Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
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.
This book has gotten a lot of hype since it came out last year. This made me a little skeptical to read it, if I’m being honest. I kind of decided to read this book really randomly, as it was not on my TBR for the month – I just was looking at my shelves and thought to myself, “That book has a really summer-looking cover. I’ll read that while I’m at the pool this week.”
GOOD LIFE CHOICE, HANNAH!
“Just because you can’t experience everything, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.”
I read the whole thing in just two sittings (perfect beach read btw). And although, I found Yoon’s writing style very typical of other YA authors – it was just what I needed at the time. This book is a perfect contemporary read for the summer months. This book also held an element of surprise – which was not something I was expecting from a simple YA Fluffy Read. I also really liked the use of graphs and doodles in this book to create a more fun reading experience.
“Ocean: the endless part of yourself that you never knew, but always suspected was there.”
I will say that this book suffers a bit from insta-love; HOWEVER, I make an exception for this book and here is why:
- Both Maddy and her love interest both have had very difficult living circumstances that may have altered their view on life and love
- Maddy has never experienced any sort of male attention in her life, as she has led a life in complete solitude, and therefore would probably have fallen for any semi attractive male that gave her any kind of attention
So because of those things, I would say that the insta-love was fitting for the story, and therefore acceptable in my book.
I gave this book 4.5 stars on GoodReads. I docked off the half star just because I felt like the characters could have had a little more development, and the little insta-love thing was still a little minor issue for me even though I felt like it was a bit justified.
To sum this book up simply:
“SPOILER ALERT: Love is worth everything. Everything.”