Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Synopsis (from bn.com):
Risk everything . . . for love.
What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.
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.
Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It’s an innovative, inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.
As I sit here on the couch recovering from a trio of “itis”s – pharyngitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, I figure there is no time like the present to get caught up on my book reviews – and I am really, really behind at this point – WOW!
I am normally a cozy mystery/mystery/psychological suspense reader, but ever since joining the “Thirteen Reasons Why” craze recently (the review on that is coming later as I really have to formulate my thoughts on that one), I am completely addicted right now to Young Adult Fiction of a certain kind. I’m not even sure what to call it – it is those books based on characters that are dealing with a particular problem such as a medical issue, mental illness issue, death/dying, grieving, drug problem, etc. I am not interested in normal “boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl” fiction or any science fiction/dystopian type of young adult fiction. Totally addicted to lets call it young adult problem literature right now – so if you are reading this and know of great books, please comment as I’m looking for more!!
Now on to Everything, Everything. I saw a commercial that this was going to be a movie, read what the theme was about, and knew I needed to try it. I am glad that I did.
I truly enjoyed almost all of this novel. I loved the plot line of a young girl dealing with a disease that basically kept her inside, isolated away from the world, and how she dealt with this along the way.
I loved the themes in the book of resilience, isolation, relationships, and risk.
What I didn’t enjoy at all was the overall pace of the book particularly toward the end. I thought the way the story ended was fantastic, but right before the end the book felt like it went from 0 – 60 mph not in any good way. For me I felt that the book was rushed at the end with little explanation or closure for me – I wanted much,, much more in depth about this storyline. I was left wanting more – again not in a good way – but feeling as if I had been cheated of a great story. Perhaps the author can do a sequel so I feel more satisfied 🙂
Overall, a strong book worth reading in my opinion. Great plot, great themes, and I want a sequel for that great ending twist.
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