Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on September 1st, 2015.
My Format and Page Count: Hardcover// 306 Pages.
“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”
“Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”
“It’s a hard concept to hold on to–the idea that there was a time before us. A time before time.
In the beginning there was nothing. And then there was everything.”
This book was full of so many amazing quotes, and the ones above are barely brushing the surface.
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.
- The Format: I loved that this book was not only words, but also included emails, IM’s, pictures, and a bunch of other things. It made it original and added to the cutesy feeling. The email portions of this book were definitely my favorite parts.
- The Idea: The idea of a girl who can’t leave her house was definitely perfect to be made into a book. It was something that hasn’t been done before, so I am glad it was put out into the world.
- The Love Interest: Although this book had the dreaded insta-love, I did enjoy Olly, the love interest. I felt like he wasn’t the cookie cutter love interest we see so much in YA, and he always cared about Maddy.
- The Execution: I didn’t hate how this book was put together, but I also did not love it. I felt like it could have been done better, but it was still pretty ok. Not much more to say here.
- The Characters: Yes, I was not a fan of any characters other than Olly and Carla, no, I am not a monster! I felt like at points Maddy made pointless decisions, and do not even get me started on the mother. I didn’t necessarily hate Maddy, I just was always annoyed of her.
- INSTA-LOVE: I am a firm believer that insta-love is a terrible trope to have in a book, and this one had it HARDCORE. Enough said.
Overall Thoughts on the Book:
This book definitely was not a terrible book. For a debut novel it was actually really good. Although it wasn’t my favorite, I will definitely be picking up Nicola Yoons upcoming novel.
My Rating: 3.25/5 Stars.
Reason for My Rating: It fell short in the character section, and the execution could have been better. Other than that, solid novel.
NOW, Let’s talk about that plot twist!
I did NOT see that ending coming. I would have never called it, and it shocked me.
Maddy’s mother lied to her all of her life about being allergic to everything, causing her to lose 18 years of it. In a sense it seems unforgivable, but her mother was obviously not in the right mental state so I am conflicted on how to feel about her. In the end, I can’t say it would be easy to forgive her, but it is her mother after all. I just feel like it was a nice addition to the book, and it definitely upped the rating.
What did you think about Nicola Yoon’s debut novel Everything, Everything? Let me know below!