Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers on September 1st, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Find It: Goodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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.
Sometimes the hardest books to write about are the ones you loved. Everything, Everything was perfect in so many ways: I loved Maddy, I loved Olly and I loved their love story. I loved Maddy’s relationship with her mom, and I loved their optimism together. I loved how the story was told using various mediums. And even though the ending was rushed, I
mostly loved the ending.
Maddy was an absolutely adorable protagonist. She had a respect for her Mother, and for her Nurse Carla, that I appreciated – it was great to read about a teenager who was able to recognize that her feelings weren’t the only ones to consider! And despite her situation, she didn’t let it get her down; she had an optimism and zest for life I found contagious.
As much as I loved Maddy as the girl who couldn’t leave her house for fear of becoming fatally ill, I loved Maddy as a teen falling in love even more.
Something in his tone makes me blush and heat travels a slow wave across my face and chest.
Spontaneous combustion is a real thing. I’m certain of it.
Part nostalgia, where I was transported into Maddy’s shoes and able to re-live falling in love for the first time alongside her, and part voyeurism, where I was so happy that Maddy was able to experience falling in love, I was giddy with the knowledge of everything she had yet to experience, Everything, Everything gave me all the feels.
The smile that breaks across his face is cautious, but so beautiful that I can’t look away. I would lie to him again for that smile.
I spent most of my time reading Everything, Everything sighing, giggling, or blushing as Maddy and Olly fumbled through getting to know each other. While they fell for each other quickly, it was done in a way that felt authentic to the teenage experience – obsession, which turned into lust, which grew into love.
Told through various mediums, I would re-read Everything, Everything just to get to experience again how it was told. Mixed between traditional methods, instant messages, emails, cartoons, and so much more, I flew through Everything, Everything because I was excited to turn the page and see how the next part of Maddy’s story was going to be presented.
I think it was this writing style that allowed me to overlook certain things. Like how reckless Maddy was with her life.
Ever since Olly came into my life, there’ve been two Maddys: the one who lives through books and doesn’t want to die, and the one who lives and suspects that death will be a small price to pay for it…
The second Maddy knows that this pale half life is not really living.
Or how significant an impact the plot twist should have been, and how little we saw of how her relationship with her Mother, at one-time the most meaningful relationship she had, was impacted by it.
Everything, Everything’s ending for Maddy and Olly was sheer perfection. While I was a little put-off by how quickly Yoon unravelled the twist, and maybe even more by how everyone reacted to it, she more than made up for it with that final scene – I’m grinning from ear-to-ear just thinking about it!