was her writing captivating and humorous, it was 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 was such a wonderful main character and the progression of her relationship with Olly was cute and inviting. I also really loved Carla – she was the friend Maddy truly needed.

One of my favourite aspects of the book was the illustrations that accompanied the storyline. It really helped me to thing of a young teenager writing her story down and creating doodles to go with it.  It was 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 had 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. Because of this, I docked off a star for my rating. If Yoon had provided more of a “closed” ending, I think this book would have been a five star for me.

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!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Favourite Quote: “Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”

About the Author:

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of the Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA) with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!

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