Thursday, July 30, 2015
Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Synopsis: 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, ha ve 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: This book was absolutely nothing like I'd imagined it would be. Instead, it turned out to be so much better. I just finished reading Everything, Everything and knew I needed to write down my thoughts immediately.
The first thing I want to address is the format of the book, it was such a refreshing change from the usual and really expanded my enjoyment of the story. Now onto the feels.
This book is one of those rare ones that can really change you as a person. It's the kind of book that makes you want to go out and live life to its fullest potential. It's the kind of story that reminds you that life is precious, but that being alive and living are two separate things.
Madeline was a wonderful main character. I loved seeing her grow and change and stand up for herself. I adored Olly. I loved how sweet he was and I loved that Olly was only a stepping stone for Maddy to change her life, not the sole reason.
The big twist in the story was so unexpected and made me so freakin' angry and I'm glad Maddy, as a character, was allowed to hold on to her justifiable anger.
In the end, I absolutely fell in love with this book. If I had one complaint, it's only that I wish the story could have kept going for one more chapter (or ten). Seriously though, you should read this book. Everyone should. It's kind of life-changing.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.
Rating: 5/5 stars