by Nicola Yoon
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: Liberty Bay Books
Expected Date of Publication: September 1, 2015
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.
Yes, this book was not without some bothersome flaws. But I must say that it was so adorably touching and sweet that although I found somethings irritating, they didn’t stop me from loving this book to bits and pieces.
Lets start off with the issues I had:
1. Why was everything white? Making things white doesn’t make them less allergenic! I don’t know if this was some weird literary device thing and it was just a huge metaphor for her life? If it was, that was just too deep to make all the white stuff ok, or normal.
2. The no touching rule made absolutely no sense. Clara and Maddy’s mom touched Maddy regularly despite living and working outside the house then going through the whole decontamination thing before entering the house again. Maddy’s teacher and Olly also live and work outside and go through the same decontamination system but are forbidden from touching her because it could be so detrimental to her health. That is a direct conflict of logic if I ever read one.
3. The relationship suddenly began progressing extremely fast. Don’t get me wrong almost all of it was the epitome of adorableness and sweetness but the relationship started moving way too fast for my taste towards the end.
Now let’s move on to something more fun to talk about, all the things I loved!
1. The voice of the writing was surprisingly clever and funny. I found myself laughing out loud at some parts which is extremely rare for me.
2. The format was also insanely clever and funny, in fact how it was formatted/written is really what brought out more of that humorous voice. There were funny lists, drawings and diagrams in between chapters and it was a great way to tell the story and delve into Maddy’s character.
3. It moved at a surprisingly fast pace, but I couldn’t help but love that about it. It was something different and it was well done.
4. Maddy+Olly. They might just be one of my new favorite literary couples. They were so, nearly unbearably, sweet. They were cute and awkward and heartwarming. There was no way not to love them, both as individuals and as a couple!
5. The story and the writing were both extremely full of life, emotion, and strong imagery. It had a vibrancy that many other books strive for but don’t quite manage to achieve as well as Nicola Yoon did in Everything, Everything.
6. THE ENDING! Oh my stars, the ending! It was a complete surprise and the perfect twist. It was so utterly stunning and brought everything about the story together. It was heartbreaking but at the same time, everything you wanted to hear, a flawless and passionate antithesis. It very well could have been my favorite ending of all time, and my favorite part of the book.
Last Words: Everything, Everything is a breathtaking tale of growing up, living, and self discovery with a romance that will have you grinning from ear to ear. This story is everything from heartwarming to heartbreaking in all the best of ways. Despite some flaws in logic, it managed to sweep me off my feet. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.