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.
- Fast-paced! I always appreciate a quick read that is also enjoyable and thoughtful.
- The doodles. Nicola Yoon’s husband, David, did the illustrations for this novel and made it unique and quirky.
- Diversity! The main character is African-American and Japanese.
- The romance. Maddy and Olly have a healthy relationship. In my opinion, they have a relationship that young readers should admire. They respect each other, look out for one another, and have a great balance.
- Instalove. I do not love when a characters sees someone for the first time and is willing to throw away their whole life. I wish there was a greater focus on Maddy wanting to make changes for herself, instead of wanting to do it for Olly.
- The twist. I will not say too much here as I do not want to spoil anyone but I found the twist predictable, and a bit of a cop-out.
“Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.”
“Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it’s impossible to tell the difference.”
“My guilt is an ocean for me to drown in.”
Overall, I recommend Everything, Everything to anyone who enjoys young adult contemporaries. It was a quick, enjoyable read that I will recommend to friends. I know this has also been made in to a movie, which I look forward to seeing. I am hoping to post a book/movie comparison soon! As a bonus, here is a picture of my cat, Maggie- who you can see definitely enjoyed Everything, Everything!
Have you read this book? What did you think? Is Nicola Yoon’s other book, The Sun is Also a Star, worth reading?