Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: YA contemporary
Format: Arc, E-book
Published: September 1st, 2015
Page count: 320
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.
"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."
I was almost a little afraid to start Everything, Everything if I'm being completely honest. This book already has SO much hype surrounding it and it hasn't even been released yet. Now I'm not saying that hype is bad but sometimes when there's a lot of hype you expect so much that you are let down. Well that wasn't the case with Everything, Everything.
This book was incredibly written (and illustrated.) Nicola Yoon makes you feel all the feels on this emotional roller coaster of a book. You begin to fall in love with the characters as if you've known them your entire life. You actually CARE about what happens to them. I felt as if I was with Maddy and Olly every step of their relationship.
I obviously adored Olly and Maddy. They both definitely had an internal struggle going on during the course of this book. While Olly struggled with his abusive father, Maddy struggled with wanting to be alive and wanting to actually live. Somehow, despite all the crap in their lives, they managed to let go and live a little when they were around each other.
Moving away front the romance aspect....
I loved how relatable Maddy was. She read books, she loved to be online, and she dreamed about her first kiss. She was literally the picture of "normal teenage girl." You know, minus the being sick part.
I also want to quickly mention Maddy's mom. I would love to know more about her character. Though she wasn't the most likable she was definitely one of the most complex people featured in this story.
The overall storyline was super unique. I mean, I've never
come across another book that features a girl who is so sick that she can't go outside. Especially one that features pictures that I absolutely ADORE.
Pictures aren't very common in YA novels and even if a book does feature them they may not be enjoyable. However the pictures in Everything, Everything were lovely and they made the book twice as much fun to read.
Despite all the lovely, positive things this book has to offer there were a few negative things.
I personally am not a huge contemporary fan so this book was a little bit harder for me to get through. There was also a "love at first sight" romance which I'm not a huge fan of, though I think it wasn't "badly" done in this novel.
Don't let the few negative things sway your decision though! I highly recommend Everything, Everything to everyone (see what I did there) Though I would say that contemporary lovers might get more of a kick out of it.
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!