Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Format: eARC Provided by NetGalley
Page Count: 307
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Age Range: 15+
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction
Description on Goodreads:
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, 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.
Wow. All I can say is wow as a first reaction. This book is one of the rare few that I finish in a night. Not even a night, but a few hours.
The world our main character is in, is one of pure, filtered, clean living. Where everything is white, disinfected, and just… Safe. She is Madeline.She also has a very rare disease that could kill her if she steps outside. She is basically a female bubble boy (if you remember that movie).
This book is nothing like that movie.
This follows her day to day life. What she does, how she schedules it, what books she has read and re-read. Her only friends in life are her Nurse Carla, and her mother. Her life is… uneventful. That is, until Olly moves in.
I really liked this book. It was a nice pull away from what I have been reading lately.
Olly and Maddy were so adorable. There love was so innocent and cute… that being said… It was a bit too insta lovey. I can understand him being a huge flirt/being interested in something he didn’t understand… but it just seemed way too soon.
I also felt like huge chunks of the story, which would have been great to have conclusions on, were left as loose ends. They just ended and that was that. There is also the introduction to characters… that later on have no reason to have ever been in the book, other then slight conversations that lead me to wanting more from them.
I really hope Miss Yoon continues on in this world, or at least gives us some background.
I also really adored the pictures in the book, it was a great way to actually visualize what was going on. (I want that one Nurse’s post its…)
All in all, despite some of my gripes, this was a great read. I loved the flow and ebb, the cute little interactions, how she very nicely intergrated Social Media/Messaging into the storyline and I felt really connected to the characters.
This was a very unique, fluff and a tad bit dark read!
It comes out on September 1st, so have your preorders ready!
My Rating: 4.8/5
Would I/Who would I recommend it (too): Anyone who loves contemporary and a quick read!